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State school boards association elects officers


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  • Tracey Benson/Arizona School Boards Association

PHOENIX—Delegates from Arizona School Boards Association member boards elected officers to serve on the 2014 ASBA Board of Directors. The election was held at the association’s annual business meeting on Dec. 12.

Jesus Rubalcava, a member of the Gila Bend USD governing board and 2013 ASBA treasurer, was voted president-elect; Kathy Knecht, a member of the Peoria USD governing board and 2013 ASBA secretary, was chosen as treasurer; and Julie Bacon, a member of the Paradise Valley USD governing board, was elected secretary.

The new officers join Elaine Hall, a member of the Sahuarita USD governing board, who advances from 2013 president-elect to 2014 president, and Randy Schiller, a member of the Phoenix Union HSD governing board, who moves from 2013 president to 2014 immediate past president.

The ASBA Board of Directors comprises this five-member executive committee of currently serving school board members, as well as one currently serving school board member from each county in the state (county directors), with the exception of Maricopa and Pima counties, which have two county directors each due to their much larger populations.

County directors are typically elected by peers from their own county; appointments are made when mid-term vacancies occur.

Also represented with seats on the board are ASBA’s Black and Hispanic-Native American Indian caucuses, and any Arizona school board member who serves on the board of the National School Boards Association, of which ASBA is a federation member.

View a full board roster

View/download photo of ASBA 2014 officers

(Group and individual photos of ASBA’s 2014 officers are available upon request.)

The Arizona School Boards Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting elected local governance of public education and continuous improvement of student success by providing leadership and assistance to school district governing boards statewide. ASBA represents more than 1,000 school board members and more than 1 million Arizona children.