Chino Valley Schools Superintendent Fall Update

This week is the first full week of Fall, my favorite season.  School sports are in full swing with all of our teams in action; football, boys and girls soccer, volleyball, and cross county at Chino Valley High School and volleyball and cross country at Heritage Middle School.

This week is the Chino Valley High School Homecoming with the theme “Lights, Camera, Action: Homecoming”.  Each day is a different dress up theme and then there is the Top Gun volleyball game on Monday, the Powderpuff football game followed by the Bonfire on Tuesday, and finally the Homecoming Dance on Wednesday.  The Homecoming Royalty will be announced at Friday’s football game on Friday October 1st when the Cougars go up against Coronado High School.

One of the biggest challenges that we have face this school year is transportation.  We are currently minimally staffed with bus drivers and we recently had some driver absences due to illness along with other unavoidable circumstances.  This has led to the District cancelling our Prescott Valley route with the hope of bringing it back as soon as we can.  The lack of qualified bus drivers is not unique to Chino Valley Schools and is a nationwide concern.

If you or someone you know is interested in being a bus driver, please call our transportation department at 928-636-2305 and ask to speak to our transportation director, Kriss Walton.  You do not need to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to start.  We will pay you as you as we train you to get your CDL and bus certification.  If you are unsure about whether you can drive a bus, call Kriss and she will set you up to get behind the wheel of a bus to try out a test drive.  It is easier than it may seem.

One of our most important strategic partners is Yavapai College.  They work closely with the District and Mountain Institute Career and Technical Education District to provide career and technical education programing for Chino Valley High School students.  In addition, YC provides dual enrollment classes with CVHS where students can get both high school and college credit for a variety of classes.

YC is offering a great deal right now.  Anyone can take one YC class for free, no tuition or fees, this semester.  There are over 100 late start classes to choose from that begin on October 11th and end in December.  This is a great way to test out college or brush up on some skills.

The district is excited to have been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association for fiscal year 2020.  This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and is an indication that the district has clearly communicated its financial story and meets the spirit of full disclosure.  All of the District’s financial information can be found on the district website under Departments/Business Office/Financial Transparency.

As a special note, the district’s next Governing Board meeting is taking place on a special date and at a special location.  For the first time ever, the Governing Board will meet in Paulden at the Paulden Community Center, 24050 N Marblehead Avenue.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m. in order to avoid conflicting with the district’s fall break which is October 11 – 14.

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