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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.

The digital filmmaking class at Mingus Union High School has ramped things up over the past couple of years.Mingus Union High School’s Digital Filmmaking program recently had several of its students place in a MATForce video contest. First place winners are, front row from left, Bailey Stork, Nolan Powell, Eric Wilson and Nicholas Adams. Second place winners are Xavier Gonzales, Bradley Priser, Cameron Bloniarz, Nicholas Contreras and Zach Kline, back row from left.

To prove that investing in expanding the class has paid off, students in the program recently swept a video contest held by MATForce, a regional organization that works to combat substance abuse in Yavapai County.

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal visited Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood for a question-and-answer town hall on the evening of Tuesday, March 4, the second of two Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal visited Cottonwood on Mar 4 to talk about the state of education in Arizona. Set up as a town hall, the second of two Q&As took place in Mingus Union High School’s cafeteria, following Monday’s Prescott meeting. The cafeteria was filled with teachers, administrators, parents and even students, who were commended for giving up a night and participating in the discussion.such gatherings in Yavapai County.

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