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Williams school budget override passes. See more education stories here

| November 15, 2017
Williams school budget override passes. See more education stories here

The Williams Unified School District (WUSD) budget override is headed toward approval, according to the Nov. 7 election results.
As of 11:30 p.m. Nov. 7, the unofficial final tally showed 58.21 percent, or 656 voters, voting “yes” to the override, and 41.79 percent, or 471 voting “no”.

There are still an unknown number of provisional and uncounted ballots that need to be counted, but most likely not enough to change the outcome of that proposition.

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WUSD announces October Students of the Month. See more education stories here

| November 8, 2017
WUSD announces October Students of the Month. See more education stories here

Izabella Anderson, Bethany Walker Domen, Amelie McKenzie, Jiovanni Perez Mata and Andy Endicott are the October elementary Students of the Month at WEMS.

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Candlelight vigil held in Williams for slain teacher. More education stories here

| October 25, 2017
Candlelight vigil held in Williams for slain teacher. More education stories here

Friends and employees of Grand Canyon Railway held a vigil Oct. 22 at the Babbitt-Polson Stage in Williams to honor Cathryn Gorospe, a Glendale kindergarten teacher who was reported missing Oct. 6. Cathryn worked as a seasonal employee for the Grand Canyon Railway. Her remains were found in Mayer Oct. 13.

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Making the grade: Williams schools go from D to B. See more education stories here

| October 18, 2017
Making the grade: Williams schools go from D to B. See more education stories here

Arizona school letter grades have been released by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) for the 2016-2017 school year, and administrators at Williams Unified School District are pleased with the results.

Both Williams High School (WHS) and Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS) received B grades from the Arizona Department of Education. The last time the grades came out — 2014 — WHS received a C and WEMS received a D.

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WHS Senior spotlight: Looking at graduation and beyond. See more education stories here

| October 4, 2017
WHS Senior spotlight: Looking at graduation and beyond. See more education stories here

Tori Maebe is attending Williams High School (WHS) for the first time as a senior after being homeschooled her entire life.

Maebe has played volleyball and been on the mountain bike team for four years at the high school.

Maebe enjoyed her homeschool and online classes but wanted to experience school with her friends. She is looking forward to activities such as prom and homecoming.

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WHS patriotism questioned at governing board meeting. See more education stories here

| September 20, 2017
WHS patriotism questioned at governing board meeting. See more education stories here

Concerned military veterans converged at the Williams Unified School District (WUSD) Governing Board meeting Sept. 13 over rumors of anti-American teaching at Williams High School (WHS).

Approximately 20 veterans attended the meeting where several addressed the board and Superintendent Rick Honsinger regarding rumors that some teachers were discouraging patriotism and encouraging Islamic beliefs. …

However, WHS world history teacher Kellie O’Toole-Lee, followed the presentation by reading a letter to the board. …

“Arizona State Social Studies standards require that world religions, including Islam, be taught as part of the world history standards,” she said. “As WUSD teachers adhere to state standards, Islam and other world religions are getting equal time in the curriculum for world history. The material is provided factually and provides students with an understanding of other cultures throughout history. There’s no personal opinion and no favoritism involved.”

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Williams area 4-H groups rack-up awards at Coconino County Fair

| September 13, 2017
Williams area 4-H groups rack-up awards at Coconino County Fair

Labor Day weekend is a time for relaxation, travel and visits with family and friends for many people, but for most northern Arizona 4-H groups, it marks the climax of the livestock season when they will show their animals at the Coconino County Fair.

After spending months feeding, grooming, and exercising their animals, local 4-H members made final preparations for the 68th annual Coconino County Fair Sept. 1-3.

For months, 4-H members in Williams, Parks and Valle put in countless hours raising market livestock for the fair. Once at the fair, the members competed against each other for the top place in one of several divisions — steer, hog, lamb, goat, turkey, fryer pen, rabbit fryer pen, and cavie.

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Preschool is a hit at Williams Elementary-Middle School. See more education stories here

| August 23, 2017
Preschool is a hit at Williams Elementary-Middle School. See more education stories here

After some uncertainty as to whether there was enough interest in a new preschool program at Williams-Elementary Middle School (WEMS), administrators are now sorting through a wait-list for the program.

Administrator Maya Caldwell said she is pleasantly surprised with the number of families who applied for the new grant-based preschool at the school.

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New faces, new places: Williams Unified School District welcomes new staff. See more education stories here

| August 9, 2017
New faces, new places: Williams Unified School District welcomes new staff. See more education stories here

Williams Unified School District welcome 14 new teachers and several paraprofessionals for the the 2017-2018 school year.

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Williams Unified School District passes 2017-2018 budget. See more education stories here

| August 2, 2017
Williams Unified School District passes 2017-2018 budget. See more education stories here

Williams Unified School District (WUSD) is easing into the school year with the adoption of the 2017-2018 budget. The $6,859,122 final budget was approved by the WUSD Governing Board after a short discussion.

The tentative budget, approved on July 12, included the primary tax and a secondary tax. 

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