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HNAIC explains the importance of adding a seat to ASBA Board of Directors

Your ASBA Board of Directors believes a change is long overdue

We hope you’ll mark the 25th anniversary of the Hispanic Native American Indian Caucus by voting yes on a change to the ASBA bylaws to create a seat on the ASBA Board of Directors so that a Hispanic AND a Native American representative can serve at the same time.

In 1996, a group of Arizona school board members gathered together to form the HNAIC. Their goal was to ensure that the needs of Hispanic and Native students were known and addressed at the state level. The founders believed that representation on the Arizona School Boards Association Board of Directors was necessary to help achieve that goal, and through a change to the bylaws a single seat was added. It was progress, but it created a structural gap in representation that has lasted for 25 years. The seat alternates in two-year periods from a Hispanic representative to a Native American representative. 

Later this month you’ll be getting detailed information on this bylaw amendment as well as information on casting your board’s vote. We’ll go over the details at your ASBA County Meeting and we also have a webinar planned Sept. 30 to answer any questions you may have.  

Voting will be open on Sept. 21 and stay open through November. Not only do we need you to participate in the vote, but we also urge you to vote yes so that no students are left behind and no community goes unrepresented. 

Present at the ASBA/ASA Annual Conference

We are currently looking for 50-minute breakout sessions for Annual Conference 2021 that fall under the tracks: Communications, Climate and Culture, Social Emotional Learning/Trauma-Informed Care and Student Achievement.

The deadline for consideration is Friday, Oct. 1. If you have any questions about presenting, please reach out to Nikkie Whaley at or 602-254-1100.

All details can be found here

Delegates and the County Director election process plus board agenda item

County Meetings will be held virtually so this means school boards will be voting electronically for County Director elections. It is important that school boards appoint a delegate to vote on behalf of the board in advance.

Please review the process below to minimize any questions and confusion.

  • Voting will take place electronically during the meeting.
  • Each member district board in the county is entitled to one vote.
  • Each board must appoint in advance a delegate (and an alternate, if desired) who may cast the board’s vote for County Director. If your board already named a delegate for the ASBA Delegate Assembly, that same person can remain your delegate for this vote as well. If you did not select a delegate for the Delegate Assembly or you would like to name a different delegate, please select one for the County Meeting and let ASBA know who it is no later than one week prior to your county meeting using this link below.
  • Sample agenda language for selecting your county director election delegate is below.
  • Your delegate (or alternate) must be at the meeting to vote

Tell Us Who Your Delegate Is Use this form to identify your board’s delegate who will be able to vote for County Director at the County Meeting.

Model Governing Board Agenda Item Model agenda item for selection of board delegate (may be consent if no discussion required) Consideration and possible action to appoint [NAME] to represent [DISTRICT NAME] as the board delegate to the Arizona School Boards Association County Meeting on [DATE].

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ASBA Events and Webinars

September 8- 10, 2021: ASBA 45th Annual Law Conference

September 11, 2021: 2021 Delegate Assembly

September 21 – November 4, 2021: ASBA (Virtual) County Meetings 2021

September 24, 2021: ASAP Workshop

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

Upcoming ASBA Webinars

September 27, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch and Learn Webinar: The Do’s and Don’ts of School District Ballot Issues

November 29, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch and Learn Webinar: Ask the Experts: An Interactive Conversation

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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