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.

After months of waiting, the Arizona Corporation Commission ruled that those who have opted out of having a smart meter on their home will have to pay a fee.

The 4-1 decision, which came Tuesday, Sept. 12, states that those opting out of having an Arizona Public Service smart meter will pay a one-time fee of $50 and a monthly fee of $5. Those who chose to opt out prior to this decision will not have to pay the one-time fee but will have to pay the monthly one.

More than 100 law enforcement officers, firefighters and members of the public turned out to honor the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

A 45-minute ceremony was held at Sedona Fire District’s Station 6, which is home to a 9/11 memorial featuring a 5-foot-long girder from one of the Twin Towers. Last year was the official unveiling of the memorial that saw nearly 500 people in attendance.

“Someone told me just the other day that I’ve been here almost long enough to be native, but not quite,” said Jennifer Chilton, one of Sedona-Oak Creek School District’s newest hires. She came to the district in August as its director of communications.

Chilton is originally from Indiana, but also lived in Washington and Oregon before moving to Arizona a little over 10 years ago.

She spent those 10 years at Mingus Union High School as a teacher, as well as in a few administrative roles, including in student support and outreach, and as assistant administrator and principal.

Making a difference in a child’s life can be as simple as reading a book with them for a couple hours twice a week.

The Sedona Literacy Center provides after-school tutoring to second- and third-grade students at Big Park Community and West Sedona schools from October through March every school year. Students meet one-on-one with volunteer tutors twice a week for an hour and a half to work on their reading and writing skills.

Aug. 21 marked the beginning of the fall semester at the renovated Yavapai College Sedona Center — the first semester to feature Culinary Arts Fundamentals certificate classes in two state-of-the-art teaching kitchens.

The history behind the renovation, which includes the aforementioned kitchens, expanded classrooms designed for flexibility of use, an enclosed atrium and a new orientation for entry, is one of community involvement and advocacy, said Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus Executive Dean James Perey.

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