Getting to Know Us

Meet Superintendent  Clay

Our Mission and Vision

Our vision in Cochise County is to connect the dots between educational systems throughout the county, state, and businesses to produce students who are economically independent.

We will focus on "Connecting The Dots" in our County so that we continue to move forward together ensuring, "Economic Independence” for all of our Students and Economic Success for our County."

We will continue to focus on the academic needs of our school system (Home Schools, Charter Schools, Private Schools, Unified School Districts, detention centers and jails), while collaboratively working with Board Members, Administration, businesses and industry members.

Jacqui Clay, Cochise County Superintendent

Jacqui Clay was elected in 2016 to serve as the Cochise County School Superintendent. Prior to her election, she served as a Vice Principal and Director of Career and Technical Education at Buena High School. Prior to her educational career, Superintendent Clay retired from the United States Army as a Command Sergeant Major. 

As County School Superintendent, Superintendent Clay works to "Connect the Dots" across all sectors of the communities of Cochise County to improve educational outcomes for all students.

Nikki Madden, Chief Deputy

I oversee the Superintendent’s office in Bisbee and the contact for School board elections. I am also the school superintendent’s representative in her absence.

Cindy Morales, Secretary

I manage the superintendent’s calendar and oversee the Home School students’ program. I also record the teachers' certificates I assist also with anyone who comes into the office representing any of our 21 school districts to pick up checks or in need of any other assistance

Debbie Prow, Business Office Manager

I am the administrative assistant of finance for the 21 school districts. I process their revenue and journal entries. I also do the year-end completion reports for the school districts. Which the schools are required to do for their grants

Hello, I’m Debbie and I’ve been working in payroll for schools since 2015, before coming to the County Schools Superintendent Office. I am responsible for the payroll and expenses for the 21 school districts. Along with reconciling those districts to the state treasure monthly. I’m very happy to be here and processing Payroll for 21 schools. Bisbee is a beautiful place to work in. 

Arlene Cumberbatch, County Jail Educator

My main mission is to screen inmates between the ages of 18-22 for any disabilities that would make them eligible for special educational services. In accordance with Arizona’s “Child Find” policy, which is a major part of the Secure Care Mission. We maintain a resource learning lab with a computer based GED program for inmates to obtain their GED Certificates. This is a learning resource which we offer designed to help give the inmates hope and tools to help them look beyond jail. 

I am here as an advocate for parents and students to assure needs for learning are met through the school, community services, and the Arizona State Department of Education guidelines. I  assist in removing impediments that keep any student from achieving their potential. I also develop and manage programs pertaining to the well being and mental health of Cochise County's students, as well as act as a liaison to teachers and community sources. 

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