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At a joint school district governing boards meeting Sept. 13, superintendents and governing board members of the seven Verde Valley school districts round-table interviewed eight candidates for state superintendent of public instruction.

Sedona Red Rock High School hosted the event in its cafeteria, with Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter facilitating.

In the most contested race of the upcoming elections in November 2018, eight candidates are vying to replace Republican Diane Douglas, who has yet to announce whether she will run for reelection as state superintendent of public instruction.

The Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board convened Tuesday, Sept. 12, for a work session and its usual board meeting.

During the work session, Superintendent Dave Lykins presented his goals for this school year, which is his last as the district’s superintendent. There were two: Developing a curriculum mapping process and developing a new teacher evaluation system. The district identified both projects as priorities in fall 2016, and has been working toward these goals since then.

Not only did Jennifer Wesselhoff say it was an honor to be chosen, it’s also something she’s wanted to for quite some time.

Last week, Gov. Doug Ducey chose Wesselhoff, the president and CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, as one of the newest members of the state’s Tourism Advisory Council.

According to Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas [R], the state loses about 40 percent of new teachers during their first two years of instruction.

As part of her “We Are Listening” town hall tour, Douglas spoke with school administrators, district governing board members and Verde Valley community members at West Sedona School Monday, Sept. 11.

In 1993, Bruce Tobias and Carol and Robert Flynn bought 27 acres of undeveloped land beyond Poco Diablo Resort.

Aside from a few horse trails, 24 years later it still sits vacant. That may soon change as the U.S. Forest Service is in the midst of an environmental assessment that would allow access to that land
through one of three proposed alternatives.

A decision was made last week regarding Arizona Public Service’s request for its first rate hike in five years.

But many Sedona residents are still waiting to see if they will be paying an additional monthly fee.

Few would argue that the lack of affordable housing to rent in Sedona is becoming more of a problem with every passing month.

High rental costs, more long-term rentals becoming short-term and the fact that only 4 percent of Sedona’s housing are apartments has city officials — as well as many business owners — concerned.

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission addressed this issue in two ways, both through requested major amendments to the Sedona Community Plan.

Many said it was the longest city meeting they could remember in many years.

The Tuesday, Sept. 19, Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission meeting ended just before 9 p.m. — five and a half hours after it started. The topic: Requests for four major community plan amendments, which by law can only be addressed once a year. Still, it’s rare to have four requests on the table at once.

Traffic. Nearly everyone agrees that it’s a problem that will only get worse with time. But the question is: How will it be addressed and who will be paying for it?

During a three-hour Sedona City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 13, a solution may have been found.
For the last 10 months the Fiscal Sustainability Work Group has been meeting once or twice a month to discuss just that — fiscal sustainability.

First-responders are trained to go in when others are running out. But at the end of the day, police officers and firefighters must deal with emotions like anyone else.

Because they see tragedy, suffering and often the worst that society has to offer, it can take its toll mentally, leading to some of the highest suicide rates of any profession.

What was supposed to be a romantic cruise turned into an experience they will never forget.

Sedona City Attorney Robert Pickels and his wife, Lisa, had been looking forward for quite some time to their Caribbean cruise, which was supposed to set sail from Galveston, Texas — less than an hour away from Houston.

Sedona Red Rock High School named a new assistant principal over the summer.

Mark Cunningham, a social studies teacher at the high school, takes over for Deana DeWitt, who moved to a district-wide position as director of curriculum. Cunningham is both a teacher and what the district refers to as a “teacher on assignment,” a designation which allows him to perform duties other than inclassroom instruction. For Cunningham, this means assisting principal Darrin Karuzas in an administrative capacity.

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