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Jewel visits Cove to announce replacement schools

Jewel visits Cove to announce replacement schools
Navajo Times | Cindy Yurth U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewel interacts with first-graders at Cove Day School last Thursday. Jewel announced their 1950s-era school will be replaced with a new building.

Navajo Times | Cindy Yurth
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewel interacts with first-graders at Cove Day School last Thursday. Jewel announced their 1950s-era school will be replaced with a new building.

COVE, Ariz.

Last Thursday, Cove Day School’s second- and third-graders’ lesson on expanded notation was interrupted by a visit from the Secretary of the Interior.

Sally Jewell, who was an engineer before she was head of REI and then Interior Secretary, tried to get the kids excited.

“How many like math?” she asked. “I like math!”

But the kids knew why she was there.

As she turned to leave the classroom, third-grader Jayrando Foster piped up, “I can’t wait for our new school!”

Jewel grinned. She was on a happy mission, announcing that, after 12 years on the priority list for school replacement, Cove’s 1959 school and teacher housing are going to be replaced.

So will Little Singer School in Leupp, Ariz., thanks to a $45 million appropriation from Congress that will not only replace all the buildings at both schools but put $8 million toward planning for the next round of school replacements, which, she said, will probably also include some schools on Navajo.


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About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth was the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation, until her retirement on May 31, 2021. Her other beats included agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.”

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