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9/10/2013 10:13:00 AM
Letter: Exceptional MUHS needs override to continue success


Mingus Union High School has been a part of my sons' lives for many years. My husband and I have four sons that have graduated from Mingus. We have a fifth son, who currently attends.

Through the law practice, we are familiar with other school districts across the state, and Mingus is an exceptional place.

Mingus puts more dollars into the classroom than most other districts. Its administrative costs and overhead are very low.

Dollars spent at Mingus are focused on kids, and Mingus continues to offer programs ranging from agriculture to theater; film production to sports; and, in collaboration with the Yavapai College, it offers collegiate courses to high school students, while they pursue their high school diploma.

Mingus students shine when advanced placement testing is administered. Mingus kids exceed students around the state. A great, quality education comes from our small town high school. What could be better?

I strongly encourage you to vote "YES," to continue the override, so that Mingus can continue to have the dollars it needs to do the exceptional work that it does.

Please vote YES for the Mingus override.

Rita Ledbetter


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Article comment by: jimi changa

Conflict Much....Thank you. I thought I was the only one to notice that.

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Article comment by: I Agree

There is still places that could be cut back. The schools are small enough that one superintendent would suffice. This is not a major metropolis.

We're voting no. Sorry.

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Article comment by: Fixed Income

Oh yes,

give them another override.

And guess what?

The state will just take more money
away from education.

I am done. No more overrides.

I pay enough in taxes and now have higher water rates, can't get blood from a stone.

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

The achievements of MHS deserve our support to continue exceptional talents.Good
news of students goals is a sign of things to
Other communities can't match MHS.Better to
support schools than War.

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Conflict Much?

When the Mingus School Board President's wife is the author, it would appear a conflict of interest might be involved. You would think that people with a law practice would be aware of this and realize that the letter might be more likely to draw scrutiny and negative responses than help the override effort.

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: gary chamberlain

Quality education starts at home,

When parents teach their children lessons about the consequences of their behavior then quality teachers will be able to teach these children.

Quality students isn't the results of expensive schools, funded teachers unions, over-paid and underperforming school administrators, school boards, teachers and expensive sports programs.

When businesses aren't able to find adequate employees that are punctual, dependable, drug-free, reliable, trustworthiness with a genuine work ethic that has the ability to communicate, read, write and do simple math problems then someone has failed to provide the basics required for survival. Add in proper dress code, personal appearance and the picture gets far more complicated.

If you have a conversation with businesses owners in your community they may be willing to share their hiring frustration with you.

I don't say this to be mean spirited, I say it because it's the message I hear from businesses I work with across the country.

It's time for parents to get back to being parents and to quit being your child's best friend, our nation's future depends on it.

It would be a good first step for parents and their children to have dinner with each other. Though I'm not LDS, I will tell you that many years ago my wife and I adopted a LDS program that our children have told us that made a difference to them and it's called "Family Home Evening" as I remember it being called.

Gary Chamberlain
Cornville AZ-USA
Vietnam veteran

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl



ONE for the ENTIRE Verde Valley . . . then you won't need an override.

You will be saving around a MILLION dollars.

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