Bill Helm

Reporter

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The A-B-C’s of AzMERIT scoring: Cottonwood, Clarkdale schools teach for success

Is a few days’ worth of testing an accurate reflection of a school’s culture, and by extension, how it educates students?

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State Senate, House attorneys file joint motion to dismiss Mingus lawsuit

Pro-consolidation committee also hires legal team to challenge Mingus

Last week, attorneys for the state’s Senate and House of Representatives filed a joint motion to dismiss, as well as a response in objection to application for orders to show cause regarding Mingus Union High School District’s request for mandamus relief.

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Camp Verde Water System says no to town’s $6.5 million offer

CAMP VERDE – The Town of Camp Verde does not appear to be buying the Camp Verde Water System after all.

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Camp Verde considers 15 applicants for town marshal

Town Manager narrows list for preliminary interviews

Martin said that he has received applications from 15 candidates and is in the process of narrowing down the list with a plan to conduct preliminary interviews “over the next couple of weeks.”

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Mingus OK’s additional duties, pay for superintendent

COTTONWOOD – On Aug. 9, the Mingus Union School Board approved additional pay and additional duties for District Superintendent Penny Hargrove, Business Manager Lynn Leonard and Principal Genie Gee as listed in the board’s consent agenda.

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Mingus board approves contract for school resource officer

Mingus SRO paid by grant from Department of Education

COTTONWOOD – With Mingus Union School Board member and Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell abstaining, the board voted 4-to-0 to approve a one-year Intergovernmental Agreement for the Cottonwood Police Department to provide Clint Combs as School Resource Officer.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Dave Beery

Social Studies teacher, boys basketball coach Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – If Dave Beery was to change careers, he’d probably endeavor to become a chef.

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“I’m pleading guilty” -- Seth Collins enters plea, accepts guilt on all charges

After two hours in court Monday, Seth Collins would not accept a plea agreement. But he did accept responsibility for the Nov. 21, 2014, collision of his GMC pickup into a 2007 Chevrolet mini-van driven by Jeremy Hutchinson on SR 260.

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Blended learning ‘a success’ at Beaver Creek

RIMROCK – It’s been a week since school started back, but the Beaver Creek School’s new Blended Leaning program is already “a success,” according to the district’s superintendent.

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One month after filing lawsuit, Mingus school board votes to approve such action

COTTONWOOD – It’s been four weeks since the Mingus Union High School District served defendants with a lawsuit to keep voters from deciding whether Mingus should merge with the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.

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