Originally Published: July 29, 2004 7 a.m.
Polk said that significant population growth and significant drug problems contribute to the increase in the crime rate and that her goal will be to "clean up our communities and strive to achieve a lower crime rate and continue to preserve Yavapai County as a safe place for everyone to live."
Paul Street, Ed.D, is an incumbent Republican running for his fourth term as Yavapai County superintendent of schools.
County voters elected Street in 1987 and re-elected him in 1991. Between 1995 and 1998, Street worked as the associate superintendent for the Arizona Department of Education. In 1999, voters again elected him county superintendent of schools.
Beginning in 1965, Street taught grades 5, 6 and 8 for 10 years. Since then, he's been involved in various levels of school administration.
This past December, Congress passed the Rural Education Achievement Program, bringing $1.5 million in grant money to rural Arizona districts. Of that, Yavapai County received a $500,000 grant in May.
Street will use that money to provide Yavapai County teachers with training on teaching English language learners and improving literacy skills in accordance with the "Highly Qualified Teachers" indicator of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
In his position as county superintendent of schools, Street oversees 25 diverse school districts. He serves on the board of directors of the Education Scholarship Endowment of Yavapai County, which gives scholarships to students seeking higher education in teaching.