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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.

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.

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.

Mingus Union High School District named a new member to its Governing Board July 31.

Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell joins the board to replace Robb Williams, who resigned when he moved out of the school district.

Beaver Creek School District is proof positive that small, rural school communities can compete with bigger, better-heeled urban districts.

On May 25, the Yavapai Healthy School Coalition named Beaver Creek School the Yavapai Healthy School of the Year. The coalition had encouraged BCSD, a K-8 school district with one school in Rimrock, to apply for the Healthy School designation.

Whether you’re a member of Cornville’s small, tight-knit community or a commuter making your way through the area, you can’t help but notice the building being constructed on the Desert Star Community School grounds.

Desert Star, a K-8 public Waldorf charter school at 1240 S. Recycler Road, began construction on its $2.2 million Community Hall in March. The 6,300square-foot multipurpose building will contain a performance stage, a commercial kitchen and flexible recreation, auditorium and dining space, as well as an additional classroom.

After serving less than a year in an interim role, Barb Waak has been named Associate Dean of the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus and Sedona Center.

Waak is a 24-year veteran of teaching, the majority of it at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus. She graduated from Yavapai College with an associate degree in 1978 before moving on to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Capella University.

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.

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