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Clarkdale resident Phil Terbell told the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District’s governing board that he supports a merger of COCSD, Mingus Union and Clarkdale-Jerome school districts. (Photo by Bill Helm)

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek keeps door open to district merger

COTTONWOOD – Before going into executive session to negotiate, then unanimously approve a one-year contract for Assistant Superintendent Steve King to replace outgoing Superintendent Barb U’Ren, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District governing board heard comments from Clarkdale resident Phil Terbell in support of merging COCSD, Mingus Union and Clarkdale-Jerome school districts.