WILLIAMS, Ariz. - At the Oct. 24 special meeting of the Williams Unified School District (WUSD) Governing Board, board members continued to consider whether acquiring the Coconino Community College (CCC) building is a reality.
The CCC building sits on WUSD property next to Williams High School (WHS) just south of the football field. The construction and use of the building is based on a partnership between WUSD, CCC, and the city of Williams.
Officials from CCC are interested in selling or gifting the building to the school district. They stated to WUSD that they would like a verbal commitment from the board by Dec. 31.
WUSD Business Manager Melissa Ellico estimated annual maintenance costs, if the CCC building were to be taken over by the school district, to be approximately $10,000. With those figures in mind, superintendent Rachel Savage and other board members agreed they would only take the building if it were to be gifted to them. They would not purchase it.
Savage said a decision either way will not come until after the override election next week.
"We don't want to take any sort of action until after the override, because if the override doesn't pass we don't want to spend $10,000 to maintain the building if we have to let teachers go because the override didn't pass," said Savage. "Hopefully though it will pass and then this could be an incredible opportunity for us to acquire that building back and to expand educational offerings for our high school students."
According to Savage, if the district acquires the CCC building, one goal would be to upgrade the district's career technical education (CTE) offerings. She said they would also like to add more advanced classes allowing students to graduate from high school with more college credits or more certificates to take into the workplace.
Savage said offering nursing, law enforcement, early childhood development, engineering, forestry, and renewable energies courses could draw more students to the district.
"I think that eventually if we do this right, those classes will generate funding for our district," Savage said. "Increasing enrollment, offering more opportunities to our youth, and more."