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Your ASBA 2024 Board of Directors Update: Executive Director Search & More

ASBA 2024 Executive Officers at Board Retreat in Tucson Jan. 7, 2024. Photo by Jade Frazier/ ASBA

Your ASBA 2024 Board of Directors shares this update on the search process for a new ASBA Executive Director. The deadline for proposals from search firms was February 5, and we received six proposals.

Additionally, a survey was sent out to gather input from members on the qualities they would like to see in the next Executive Director. Survey results will be shared with the search committee and search firm. The search committee will comprise members from diverse backgrounds across Arizona, representing different counties, ethnicities and levels of experience.

Timeline for the Executive Director Search:

  • Third week of February: The full board will electronically ratify the Executive Committee’s selection of search committee members.
  • Last week of February: The search committee will review search firm proposals and make a selection. The full board can ratify the selection electronically. Information will be sent to all members once a search firm is selected.
  • After the selection of a search firm, we will establish a timeline and criteria for the Executive Director application process, using survey results to inform decisions.

We are committed to keeping you informed and involved throughout this process, and we appreciate your continued support and participation in shaping the future of ASBA.

Survey Findings:

The survey, which received responses from 42 members, highlighted these priorities: 

  • Members emphasized the importance of strong communication skills, team collaboration abilities, and visionary leadership qualities for the next ASBA Executive Director. These attributes were seen as critical for effective leadership and advancing the organization’s mission.
  • Over 70 percent of respondents indicated that experience in education-related organizations was extremely important for the next Executive Director. Additionally, 38 percent considered experience in non-profit organizations somewhat important.
  • The majority of respondents, comprising over 78 percent, indicated a preference for a candidate with local ties, specifically favoring an in-state candidate with experience in Arizona.

Survey results will guide decisions in defining Executive Director requirements.

If you or your board members have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your ASBA Executive Committee members or ASBA.

In addition, ASBA leadership is actively attending regional superintendents of schools’ meetings to engage with members, and has scheduled ongoing meetings across various counties to rebuild trust and integrity.

Also, Executive Committee Officers are reaching out to districts with resolutions and past presidents for dialogue and resolution.

We appreciate your continued support and participation in shaping ASBA’s future.

Register Now: Webinar Today on Auditor General Safety Plan Survey

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Register now for a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm MST where ASBA Governmental Relations Director Chris Kotterman will lead a review and discussion of the Auditor General’s School Safety and Emergency Response Practices Survey released February 14 with Scott Swagerty and Josh Lykins from the Division of School Audits at the Office of the Auditor General.

This webinar is hosted by ASBA, ASA and AASBO.

In December, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) ordered the Office of the Auditor General to conduct a statewide special audit of school districts and charter schools regarding a number of emergency planning activities. The first of these audits will focus on school district and charter school emergency response plans, and is beginning this month, said Kotterman.

The auditor general conducted two information sessions in late January and has posted an FAQ on its website, but we also had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the office to discuss important points regarding the audit process.

Districts and charters are required to complete the survey by end of day Tuesday, February 27, 2024.

Please prioritize completing this survey on time. The office has said if you do not complete the survey, the odds of being selected for a field visit will increase.

Second, districts can prepare by assembling information regarding their emergency response plans, the status of practices outlined in the plans, the dates last reviewed, which software programs are used for emergency response planning, etc.

Once the survey phase is complete, the office will select a sample of school districts and charter schools for site visits. If you are selected for a site visit, the office asked that we pass along the message that cooperation with their requests will make the process much easier. They will not pick another district for lack of response to their outreach. If you are selected, then you cannot be un-selected.

If you have questions as to what requirements may be monitored throughout the process, please refer to ADE’s School Preparedness Webpage, which lists resources and requirements for emergency response planning.

If you have any questions or concerns that you would like us to relay to the auditor general during this process, please email us at We will do our best to get you answers.

Register now for this webinar to assist you as you complete the Auditor General’s School Safety and Emergency Response Practices Survey.

Unlocking Academic Success: Bridging the Math Gap through Financial Literacy

In the dynamic landscape of education, School Board members play a pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of students’ success. One pressing concern is the academic math gap, a challenge that demands immediate attention.

The Money Minutes Program by the Arizona Council on Economic Education offers a solution that not only closes this gap but also enriches students’ lives through financial literacy.

This groundbreaking initiative introduces Money Minutes, a series of math problems intricately woven with personal finance topics directly tied to Arizona math standards. These short exercises serve as powerful tools, seamlessly integrating financial literacy and math education in a way that is both realistic and engaging.

Money Minutes uniquely merges math and financial decision-making, enhancing students’ mathematical skills and fostering a profound understanding of personal finance. Its flexibility allows easy integration into daily routines, maximizing instructional time through quick exercises like bell work or independent stations.

Money Minutes includes real-life examples of how personal finance and math intersect through topics tied to earning, saving, budgeting, investing, and more. By introducing authentic problems that students and their families might encounter, students are not just solving equations. They are developing practical financial skills, preparing them to navigate financial decisions they will inevitably face in adulthood.

After completing a Money Minute about budgeting a trip to a water park for summer fun, fifth-grader, Josiah said, “This was hard, but it made me think about all the things I’d want to spend money on! Can I keep my notes so I can plan this with my friends this summer?”

In an innovative move, the Arizona Council on Economic Education is offering free professional development for teachers, ensuring that educators are confident in integrating Money Minutes into their classrooms. By harnessing this resource, School Board members can empower teachers to bridge the academic math gap while fostering financial literacy, setting students on a path to success in both math and in life.

Now is the time for action. Let us seize the opportunity to transform education, bridge the math gap, and prepare students for a future where mathematical proficiency and financial acumen go hand in hand. Join ACEE in our mission to reach and teach all students the crucial skill of financial literacy. Act now and introduce us to your Superintendent or invite us to share more to make a difference!

Please contact Monica Martinez for more information at and (480) 368-8020.

Encourage Your Students to Apply for ASBA Scholarships to Fund Their Dreams!

Encourage your students top apply now for ASBA Scholarships sponsored by Arizona Council on Economic Education to help fund their dreams!

Please share this ASBA Scholarships flyer with your high school principals, counselors, teachers and high school seniors you serve so they may apply for ASBA Scholarships to help them as they pursue their college and career goals.

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Arizona high school seniors who attend classes in a school district that is a member of Arizona School Boards Association are invited to apply for ASBA Scholarships.

See a list of ASBA member districts here.

Applications for ASBA Scholarships sponsored by Arizona Council on Economic Education opened Feb. 1, 2024, and will close at 5 p.m. on March 29, 2024.

The Jack Peterson Scholarship is awarded annually to at least one Arizona high school senior who plans to pursue education as their major course of study at the college level. Amounts of the awards vary from year to year and are based on annual earnings from the scholarship endowment. Scholarship amounts typically range from $1,000 to $1,500. The scholarship was established in honor of ASBA Executive Director Jack Peterson, who served the association from 1991 to 1998. 

The Panfilo H. Contreras Honorary Scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2013 by ASBA’s Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus. Hispanic and Native American Indian students are eligible to apply for this scholarship to support their attendance at an accredited postsecondary institution. Last year’s scholarships were $1,000 each. 

The Georgie and Calvin Goode Student Scholarship was established by ASBA Black Alliance in 2021, and was awarded for the first time in Spring 2022. Two scholarships are available. Awards range from $1,000 to $1,250. Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who demonstrate an exceptional record of academic growth and a commitment to service to others. Applicants must be a currently enrolled senior in an ASBA member district, Black or of African descent and planning to further their education at an accredited postsecondary institution. 

We’re looking forward to seeing what your students plan to do after graduating high school!

Send in Your Nominations for Advocate of the Year

It’s time to nominate a school board member who has gone above and beyond in advocating for students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade for ASBA’s Advocate of the Year Award.

ASBA presents this award to a member who shows exemplary dedication in advocating on behalf of students and public schools at the Law Conference in September each year.

School board members play a critically important role in supporting the ASBA Political Agenda that they create and Arizona public education.

Some recent recipients include:

  • Frankie DalMolin of Globe Unified School District
  • Monica Timberlake of Quartzsite Elementary School District
  • Capital Litigation Partners for championing capital funding needs for Arizona students, which was made up of Arizona Education Association, Arizona School Administrators, Elfrida, Crane and Glendale Elementary School Districts and Chino Valley Unified School District and Kathy Knecht
  • Devin Del Palacio of Tolleson Union High School District
  • Support Our Schools Arizona
  • Jim Love of Flowing Wells Unified School District

Head over to for more information on nominating a school board member for excelling in grassroots advocacy!

Thank You to Our Sponsors for ASBA’s Women’s Conference & Expo!

Thank you to our generous sponsors for the ASBA Women’s Leadership Conference & Expo for their assistance in putting together this uplifting and inspiring event.

We are grateful to Veregy for sponsoring keynote speaker Mallika Chopra.

We appreciate Grand Canyon University for sponsoring the conference’s continental breakfast.

Thank you to Arizona Council on Economic Education for sponsoring ASBA Student Scholarships.

Register now for this groundbreaking, inaugural event on March 5, 2024, at Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix.

We invite all women in all roles to join us for this event where you will connect with professionals and elevate your leadership skills! Check out our speakers and invite your friends and colleagues!

Conference speakers

  • Enjoy an inspirational keynote from Mallika Chopra, sponsored by Veregy, that will ignite your passion for leadership and success.
  • Take part in transformative breakout sessions, including:
  • A panel discussion on Harmonizing Voices: Leading with Synergy in Multi-Generational Teams, featuring Veronica Sanchez, Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications, Arizona State University; Danielle Lerner, EMMY-Winning Journalist, Host of “Arizona Living” & Media Consultant; Renee Romo, Multimedia Journalist, KOLD News 13; and moderated by Jade Frazier, ASBA Multimedia Communications Manager and former Fox 10 News Assignment Editor.
  • Elevate and Embrace: Emotional Intelligence in Women’s Leadership with Ana Cortes, Positive Intelligence Certified Mental Fitness Life Coach.
  • EmpowerHER: Navigating Leadership Horizons in AI – A Journey for Women featuring Dr. Loretta Cheeks, President and CEO of Strong TIES and DS Innovation.
  • Visionary Leadership: Strategic Decision-Making for Tomorrow’s Triumph by Dr. Cherryl Paul, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President, Academic Alliances | K12 Educational Development at Grand Canyon Education, and Dr. Meredith Critchfield, Dean of the College of Education at Grand Canyon University.
  • Empowered Elegance: Unveiling the Intersection of Inner Beauty and Leadership featuring Marshelle Barwise, Strategic Transformation Executive at Achieve, Published Author, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Chaplain.
  • Breaking Barriers: Women Rising to Leadership Roles with Debbie Esparza, CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix.
  • Also, enjoy an expo extravaganza, interactive workshops, free professional headshots, a licensed professional makeup artist, networking opportunities, a fashion show, entertainment and more!

Registration Info

Don’t wait! Click here to grab your ticket.

The $175 per person member and non-member registration fee includes access to conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and an evening reception.

New Student Registration Link

High school students are welcome to join us for a discounted fee, just remember to bring your school ID card to the registration desk on the day of the event. Click here for student registration.

Join us in celebrating the power and potential of women in leadership. ASBA’s Women’s Leadership Conference & Expo promises to be an unforgettable experience. Be a part of this extraordinary journey to empower, inspire and transform! 

Know Someone Interested in Serving as a School Board Member? Share These Resources

Do you know someone interested in serving as a school board member? Then direct them to ASBA’s Becoming a Board Member resource page and share your why with them.

On the ASBA’s Becoming a Board Member resource page, prospective board members can download ASBA’s School Board Service Booklet, view videos where Arizona school governing board members share why they serve.

Then, they can go to the events page and register for two upcoming ASBA Wednesday Webinars:

Webinars: Why I Serve: Becoming a School Board Member
March 21, 6 pm – 7 pm
Register now

Webinars: Why I Serve: Becoming a School Board Member Part 2
April 11, 12 pm – 1 pm
Register now

For more information on timelines to take out a packet to be a school board candidate in the upcoming 2024 elections, please let prospective school board members know to go to your county’s educational service agency’s website.

For example, at the Maricopa County Educational Service Agency go to Governing Board Elections & Candidate Information to find qualifications for serving as a school board member, filing a statement of interest, finding out about campaign finance trainings for school governing board candidates, filing a statement of organization, filing petition signatures, important dates and deadlines and scheduling an appointment to file your candidate paperwork.

Join Black Alliance to Help Raise Student Outcomes During Black History Month

In celebration of National Black History Month, ASBA is highlighting our Black Alliance.

The Black Alliance focuses on the school board’s role in improving opportunities and outcomes for Black students through activities that:

  • Enhance understanding of equity in education.
  • Improve service delivery to ASBA members around equity in education.
  • Improve recruitment of leaders who reflect the demographics of their communities.
  • Increase member access to public education allies for underrepresented students.
  • Increase cultural and social competence among public education leaders and partners.

Membership is open to any individual, regardless of their race, ethnicity, culture or origin, with a sincere desire to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for students in Arizona. Click here to become a member of the Black Alliance.

The president of the Black Alliance serves on the ASBA Board of Directors, as well as the ASBA Legislative Committee and ASBA Equity Committee.

The Black Alliance is strategically aligned to the purpose and priorities of ASBA and provides an important role in informing the association’s work.

Watch for our social media posts and updates coming soon to the Black History Month resource page, which includes resources for educators, a proclamation and more.

Let us know how your district is celebrating National Black History Month by emailing ASBA Multimedia Communications Manager Jade Frazier at

Follow us on social media to celebrate with us!

Upcoming Events

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Find out more about upcoming events for ASBA and partner organizations. 

Webinar: Auditor General School Safety and Emergency Response Practices Survey
February 21, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST
ASBA GR Director Chris Kotterman will lead a review and discussion of the Auditor General’s School Safety and Emergency Response Practices Survey released on February 14th, with Scott Swagerty and Josh Lykins from the Division of School Audits at the Office of the Auditor General.
Register now

2024 Annual Conference The Science of School Social Work
February 29, 7 am – 4:30 pm
ASU West Valley Conference Center
4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306
This conference features keynote addresses and breakout workshops that are valuable not only for school social workers, but to all educators. Click here to find out more and register.

ASBA’s Inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference & Expo! Empower. Inspire. Transform.
March 5, 9 am – 6 pm
Desert Willow Conference Center at 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85040

Wednesday Webinars: Why I Serve: Becoming a School Board Member
March 21, 6 pm – 7 pm
Register now

2024 School Safety and Security Summit
April 1-2
Renaissance Glendale Hotel
9495 W. Entertainment Blvd., Glendale, AZ
School safety is everyone’s business. Just how safe are we on school campuses across America? What can you do about it? This event is brought to you through the partnership of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona School Administrators. Click here to find out more and register. 

Wednesday Webinars: Why I Serve: Becoming a School Board Member Part 2
April 11, 12 pm – 1 pm
Register now

Attention Super Users! Join ASBA Policy Bridge Regional Trainings for FREE and Supercharge Your Expertise!
April 11, 1 pm – 4 pm
Sunnyside USD        

Attention Super Users! Join ASBA Policy Bridge Regional Trainings for FREE and Supercharge Your Expertise!
April 12, 1 pm – 4 pm
Tombstone USD 

Board Operations & Leadership Training Seminar
April 19, 9 am – 4 pm
Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix
(Registration opens March 7)

Summer Leadership Institute
June 6 – 8
Marriott Little America in Flagstaff
(Registration opens April 15)

Attention Super Users! Join ASBA Policy Bridge Regional Trainings for FREE and Supercharge Your Expertise!
June 10, 1 pm – 4 pm
Holbrook USD

Attention Super Users! Join ASBA Policy Bridge Regional Trainings for FREE and Supercharge Your Expertise!
June 11, 1 pm – 4 pm
Prescott USD

ASBA Law Conference (Save the Date)
Sept. 4 – 6
JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale
(Registration opens July 10)

Delegate Assembly (Save the Date)
Sept. 7
JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale
(Registration opens July 8)

New Board Member Orientation (Save the Date)
Dec. 18
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix
(Registration opens Oct. 21)

ASBA Annual Membership Meeting at Annual Conference
Dec. 19
Free to any school board member who would like to attend
School board members do not need to be registered for Annual Conference to attend this meeting

ASBA-ASA Annual Conference (Save the Date)
Dec. 19 – 20
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix
(Registration opens Oct. 21)

Find out more at ASBA Events.

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