The Metropolitan Education Commission will host a discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 20, about bonds and overrides proposed for Flowing Wells, Marana, Sunnyside, and Tucson Unified school districts, and about the Strong Start Tucson, the half-cent City of Tucson sales tax ballot proposal to fund pre-K education.

The event starts at 4:30 p.m. at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, in the lower level meeting room, 101 N. Stone Ave.

Mountain View grad gets Fort Hays awards

Jayce Cunha, a 2017 Mountain View High School graduate, received a $5,000 Fort Hays State University Arizona Award, a $1,500 Hays City Scholar Award and a $900 Academic Opportunity Award in criminal justice from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, for this academic year.

Cunha is majoring in criminal justice.

OV library group gives teachers book grants

The Books for Teachers program of the Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library is giving 500 teachers in 43 schools from five school districts in the Tucson area a private grant for books.

The program’s emphasis is on schools with the Title 1 designation.

The Friends of the Oro Valley Library are working to change the deficit of fewer books in Arizona classrooms versus the national average. The donation is possible because of the books and money donated from the community, as well as the Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library, two book shops and online book sales.

Contact reporter Hank Stephenson at or 573-4279. On Twitter: @hankdeanlight