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Following several discussions among Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Governing Board members about consolidating COCSD, Mingus Union High School District and Clarkdale-Jerome School District, Clarkdale-Jerome tabled the idea, which has been a perennial topic of discussion for years.

With all the talk of funding woes, school board drama and the pressure placed on children to perform, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the Verde Valley boasts some truly incredible teachers.

On April 28, four Cottonwood and Clarkdale-area teachers were celebrated for their efforts at the 23rd annual Yavapai County Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony and Banquet at the Prescott Resort.

It seems that nothing is simple when it comes to disciplining children in school.

Following last week’s story about a verbal threat that allegedly occurred between grade school students at Mountain View Preparatory — an interaction that included, according to the parent of a child involved, specific threats of violence featuring a firearm — MVP Principal Stephanie Jones reached out to the Cottonwood Journal Extra to express reservations about what had been reported.

A verbal threat that occurred at one of Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District’s schools has awakened interest in how local school districts deal with threats of violence.

The incident, conveyed to the Cottonwood Journal Extra by a parent, is alleged to have occurred last week between students at Mountain View Preparatory.

According to the parent, the threat involved specific acts of violence including killing, and featured a firearm, yet neither he nor the child’s mother were informed by the school’s administration that their child had been threatened.

We may be closer to finding extraterrestrial life than previously thought — and it might not be that far away.

On Thursday, April 13, NASA held a press conference on the subject, “Oceans Beyond Earth.” Prior to the event, the organization hinted at discoveries that would impact the “broader search for life beyond Earth.” The conference coincided with findings presented in papers published by researchers with NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn and the Hubble Space Telescope.

The stars are within reach for one Yavapai College student.

Lori McDonald, a massage therapist and hairstylist with offices in Jerome and Sedona, has been invited to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Project, the aim of which is to attract and retain students in the science, technology, math and engineering fields critical to NASA’s future success.

Mingus Union High School District has filed a a claim with Valley Academy for Career and Technology for nearly $394,000.

On March 10, MUHSD sent a letter via its attorney, Susan P. Segal of Gust Rosenfeld. In it, MUHSD alleges that beginning in 2012 VACTE repeatedly failed to adequately reimburse funds generated through enrollment in VACTE’s career and technical programs.

Prior to the Camp Verde Unified School District Governing Board voting on March 13 to extend the four-day school week to the 2022-23 school year, board member Helen Freeman said, “I think it’s irresponsible leadership to say we’ll do this for three years, no matter what — if it doesn’t work, we need to change it.”

Board member Kitty McDowell asked whether the board felt responsible to those families who hadn’t spoken out against altering the existing four-day school week — those whom McDowell had spoken with and expressed their children’s need for increased time in school.

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