Wed, Oct. 16

Mingus chooses contractor for shared services study

COTTONWOOD - The Mingus Union School Board made its choice Thursday night for an outside contractor to conduct a human resources audit and a feasibility study of sharing services with Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.

Both districts' governing boards agreed during a joint meeting last month to make a selection from a short list of outside contractors provided by Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter's office. Carter's office will cover the costs of the audit and study.

C-OC board member Jason Finger wanted the boards to make their selections independently, although they will have to use the same contractor for the audit and study.

During its regular meeting Thursday night, the MUHS board decided, with a 4 to 1 vote, to use Corporate Education Consulting, Inc.

Board member Mike Muclaire was the only no vote. He said he thought the board should wait and vote when the two school districts' boards meet again in joint session. But both boards had already passed motions during the January joint session to make the selection independently.

"Both motions are the same," explained MUHS Superintendent Tim Foist. He said he sent the wording to C-OC Superintendent Barbara U'Ren, and she replied that C-OC would select the same contractor.

"This is at no expense to our district," Foist reminded the board.

CECI is a partnership of Carolyn Warner and David Bolger. Warner is founder and president. She served for 12 years as Arizona's elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Bolger is a partner and chief operations officer of CECI. He served as assistant to Warner while she was State Superintendent.

During a phone interview Friday morning, Foist said the scope of the work that will be done by CECI includes an audit of the district's central office. It will include a human resource audit, which will include information such as contract status, cost and longevity.

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