Board Members take Office

  • Mr. Kevin England was appointed by Graham County Superintendent, Donna McGaughey to be on the Safford School Board.

    Mr. England will be replacing Mrs. Margaret Vidales as she has begun new employment that works closely with SUSD.

    Mr. England was sworn into office by Mr. AJ Taylor, Superintendent of Safford Schools on Tuesday, April 19, 2023. We look forward to having Mr. England on the Board.

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  • Mrs. Margaret Vidales, Mrs. Petrea Kunz, and Mr. Mike DeLaO begin their service on the Safford Unified School District Governing Board beginning January 1, 2023.


    Pictured below is Mr. AJ Taylor, Superintendent for Safford Unified School District, giving the Oath of Office to the new School Board Members.


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Governing Board Information

  • Safford Schools Governing Board Meetings
    AGENDAS ARE POSTED ON THE FRONT WINDOW OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, LOCATED AT 734 W. 11TH STREET, AS WELL AS ON OUR WEBSITE.  Click on the Agendas & Minutes link in the left menu to access the current board agenda and minutes approved at the last board meeting.
    The public is welcome and encouraged to attend Governing Board meetings. The Board usually meets the second Thursday of each month and all meeting dates are posted on the calendar. 
    Agendas for individual school site council meetings are posted on the front window of each school office. 

    The Governing Board is composed of five district residents, each elected to four-year terms. Members serve without pay. The Board is responsible for educational policies and financial plans for the district, within community resources. There are six schools in the district -- Dorothy Stinson School, Lafe Nelson School, Ruth Powell School, Safford Middle School, Mt. Graham High School, and Safford High School.

    To access Safford Unified School District Governing Board Policies please click on the following link: Safford Board Policies or click on the Policy Manual Link in the menu on the left. This will take you the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) website. There will be a list of school districts on the left of the page. Scroll down to Safford Unified School District. Click one time on the arrow to the left of SUSD and a list of sections will open up. You can then select the section you need and search for policies.

Board Meeting Dates

  • The Governing School Board of Safford Unified School District will hold monthly meetings for the 2023-2024 school year on the dates listed below. Most meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month, except in cases where Board members and other administration will be attending ASBA/ASA meetings, or other scheduling needs require moving the meeting to a different week. All meetings will be held at the District Office Gail Curtis Boardroom at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted:  

    July 13th 

    August 10th  

    September 21st

    October 19th (held in the DMP, Center for the Arts Building) 

    November 9th

    December 14th

    January 18th

    February 8th

    March 7th

    April 11th

    May 9th

    June 20th


Call to the Public

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    Call to the Public/Comment Cards must match an item on the current agenda.

    Per Policy B-2150, BEDH "Public Participation at Board Meetings"

    "Any individual desiring to address the Board shall complete a form (Request to Address Board) and give this form to the Superintendent prior to the start of the board meeting." 

    "Call to the Public: This is the time for the public to comment. Members of the Board may not discuss items that are not specifically identified on the agenda. Therefore, pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.01(H), action taken as a result of public comment will be limited to directing staff to study the matter, responding to any criticism or scheduling the matter for further consideration and decision at a later date."


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ASBA Annual Conference Awards 2022

  • Congratulations to Mike DeLaO and Craig Hackett. They were both recognized and received awards at the 2022 ASBA Annual Conference in December 2022.


    Craig Hackett was awarded the Honor Roll Award as a retiring Board member for his 9 years of service on the SUSD Governing Board.


    Mike DeLaO received the ASBA All Board Member Award recognizing him for outstanding service to the SUSD Governing Board and to the community. 



    SUSD is blessed to have the best!


2018 ASBA Total Board Award

  • Governing Board members receive award Congratulations to the Safford Unified School District Governing Board for receiving the Total Boardsmanship Award at the recent 2018 Arizona School Boards Association Annual Conference where ASBA honors Governing Boards statewide! This award is granted to a governing board when the entire board has attained a predetermined level of training. Mr. Mike DeLaO, Board President, Mrs. Julie Cluff and Mr. Craig Hackett, Board Members, attended the Annual ASBA Conference and accepted this prestigious award on behalf of the Governing Board, Mr. Mike DeLaO, Mrs. Julie Cluff, Mr. Craig Hackett, Mrs. Diane Junion and Mrs. Shirley Turner Chaplin. The Board Members are to be commended individually and as a group for their commitment to education and their dedication to serving Safford Unified School District and the community.

Mr. Mike DeLaO, School Board President

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    Mr. Mike DeLaO was elected and sworn in as SUSD's School Board President at the meeting held on January 12, 2023.