Letter: Why is Mingus so opposed to consolidation?


In my time in the Verde Valley I have seen many consolidations (and I can even remember a few).

If it had not been for consolidations, there would not be a Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District and there would not be a Mingus Union High School. Both of these consolidations took a lot of time and conversations on both sides of the fence.

But when the dust settled and the wrinkles were ironed out, most people were very happy.

I do not know why the teachers and the board of Mingus Union High School are so opposed to this consolidation.

I carried a petition to put this consolidation on the ballot in November and the only people who felt very negatively about it were the teachers of Mingus Union High School and their families. Why?

If this consolidation passes and the wrinkles are ironed out, I think both communities will be very satisfied with the results.

Don Godard



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tbabbitt 6 months, 2 weeks ago

That's your argument, all consolidations are good. That's a very week argument one could say a non-existent argument.


centurion75 6 months, 1 week ago

Simple question. Because it will ruin the high school. The financial inefficiencies of the larger entity (COCSD) will be visited upon them. Since the early 2000s, MUHS teachers have received 100 percent of their 301 money. Like every other district in the state, 40% of that will be snapped up by COCSD without so much as a memo. You will have one high school principal pitted against the rest and the high school will get the shaft over and over again. Gone will be independence, the freedom to make their own decisions, prioritize teacher salary, to do anything special requiring a budget outlay. There is more, but I'm sure others will chime in.


nutso_fasst 6 months, 1 week ago

What is the most important task of public education?

DDB Principal Vocca says that "nothing's more important than building relationships." CCS Principal Schumacher says that district students, parents, and teachers are learning that they are all part of a community "wolf pack," which makes perfect sense since wolf pack members embody so many characteristics we value, such as territoriality, intolerance of outsiders, and unquestioning loyalty to the pack's leader.

Can there be any doubt these principals aced the McREL Principal Evaluation System?

A lot of ideological and biological re-education may be needed to fully "align" the Mingus curricula.


IzzatSo 6 months, 1 week ago

Let's jump back to 1532, to get some perspective on this question from Niccolò Machiavelli. He wrote: "For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new. This lukewarm temper arises partly from the fear of adversaries who have the laws on their side and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who will never admit the merit of anything new, until they have seen it proved by the event."