Today: Jul 10 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: Joe Howard Chosen as Top Superintendent

Joe Howard chosen as a top Superintendent in Arizona.

New Interim Principal at Humboldt Elementary School

Humboldt Elementary School will be under new leadership next year.    A Principal Selection Committee has reviewed 11 applications, selecting 6 finalists for interviews.  The 9 member committee has decided to move forward with an Interim Principal with the experience, knowledge and skills to help the District.  Members are unanimous with this decision as it would allow time to build another pool of candidates to attract additional qualified applicants.  Superintendent Dan Streeter says Diane Green, former Granville Elementary School Principal has been interviewed by the Committee and has received full support.  Green has embraced the opportunity to work with Humboldt Elementary staff to make next year a productive one for students, staff and parents.  The Humboldt Unified School District Board will consider hiring Green next year during its voting session at 6:30 tonight in Transportation Training Facility, located on Robert Road in Prescott Valley.  

PUSD partners with American Red Cross in the event of a disaster

The Prescott Unified School District Board considered a number of agreements during its meeting Tuesday night.  The first agreement is with the American Red Cross for use of Prescott High School during a disaster.  The second agreement is with Prescott College with respect to the assignment of Americorps Vista members within the District to accomplish work plans as specified in a project application.  This requires the District to contribute $17,400 dollars for the cost of placements.  The Board also considered agreements with the Yavapai Symphony Association to enhance music programs and Northern Arizona University to allow NAU-Yavapai students to participate in an internship program.  The Board meeting was held in the District Office Board Room on South Granite Street.  

5 Million Gallons of Water

Work could get started next week on a 5 million gallon water tank project.  During its meeting at 3 this afternoon, the Prescott City Council will consider a contract for the tank project at the City’s Water Production Facility in the Town of Chino Valley.  This facility is the City’s primary source for water production and transmission.  There’s currently a 5 million gallon storage tank at the site that was built in 1985.  The more than 3 million dollar project will include construction of a new welded steel water tank.  It will be located near the existing tank and City Manager Michael Lamar says it will increase water storage capacity, create redundancy within the water system and allow routine maintenance for the existing tank.  

With Prescott City Council approval, Fann Contracting will perform construction, which is scheduled for completion by December 15th.  The meeting will be held in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.  

Road Delays

Expect delays on Senator Highway in Prescott and Highway 89A in the Sedona area.  Prescott Street Maintenance crews will be doing ditch maintenance at Mount Vernon Avenue today and tomorrow from 10 am to 2 pm.  Traffic will be reduced to 1 lane through the work zone and flaggers and traffic control equipment will be in place.   Meanwhile, ADOT crews are striping Highway 89A during daylight hours today.  Although no travel lanes will be closed, ADOT is asking drivers to watch for slower moving equipment in Oak Creek Canyon.  

Should student journalists have the same 1st Amendment Rights as regular reporters?

State Representative David Stringer is calling a bill that gives student journalists the same First Amendment rights as regular reporters very bad.  The House of Representatives has passed Senate Bill 1384, which would also protect student media advisors from being disciplined from upholding the student’s rights.  Representative Stringer, who is from Prescott, says the bill has unintended consequences. Stringer had suggested his fellow Legislators take a close look at the bill. With the House of Representative’s 41 to 19 vote, the legislation is heading back to the Senate for final approval.  It will then go to Governor Doug Ducey for consideration.  

Joe Howard honored with special recognition

Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard is receiving a special honor.  Howard has been named a top Superintendent. Howard says even though he will be receiving this award, District operations are a team effort. Howard says he receives support from outside the District for his efforts. Howard explains his award carries the momentum of awards the Prescott Unified School District has received this year. Howard will be recognized during the Association’s Summer Conference Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Tucson June 12th.  

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