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Nanci Hutson

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‘A Christmas Carol’ opens at Prescott High School Thursday, Dec. 1
Charles Dickens’ holiday classic comes to life on Ruth Street Theater stage

Just after the school day finishes Monday afternoon, some 30 Prescott High students gather behind the Ruth Street Theater stage adorned in costumes suited to Charles Dickens’ famous tale, “A Christmas Carol,” a holiday classic.

By Nanci Hutson November 29, 2022
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On Monday, Yavapai County Superintendent Tim Carter announced that he has filled a vacancy on the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board with the highest vote-getter for the four-year seat.

By Nanci Hutson November 28, 2022
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If you’re feeling listless, sneezing, coughing, even nauseous, you’re not alone — but good luck getting an appointment for a diagnosis or treatment, as doctors’ offices and urgent care facilities are booked solid.

By Nanci Hutson November 28, 2022
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In her home office, Prescott Unified School District Board President Deb Dillon has a framed calligraphy piece given to her by a friend that reads, “It’s ALL About the Kids.”

By Nanci Hutson November 26, 2022
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If you think the friendly football wager between friendly rivals, Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard and Humboldt Unified School District Superintendent John Pothast, was forgotten, well, you’d be mistaken.

By Nanci Hutson November 26, 2022
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Local hospitality executive, community leader appointed to Yavapai College Governing Board
Stephen Bracety emerges from 3 finalists to finish 4 years of Mitch Padilla’s 6-year term

A top hospitality executive for the company that operates what was formerly the Prescott Resort and Conference Center is the appointed candidate to fill a vacancy on the Yavapai College Governing Board, Yavapai County Superintendent Tim Carter announced on Wednesday.

By Nanci Hutson November 24, 2022
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Humboldt Unified School District’s 10 campuses will be getting some much-needed tender loving care this year, a big chunk thanks to state and federal dollars that enable the district to afford such projects.

By Nanci Hutson November 23, 2022
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Yavapai Toy Makers give smiles to children through simple, wooden toys
Welcome new hobbyists to join the effort that supports 18 charities

Pete Swope in Prescott Valley is a hobby woodcrafter who thanks to a neighbor some years ago found a way to use his talents to give back to others - making toys for children for whom such a gift would elicit a smile when they most need one.

By Nanci Hutson November 23, 2022
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Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist hosts vigil to honor victims of Colorado Springs shooting
Service intended to be reminder of need to spread love in divided world

From her spiritual perspective, The Rev. Patty Willis at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Prescott finds violence of any kind to be an affront to all people.

By Nanci Hutson November 22, 2022
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Prescott Unified School District’s Business Department has earned serious bragging rights this year for a two-part external audit that was near perfect, a score enviable by most any financial institution.

By Nanci Hutson November 21, 2022
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Yavapai public health officials celebrate staff, partners who stepped up during pandemic
Health director ‘awed by all the good’ accomplished for the good of all in Yavapai County

In their off-hours over the past couple years, the 80 people who work for the Yavapai County Community Health Services may have wanted to remain incognito.

By Nanci Hutson November 21, 2022
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Two decades ago, Jason Burns was a carefree Yavapai College baseball player who liked to party with friends, never imagining how amid the fog of alcohol he might make a decision that would put him within a whisper of death and forever change the trajectory of his life.

By Nanci Hutson November 19, 2022
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The Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board honored three members of the Lake Valley Elementary School community on Tuesday, Nov. 15 as the November VIPS.

By Nanci Hutson November 19, 2022
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HUSD reviews personalized learning progress, approves spending $1.16M of federal ESSER dollars
Funds to enhance school safety with state-of-the-art surveillance cameras

Humboldt Unified School District’s personalized learning initiative, touted by district leaders as innovative instruction that is key to unlocking the academic prowess for all students, is making progress as teachers are no longer “invited” to try new things but “expected” to do so in their classrooms.

By Nanci Hutson November 17, 2022
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With a counter full of fresh-baked and other treats — pumpkin muffins, no-bake pastry crisps and other tasty treats — the Glassford Hill Middle School faculty, staff, students, civic leaders and construction trades folks celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week for their brand new culinary arts lab.

By Nanci Hutson November 17, 2022
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The Prescott Unified School District this week hired a longtime special education teacher, trainer, director and university professor from Ohio as the district’s new director of exceptional student services.

By Nanci Hutson November 16, 2022
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Lake Valley Elementary Principal Aimee Fleming was feted with love on a night when her intention was to shower love on the school “family” she said owns her heart after seven years as its leader.

By Nanci Hutson November 16, 2022
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CVUSD superintendent hopes to get town nod for teacher housing project
Economic survey speaks to need for incentives to recruit, retain qualified educators

Chino Valley Unified School District’s Governing Board unanimously favors building some affordable housing for teachers on land it owns behind Del Rio Elementary School as a potential recruitment tool.

By Nanci Hutson November 15, 2022
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HUSD’s meeting delayed a week due to election; now scheduled for Nov. 15
Agenda includes presentations on personalized learning, state report card scores

To accommodate for the election, the Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board moved its regular meeting this month to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Vista Training Room.

By Nanci Hutson November 14, 2022
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Conn elected to two-year seat on PUSD Governing Board
Final confirmation of PUSD race – first-time board members in two, four-year seats and the two-year – slated for Nov. 28

After days of awaiting final election with its numerical twists and turns this week, the two-year seat for the Prescott Unified School District appears to be a solid victory for a retired educator, special- needs counselor and one-time law-enforcement dispatcher eager to accept her new role.

By Nanci Hutson November 12, 2022
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Under a slate blue sky, hundreds of jacket-clad Prescott area individuals, couples and families cheered this nation and community’s veterans, especially those who waited decades for parades and gratitude.

By Nanci Hutson November 12, 2022
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Music Box Angels charity a gift to area veterans through handcrafted, music boxes
Veterans treated to the affection of national crafters as ‘thank you’ for service above and beyond

As a hospice chaplain and veteran advocate, Kermit Hunt is always seeking to find ways to pay tribute to these men and women, offering solace to them and their families with ceremonies honoring their military service as they approach the close of their life journey.

By Nanci Hutson November 10, 2022
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Tight margin for 2-year PUSD board seat prompts victory for challenger
County superintendent explains final declaration of race results expected on Nov. 28

The dynamics of the state and local election process with votes still being tallied into the early hours Wednesday, and likely continuing throughout the week, changed the course of one local Governing Board race and prompted an incumbent in another to congratulate two new board candidates.

By Nanci Hutson November 9, 2022
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In the most contested, and contentious, Governing Board race in recent Prescott history, the voters appear to have opted to support the pro-district team of candidates for both the two, four-year seats and the two-year seat that included an incumbent and a first-time Republican conservative candidate.

By Nanci Hutson November 8, 2022
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In another twist connected to candidate concerns about behind-the-scenes politicking in the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board race, one of the three self-avowed conservatives seeking a first-time, four-year seat on the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board on Friday resigned his Republican Party precinct committeeman post.

By Nanci Hutson November 7, 2022
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Prescott’s Veterans Day Parade to honor Vietnam War veterans
Mayor, Vietnam combat veteran to recognize those for whom no parade drums sounded at their return

A Vietnam combat veteran, Prescott Mayor Phil Goode didn’t get a parade when he returned home from war. Instead, he was met with anti-war protesters hurling insults and forcing him to hide in plain sight.

By Nanci Hutson November 7, 2022
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Prescott High School Early College program at Yavapai earning high marks
Future expansion planned; Bradshaw Mountain to launch similar program next year

Inside a second-floor office at Yavapai College in the cafeteria building on the Prescott campus, a seasoned Prescott High School academic advisor is engaged in a lively conversation with a senior excited about her prospects for a nursing career thanks to her chance to earn early, free, college credits.

By Nanci Hutson November 5, 2022
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Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk confirmed on Thursday that her office received a complaint that the Yavapai County Republican Committee violated campaign finance law by donating to nonpartisan Governing Board races across the county, including candidates in the quad-city area.

By Nanci Hutson November 3, 2022
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Two Prescott Unified School District Governing Board Republican affiliated candidates are apparent targets of election malfeasance.

By Nanci Hutson November 3, 2022
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The Prescott Unified School District had a full house for its regular Governing Board meeting on Tuesday night, Nov. 1, as district leaders and teachers presented a proposed new K-12 social studies curriculum and shared the plan to implement standards-based grading at the elementary school levels.

By Nanci Hutson November 2, 2022
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After a two-year hiatus, the state of Arizona’s Board of Education released its letter grade scores for public schools on Tuesday.

By Nanci Hutson November 1, 2022
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PUSD Governing Board campaign tally: almost $60K
Top county education leader suggests it’s ‘sign of the times’

At a time of unprecedented national scrutiny of public education, area school districts are witnessing not only more candidates for nonpartisan school board races than have campaigned in decades, but staggering amounts of campaign contributions and expenses for the coming Nov. 8 election.

By Nanci Hutson November 1, 2022
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PUSD Governing Board begins consideration of succession plan
Joe Howard to retire in October 2023; possible vote on Tenney serving as interim superintendent set for Dec. 6

No one in education circles will dispute that the most influence any district Governing Board in Arizona is given by law is the selection of who will be the district’s top education leader, its superintendent.

By Nanci Hutson October 29, 2022
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The Prescott Unified School District will begin talks about a superintendent succession plan for almost eight-year Superintendent Joe Howard at its planned work/study session at the district office on East Gurley Street on Friday, Oct. 28 beginning at 8 a.m.

By Nanci Hutson October 27, 2022
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In a political season that has seen a divide between public education advocates and those demanding changes to reflect the will of parents and community conservatives, the Humboldt Unified School District’s five-member Governing Board did a self-evaluation focused on how to be a voice for all.

By Nanci Hutson October 26, 2022
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Horses With Heart makes visit to Granville School in Prescott Valley
Students get up close with special breed of equine — miniature horses adorned in Halloween costumes

Eager to show their grooming prowess, a dozen Granville Elementary students were treated to the chance on Tuesday morning to try their hand at brushing and petting three miniature horses costumed for Halloween.

By Nanci Hutson October 25, 2022
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Local education leaders suggest the “doom and gloom” statistics related to ACT scores for this past year, deemed the lowest national scores in three decades, do not reflect the big picture of student preparedness for college.

By Nanci Hutson October 24, 2022
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Nothing like the sweet, tangy taste of a fresh cut beefsteak tomato to remind one of summer gardens, outdoor picnics or the perfect topping to family taco night.

By Nanci Hutson October 24, 2022
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For second year, Salvation Army opens seven-day-a-week winter emergency shelter starting Nov. 1
Quad-City Interfaith Council will manage option to accommodate overflow needs

With fall leaves swirling on the ground, and temperatures still relatively comfortable, it might be hard to think that just after Halloween temperatures are likely to drop to levels beyond uncomfortable for those living without shelter.

By Nanci Hutson October 22, 2022
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The local version of “Friday Night Lights” will rev up tonight, Friday, Oct. 21, on the gridiron at Bradshaw Mountain High School with the annual regular season rivalry between the Prescott High School Badgers and Bradshaw Mountain High School Bears’ teams.

By Nanci Hutson October 20, 2022
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Crafting a school district calendar to please faculty, staff, students and parents can be quite the exercise, but Humboldt Unified School District leaders are excited that this year they think they’ve got a winner.

By Nanci Hutson October 20, 2022
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HUSD board displeased 1980 aggregate expenditure limit not corrected yet
Would cost district $7.75M if not fixed by March 1

In the winter semester last year, then-Bradshaw Mountain High economics teacher Michael Tannehill was caught off guard when one of his seniors raised her hand and bluntly asked, “Why does Arizona hate me?”

By Nanci Hutson October 19, 2022
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Blood drive to benefit Prescott boy with myeloid leukemia
Captain CrossFit, The Launch Pad team up

A 5-year-old Prescott boy with a “spitfire” personality, now undergoing a six-month, intensive treatment protocol after a May diagnosis with acute myeloid leukemia, is the inspiration for a local fitness and teen center to host a before Halloween blood drive.

By Nanci Hutson October 18, 2022
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For the second year in a row, school district leaders across Arizona are left to wonder whether or not state lawmakers will suspend the existing aggregate spending limit on school budgets so districts don’t lose millions needed to operate the schools that educate their community’s children.

By Nanci Hutson October 17, 2022
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In his two decades as Yavapai County’s unopposed elected prosecutor, and throughout a prestigious law career spanning a total of four decades, Charles Roland “Chick” Hastings enjoyed a reputation as an unflappable man of integrity and deep love of the legal profession, said those who knew him best.

By Nanci Hutson October 17, 2022
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Arizona Youth Survey results speak to power of education and parental connections
Programs to prevent bullying and educate on dangers of fentanyl remain state and local priorities

Every two years, the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission asks schools across the state to survey willing eighth, tenth and 12th grade students on a comprehensive list of issues that range from whether they smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol to whether they text and talk on a cellphone while driving.

By Nanci Hutson October 8, 2022
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Grant-allocation process underway to build affordable housing for teachers
Chino Valley Unified, Prescott Unified working on potential projects they see as a means to recruit and retain top teaching talent

With the backing of a $3 million grant, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter is confident some area school districts are going to be able to offer a key teacher recruiting and retention tool: affordable workforce housing either on their campuses or elsewhere in their communities.

By Nanci Hutson October 6, 2022
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CVUSD considers enhanced security for school campuses, sets future study session
Adopts $18.1M revised operating budget for 2022-23 school year

The Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board hosted a presentation on school security at its Wednesday, Oct. 5 meeting in Paulden, a topic members intend to delve into more after the election to include conversation about reinforcing existing measures beyond what exists today.

By Nanci Hutson October 6, 2022
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PUSD leaders thank community for 2015 bond and override
$15M spent on technology, energy and facility upgrades and transportation, 5.1% for salary hikes touted as key investments to benefit community’s children

By April 30, the Prescott Unified School District will have invested $15 million of a community-supported bond into extensive technology upgrades, a new fleet of school buses, districtwide energy upgrades, construction of new athletic facilities and a renovated Washington School into a district office complex.

By Nanci Hutson October 5, 2022
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Math instruction and intervention are on the academic front burner at Mile High Middle School in Prescott, admitted Principal Andrew Binder.

By Nanci Hutson October 5, 2022

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