Julie Larson, Ruth Wicks present argument for Independent Administrative College to Cottonwood Council; given enthusiastic support by filled chamber audience
Ms. Julie Larson and Ms. Ruth Wicks appeared before the Cottonwood City Council on September 2 to explain the reasons for creating an independent administrative college structure for the Verde Valley (including Sedona). Ms. Larson, the former superintendent of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek school district pointed out the current disparity in learning opportunities between students on the Prescott side of Mingus Mountain and those living in the Verde Valley. She asked the Governing Board to provide the same educational opportunities on the East side of the County as are already provided on the West side of the County.
Ms. Wicks, a former high school and Yavapai Community College educator, applauded the efforts by the Community College and Governing Board to create advisory committees from the Verde Valley. However, she emphasized that: “We need a Verde Valley president and a separate community college structure like that in Maricopa County.” Click here for the complete story in the Verde Independent by Mr. John Hutchinson. Click here for the videotape of Ms. Larson’s presentation. Click here for the videotape of Ms. Wicks presentation.