With Warm Regards,


Jacqui Clay

Cochise County School Superintendent


March 24, 2020

In an effort to protect our staff and the public during the COVID-19 outbreak, beginning Wednesday, March 25, the staff of the Cochise County School Superintendent’s Office will be working remotely. The office will be closed to the public, however, there will always be one representative in the office each workday to ensure that our services are uninterrupted and all staff will be accessible via email. We will continue to provide the same level of customer service to you during this time. Phone calls will continue to be answered on the main office line at 520-432-8950 and will be directed to the appropriate person to assist you. We will keep you informed concerning any changes to our schedule in the future.
Feel free to contact me or Deputy Superintendent, Nikki Madden if you have any questions or concerns. Please stay safe during these challenging times.

News Flash: School Closure Extended to 10 April

Letter from Gov. Ducey and Supt. Hoffman

Announced March 20, 2020

Food Resources for Cochise County Students and Families

Check Back Regularly for Updates!

HB 2910 - Public School Closures: Coronavirus Disease

Arizona Legislative Action

For information about what your school district is taking to support students and families, please contact your school principal or district superintendent for details.

For more COVID-19 information and resources, visit:



Cochise County Superintendent

of Schools

Economic Independence for our Students,

Economic Success for our County,

Through Education



Important Letter from Superintendent Clay Regarding
Published March 12, 2020 2:05PM MST

For information about Cochise County's COVID-19 Response:

Coronavirus Response Hub

Teacher of the Year Award Banquet
Thunder Mountain Activity Center (TMAC)

Learn about the incredible, inspiring and community changing work going on with Benson Students 

Cochise CTED Scholarship Application Class of 2020

Scholarship opportunity for eligible seniors in any of our member schools! Please click on the link for additional information and eligibility requirements

Our First County Student Advisory Council meeting

Our first County Student Advisory Council meeting. It’s amazing how articulate and focused our students were while expressing their concerns and possible solutions. We had representatives from Ft. Huachuca, Bisbee, and Buena.

The top two concerns were bullying and how the community perceives their school. Our plans are to develop a survey for students and adults. The results will guide us on how we will move forward.

The University of Arizona Extension, Healthy Communities initiative funded by a grant by the Legacy Foundation will help us with our leadership retreat in the near future.

The Cochise County School Superintendent’s Office believe giving our future leaders a voice will help us continue to grow as a county. Their insights are extremely valuable

Celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday

School Superintendent Clay had a great time visiting The Center for Academic Success elementary school students reading the Cat in The Hat, by Dr. Seuss. In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. The children and staff were AMAZING! Thank you, Ms. Vada Phelps and Ms. Johanna Scott for inviting me. 

Congratulations to our Cochise County Spelling Bee Winner! 

Congratulations to Luke Perolina of Willcox Middle School winner of the Cochise County Spelling Bee Finals Saturday Morning, 22 Feb. A BIG congratulations to Marissa Paz of Pearce Elementary who placed 2nd and Katrina Bonilla of Bella Vista Elementary who placed 3rd.

Luke will now represent our county on the 21st of March in Phoenix at the state Spelling Bee competition.

WAY TO GO, Luke!  And Congratulations Willcox!! 🙂

Thank you, Johanna Scott, for your leadership and for coordinating this event, Ben Reyna, Cindy Morales, Beth Searles; our Spelling Bee Judges, Judge Kelliher, Judge Cardinal, and Sheriff Dannels; County Supervisor Tom Borer for leading us in the pledge; our pronouncer, Melaney Edward-Barton (SV Chamber of Commerce CEO); Governing Board members Yulonda Boutte, Connie Johnson, Katie Miller, Marty Payne; Sierra Vista Unified School District's JROTC, SFC Valenzuela for the Color Gaurd; Gordy Coolman for providing the music, Todd Ryen from Cool FM radio for streaming the event, Dane Cole and Mark Levy from the Sierra Vista Herald and a sincere thank you to First Baptist Church and Principal Carter for donating the refreshments and allow us to use their facility.

Most Importantly, we thank our AMAZING students, their parents and family members, who supported them, our teachers, educators, and community.

Our New School Health Champion

Great, New opportunities for our Teachers! 

New Teacher Recruitment & Retention Tuition Assistance


Teacher of the Year Awards

Our Special Guest Stars for the 2020 Teacher of the Year Awards 

Guess who is performing at our TOY Banquet? Ray Borane and Paul Huber Middle school band, lead by teacher Nathan Darus!

Scenes from the recently held Tombstone JROTC Military Ball. Where Supt. Jacqui Clay had the honor to speak. 

Scenes from Our Innovations in Education Conference

AZ Superintendent Kathy Hoffman visits Naco and Bisbee School District

Here are some pictures from last week's visit by Superintendent Kathy Hoffman. She was able to visit Naco and Bisbee school district. She ended the evening by having dinner with some of our educational leaders.Cochise County, WE are AMAZING!!

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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