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Payne appointed to WUSD school board

| October 12, 2016
Payne appointed to WUSD school board

Williams resident Leah Payne has been selected to replace outgoing board member Thomas Ross, who resigned July 27. Payne is running unopposed and will begin her term on Jan. 1, 2017.

Payne applied for the position through Coconino County Board of Supervisors and was interviewed by an advisory committee consisting of district residents and a current board member.

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CCC seeks budget override with Prop 410. See more Williams News education stories here

| October 5, 2016
CCC seeks budget override with Prop 410. See more Williams News education stories here

Coconino Community College president Colleen Smith has been working hard to get the message out about Proposition 410, a proposed property tax override. Smith addressed the Williams City Council and Williams Unified School District governing board this month with her proposal.

The proposition will be on the Nov. 8 ballot and is asking voters to approve a property tax increase that would fund college programs and provide services to high school students and veterans. The new property tax would begin in tax year 2019 after the final payment on the voter approved 20 year bonds that built the college’s campuses. The tax would continue for seven years.

CCC’s revenue sources are tightly controlled by state law and the governing board has determined that the amounts currently allowed provide insufficient revenues for the college.

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AzMerit scores show progress in some rural schools. See more Williams News education stories here

| September 28, 2016
AzMerit scores show progress in some rural schools. See more Williams News education stories here

The Arizona Department of Education released the final AzMerit statewide assessment for all Arizona schools to the public Sept. 16.

The 2015-2016 AzMerit results showed marked improvement over the first year of testing for many rural schools in the Williams-Grand Canyon area.

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WUSD receives substance abuse prevention grant earns Quality Plus rating. See more Williams News education stories here

| September 21, 2016
WUSD receives substance abuse prevention grant earns Quality Plus rating. See more Williams News education stories here

In response to suggestions for more drug prevention programs at Williams Unified School District, administrators applied for and received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF ) for Healthy Families – Healthy Youth, a substance abuse prevention pilot program for seventh grade youth and their families.

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Youth Conservation Corps wraps up season on the Kaibab

| August 31, 2016
Youth Conservation Corps wraps up season on the Kaibab

What happens when eight teenagers spend their summer in khaki uniforms traipsing through ponderosa pine forests tracking goshawks and building fences in the name of conservation? Ecology. Education. And possibly a glimpse into their futures.

The teens were all part of an Arizona version of the federal Youth Conservation Corps or YCC. The end result is to allow local high school students to learn about the resources and wonders of the land they grew up near, but may never have explored – all in the hopes that these young Arizonans will someday become the next stewards.

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AzMerit scores on the rise at Williams schools. See more Williams News education stories here

| August 24, 2016
AzMerit scores on the rise at Williams schools. See more Williams News education stories here

Superintendent Rick Honsinger was pleased with the preliminary results of the 2016 Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMerit) testing for Williams Unified School District (WUSD) and expects those scores to continue to rise over the next few years he said at the Aug. 10 governing board meeting.

Honsinger said every grade at WUSD had an increase in percent passing in math and English-language arts over last year’s results and many grades made significant gains.

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Williams Alliance for Arts expands support for arts in schools. See more Williams News education stories here

| August 17, 2016
Williams Alliance for Arts expands support for arts in schools. See more Williams News education stories here

Reading, writing and arithmetic aren’t the only things students will be doing this fall as the art and music programs at Williams Unified School District (WUSD) continue to grow with the support of Williams Alliance for the Arts (WAFTA).

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Taking stock: local 4-H groups prepare for Coconino County Fair

| August 10, 2016
Taking stock: local 4-H groups prepare for Coconino County Fair

After spending months feeding, grooming, and exercising their animals, local 4-H members are making final preparations for the 67th annual Coconino County Fair Sept. 2-5.

For months, 4-H members in Williams, Parks and Valle have put in countless hours raising market livestock for the fair. Once at the fair, the members will compete 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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New faces, new year: Williams Elementary-Middle School gears up for new year. See more Williams News education stories here

| August 3, 2016
New faces, new year: Williams Elementary-Middle School gears up for new year. See more Williams News education stories here

With the carefree days of summer over, several hundred students in Williams are headed back to school Aug. 3 where they will meet new teachers and hear about new goals for the 2016-2017 school year.

Williams Elementary-Middle School Principal Carissa Morrison, in her second year at the helm of the school, and her staff have looked back on last year’s gains and have created a blueprint for the new year.

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KinderCampers get tooth checkup by Coconino Health District

| July 6, 2016
KinderCampers get tooth checkup by Coconino Health District

According to the Arizona Dental Association, 52 percent of Arizona kindergarteners have a history of tooth decay as compared to the national average of 36 percent. Approximately 28 percent of Arizona’s kindergarten and third grade children have untreated tooth decay as compared to the national average of 22 percent.

Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) employees Jenny Garcia and Katie Bassett are hoping to change those statistics.

Garcia and Bassett visited the Williams Elementary-Middle School KinderCamp June 16 to screen the incoming kindergartners for tooth decay and other tooth problems.

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