Mon, Oct. 14

VACTE Board to meet tonight; will discuss payment to Qwest

The Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education Governing Board will meet in regular session tonight at 6:30.

One agenda item calls for discussion and possible action on payment of a settlement to Qwest. Celeste Ziemkowski, district business manager, explained that Qwest was charged too much money on the company's assessed valuation for property taxes, and all school districts in the state are paying back what Qwest was overcharged.

She said VACTE's share is a little more than $1,000, but statewide districts owe the company millions of dollars.

Another agenda item deals with the district's intergovernmental agreements with its satellite high schools. Ziemkowski said that at this time the district does not have IGAs with the satellites because a conflict of interest matter had to be cleared up first.

That conflict is a technical one. Because the county attorney represents VACTE and Sedona Red Rock and Camp Verde high schools, all satellite districts in the joint technical education district must sign a waiver stating they see no conflict of interest.

"Right now we don't have any IGAs," Ziemkowski said. She said that could change at any time.

The final agenda item under new business is discussion and action on VACTE's final reimbursement payment of the fiscal year to its satellite districts.

Under the current IGA for this fiscal year, VACTE is scheduled to make its fund disbursements in three payments. The governing board is required by law to approve the disbursement checks. Ziemkowski said the agenda item is routine. "That's just to approve the final payment," she said.

The VACTE board meets in the district boardroom at 830 S. Main St., Suite 2-G, in Cottonwood.

The board's next scheduled meeting is June 25.

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