School Board Service In Arizona

PHOENIX—Hundreds of school board seats in Arizona will be up for election this November, and the deadline for submitting materials necessary to run is just a few months away. To assist those who are interested in running for a seat on their local governing board, the Arizona School Boards Association, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that provides leadership and assistance to public school governing boards statewide, is hosting free informational webinars in March on the basics of board service and what it takes to run.

Individuals who are considering running are encouraged to participate in one of the two webinars. They are scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, 12-1 p.m. and Monday, March 31, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Topics to be covered in each webinar will include:

  • Why Serve?
  • What School Board Members Do (and What They Don’t Do)
  • Eligibility and the Basics of Running for Office
  • Commonly Asked Questions about Board Service­
  • Support Available to Board Members Once Elected

Participants will also have the opportunity to submit questions to be answered live during the webinar.

Karen Loftus, director of leadership development for the Arizona School Boards Association, and Chris Thomas, ASBA’s general counsel and director of legal and policy services, will lead the webinars. Thomas is a former school board member. ASBA Director of Communications Tracey Benson will host the webinars.

Those interested in participating can register online at www.azsba.org/becoming-a-board-member.

ASBA offers additional resources for those considering running for school board. A 20-page publication titled “School Board Service in Arizona” will be available in late March through the offices of most county school superintendents and also by contacting ASBA at 602-254-1100. The information contained in the booklet also is available online on the Becoming a Board Member page of the ASBA’s web site (www.azsba.org/becoming-a-board-member). A recording of the webinar is on the website as well.

The Arizona School Boards Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting elected local governance of public education and continuous improvement of student success by providing leadership and assistance to school district governing boards statewide. ASBA represents more than 1,000 school board members and more than 1 million Arizona children.

Media Contact: Tracey Benson, Director of Communications, 602.254.1100 x 106 or tbenson@azsba.org