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Mingus Union High School District has filed a a claim with Valley Academy for Career and Technology for nearly $394,000.

On March 10, MUHSD sent a letter via its attorney, Susan P. Segal of Gust Rosenfeld. In it, MUHSD alleges that beginning in 2012 VACTE repeatedly failed to adequately reimburse funds generated through enrollment in VACTE’s career and technical programs.

Prior to the Camp Verde Unified School District Governing Board voting on March 13 to extend the four-day school week to the 2022-23 school year, board member Helen Freeman said, “I think it’s irresponsible leadership to say we’ll do this for three years, no matter what — if it doesn’t work, we need to change it.”

Board member Kitty McDowell asked whether the board felt responsible to those families who hadn’t spoken out against altering the existing four-day school week — those whom McDowell had spoken with and expressed their children’s need for increased time in school.

What might have been a minor point about speaking with one voice raised questions about board member conduct during the Yavapai College District Governing Board meeting March 7 at the school’s Verde Valley Campus.

Following an exchange between board member Deb McCasland and college President Penny Wills, Wills said it took an inordinate amount of time for her and other staff to address the media after board members spoke with the media rather than referring questions to board chairman and spokesman Ray Sigafoos.

Following the establishment of two central programs last year, Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education has fully taken over management of its Certified Nursing Assistant and Fire Science Programs.

According to VACTE Superintendent Bob Weir, the move to complete administrative independence from the associated satellite schools has resulted in substantial benefit: This year, Mingus Union High School saved over $75,000 for the CNA program and Camp Verde Unified School District saved $25,000 for the Fire Science program.

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.”

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