Tag: Sedona-Oak Creek School District

LAUNCH seeking support for preschool pilot program. See more local education news here

| February 5, 2019
LAUNCH seeking support for preschool pilot program. See more local education news here

LAUNCH Flagstaff approached both the Flagstaff City Council and the Coconino County Board of Supervisors (Feb. 5) with one central message: the community needs more quality preschool options.

To advance world class education, which is LAUNCH’s stated mission, the organization is seeking supporters for a pilot program to improve preschool education within Flagstaff Unified School District boundaries by providing full-day, year-round preschool to 4-year-olds from low-income families.

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Retired couple donates scholarship to district in honor of late Sen. McCain

| December 20, 2018
Retired couple donates scholarship to district in honor of late Sen. McCain

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Sedona-Oak Creek School District Superintendent Dennis Dearden accepted a large donation on behalf of the newly-founded Sedona Education Foundation — $20,000 from one retired couple.

William and Cheryl Geffon, New York transplants to Sedona, presented the inaugural seed of their philanthropic vision for education — the John McCain Memorial Scholarship.

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Denny Dearden sets goals for Sedona-Oak Creek School District. See more education news here

| August 15, 2018
Denny Dearden sets goals for Sedona-Oak Creek School District. See more education news here

Nearly all his life, Denny Dearden has wanted to be a teacher and make a difference in kids’ lives. As the new superintendent of Sedona-Oak Creek School District, he’s positioned to do just that for Sedona’s students.

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SOCSD introduces new leadership at ice cream social. See more education news here

| July 4, 2018
SOCSD introduces new leadership at ice cream social. See more education news here

With school out for the summer, West Sedona School’s cafeteria doesn’t typically get much traffic on a Monday evening — but the room was abuzz with activity on June 25 as parents, teachers, kids and other community members came together for an ice cream social.

More than 50 turned out for the free ice cream, but also to meet Sedona Oak Creek School District’s new superintendent, Denny Dearden, and elementary school principal, Brenda Buck. Both shared a few words about themselves and their hopes for the district.

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Sedona-Oak Creek School District plans for staff raises. See more education news here

| May 30, 2018
Sedona-Oak Creek School District plans for staff raises. See more education news here

After a month of teacher demonstrations and a weeklong strike, public school districts throughout Arizona are seeing a bump in funding from the state.

The funding increase amounts to an additional $216.86 per student enrolled in the district, which Sedona-Oak Creek School District predicts will total $329,621.

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(Sedona-Oak Creek School District) votes to close school. See more education news here

| April 11, 2018
(Sedona-Oak Creek School District) votes to close school. See more education news here

Reversing a decision made two weeks ago, the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board voted unanimously to continue discussions about closing one of the district’s elementary schools.

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(Sedona-Oak Creek School District) votes down school closure

| April 4, 2018
(Sedona-Oak Creek School District) votes down school closure

As Sedona-Oak Creek School District works to slice $1.5 million off its budget, talk of closing an elementary school has resurfaced.

The SOCSD Governing Board has held two meetings so far regarding the cost savings of closing either Big Park Community School or West Sedona School, on March 20 and 22. The board also considered an option to keep both schools open, choosing instead to cut down on programs and personnel.

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Sedona Oak Creek School District wraps strategic plan

| March 14, 2018
Sedona Oak Creek School District wraps strategic plan

Months of discussions came to a close this week as the Sedona Oak Creek School District’s strategic planning committee finalized its goals and objectives during a meeting Monday, March 5.

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Sedona-Oak Creek School District narrows super search

| February 28, 2018
Sedona-Oak Creek School District narrows super search

With four months left until Superintendent David Lykins’ contract expires, the Sedona-Oak Creek School District is getting down to business to find his replacement.

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Sedona-Oak Creek School District starts talking budget cuts. See more education stories here

| February 21, 2018
Sedona-Oak Creek School District starts talking budget cuts. See more education stories here

As belts tighten at school districts around the Verde Valley, Sedona-Oak Creek School District is looking at another year of cuts in the face of declining enrollment.

District administrators and the Governing Board met for their first budget work session Tuesday, Feb. 13, to begin the difficult process of pulling the district out of the red.

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