We don’t get to vote on school district consolidation Tuesday, but that has not diminished the debate about the merits of merging the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union districts into one.
For the city, Cottonwood is at a philosophical crossroads as it moves forward in the search for a city manager to succeed Doug Bartosh.
The league champion Mingus Marauders open their state title quest on the road against a team they’ve previously defeated and that finished third place in their league.
“Appeal” is the rallying cry among Verde Valley educators in the aftermath of the letter grades assigned their schools by the Arizona Department of Education. Throughout the Verde Valley, local schools on average received “C” grades from the Department of Education this year.
We’ve been hearing for years about the economy of scales benefits, or lack of, in merging our local school districts into a single unified operation.
It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when the Verde Valley campus of Yavapai College was a busy, bustling campus. Two of my children attended; one while attending Mingus Union High School and the other after graduation from Mingus.
It’s only healthy that there is back-and-forth sentiment and debate on the merits of Clarkdale’s Proposition 445, the $6 million general obligation bond designed to fund a much-needed street repair and maintenance program for the town.
Indeed, many schools throughout the state successfully petitioned ADE for a re-assessment of their grade last year. Case in point: Mingus Union High School successfully petitioned last year to have its “C” grade improved to a “B.”
Upper Verde school district consolidation is much like a 24-hour television marathon of The Twilight Zone.
Perhaps as early as this week, the members of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board will be asked to play nice with Mingus Union over development of a “reasoned, purposeful plan” for a merger of the two school districts.
Jerome has wrestled with the idea of having staggered terms for its town council members for years, and last week it became official that this is now the law of the land for the mountainside community.
Some problems just never go away.
The old saying about “guns don’t kill people, people do” has a lot in common with the use of social media today.
The political process has never been known as a showcase for humanity’s best qualities.
While both sides of the school district consolidation debate found a way to spin Friday’s ruling as a victory in their favor, the real winner in this legal duel was Presiding Yavapai County Superior Court Judge David Mackey.
Especially here in the Verde Valley over the past year, it’s been tough – very tough – to be a school board member.
The concern over the future of vocational education in the Verde Valley should consolidation take place is far more anchored in rhetoric than reality.
It’s beginning to look like the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce is finally going to be able to sell its property located at the busy SR 260 and SR 89A intersection and the community will get a Starbucks coffee shop in the process.
The pool of candidates for the Camp Verde mayoral race expanded by one this past week with the addition of Alex Goetting as a write-in candidate.
During the Great Depression, fifteen million Americans were unemployed and many of the few who did have jobs were exposed to horrific working conditions.
At this stage though, make no mistake about it, this betrothal is a shotgun wedding. Mingus is the reluctant groom to Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s bride. It’s you, the voters, who are holding the gun.
For more than a year now, Mingus Union High School officials have displayed a pattern of carelessness when it comes to complying with Arizona’s open meeting and public records laws.
While the Upper Verde Valley’s efforts at reaching consensus and educating the community on school district consolidation were plagued by turf protection and institutional bias, it’s refreshing to see the no-nonsense approach being employed by Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter to achieve the same goal.
Prescott Rep. David Stringer went on the road last week to mend some fences.
The common sentiment in Camp Verde right now is that the answer to what he should do about the Camp Verde town marshal vacancy is staring Town Manager Russ Martin right in the face.