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New Leadership: Welcome Your County Directors!  

Newly elected ASBA County Directors

Give a warm welcome to ASBA County Directors recently elected at their county meetings:

  • Greenlee County Director Kelly Baker from Morenci USD
  • Pima County Director Chris King from Vail School District
  • Apache County Director Arnold Goodluck from Sanders USD
  • Navajo County Director Jeremy Curtis from NATIVE: Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education

County Directors are part of the ASBA Board of Directors and help set internal policy and goals for ASBA, as well as serving as a communication link between ASBA and member districts in their counties.

 We’re looking forward to seeing you at your county meeting! Registration is $40, and all details for upcoming county meetings are on the ASBA website at 

Meet ASBA’s New General Counsel

ASBA General Counsel Ben Castillo and Nick Maddox

We’re excited to introduce you to ASBA’s new General Counsel Ben Castillo and Nick Maddox! These legal professionals bring over 25 years of combined experience in serving school districts and educational institutions throughout Arizona and Texas. Their expertise in school law and related areas is nothing short of spectacular. Nick and Ben are not just advocates for education; they are champions of it! They’re here to provide you with a wealth of knowledge and support across various facets of education law. 

Nick Maddox is your go-to expert in school district representation, with a special focus on special education law. Ben Castillo’s commitment to education runs deep, having been a former teacher and school board member. Ben is also fluent in Spanish and has achieved recognition as the 2023 Super Lawyer Rising Star for Education Law in Texas. 

And remember, ASBA’s Policy Team is here, as always, ready and eager to assist you with any inquiries or concerns. Your peace of mind matters to us, and we are committed to delivering the highest level of service and support.

Game Changing Ideas? Lead a Breakout Session

Baboquivari USD celebrates winning a Golden Bell Promise Program Award at the 2022 ASBA-ASA Annual Conference.

Share your playbook for success during a breakout session at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference Dec. 7 and 8, 2023 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in North Phoenix.

During last year’s breakout sessions, ASBA Golden Bell Promise Program Award Winners Baboquivari USD shared how their Him:dag Way of Life initiative in collaboration with the Tohono O’Odham Nation has improved school climate and culture by creating learning opportunities that make students want to attend every day and have helped the district retain staff.

See presentation requirements and submit your idea before the Oct. 6, 2023, deadline at   

Registration for the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference opens Monday, Oct. 16, 2023.


Great Leadership? Apply Now for ASBA Awards

Pendergast Elementary School District Governing Board Members celebrate being honored with the Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award at the 2017 ASBA-ASA Annual Conference.

Share your governing board’s accomplishments with other school districts around the state by applying for the Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award.

The award is ASBA’s highest honor for a full governing board that recognizes an Arizona school board that has demonstrated outstanding education leadership for the year.

Get together with your team to complete ASBA Awards online entry forms for this and other awards on the ASBA website at before they close at 5 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2023.  

News to Use 

Cartwright School District moved to a four-day week before  school started in 2023. Photo courtesy of Cartwright School District

Arizona School Districts Experiment with 4-Day Weeks, New Breaks/ KJZZ

While it began as a way for schools to save costs, it’s now become a way for schools to recruit and retain teachers and prevent the summer learning loss for students. Hear about how districts are handling these choices and how they impact students and teachers.

Ransomware Attack Impacts 21 Pinal County School Districts/ ABC 15 Arizona

Pinal County school officials said their data processing service consortium was attacked, leading the district to print paper paychecks, to coordinate with local agencies to provide food boxes for staff, to provide emergency loans for staff and to issue letters for staff to financial institutions, landlords and creditors to waive late fees or insufficient funds fees in this situation.

New Report: Less Than Half of Arizonans Go to College After High School/ azfamily
Forty-seven percent of Arizona high school seniors enroll in college, trade school, or any other two-year program a year after graduation, putting the state at risk of not having the skilled workforce requited to support Arizona’s growing economy, according to a recent report from Education Forward Arizona.

Members named, first meeting set for group to update school facility guidelines/ Arizona Department of Administration
The Governor’s Minimum Adequacy Guidelines Modernization Committee to update school facilities will hold its first meeting on Oct. 25, 2023. The group is made up of school leaders, education advocates including ASBA Director of Government Relations Chris Kotterman, an architect and a contractor with experience building and/or maintaining public district schools. The committee chair is School Facilities Division Assistant Director Callie Tyler. 

Sneak Peek 

ASBA Policy Analysts Lynne Bondi, left, and Dr. Charlotte Patterson, right, give a presentation to new school board members at the 2022 ASBA-ASA Annual Conference.

Look for more information in your email in November about four, regional, in-person Policy Super-User Workshops planned for 2024 where you can get answers to your questions and more.  

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