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School Board Election Results



December 4th, 2020
559 9th Street, Douglas, AZ

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Cochise County School Superintendent, Jacqui Clay, has announced vacancies on the listed school district governing boards, effective January 1, 2021.

Ash Creek Elementary: 3 vacancies
Cochise Tech: 1 vacancy (Tombstone seat)
Double Adobe Elementary: 1 vacancy
Douglas Unified: 1 vacancy
McNeal Elementary: 2 vacancies
Palominas Elementary: 1 vacancy
Pearce Elementary: 1 vacancy
Tombstone Unified: 1 vacancy
Valley Union HS: 2 vacancies

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. To be eligible to hold a seat a person must; be a registered voter, be at least 18 years of age, have continually resided within the school district for at least one year immediately preceding taking office, and the candidate or their spouse cannot be employed by the school district.

If you are interested in filling a vacancy, please email your letter of interest and resume to kmadden@cochise.az.gov or send a letter of interest and a resume to: Cochise County School Superintendent, 1415 Melody Lane, Building C, Bisbee, AZ 85603 or Fax 520-432-7136. Once received, you will be contacted to set up a phone interview with Ms. Clay, Cochise County School Superintendent.

Please include information about yourself including education and work experience, why you would like to be a board member, your residence and mailing addresses, email and home/work phone numbers. Candidates may include letters of recommendation or support if they wish.

Sheriff Dannels, Jail Commander Bradshaw, Superintendent Clay and Deputy superintendent Madden discuss further educational plans for the jail. Currently, services provided at the jail are Special needs services for students up to 22 and educational services for those minor students. Soon we will add adult services which includes GED preparation and GED testing. This collaboration will be great for our county.


Collaborating with GradSolutions, LLC to form a County "Dropout Recovery" Accommodation school. This will potentially help reduce our Opportunity Youth rate (see Expect more Arizona  - www.expectmorearizona.org/progress/?location=State::Arizona ) which is currently at 13% (our goal is 7%) and helps our schools. Opportunity youth are 16 - 24 year olds not going to school or working. More information to come.

GradSolutions have also donated 10 Chromebooks to our County Education center. THANK YOU!

We will use these devices for GED preparation or online education for our students who are released from the jail or detention center. Did you also know that we are now a GED testing site for our jail/detention center students?

Everyone should have a second chance and we love ALL of our students.



Within the scope of the Arizona Revised Statutes and in collaboration with state and local agencies, the Cochise County School Superintendent’s office provides guidance, advocacy, programs, and services which support Cochise County Schools.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Preparing payroll and expense checks for twenty-one districts
  • ​Coordinating special events like the County Spelling Bee and the Education Exhibit at the County Fair
  • Providing professional development for teachers and other school personnel 
  • Overseeing school governing board elections and appointments, bond and override elections
  • Filing Homeschool affidavits and teacher certificates
  • Maintaining a Homeschool library
  • Overseeing the jail education program for juveniles


Helpful External Resources
Arizona Department of Education (Calendar of Events) 
Arizona Department of Education 
Expect More Arizona
Read On Arizona
Southern Arizona Regional Education Center 
Job Opportunities at Cochise County Schools