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ASBA welcomes Nick Buzan as Director of Legal & Policy Services

ASBA is thrilled to announce Nick Buzan as Director of Legal & Policy Services. After nine years, Nick Buzan returns to ASBA to oversee the Legal & Policy Department. Nick Buzan has worked in multiple avenues of public service in some of Arizona’s most beautiful communities.  Nick taught history and geography at Blue Ridge High School in Pinetop/Lakeside before attending law school in Tucson at the University of Arizona. 

Nick worked at ASBA as a policy consultant and as a trial attorney trying complex criminal cases at Gila and Coconino Counties. He’s excited to apply his trial attorney skills to advocate for Arizona’s public-school children. 

He’s currently on the Coconino County Bar Association’s board and a member of the State Bar’s Council for Persons with Disabilities in the Legal Profession.  He’s worked with at-risk youth at Canyon State Academy, Northern Arizona University, and the YMCA.  As a prosecutor, he worked in juvenile delinquency, therapeutic courts, Grand Jury presentation and trials. 

Nick and his wife Angela have two daughters, a lab mix named Scout and a love for Arizona’s great outdoors. Nick and his wife are also certified foster parents. We encourage members to connect with Nick at the next ASBA event and learn more about his passion for public education.

Be ready on Monday!

Registration and rooms for the ASBA Summer Leadership Institute open Monday, April 11

This summer conference encourages school boards and super­intendents to get away together to help expand their learning on diverse topics and current educational issues.

Come early on Thursday, June 9 and attend the special Pre-Conference on “Understanding Our Students.”

Don’t miss out! Back by popular demand, keynote speakers DJ Vanas and Bill de la Cruz return in person to inspire members at this two-day conference. Come hear DJ Vanas speak Friday, June 10, on “Explore the Six Roles of the Tip of the Spear Leadership” and on Saturday, June 11, Bill de la Cruz will present on “Division, Discourse and Dialogue.”

Special invite for ASAP members! An administrative assistant track is created especially for superintendent and board administrative professionals. 

Get a sneak peek at session topics:

Gathering Impactful Feedback

Building Welcoming Environments

Making Use of Feedback Data

Representation in District Decision-Making

County Conversations

Policy Review: What is it and How Does it Help?

Plus, ASBA Advocacy Network Information and Update Session and much more to come

The ASBA Black Alliance and Hispanic Native American Indian Caucus will also be meeting!

Registration opens April 11 and closes May 31.

Meet our new conference sponsors K12itc, Panorama Education and Gnosis IQ!

All details can be found on the ASBA website.

Meet ASBA Cochise County Director

Meet Yulonda Boutte, new county director for Cochise County and board member in the Sierra Vista Unified School District.

Check out fall and winter ASBA events

New calendar of events!

Download the ASBA 2022 Calendar of Events and make sure to add fall and winter events to your calendar. All events can be found on the ASBA website. Download the NEW Calendar of Events.

Check your email! Access to the salary and benefit survey data is an exclusive benefit of ASBA membership

Thank you to the member districts that completed the FY22 ASBA Teacher and Administrator Salary and Benefits Survey. (See a complete list below.) The response rate was 53%. All ASBA member districts had the opportunity to complete the survey between Feb. 22 and March 16, 2022. The completers, when viewed as a whole, are representative of Arizona school districts.

The purpose of the ASBA Teacher and Administrator Salary and Benefits Survey is to provide comparative data to school district leaders to use when making decisions related to salaries and benefits for teachers, principals, assistant principals and district-level administrators. All data was self-reported by school districts, using an online collection tool provided by ASBA. Data requested was for the 2021-2022 school year (FY22). Responses to questions 1-3, which asked for name and contact information for the completer, are not included in this document. Responses to questions 67-80 (district-level staff salaries) are provided in table form at the end of this document and include data on county, enrollment and location for each responding district.

Access to the salary and benefit survey data is an exclusive benefit of ASBA membership. Check your email to view the summary report which was sent to all members earlier this week.

ASBA Events and Webinars

Upcoming ASBA Events

COMING SOON – Summer Leadership Institute, June 9-11

Registration opens April 11, 2022

View all ASBA events on the ASBA website.

Upcoming ASBA Webinars

May 17, 5 – 6 p.m. Webinar: I am on the Ballot…Now What?

November 17, 5 – 6 p.m. Webinar: I Was Elected…Now What?

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 these webinars.  We encourage advance registration.


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