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For the third consecutive year, Camp Verde Unified School District is raising its teachers’ salaries.

On July 11, the CVUSD Governing Board unanimously approved a 1.06 percent teacher wage increase for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Camp Verde will have to wait a while more for word on Dennis Goodwin’s performance as superintendent of Camp Verde Unified School District.

After presenting data in support of his own self-evaluation June 6, Goodwin entered executive session for over two hours with the CVUSD Governing Board.

Accessing Yavapai College’s online coursework and educational resources just got easier for Camp Verde residents. On May 9, the Yavapai Collge District Governing Board unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement between the college and the Town of Camp Verde to provide laptops to Yavapai College students at the Camp Verde Community Library.

According to a press release from the college, the agreement from an “initiative to enhance college access for areas of the district where Yavapai College does not have existing facilities.”

Following several discussions among Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Governing Board members about consolidating COCSD, Mingus Union High School District and Clarkdale-Jerome School District, Clarkdale-Jerome tabled the idea, which has been a perennial topic of discussion for years.

With all the talk of funding woes, school board drama and the pressure placed on children to perform, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the Verde Valley boasts some truly incredible teachers.

On April 28, four Cottonwood and Clarkdale-area teachers were celebrated for their efforts at the 23rd annual Yavapai County Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony and Banquet at the Prescott Resort.

It seems that nothing is simple when it comes to disciplining children in school.

Following last week’s story about a verbal threat that allegedly occurred between grade school students at Mountain View Preparatory — an interaction that included, according to the parent of a child involved, specific threats of violence featuring a firearm — MVP Principal Stephanie Jones reached out to the Cottonwood Journal Extra to express reservations about what had been reported.

A verbal threat that occurred at one of Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District’s schools has awakened interest in how local school districts deal with threats of violence.

The incident, conveyed to the Cottonwood Journal Extra by a parent, is alleged to have occurred last week between students at Mountain View Preparatory.

According to the parent, the threat involved specific acts of violence including killing, and featured a firearm, yet neither he nor the child’s mother were informed by the school’s administration that their child had been threatened.

We may be closer to finding extraterrestrial life than previously thought — and it might not be that far away.

On Thursday, April 13, NASA held a press conference on the subject, “Oceans Beyond Earth.” Prior to the event, the organization hinted at discoveries that would impact the “broader search for life beyond Earth.” The conference coincided with findings presented in papers published by researchers with NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn and the Hubble Space Telescope.

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