10/4/2012 8:07:00 AM Editorial: Time for action, not talk and study, on sharing school administration
Since the Carolyn Warner Group report on shared administration between the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school boards has been commissioned, it only makes sense that the two school boards give it a listen.
The big meeting between the school boards, Warner Group and County School Superintendent Tim Carter will take place Nov. 15.
At which time it would be nice to see the two school boards make a commitment to the lip service they’ve given this marriage of administration, or just be honest and say “we don’t want to do it.”
The real concern with the Nov. 15 meeting is that it is only six weeks out from the changing of the guard at the two school districts. After the first of the year, Mingus will have two new school board members and C-OC will have at least one new member. If standard operating procedure persists, the two school boards will opt to delay this decision until the new board members are seated in January.
Remember, this study and the resulting decision could have been completed months ago, but it was thought to be politically correct to wait until after the November elections.
It’s what government is best at: waiting and dodging the tough decisions.
Meanwhile, it’s interesting to note that Mingus and Clarkdale-Jerome – taxing districts that govern one school each – both have opted to have their superintendents work in a part-time capacity. That speaks volumes about the duplication of services that taxpayers are financing through our antiquated administrative structure of Upper Verde schools.
The Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus school boards have studied this issue and talked about it for long enough.
Come Nov. 15, one way or the other, it would be nice for once to see some action.