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Let’s Celebrate ASBA Award Winners! 

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.

Let’s hear some love for our ASBA Awards winners! These winning teams deserve accolades, recognition and gratitude for their unwavering commitment to students’ success.

The following ASBA Awards winners will be celebrated at the all-new, sports-themed, student-centered ASBA-ASA Annual Conference Game Plan for Success: Mastering Education’s Playbook: School Leadership Edition to be held Dec. 6-8, 2023, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in North Phoenix. Registration closes on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. On-site registration will be accepted.

Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award:
Tempe Elementary School District

All-Arizona School Board Member Awards: 
Bessie Allen
from Piñon Unified School District
Wendy Effing from Flowing Wells Unified School District

ASBA Golden Bell Promise Program Awards:
Elementary: Mohave Valley School District for the Mohave Valley Junior High Innovation Lab

High School: Vail Unified School District for Vail Early College

CTED/CTE: Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology (CAVIT) for CAVIT Medical Assistant Program

Collaboration: Littleton Elementary School District for Walk to Read

Congratulations to our ASBA Awards winners!

Welcome Pinal and Yuma County Directors!

New Yuma and Pima County Directors graphic

Please welcome ASBA Pinal County Director Roger Biede from Florence USD and re-elected Yuma County Director Juan Castillo from Somerton ESD who were recently elected at their county meetings.

County Directors are part of the ASBA Board of Directors and help set internal policy and goals for ASBA. They also serve 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 are on the ASBA website at Upcoming county meetings with county director elections this fall include:  

  • Cochise County: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, at Sierra Vista USD  

Counties that do not have county director elections will take place in spring 2024. ASBA is finalizing dates and locations for these meetings:  

  • Gila County  
  • Yavapai County  
  • La Paz County  
  • Mohave County
  • Santa Cruz County

Do You Want to Enhance Your School Garden? There’s a Grant for That

Garfield students in their school garden

The School and Community Garden Grant is a funding opportunity to help operators of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) enhance their school gardens by integrating a garden education curriculum and an established team of champions for the garden program. The Arizona Department of Education Health and Nutrition Services (HNS) will grant awarded applicants with $10,000-$20,000. Awarded funds are intended to supplement the costs associated with having a Garden Coordinator, such as wages, employment-related benefits, stipends, or consultation fees. 

The applying entity must be an operator of the National School Lunch Program, have an emerging school garden that has been in place and functional for at least two prior school years, and have 50% or more students eligible for a free or reduced-price meal based on the 2022-2023 Free and Reduced Price Eligibility Report.   

The application for the School and Community Garden Grant is available now in Grants Management Enterprise (GME), which can be accessed through the ADEConnect portal within the Grants Management application. Users must be provided permissions to the Grants Management application by an Entity Administrator. Completed applications are due in GME at 11:59 pm on November 6, 2023. 

If you have questions about the grant opportunity or application process, please contact Mallory Smith with Health and Nutrition Services’ Program Access and Outreach Team by calling (602) 364-0161 or emailing

For more information, including key dates and application criteria, please view the School and Community Garden Resource.

Shape ASBA’s Journey: Run for Executive Committee

Desiree Fowler

If you’ve thought about serving on the ASBA Board of Directors Executive Committee, now is the time to find out more on the ASBA website at and view a video by ASBA Past-President Monica Trejo.

View Executive Committee position descriptions for president-elect, treasurer and secretary to decide which one you’d like to be a candidate for. Then complete the online application form open now through5 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2023.

The officer application consists of:

  • Basic information about the applicant’s board service.
  • A snapshot of the individual’s recent involvement with ASBA.
  • Narrative questions designed to demonstrate the assets the individual will bring to the ASBA Board of Directors if elected.

Applications will be reviewed by the ASBA Nominating Committee, which is comprised of a diverse group of currently serving board members from throughout the state. No interviews are required. The committee will put forth a slate of all eligible candidates for each position. All ASBA members will receive an ASBA Officer Voting Guide in November featuring all candidates for each position with information provided by each candidate in their application.  

Elections of officers will take place on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, during the ASBA Annual Membership Meeting during the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix. Every ASBA member district is eligible to send a delegate to cast its vote.  

If you have questions about the application or nominating process, please contact ASBA Chief of Staff Kristi Sisk at or 602-254-1100.   

See Why Advocacy Is Key to School Bond & Override Approval 

Florence USD buses and students

School leaders can provide community members with information about how they’d use funds from a successful school bond or override election and encourage them to vote. The key to a successful ballot measure is identifying your advocates, then finding ways to support them, according to a recent article in School CEO.


Boost Your Career: Exciting Roles Now Open!

Leadership Development and Community Engagement Administrative Assistant position opening!

ASBA is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant – Leadership Development and Community Engagement and a part-time Front Office Assistant to join our mission-driven team and contribute to cultivating excellence in locally governed school districts.

Learn more and apply 

The full-time Administrative Assistant – Leadership Development and Community Engagement will join colleagues on multi-functional staff teams to support core member services and strategic initiatives. This team member will provide administrative, programmatic and logistical support for the wide variety of professional development services offered by the association. This person will also assist in the preparation of surveys, reports and other materials that support members and association operations, including: 

  • Preparing and operating online surveys and tracking response rates.
  • Collecting and presenting data for review.
  • Supporting development and publication of reports and communications.
  • Supporting processes for tracking and reviewing operational data, including member engagement and activities related to strategic initiatives.
  • Support information tracking and management within association database.
Part Time Front Office Assistant opening!

The part-time Front Office Assistant will work in a cross-functional environment with other members of ASBA’s mission-driven professional staff and join colleagues on multi-functional staff teams to support core member services and strategic initiatives, and will: 

  • Greet visitors.
  • Answer multi-line phone.
  • Process incoming and outgoing mail.
  • Process office supply orders.
  • Maintain schedule of conference and board rooms.
  • Managing correspondence/communications, scheduling and other administrative functions.
  • Provide support for over 30 workshops and conferences.
  • Coordination and preparation for all in-office meetings/events.
  • Ability to organize, maintain and preserve electronic database file system.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Interested applicants should submit a current resume and cover letter to Joyce Lyles at Please include position title in the subject line. The positions will remain open until filled. Click here to learn more and apply.

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