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In Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus Executive Dean James Perey’s view, the college has “turned a corner” when it comes to perceptions about its performance among Verde Valley residents.

“Not that we weren’t making a good effort before,” Perey said, but added that he and his staff have gone a long way to communicate with the communities of the region to establish consensus about what’s needed in a community college.

“The question is, what makes sense for the Verde Valley?” Perey asked.

During a public forum on Jan. 31, community members voiced support for keeping a four-day school week at Camp Verde Unified School District — a viewpoint sustained by a 3-to-2 vote by the CVUSD Governing Board Tuesday, Feb. 14.

CVUSD Governing Board members Eric Lawton, Christine Schneider and Tim Roth voted for the measure, while President Helen Freeman and member Kitty McDowell voted against it.

What better way to get the word out than to advertise during the Super Bowl? Using this time-honored strategy, six students enrolled in Camp Verde High School’s Graphic and Web Design class recently outdid themselves in trying to curb underage drinking.

“We have won another contest, putting us on the map and money in our students’ pockets,” CVHS Graphic Design Teacher Tina Scott said. “As always, we entered one of the annual contests MATForce puts on for schools within Yavapai County.”

The Mingus Union High School District voted 4-1 to terminate Eric Harmon’s contract as interim superintendent during a special meeting Jan. 11.

Harmon’s contract would have been up June. As of Jan. 12, however, Harmon was out of his office, having been put on home assignment until his last day, Friday, Feb. 10.

“They gave no reason,” Harmon said on Monday, Jan. 23, adding that he had not been offered a strong contract from the beginning. “It said they had the option to unilaterally terminate me .... [and] they opted to exercise that. I can’t even begin to speculate why.”

When Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Assistant Superintendent Steve King takes over the reigns from departing COCSD Superintendent Barbara U’Ren on July 1, he will inherit management of six schools — five brick-and-mortar facilities and one online educational program.

King admitted that filling U’Ren’s shoes will be a sizable task. “Barb U’Ren is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met,” he said, adding that U’Ren has worked diligently to foster a collaborative culture where the ability of teachers and staff to have a positive impact on children’s lives is maximized.

Never let it be said that Mountain View Preparatory is a dull school.

Last week, students were greeted back to school after Christmas break by running a cheerful gauntlet of teachers and staff. To close out the week, students earned the right to see their teachers — and possibly their principal — get pied in the face.

Yavapai College is establishing a committee of residents from the Verde Valley to advise the college’s governing board.Students at Yavapai College study in the Verde Valley Campus’ library. Local towns are submitting candidates for the new Yavapai College Advisory Committee. Clarkdale has nominated Bill Regner and Ruth Wicks.

The move comes after complaints from some that the college wasn’t getting enough input from the Verde Valley.

Yavapai College alumna Diane Lovett and 16 Yavapai College students from the Verde Valley and Sedona campuses were honored at the college’s annual recognition event April 22 at the college campus in Clarkdale.Fifteen students received awards for their academic excellence, including Ashley Williams, Outstanding Student in English, whose award was presented by Terence Pratt, a Yavapai College English professor and Cottonwood city councilman.

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