Governor Ducey Executive Order 2020-44

Updated June 29, 2020 

Governor Ducey's Executive Order: 

2020-2021 School Year: Prioritizing Kids And Schools During COVID-19 - Executive Order: 2020-41

Open Letters to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Flexibility in School Financing 

The letters written on June 16th and 18th to Governor Ducey from Superintendent Clay and the County School Superintendents can be viewed and downloaded here.

For More Coverage, visit the Herald Review article on the efforts of Cochise County's district superintendents and county superintendent here


Cochise County

Superintendent of Schools

Economic Independence for our Students,

Economic Success for our County,

Through Education


Online Learning Virtual Symposium
Online Event
[POSTPONED!] Teacher of the Year Award Banquet
Thunder Mountain Activity Center (TMAC)

Welcome Dr. Holmes!

Cochise County School Superintendent Jacqui Clay welcomes and sits down with newly appointed Sierra Vista Unified School District School Superintendent, Dr. Eric Holmes in her office in Bisbee.  Dr. Holmes prior served as School Superintendent of the City of York, Pennsylvania. Dr. Holmes also worked as an Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the City of York School District and as a middle school principal. Dr. Holmes has 32 years’ experience as an educator.

Read AZ Superintendent of Instruction, Kathy Hoffman and Task Force considerations for Fall 2020 school opening!

Palominas Elementary School District wins the 2020 School Health and Wellness Award!

Pictured are Jacqui Clay, Cochise County School Superintendent, and Sepp Sprietsma, U of A Cooperative Extension Building Healthy Communities Coordinator presenting the Cochise County Schools Health and Wellness Award to Palominas Wellness Team Leaders, Marissa Herrera and Liz Allen along with other team members. In recognition for all of their work on the Cochise County Healthy Schools initiative. Congratulations to all of the students, parents, School Staff, and community members who worked to make Palominas ESD an example of school wellness in Cochise County!

Congratulations message from Cochise County School Superintendent Jacqui Clay to our Graduating Class of 2020  

Good News to use for our Graduating Class of 2020!

To all our Amazing 2020 High School Graduates of Cochise County, 


Cochise College is giving every graduating high school senior a $1000 ($500 over 2 years) scholarship. Dr. Rottweiler, President of Cochise College made the decision to award scholarships to all high school seniors, Class of 2020 of Cochise County. 


Besides the scholarships, Dr. Rottweiler lowered online tuition rates for the summer and fall semesters. Because of the uncertainty of in-person instruction, he wanted to offer online classes at the same price as in-person instruction. Cochise College Summer Registration opened May 1st

For more information:


The scholarship can be used in addition to financial aid. This is in conjunction with the Achieve 60 initiative.

We Thank You Salvation Army, for your support to Cochise County!

Discussion about our next step

We would like to share an interview with you between Cochise County School Superintendent, Jacqui Clay and Kareem Neal​, Arizona Teacher of the year for 2019



What are you most concerned about with everything opens back up?


Remember Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs?


To listen to the interview please click the link below:


Interview Link


 Thank YOU Kareem, also, for your insight. I look forward to our continued collaborative efforts to serve our educational community.

Bowie Salutes 2020 Graduates!

Let's all join the Bowie Unified School District in honoring it's High School Graduates, Class of 2020. Pictured left to right are, Alyssa Landt, Judy Tumlinson, John Houston Klump, Morgan Murray and Destiny Bragg. This Class will be distingushed and honored by being the first High School graduating class of Bowie USD to have a virtual graduation ceremony.Click on button below to view their commencement ceremony. 

Education Improvements at the Juvenile Detention Center

County collaboration leads to education improvements

A collaboration between Cochise County’s Superior Court and School Superintendent’s Office has seen significant improvements in the level of education being offered at the Juvenile Detention Center.

A new approach to educational classes has allowed School Superintendent Jacqui Clay to provide the services of a special education teacher from the Cochise County Jail to young people held at the Detention Center in Sierra Vista. These services were previously provided by a contractor at a minimum of $50 per hour, but these costs will be eliminated by combining resources.

“We’re having better results with this coming under the Superintendent’s Office,” Clay told the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting on April 21. The Board approved an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the two County entities following a trial period.

“We have seen students receive reduced sentences due to their grades and educational performance,” said Clay, adding students are enrolled into an online high school which allows them to more easily transition to their community school upon release. They also have the option of continuing high school online.

Additional class modules have also been added, allowing students to follow a more traditional learning schedule.

“We’ve been doing this on a trial basis, but it’s working,” said Clay.

Presiding Juvenile Judge Terry Bannon said she was delighted with the initial results of the new partnership, adding the students had “responded with the type of enthusiasm and engagement I had not seen before”.

Supervisor Ann English praised the cooperation between the School Superintendent’s Office and the Superior Court.

“I compliment them for realizing a strong need for an education service for these students,” she said. “There is a need to have something concrete and for a program that’s viable. A lot of thought and attention has gone into it and there are measurements.”

The IGA, effective from July 1 through June 30, 2022, was unanimously approved by all three Supervisors, who attended the meeting remotely via conference call.

The 2020 Cochise County Teacher of the Year Finalists have been Announced!

Click Here for More!

Many Thanks to Arizona G&T Cooperatives

for Their Generous Support of Our CEF

Mini-Grants Program! 

Arizona’s G & T Cooperatives , Geoff Oldfather, Cooperatives Communications and Public Relations Manager. Along with James D. Wallace, Cooperatives Communications, Social Media and Marketing Administrator. Visits Cochise County School Superintendent, Jacqui Clay to present their donation in support of CEF’s Mini Grant Program.

Arizona Generation and Transmission Cooperatives (AzGT) provides wholesale electricity for six Class A Member Cooperatives, including Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative(SSVEC), that serve rural Arizona, New Mexico and California. AzGT also provides energy management services for a growing list of customers. As a cooperative, AzGT abides by the Seven Cooperative Principals, which include Concern for Community. Supporting education in Cochise County is another way that AzGT serves the members who use its power at the end of the line.

Speak Out!

"Share your thoughts about education in Cochise County! Click the link below or scan the QR code to share your thoughts with us!

Community Leaders, Lawley Kia and Legacy Foundation Step Up to Support our Students' Asthma Inhaler Program.

Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, Chief Executive Officer, Margaret Hepburn presents a check to Cochise County School Superintendent, Jacqui Clay. The donation from Legacy is towards the Cochise County Student Asthma Inhaler initiative.

Sean Lawley of Lawley Kia presenting a check to Cochise County School Superintendent, Jacqui Clay, which will sponsor the School asthma inhaler program for Cochise County Students and also for the upcoming Cochise County Teacher of the Year Awards

Lawley Kia, along with Legacy are sponsoring a school asthma inhaler program that will be introduced at the 2020 Innovations In Education Conference taking place January 24-25.  Lawley Kia is  also sponsoring our Teacher of the Year awards banquet coming up April 5th. 

 Teachers! University South Foundation

offers Mini-Grants!

Cochise County School Superintendent, Jacqui Clay pictured while visiting Skills Private Academy.  A place to grow and shine and learn to be your best self. Special Kids, Individualized Learning, Life Skills

Skills = Love

Superintendent Wendy Conger, you are amazing! Because of your leadership and passion you and your staff were able to take a letter "D" school to a "B" school.
Bowie, Most Improved School in Cochise County!!
Way to Go!

"D" School to "B" School

Ray Borane Elementary School Students display a winning team spirit. By coming together to honor our Community and Nation's Veterans. 





We are all born with something in our DNA that promotes greatness.  Using a comprehensive systems-thinking approach, our educators, parents, and community members can work collaboratively to uncover the niche found in every student.  This information is powerful when it correlates with the needs of our society.  Education, when applied correctly, will provide economic independence for our students and economic success in our community, cities, states, and nation.

-Jacqui Clay
Cochise County School Superintendent


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