C-OC School Board swears in members, elects officers
COTTONWOOD - Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District swore in its new governing board members Tuesday night during the regularly scheduled meeting. The board also voted to keep Randall Garrison as president and Jason Finger as vice president.
Janice Rollins and Jason Finger are both board incumbents who were reelected to their board seats. They were sworn in for their new terms.
Also sworn in was Mary Valenzuela who was appointed to fill the vacancy created when board member Lori Simmons decided not to run for re-election. Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter appointed Valenzuela.
Garrison was asked to stay on as the board president. Other board members felt that with the district facing a severe budget shortfall next year of $1.5 million, and with some difficult decisions - such as closing schools - being forced on the board by that shortfall, Garrison's experience in chairing the board would be invaluable.
Garrison agreed, but he added that he would only accept the chair for one more year. He pointed out that his term on the board will end in two years, and he thinks the board will need to have a new president during that last year.
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