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Bill's Newscast: All-Day K and Public Transit

Kindergarten and Public Transit are the topics of the day.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety has identified the woman killed in Saturday morning’s crash on Highway 169 in Dewey-Humboldt.

Sixty-two year old Camp Verde resident Vickie Flanagan was driving a Toyota Tacoma at about 8:15 when she went into the oncoming lane and hit a van head-on. According to DPS, Flanagan was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van was airlifted to a Phoenix area hospital for treatment of critical injuries. A DPS trooper was helping another driver change a tire when the crash happened right in front of him. After striking the van, the truck spun across the road and hit the trooper’s unoccupied patrol vehicle. The cause of the accident hasn’t been determined, but at the time the weather was sunny and clear and the road conditions were good.

The Humboldt Unified School District will have free, full day kindergarten once again.

Superintendent Daniel Streeter explains why the District stopped offering the full day program. A demographic report prepared for the district in May 2014 has found the elimination of full day kindergarten likely contributed to sharper student enrollment declines. Streeter says District officials have found a way to bring back full day kindergarten starting next August. School Board members have agreed to invest 300 thousand dollars in this program. The money will initially come from reserve Indian Gaming funds. Because these dollars vary from year to year, the District has set aside other funds as reserves for the program.

If Prescott Valley voters approve a property tax for transit, it will take some time before buses hit the streets.

During a public meeting last night, Suzanne O’Neill from Transit Plus explained to the audience the tax is scheduled to go before voters in May of next year. With approval, a Transit Manager would be hired and the buses would be in operation by May 2019. The tax would average out to 30 dollars annually per household. O’Neill says public comments are very important in this process. O’ Neill explains there are benefits to this system. The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization worked with Transit Plus on a draft District plan. Organization Director Chris Bridges explains public comments are now being sought. Town Council will hold a public hearing on the District at 5:30 tomorrow night. Vice-Mayor Rick Anderson says no decisions will be made. The hearing will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.

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