Chevalier Interview – Podcast April 22, 2019

The Future Of Yavapai College In The Verde Valley. Democratic Perspective, once again, takes up the disparity in post-secondary education opportunities between the east and west sides of Yavapai County by welcoming Paul Chevalier, Verde Valley representative of the Yavapai College Governing Board. Chevalier begins the interview by noting that he previously chaired the Verde Valley Advisory Committee to the college. “The seven-member committee met for two years and made 24 recommendations,” he says. “Only one of those recommendations was acted upon. The other 23 were not even discussed.” He explains that the Governing Board is dominated by the west side of the county. As a result, he says, “Only $7 million of the $17 million in Verde Valley property taxes raised for the college are spent in the Verde Valley. Fifteen years ago, about 30% of the college’s students and teachers were in the Verde Valley. Now it’s only 10-12%.” Asked how to solve the problem, Chevalier responds, “We need two separate colleges – a separate administrative college over here.”

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