Bill's Newscast: Welcome to Coach Burchard

31 July 2018  
NAZ Suns welcomes Coach Burchard

Cottonwood goes vehicle shopping.

The City of Cottonwood has started the process to replace and reduce its aging vehicle fleet. A program is in place that allows the city to replace all of its non-transit vehicles on a scheduled, rotating basis. This keeps the fleet with relatively low mileage, low maintenance costs and high resale value. The first phase of the program would involve replacing Police Department vehicles. City of Cottonwood officials say this is the highest mileage departmental fleet in the city with the exception of transit. Also included in this fiscal year’s replacements are some Parks and Recreation as well as administrative vehicles. The city currently spends nearly 400 thousand dollars on vehicle maintenance and repairs alone. It’s anticipated the savings in fuel and maintenance costs will offset most, if not all the cost of participating in the program.

Prescott Unified School District gets ready for the 1st day of class

There are some important dates coming up as the Prescott Unified School District gets ready for the first day of classes. Discovery Gardens Preschool will host an Open House at 3:30 tomorrow afternoon at its Gurley Street location. Children will get to meet their teachers and visit their classrooms. At Abia Judd Elementary School on Williamson Valley Road, class lists will be posted on the front doors as of 3:30 this afternoon. A Meet the Teacher and Ice Cream Social is at 3 tomorrow afternoon. Also tomorrow, a Kindergarten Information Night for parents only is at 5:30. Prescott High School students can pick up their schedules in front of the Ruth Street Theatre starting at 9 tomorrow morning. Badger Day runs from 9:30 to 1:15. Classes start in the Prescott Unified School District this Thursday. Meanwhile, 8th Grade students at Glassford Hill Middle School in Prescott Valley can pick up their schedules from 11 to 12:30 tomorrow. Seventh graders can do the same from 1 to 4 tomorrow afternoon.

There’s a new Coach in town

The new Northern Arizona Suns Head Coach is anxious to get the season started. Former Associate Head Coach Bret Burchard returns to the team after he spent last season as a Player Development Assistant for the Phoenix Suns. Burchard says it feels like he never left. Burchard explains the Northern Arizona Suns will get organized after NBA Training Camp in September. Burchard participated in the 2nd annual Basketball Camp for Kids Friday. He explains basketball camp is something he’s familiar with. The 32 year old Burchard worked as the Phoenix Suns’ Video Coordinator from 2013 to 2016 and he spent 3 years before that in the Basketball Communications Department for the Phoenix Mercury and the Phoenix Suns. He served as Associate Head Coach during Northern Arizona’s inaugural season in 2016-17 and he will take over the reigns as Head Coach during the upcoming season. Burchard says he had some help along the way.

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