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COCHISE COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS JACQUI CLAY speaks on the Closing of The Youth Detention Center in Sierra Vista and the effects on local troubled Youth and their families.
If you would like to have comments regarding the closing of the Juvenile Detention Center read into the record at the Board of Supervisors Meeting, please see the instructions and details below:
To Comment on the Closing of the Detention Center:
The Detention Center agenda item number is 5438
Meeting Date and Time: 9/15 at 10:15 a.m.
Email comments to the Clerk of the Board at by 5 p.m. the day before the meeting.
Please include the date of the meeting and the agenda item number(5438) with your comments.
To Attend the Board of Supervisors Meeting:
Due to health concerns related to COVID-19, the Board has suspended public group access to conference rooms located in County buildings.
Members of the public who wish to attend these meetings remotely can call 602-609-7513 or 888-680-6714, Conference ID 912 870 522#.
If you have trouble accessing this meeting remotely, call 520-432-9200 for direction.
Our rescheduled Teacher of the Year Celebration
It is our pleasure to announce the rescheduled Teacher of the Year Celebration on the 26th of September, 2020. The event will take place from 10 AM to 12 PM in the Sears parking lot at the Mall at Sierra Vista. RSVPs are now open for Honorees and for those interested in attending to support our amazing teachers.
A complete list of our amazing honorees can be found here!
***This will be a GALA event!***
Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing
Available in Cochise County!
Drive-Through COVID-19 testing is available at 4 sites in Douglas, Bisbee, Tombstone, and Palominas! You do need to register in advance at www.doineedacovid19test.com.
Click on any of the images below to download a full size pdf of the flyer!
Masks & Schools
Presented by Kayla Percy, PNP,MPH, COVID-19 Taskforce Lead - CCHCI
The Cochise County School Superintendent's Office hosts weekly meetings bringing together the educational leaders of Cochise County schools, and health professionals from numerous agencies to ensure that schools are benefitting from the most up to date information to ensure students are getting a safe and effective education. The video was presented by Kayla Percy, PNP, from Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. (CCHCI) at the most recent meeting.
The group is grateful to Dr. Edward Miller, DO, FACOG from Copper Queen Community Hospital, Dr. Jonathan Melk, MD and Kayla Percy, PNP from CCHCI, and the members of the Cochise County Health and Emergency Services departments for their efforts and insight into the rapidly changing landscape of school health and student safety.
Arizona G&T Cooperatives and CoBank's Sharing Success program make a combined donation of $5000 to Cochise Education Foundation
Pictured above are CCSSO Community Outreach Coordinator, Ben Reyna, Cochise County Schools Superintendent, Jacqui Clay, and JD Wallace of Arizona G&T Cooperatives. Arizona G&T Cooperatives and CoBank's Sharing Success program made a combined donation of $5000 for the Cochise Education Foundation to support the Teacher of the Year, Education Mini-Grant, and Professional Development programs, as well as other CEF initiatives.
Welcome Dr. Eric Holmes!
Cochise County School Superintendent Jacqui Clay welcomes newly appointed Sierra Vista Unified School District School Superintendent, Dr. Eric Holmes. Dr. Holmes previously 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.
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.
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:
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.
Many Thanks to Arizona G&T Cooperatives
for Their Generous Support of Our CEF
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.
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.
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