Schools in polygamist town clear financial hurdle

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PHOENIX -- The school district serving a northern Arizona community long dominated by a polygamist sect is back in compliance with state financial reporting standards and could be poised to be released from state control.

The Arizona Auditor General's Office that the Colorado City Unified School District still has deficiencies but now complies with mandatory financial standards.

That finding sets the stage for the state Board of Education to consider whether to remove the district from receivership imposed in December 2005 at its meeting next month.

The district has approximately 400 students, well under the number it had before members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints pulled their children from the public school district earlier this decade.

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