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6/11/2014 3:46:00 PM
Editorial: Let the Verde Valley decide who will serve on college advisory council

One of the best ideas to emerge from Yavapai College in recent years is the creation of a Verde Valley community advisory council.

The college should now take that one step further and let the Verde Valley actually decide who will serve on this committee.

As it is now, the college is accepting names of people who would like to serve on the committee and then it will decide who will serve. Given the lack of trust between some factions in the Verde Valley and college officials, this process is bound to raise suspicions that the college will stack the deck with like-minded thinkers who will not challenge the status quo.

Instead, the college would do itself a huge public relations favor by letting the Verde Valley have the final say in who will serve on this advisory board.

For example, each of the five town/city councils in Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Sedona, Clarkdale and Jerome could select their representatives to the college advisory council.

Ditto for the Cottonwood-Oak Creek, Mingus Union, Clarkdale-Jerome, Camp Verde, Beaver Creek and Sedona-Oak Creek school boards.

Then throw out the same offer to the Cornville and Big Park community associations and you would have a 13-member, and exceptionally well-rounded, committee that takes in the entirety of the Verde Valley-Sedona region.

Who better than folks in the Verde Valley to decide the very best people to advise the college on what's best for the Verde Campus? Who better than folks in the Verde Valley to offer advice on how the college can best serve the educational needs of this region?

More than anything, it would go a long way toward breaking down the walls of mistrust that have developed between Prescott and the Verde Valley. It would erase the real or perceived stigma of "we know what's best for you." It would be some much-needed salve on the wound created by the dissolution of the Yavapai College Foundation - Greater Verde Valley Chapter. It would send the message that the college truly values the Verde Valley and its leaders.

It would be a show of respect that would speak volumes to the folks in the Verde Valley.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Put an Apache Indian on the committee as
they have common values for their children.
Plus if anyone knows the ways of the white
man it would be them.

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014
Article comment by: While we're on it . . .

Based on this editorial, I think Verde Valley News could benefit from a community advisory council. Let's see, how do we use the newspaper, and who reads it? Maybe two people from retirement homes (the print media crowd), a rep from each municipality (legal notices), kitty litter manufacturer, window washer, recycling harvester, and local high school sports authority. What do you think, Editor? Maybe we could replace some of the nonsense like reporting a stolen $100 decorated cow skull from Cottonwood Ranch. What was the news there? Did it come from someone special's yard, or were you sadly reporting the last cow left the ranch?

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014
Article comment by: Sum it up, Lil’ Darl’n

While I don’t agree with knee jerk generalizations regarding politicians, I certainly agree with the importance of including the business community in an advisory group such as being described. I doubt the editorial writer would have any objections either. To “I thought we had . . .”, it might be time to dust off that old civics book. Yavapai College serves Yavapai County as its jurisdiction. Jurisdictions such as you mention often have what are usually called boards and commissions to advise them on topics that warrant citizen input. The editorial never challenged the College’s right to appoint its own advisory group membership, it just suggests that given what has transpired, that has caused a very low level of trust, that “. . the College would do itself a huge public relations favor by letting the Verde Valley have the final say in who will serve on this advisory board.” That is very different than the scenario you suggest.

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014
Article comment by: Definately Reshuffle

"Isn't this how we got here" is right on! The missing link of input to the College is the business community. We don't need the local politicians to tell the College politicians how to run the show. We need the business community to step up and tell the college what kinds of programs are needed to help prepare people to be successful in the Verde Valley workforce. I've heard a lot from politicians, but I want to hear from the business community on this issue!

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014
Article comment by: I thought we had an elected Board

Wait, I thought we had an elected Yavapai College Board whose job it is to represent the citizens. Am I wrong? While we're at it, how about appointing a board from Camp Verde and Clarkdale and Beaver Creek School to help Cottonwood run its city, or Mingus Union to run its district. Why, the possibilities are endless!

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

First lets have 10 sessions on oversight,$3 million.Then lunches for all involved,then hire
someone from california to control the finances.
Now were back on track.Your Welcome
Hard times call for hard decisions and harder
people.Have a Cowboy help you out.Probably
has better sense.

Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Article comment by: Isn't this how we got here?

Maybe I'm missing the point, but I was really hoping for some business and industry input on this "local" council. The school districts and politicos already have significant input with the college. It's kind of weird to say "the college will decide" or the "Verde Valley will decide." Ultimately, people will decide. Who are these people? Why do we want to keep the pool so small as to be educators or politicians? What about the business and industry leaders who benefit the most from a well-educated and trained workforce? The deck is already stacked with factions. Maybe it's time to reshuffle.

Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Article comment by: Show me the money

Great common sense advice from the editor, and let's hope the college follows through.

But we in no way should delude ourselves into thinking that forming such a committee will in any way shape or form make up for the college's newly adopted and grossly unjust 10-year plan.

That plan amounts to a $50 million ripoff of Verde Valley taxpayers.

An advisory council can be one small step, a very small step, but rectifying this massive ripoff should absolutely be our top priority.

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