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8/20/2013 4:52:00 PM
Letter: Overrides a wise investment in local education


The Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Districts have continually approved budget overrides in elections for at least the past 20 years. It is once again time for the voters in the two districts to approve continuing the existing overrides. As you know, the override is not an additional new tax. It is simply the continuation of the monies we have authorized for years to help our schools maintain a higher quality of education.

We all know that, unfortunately, the State of Arizona has continually cut funds to public schools that have normally provided textbooks and capital outlay items for our students, as well as important programs. We, in the Verde Valley, have picked up as well as we could what the State has taken away.

Unless we are willing to continue the current overrides, many quality programs such as Technology, Music, P.E., Drama, Counselors and Nurses are threatened. It is only through the override process that we demonstrate that we are taking local responsibility for our children's future.

The citizens of Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Cornville, and Jerome, even those without school-age children, have recognized the importance of maintaining quality schools in our area. They remember that it was taxpayers who supported THEIR public education.

I urge everyone to fill out the mail-in ballot that is coming to all registered voters in October. Fill in a YES-YES for both districts, because the children in our schools deserve no less!

Janice Graham


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl


Did you not get MY POINT?

We don't have more than TWO HUNDRED schools here. We have about 15 in the VERDE VALLEY.

What does Los Angeles being the LARGEST district have to do with anything?

Shall we discuss the PRICE of RICE in CHINA, too?



Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Article comment by: @ Fred Fredburger

I'm not following you. As far as I could see, the switch back to standard class schedules from the block format didn't affect anything except saving a little money during the recession. Please explain what I'm missing.

Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013
Article comment by: Fred Fredburger

After Mingus gutted the options for students by changing from a block schedule to a generic uninspiring bell schedule that puts out little drones that have no drive and few skills, they have proved that they don't deserve an override. Mingus is supposed to be our kids last hope for a brighter future, but if you look at how they waste money on athletic facilities and rotating superintendents, there is really no hope. Better to let it go bankrupt and start over from scratch.
As for COC, as long as the override goes to the kids and not fat cat pay raises, it MAY be worthwhile.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Carl Nye

Thank you. I am now better informed.

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Article comment by: M J

Liberal lunacy…

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Leaked copy of U.N. Climate Change Report shows agency struggling to explain why “Global Warming” has been non-existent over last 15 years…… The Goracle very depressed…..

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obama hits the links for the 140th time…

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Ditto….. Or…I vote present….
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Article comment by: Um... Whoa up, here.

@ Carl Nye
So does the State of Arizona. So does California. So do the other 47 states.

@ Gaia Gurl
I think the Los Angeles Unified School District is the largest in the world. That doesn't make it as good as C-OCSD, much less Mingus or Clarkdale-Jerome or Sedona. Just saying.

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Article comment by: Carl nye

Hawaii has one Board of Education for the whole state. It works for them, and we can't even get our miniscule Verde Valley to consolidate? Too many folks unwilling to give up their power for the greater good, it seems.

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

As a teacher, I can NO LONGER support overrides. This valley is WASTING hundreds of thousands of dollars on REDUNDANT administration. Put the money in the CLASSROOMS where it IMPROVES education. The ENTIRE Verde Valley should be ONE DISTRICT.

NOTHING would change, you would still have CHOICE, just the ADMINISTRATION of our schools would be different and FAR CHEAPER.

"Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States, the second largest in the state of Florida and the largest fully accredited K-12 and adult school district in the nation. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 232 schools and education centers and 83 charter schools."


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: The Overrides would be a wise Investment of Education

But I am concerned that the admin of COCSD will not spend it in the classroom, and pad the administration even more. Under U'Ren money spent in the classroom is at an all time low again.
Nurses? What Nurses? There is only one for all the students in COCSD. And according to earlier articles, that position is being funded by VVMC. There are Health Aides at every campus who are moms trained in first aid and CPR, not nurses.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Not until the local schools districts Consolidate....

Until the schools districts do everything they can to save $$$, I'll vote no. We need ONE Superintendent, not several. The transition to Mingus Union would be enhanced if it was one school district.

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