COTTONWOOD -- The Mingus Union School Board is holdings its annual retreat Thursday morning at the Cottonwood Economic Development Center.
Superintendent Paul Tighe is going to update members on the Kids at Hope initiative.
"I just want to keep it fresh in their minds," he said.
Kids at Hope has slowly been spreading through Yavapai County. While most of the group's steering committee is made up of Verde residents, more members are coming from the Prescott area.
"We want to make it part of the identity of Cottonwood and the Verde Valley that we are a community of hope for kids," he said. "It's much bigger than just us."
A shared services update will allow board members to discuss a universal academic calendar and shared special education program for the region.
Part of the retreat will be spent revisiting incentives for highly effective teachers. Multiple-year contracts got positive initial feedback from staff, Tighe said, but Principal Jennifer Chilton also has some ideas.
Tighe said the board might discuss next steps to gather information, like forming a committee to conduct a survey.
"There are some different options we can talk about to gather more staff input to try and identify what teachers would value," Tighe said. "There's not a lot of money, so what are the priceless things that might truly be incentives."
With the summer ending and an override election approaching, board members will discuss a draft pro statement.
Local education advocacy group Partners in Education, co-chaired by Jamie Woodward, is going to lead a similar campaign to last summer, when the Mingus and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts were going for maintenance and operations overrides.
This year, it's a capital override for Mingus and a capital bond question for COCSD.