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The Camp Verde Unified School District Governing Board unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education for the 2017-18 school year at its meeting Aug. 8.

The IGA between the districts, which the VACTE Governing Board unanimously approved Aug. 4, stipulates no less than a 70/30 percent split in CVUSD’s favor: For the 2017-18 school year, at least 70 percent of funding generated through high school campus attendance in VACTE’s programs goes to the high school, while no more than 30 percent goes to VACTE.

Spectrum Healthcare Group has officially opened the doors of its renovated facility at 452 Finnie Flat Road.

The upgraded interior, which guests toured during an open house Aug. 4, marks an expansion of Spectrum’s operations in Camp Verde beyond counseling, case management and psychiatry to include primary care and pediatrics. Most services are accessible the same day of a patient’s visit.

A new principal greeted Beaver Creek School students on the first day of the academic year, Aug. 8. At 32, Katrina Sacco is the Verde Valley’s youngest principal.

Prior to taking on the role, she had devoted a substantial amount of time to the K-8 Beaver Creek: After relocating to the area from Flagstaff a decade ago, she started volunteering at the school, proceeded to do her practicum student teaching at the school and finally taught as a full-time teacher for three years.

Less than an hour after opening, a job fair hosted by Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona had welcomed over 30 job seekers Aug. 9 at the Cottonwood Public Library.

Milissa Koel, a career adviser with Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona’s Employer and Community Program, praised the turnout, as well as the enthusiasm of the nine employers that came seeking applicants.

This summer, nearly 200 kids went to college — but none of them had their high school diplomas yet.

In a joint effort between Yavapai College and the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, the College for Kids program offered a host of summer classes in subjects such as science, technology, nature, art and writing for kids age 5 to 17 at the college’s Verde Valley campus.

Taxpayers who assumed the city of Cottonwood lapsed in its duty by not drilling an exploratory well for wastewater injection prior to the construction of the Riverfront Wastewater Reclamation facility may want to reconsider their stances, natural resources director Tom Whitmer said.

“Realistically, they shouldn’t be upset. Disappointed? Yes. But not upset.”

Solving the parking problem in Jerome will have to wait.

Jerome Town Council delayed a decision on ordinance No. 432, which would implement a parking permit requirement on selected streets in town.

The ordinance will be addressed again at council’s October meeting. Until then, many of the issues brought up during the call to the public will be examined and, if possible, implemented into the wording of the law.

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District teachers got a Christmas in August as members of the district community gave a little back.

The district gave out these back-to-school gifts at its annual Made in the Shade event, which welcomed staff and teachers back to school Aug. 4 at Mountain View Preparatory School.

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