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ASBA provides new communication resources online

ASBA is excited to roll out the ASBA Resource Bank for member districts. Members now have access to communication resources and templates to help communicate with employees and the community. Members can access examples of communication plans, sample letters on crisis communications, elections, enrollment, events, media statements and more.
These resources, provided by ASBA with the support of the Arizona School Public Relations Association are intended to support school district communications with your many stakeholder groups.
The Resource Bank is password protected. Members can use the password: Resource
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ASBA seeks director of Legal and Policy Services

ASBA is seeking a director of Legal and Policy Services to contribute to the association’s mission of cultivating excellence in locally governed school districts. The director reports to the executive director, is an integral member of the senior leadership team and works in a cross-functional environment with other members of ASBA’s mission-driven professional staff.

View the full job description and additional details.

Alliance elections held in December

The ASBA Black Alliance and ASBA Rural Alliance each will be holding elections this December for president and vice president of their groups. Elections will take place during their respective meetings at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference (Dec. 15-17, JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Scottsdale).

Candidates are nominated by alliance members at the meeting. They must be members of the alliance and currently serving on an ASBA member district school board. The president should be representative of the community served by the alliance. The positions are for two-year terms.

The Black Alliance meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

The Rural Alliance meeting will be held on Friday, Dec. 17, from 10-10:50 a.m.

The president and vice president serve with the immediate past president and comprise the executive committee of the alliance.

If you are interested in joining these groups prior to the meeting, you may do so by clicking on the links below and completing the online form. There is no charge for membership and membership is open to all ASBA members.

Join the Black Alliance

Join the Rural Alliance

Duties of president and vice president for each alliance are as follows:

President: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Alliance and its Executive Committee. The President shall appoint all standing and special committees and shall be an ex officio member of all committees with voting power. The President shall sign all official reports of the Alliance. The President shall see that all correspondence, minutes, agendas, Bylaws, and bylaw revisions shall be sent to and kept on file with ASBA. The President shall serve on the ASBA Equity Committee when constituted.

Vice President: The Vice President shall be a member of the Alliance Executive Committee. In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall have and perform all the powers and duties of the President. The Vice President shall keep the minutes and records and shall see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of law and these Bylaws, and such other duties as from time-to-time may be assigned by the Executive Committee.

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Do you know the candidates for 2022 Executive Committee?

Each year, ASBA members elect officers to the ASBA Board of Directors. This year, election of officers will take place on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. at the ASBA Annual Membership Meeting, which will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale in conjunction with the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference.

The Slate of Candidates

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2021, the Arizona School Boards Association Nominating Committee Chair informed ASBA of the finalization of the slate of all eligible board members to move forward as candidates for the 2022 ASBA Board of Directors.

Applications were reviewed by the ASBA Nominating Committee, which is comprised of a diverse group of currently serving board members from throughout the state and was chaired by Steven Chapman, ASBA immediate past president. The Nominating Committee is charged with putting forth a slate of all eligible candidates for each position: president-elect, treasurer and secretary. No interviews were required; the nominating committee reviewed only eligibility requirements.

The ASBA Officer Voting Guide contains comprehensive information provided by each candidate in their application:

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

These are the candidates for the 2022 ASBA Executive Committee that have been put forward by the ASBA Nominating Committee:


James Bryce, Solomon ESD

Monica Timberlake, Quartzsite, ESD


Desiree Fowler, Page USD


Tadeo De La Hoya, Gadsden ESD

Jill Humpherys, Gilbert USD

All eligible candidates put forth by the Nominating Committee must be present at the meeting to be elected and will have the opportunity to give a speech of up to two minutes.

Individuals may also choose to run from the floor for one of the three positions and will be given the opportunity to make a two-minute speech. No information about individuals who choose to run from the floor will be presented to members in the “ASBA Officer Voting Guide.”

View the Voting Guide

Click to view the ASBA Voter Guide.

Your Voting Delegate

Every ASBA active member district is eligible to send a delegate to cast its vote for these officers.

To participate in voting, districts must have a registered delegate. If you had a delegate at the 2021 ASBA Delegate Assembly, that individual is currently your district’s “delegate of record” and will be eligible to vote at the Annual Membership Meeting. If you are not sure if you have a delegate or would like to change your delegate, contact Gina Moss at or call 602-254-1100.

All information can be found on the ASBA website.

Superintendent survey extended to Dec. 6, 2021

Each year, ASBA conducts a survey of superintendent salaries and related district information. The information obtained allows ASBA to provide useful and current information to governing boards and district staff throughout the state.

 All questions are asked from the perspective of the district superintendent.

The deadline to complete survey has been extended to December 6, 2021.

Important: The information provided should reflect current 2021-2022 contract year. 

Important: If responses to selected items are coordinated across multiple staff members (i.e. Superintendent, Business Manager, Human Resources, etc.) please be sure to submit only one representation of this questionnaire.

Please contact Katie Link at or call 602-254-1100 for more information if you haven’t submitted your district information.

Wednesday Webinars: School Finance 101, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.  

December 8, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Wednesday Webinars: School Finance 101: Budget Basics, Part 3

Presented by:
Julie Bacon, Leadership Development Manager
Melissa Higdon, Senior Advisor, Analytics, Forecast Five
Tracey Benson, Associate Executive Director
Plus special guests!

Join us for the third webinar in a four-part series on the budget basics of school finance. You will learn about the budget development cycle, what information boards can expect on district finances, and the duties and responsibilities of board members related to the budget.

Part 4 will be held in person on December 16, ASBA-ASA Annual Conference.

All attendees who participate in all four sessions will receive a certificate of completion for the school finance budget basics course.

If you can’t attend the webinar live, receive a recording directly to your email by registering for the event in advance. All events can be found on the ASBA website.

ASBA Events and Webinars

December 15-18, 2021: ASBA-ASA 64th Annual Conference

January 21, 28 and February 4, 2022: ASBA Board Operations and Leadership Training Seminar

Upcoming ASBA Webinars

January 12, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Wednesday Webinars: Equity in a Divided Community

January 26, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Wednesday Webinars: Building Strong Teams: Common Expectations for Communication

February 9, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Wednesday Webinars: The Board Member as an Advocate

February 23, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Wednesday Webinars: Making the Connection: Superintendent Evaluation and Successful Student Outcomes

Plus more! You can find all Wednesday webinars on the ASBA webpage, Can’t view the webinar live? No problem. Go ahead and register and you will receive the recording automatically by email so you can view it later. There is no cost to register for this webinar.  We encourage advance registration.


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