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11/6/2012 9:58:00 PM
School Boards: Simbric, Freeman, Schneider early leaders in Camp Verde, override denied
Estes, Foltz and Harshman lead in Beaver Creek
Leading in the early returns were (top from left) Bob Simbric, Helen Freeman and Christine Schneider at Camp Verde Unified School District and (bottom from left) Jeannette Estes, Diana Foltz and Jackie Harshman at Beaver Creek School.
Leading in the early returns were (top from left) Bob Simbric, Helen Freeman and Christine Schneider at Camp Verde Unified School District and (bottom from left) Jeannette Estes, Diana Foltz and Jackie Harshman at Beaver Creek School.

Raquel Hendrickson
Bugle Managing Editor

Camp Verde and Beaver Creek school boards will have new faces but similar issues to face as they head into financial battle. Camp Verde will not have the boost of a budget override.

With Tuesday's election, Helen Freeman was re-elected to the Camp Verde Unified School District's governing board, but it was former board member Bob Simbric who was the top vote-getter of the night. There were five candidates for three seats.

Early on, though two precincts have not reported, it appears newcomer Christine Schneider will fill the third vacancy.

Simbric previously put in a total of 25 years on this board and does not think a lot has changed since he last held the office.

"We absolutely need experience on the board, and I'm glad that the voters have entrusted me again," Simbric said.

"I think the biggest thing I would hope to accomplish is taking a look at other districts and how they apportion out their dollars," Simbric said. "We can get support from Tim Carter and other out there and find ways of doing things that are different than what we have done in the past. I'll be trying to investigate with the rest of the board how we might be able to deliver education and support the teachers and kids and then address administrative issues as we find out more information."

"I'm happy to serve again," Freeman said. "There are many challenges we're looking at, but we have the right people to help us to meet those challenges."

Camp Verde voters did not give the school a budget override, as the question was defeated handily on Tuesday's ballot. Neither Simbric nor Freeman was surprised by that result, and both said the district needs to look more closely at ways to be more creative in educating children with a small budget.

"We need to take a really hard look at how we're spending our money; I still think we have not been as thorough as we could be," Freeman said. "With 204 also going down, we need to regroup and look at what we're doing and cut everything we can before we bring it back to the voters," she said.

Like Simbric, she said the current financial situation for education may make schools look much different than they do now.

At Beaver Creek School, long-time school volunteer Jeannette Estes was shocked to receive the most votes as four candidates vied for three seats. She had more than 27 percent of the votes.

"I'm thrilled. I can't thank the community enough," Estes said. "I'll give them 100 percent."

She's not going onto the board with an agenda and was just as prepared to lose the election and help out in some other way. "I just want to stay calm and think things through and my homework before the meetings," she said. "Our heart and soul has been with the school since we moved here."

Also coming onto the board is Diana Foltz. "It's exciting and I can't wait," she says. "I look forward to getting the job done and helping everything go just great."

The early returns have Jackie Harshman edging incumbent Gareld Hardy by more than 40 votes. The numbers are unofficial.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: June Trinidad

Thank You Rick!!! I stated that in a reply to Fed Up on the last round about the override. Unfortunately, the district itself could not get the YES vote out. At least not on district $ or time. There were a few out there trying to get the information out but unfortunately what the district sent out into the mail was not enough. I am sure a lot of people received the piece and threw it into the bin without looking at it. I am very disappointed but not surprised at the comments of Mrs Freeman. I suspect she was one that voted against even putting the override out for a vote. If she thinks there is more "fat" to be cut I would like to hear her suggestions and wonder why they haven't been acted upon already. Unfortunately the ones that are going to suffer will ultimately be the students with larger class sizes, lower test scores, and less proper equipment to reach the state mandates.

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012
Article comment by: Parent at CVES

Helen Freeman's words are unbelievable. Anyone who has ever spent time at CVES can tell that the school is doing the best they can for the students with the ever-decreasing budget. Haven't looked hard enough for cuts??? If she doesn't even support her own schools, how is the community supposed to? I hope the community realizes what kind of mistake it is to not vote in an override. Those teachers have put their heart and soul into educating, caring, and practically PARENTING those kids. Now the community will get what it has asked for. Worsening conditions in the schools, lower test scores, and higher class sizes. What a shame, Camp Verde!!

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: Anthony P

This over ride lost because no one knew what it was for. How many times do people do this until they understand that you must educate people on what you want. I can tell you that many if not all of my friends were asking this question. Thus they voted no.

If you need to borrow money from a bank don't they ask what for. You can't walk in and just say give me all your money, well I guess you can but then prison follows. They don't need specifics like i plan on paying this teacher this and funding this class and buying equipment for this. They want to know in general terms what the project is. That is why it failed and I think why the education tax failed. There was no clear education on the matter. People are lazy and will not seek the answers, you must provide it to them.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: The hard business of personal home care

Agree with most of what you say Rick, although most of the people helping senior Americans are not their kids, but low paid, under insured, over worked care providers. Think back on all the government big shots caught not providing social security and immigration status of personal care assistants - and some of them railed against illegal immigration while taking advantage of its benefits in caring for aging family members.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: American Patriot


Your old enough to retire? Didn't know that.....Any way, the school will have to find creative ways to balance a budget that has been left unchecked for the past 3 years. I know that the staff there will do what it take to make difficult choices and put students first.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Rick Watkins

Fed Up,
Our kids are our future. They will be the people who will be helping us as we get older.

For some reason, you seem to be hung up on the welding class. This is just a small part of what the money was needed for. The money was needed for regular classes, teachers as well as some of the other classes. I for one do not want to see the class sizes increase. They are already too large and it does affect the students learning.

I am glad that the Camp Verde School District has classes that students get college credit for and will help them in getting a job after school, like fire fighting, cooking and shop classes.

We have the state putting more and more requirements on the schools for educating the kids, but the State is not helping with the money to purchase the items needed for their mandates, like computers. Each year, the State seem's to take money away from the school.

Again, I do support our school district and our kids. I know that there have been issues in the past, but from what I have seen, they are working on it and trying to spend wisley. If we do not support our schools and kids, it is going to affect us later. I just want what is best for our and my kids. I want them to have a better life and to have chances in life that some of us did not have.

I am retired and live on a limited budget, but would gladly support our school.

Last question Fed Up, if you are so concerned about this, why don't you use your name instead of trying to hide behind fake names and do you have any student's in Camp Verde School District? My guess would be that you don't.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Teresa Proper

I think our schools are in for some really good years ahead, congratulations to all of the new Board members!!!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: FED UP

So now the Camp Verde school district board members are going to look at how they are spending money because they have not been thorough enough! Other than asking for more money what exactly were the board members doing up to this point to insure that the monies were being spent in a thorough manner? This is the exact reason why this override failed and will continue to be defeated. Maybe now,those parents with children in the Camp Verde schools who want their children to learn to weld will wake up and use their own funds to train them.

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