1/21/2012 1:07:00 PM Editorial: Schools’ shared services plan off to good start
A joint school board meeting between Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary and Mingus Union High School districts Thursday night made progress toward the districts entering into cost and service sharing intergovernmental agreements. (VVN/Jon Pelletier)
Like a couple taking things nice and slow, one step at a time, the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts began their courtship Thursday night.
In what no doubt will be the first of many meetings to develop shared service contracts between the two districts, the two school boards laid the foundation for what they hope will become a marriage. The service contracts will cover everything from pupil transportation to shared facilities and administration.
The ultimate goal of the union will be to tighten the reins on duplicate spending and put more dollars back in the classroom.
What was most encouraging about Thursday’s meeting was total absence of discussion about who will be the superintendent should this plan materialize. Too often in past discussions about an actual unification of the districts, negotiations were derailed because of administrative turf wars.
The two school boards are genuinely committed to keeping that from happening this time. Their approach is one of doing the right thing for the right reasons. Then, at the right time, make the decisions about staffing.
What transpired between the two school boards Thursday was encouraging for those who have always believed there was too much duplication of service and administration between the two school districts.
And while this is far from being a done deal, we must commend the two boards for moving in what seems to be a very positive direction. It’s good to see everyone on the same page and working toward the same goal.