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Nanci Hutson

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Prescott school district's old offices in escrow

PUSD sets June 18 as closing date for sale

This is something of a repeat story, but Prescott Unified School District appears to have a buyer for the former district offices on South Granite Street.

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$1M or more to rebuild PHS track, football field

Prescott High School’s track and football field are in such poor repair the track team was unable to host any home meets this season.

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Charter schools to raise average pay for teachers

Infusion of state dollars to benefit charter schools; BASIS teachers get extra rewards from parents

Gov. Doug Ducey, and a majority of state legislators, may not have met all the demands of Arizona Educators United #RedForEd movement, but teacher pay is slated to increase by an additional 19 percent for both district and charter schools over the next three years.

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North Star Youth Partnership honors teen leaders and their mentors

Tri-City College Prep High School senior Ashlynn Rooney discovered through her schools Peer Assistance & Leadership chapter the “value of kindness and how a little bit really goes a long way.”

Prescott City Council to consider new pension funding policy

The Prescott City Council this week will be voting on a new pension fund policy, one that stems from a statewide push to bring transparency to how cities and towns manage those financial obligations.

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Granite Mountain School principal nominated for state honor

On a top shelf in Granite Mountain School Principal Teresa Bruso’s office is a block sign that reads, “Practice Compassion, Be A Dreamer and Dream Big; Be a Good Person, Do Great Things.”

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Rising Stars: The impact of mentoring

Sometimes people need a little extra encouragement and support before their star can shine.

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Taylor Hicks’ new principal in running for state award as ‘rookie’ elementary school administrator

At Prescott High School, the now-Taylor Hicks Elementary School principal was a stand-out student, someone her then-English teacher saw as a “natural born leader.”

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Children’s safety is top priority with officials

Rural Arizona not immune to danger; school safety seminar focuses on ways to avert tragedy

Seventy-two hours before Valentine’s Day in 1987, a 17-year-old Southern California student at the Orme Boarding School in Mayer was killed by a Yavapai County sheriff’s deputy after he went on a shooting rampage on the campus, critically wounding one administrator and injuring two teachers.

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Prescott school board enjoys show of skills from gifted students; issues $4M in next phase of bonds

Money to be used to replace aging buses, replace computers, fixes

For their last official meeting of the 2017-18 school year, the Prescott Unified School Board was treated to a taste of what some of their gifted elementary-aged students have been challenged to do this year.

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Prescott Unified presents 'Going the Extra Mile' Awards

To Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard, the beauty of this district boils down to one thing: people.

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PUSD celebrates opening of new district home

The grand opening is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, with a ribbon cutting, tours, refreshments and student art and music

Against the backdrop of a statewide teacher walkout, Prescott Unified District educators intend to celebrate this community’s educational legacy on Tuesday, May 1.

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Mingus Union High teacher is Teacher of the Year

Prescott Mile High teacher wins Outstanding First Year Teacher honors at foundation’s banquet

On the night the Yavapai County Education Foundation crowned Mingus Union High School math teacher Craig Mai as its 24th annual Teacher of the Year, the 2017 honoree Jessica Marks shared how her award last year “changed her life.”

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Some district, charter schools to be open, some closed; parents advised to ‘stay tuned’

Local RedforEd: What's next?

So what happens now? After two days of a statewide walkout/strike — the words are used synonymously yet hold different legal weight — school districts and charter school leaders must consider what will happen next week.

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Prescott schools use hybrid 2-hour delay to support #RedForEd movement

Walkout inspires charter school kindergartener to donate his ‘give jar’ to cause

After painting poetry covers in pudding, Abia Judd Elementary third-graders in Catie Schnitzius’ late-start class on Thursday were at their desks outlining words for a three-line poems about animals in the world.

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Mayer students do their own walkout to support teachers

Mayer Unified teachers didn’t walk out. Instead their middle school and high school students did – for one hour.

Some local charter schools plan to close for walkout

Tri-City charter schools are supporting the Arizona Educators United #RedForEd movement’s call for adequate educational funding and an equitable salary schedule, but only two of 15 schools reached for comment Tuesday said they will close for the walkout.

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Humboldt district to close 10 schools Thursday and Friday due to teacher walkout

Humboldt Unified School District will close its 10 schools on Thursday and Friday due to the scheduled statewide teacher walkout, but the prom and some varsity sports events are expected to go forward as planned as long as there will be adequate supervision.

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Plans in place for potential Thursday teacher walkout

A looming statewide teacher walkout on Thursday will have a bit of different look in the Quad-City region, as well as in a number of districts across Yavapai County.

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Soldwedels inducted into UofA Journalism Hall of Fame

Newspaper ink flowed in the blood of The Daily Courier’s long-time owners Don and Luda Soldwedel.

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Local police detective offers ‘White Cross Project’ to teach life-and-death, safe driving lessons

White Cross Project

Every time Jim Tobin sees a white cross roadside memorial, he immediately ponders the life behind the etched name on the markers — Kyle, Haley, Christopher, Jacob, John, Jose, Benjamin, Patrick, Shane, Sandi, Sandra, Christy, Kasey, Riley, Shawn, Lauren, Julian, Joseph and Jeremiah.

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PHS students honor National School Walkout with assembly calling on students to speak up, be kind

Call for action

For 17 minutes on Friday morning, about 100 Prescott High School students paid homage to 14 peers, and three of their male teachers and coaches, who until Valentine’s Day attended a Florida high school.

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Arizona teachers vote to walk out

Schools across the state could be forced to close if walkout lasts multiple days

The vote is in — some 78 percent of more than 57,000 Arizona teachers who submitted ballots favor a walkout.

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Educators stage another walk-in

Second #RedForEd rally affirms need for pre-Recession funding to do what’s best for students

The momentum behind the #RedForEd movement has not lost its gusto in the Quad Cities.

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United Way’s new social enterprise program giving people a chance

Enables agencies to offer employment hope

Brad Newman is not afraid to try anything.

Locals cautiously optimistic about pledge to make education a priority

Within minutes of Gov. Doug Ducey’s announcement he will propose to the Legislature raising teacher pay by 9 percent for the next school year, with net increases of up to 20 percent by 2020-21, Chino Valley Unified School District Superintendent John Scholl was penning a memo to faculty and staff.

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Educators call '#RedForEd' walk-in campaign a demand to do right by students, not only higher pay

An army of red shirts, red pants, red ties, even red sneakers, surrounded schools throughout the tri-city area on Wednesday as a means to remedy a decade of alleged educational neglect.

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Mayer district seeking emergency funds to cover student exodus after Goodwin fire

Mayer Schools Superintendent Dean Slaga will be at the state Capitol today, April 10, seeking financial help from lawmakers to compensate for losing 55 students because of last summer’s fire and flood.

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Dresses, tuxedos, suits, shoes and jewelry available at no cost to students attending prom

The Priceless Prom Project

Modeling a tailored black tuxedo with matching bow tie and shiny black dress shoes, Chino Valley High School senior Tanner Brown looked every bit the sophisticated young gentleman ready for prom night.

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Aspiring music legend is a teaching legend

Acoustic guitar, love of language integral pieces to retiring Abia Judd teacher’s connection with children

Jane Robertson once aspired to be the next Joni Mitchell or Joan Baez.

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Yavapai County Education Foundation announces finalists for 24th Teacher of the Year honor

From a field of 73 teacher nominees across Yavapai County — including district, charter and private schools — seven teachers from Humboldt Unified School District and five from Prescott Unified School District are finalists in the 24th annual Yavapai County Teacher of the Year categories.

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College students bring ‘Chalk for Change’ to Willow Creek Charter School

The front courtyard at Willow Creek Charter School was transformed Wednesday afternoon from blank pavement to an assortment of happy images and messages, all created with chalk — rainbows, hearts, angels, even a smiling “kitty dog.”

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PUSD prioritizes competitive salaries, student emotional health in proposed budget approval

With united support, the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday night approved a proposed 2018-19 budget that will give all staff a 3 percent pay hike.

PUSD governing board looks to fill 2 vacancies

Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli has been doing double-duty with the Prescott Unified School District since his election in November, but come this November he will be focused solely on city business.

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PUSD board to vote on 2018-19 budget at new Washington School location

The Prescott Unified School District Governing Board will host its first official monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 3, at 5 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of the district’s new home at Washington School on East Gurley Street.

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New project that hearkens back to New Deal aims to help the homeless, curb panhandling in Prescott

Will work for ...

Panhandlers hold up signs at entrances to businesses and intersections asking for help to fill up the gas tank, cover a meal, or work that will help with living expenses.

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Easter candy tradition, what is your favorite jelly bean? (Poll)

Buttered-popcorn jelly beans outselling licorice as most popular this year

For many adults and children alike, jelly beans are a national Easter tradition.

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Chocolate Easter bunny still top seller for Easter baskets

Easter is a Christian religious observance that coincides with the beginning of spring.

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Murder mystery writer J.A. Jance entertains readers with pages out of her real-life story

Don’t you dare make murder mystery thriller writer J.A. Jance angry. You might end up as a serial killer in one of her books.

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‘Red for Ed’ marchers call for more education funding

Standing on the north sidewalk of the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza on Thursday afternoon, 4-year-old Sean VanKirk held up a sign that read, “We are the only super heroes you’ve got.”

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Prescott High seniors favor respect, not casting judgment when it comes to hot topics

“Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to disagree and yet continue to love one another, to care for one another, and cherish one another and seek the greater good of the other.” – Desmond Tutu

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Soon-to-be Prescott High graduates offer their wisdom on traversing a complex world

Charles Dickens penned the opening to “A Tale of Two Cities” more than a century-and-a-half ago.

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Washington School now home to PUSD district offices, preschool and resource center

Prescott Unified School District central office folks smile as they settled into their new digs on Friday mornig in what was once the state’s oldest elementary school.

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Historic-preservation-minded neighbors of Washington School pleased with its new uses

Because the community was opposed to selling the historic Washington School building in Prescott, district leaders, instead, sold the PUSD offices that were on South Granite Street and relocated to the Washington School.

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Helping the homeless creatively

CCJ’s new leader envisions end to homelessness with creative, collaborative approaches

Jessi Hans is a believer in the divine dignity of every man, woman and child.

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Report spotlights history of school spending

Aims to make it higher state priority

If you ask the group of about 10 Prescott High School seniors who attended an Arizona Town Hall Community Outreach program on Tuesday what the key is to their educational success, they will repeat the same answer: knowledgeable, caring and devoted classroom teachers.

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Grad Night 2018 sure to be night of frivolity and memories

Prescott High School’s Class of 2018 will be treated to a casino night party hours after they turn the tassels on their Badger blue mortarboards, Friday, May 25.

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Hospital president shares pride in YRMC’s 75-year past as predictor of future progress

Shepherd of health care

As the shepherd of Prescott’s main health care institution, John Amos sounded like a proud coach as he hailed the progress and medical advances of Yavapai Regional Medical Center over the last 75 years.

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Craft the world away - Making art a means of finding inner peace

When Joan Carrell needs a bit of escape from the everyday world, she walks down the hall of her Prescott Country Club home into what has become a semi-sanctuary — her quilting studio.

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PUSD anticipates chance to celebrate district’s first official accreditation

Prescott Unified School District educators preen with pride over their instruction of 3,800 prized pupils.