Past News and Events

Free Mobile Clinic on October 20th!

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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!***


Notes from Rep. Udall's Town Hall Meetings

AZ State Representative Michelle Udall, Chair of the Education Committee, recently held two Town Hall meetings on July 17 and July 27, 2020. Many of the educational leaders of Cochise County were in attendance. Below is a link to notes from those meetings. Click on File link to view 

Lunchtime Conversations with STEM

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Zoom Academy

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K-12 Zoom Academy

A two-day virtual professional development event, held July 29 -30, 2020 that brings together thought leaders and practitioners in K-12 to inspire and empower Teachers, School Administration, and IT Staff.

FLASH!  Important Town Hall Meeting Tomorrow , Friday July 17, 2020

Representative Udall (Chair of the Educational Committee) will have an educational town hall meeting tomorrow online at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 17th from 11 am to noon, regarding the upcoming school year, the executive orders, and the delay of in-person classes.


Below is the information video teleconference information regarding the Townhall meeting tomorrow:


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Supporting educators in the new      school year

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15 July 2020

 Executive Order 2020-41 and 2020-44 FAQ, which was released today. 


This FAQ and more will be discussed at this Wednesday’s School Finance and Executive Order Webinar with the Arizona School Administrators, Arizona School Boards Association, and the Arizona Association of School Business Officials. You may register for the webinar here.

Announcing #DistanceLearningDay

Tune in on Thursday, June 4th, to feature presentations on lessons, insights, strategies, and tips from innovative educators around the country. You won’t want to miss this impressive lineup!

Topics range from app-smashing for remote learning, to fun social-emotional learning activities, synchronous vs asynchronous learning, collaboration tactics, and robust systems to track students progress from afar. 

You’ll discover new tools, strategies, and systems of learning applied by professional educators who are driving the education technology industry forward. In addition, during an interactive portion of the event you’ll have the opportunity to join a Zoom Breakout Room and connect with other educators, share your experiences, and learn through collaboration and conversation. 

If you are planning what you’ll implement in the upcoming school year, you won’t want to miss out on this day of learning

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

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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!

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!

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.

Arizona Board of Education holds a virtual open meeting, Monday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m.

The Arizona State Board of Education will be holding a virtual open meeting beginning at 10am on May 18th... Follow the link to see the Livestream wherever you are!

If you want to attend the meeting but don't have internet, we have a viewing set up at the Superintendent's Office on the 3rd floor of the Old Bisbee High School, at 100 Clawson Ave., Bisbee, 85603

The Governor's Youth Commission is looking for involved young people in grades 10-12!

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Important Announcement!

This evening, Thursday, April 2nd, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will lead an online coronavirus town hall at 6 p.m.

The town hall will be one hour long, air commercial-free and Arizona residents can listen online or on more than 50 local TV and radio stations statewide.

The governor will be joined by other state leaders such as Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ, National Guard Major General Michael McGuire and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman."

The main station to carry this town hall will be KTAR 620 or KTAR FM 93.5.

Regards and stay safe.

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 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

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Cochise County's Healthy Twist 

Photos from Cochise County School Superintendent's Thanksgiving Culinary Challenge. Held November 23rd at the Mall at Sierra Vista. Four student culinary teams from Buena, Douglas, St. David and Tombstone, participated in this year's inaugural contest held at the Sierra Vista Mall.


The theme was "A twist on holiday tradition". The students offered up healthy and delicious versions of holiday food. Tombstone with their Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese won the Judge's Choice Award, St. David placed second, "The Hungry Tiger" offered a larger menu. They prepared a turkey dinner with salad, pasta salad, turkey and ham sliders and a pumpkin bar for desert. Buena's dish of Thanksgiving spring rolls with rice paper, lettuce, roasted green beans, carrots, roasted turkey and rice noodles won over the fans and took First Place in the People's Choice Award. Douglas High offered up healthy treats using superfoods, like beats and dates for those with a sweet tooth.


A special thanks to all who helped to make this event a success, especially the students and our judges. This year, our judges were Alexandra Bo of the Blueberry Cafe, Tom Borer, Cochise County Supervisor (District 1), Cochise County Sheriff,  Mark Dannels, Tony Pham of Indochine Restaurant and of course the Grinch from Mt. Crumpit.

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Our Apache Elementary School in the news

The Herald/Review recently published a great story of our Apache Elementary School District 42. The story was written by Shar Porier. Please click on the link below to read the entire story.

Cochise County Supervisor (District 1)
          Tom Borer visits CCSO

A Big Congratulations to Johanna Scott, our newest Career & Technical Education District (CTED) Board member representing the Sierra Vista Unified School District!  Johanna has an extensive background in Career and Technical Education. She was also fundamental in developing and creating CTE programs in Buena High School years ago.

We look forward to her leadership, strategies and collaboration with Buena High school that together, will produce outstanding results for our students, CTE programs and our community.




Willcox Unified School District #13 of Cochise County, Arizona will hold a bond election November 5th, 2019. Information Pamphlet publication is mandated by Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 15-481. School districts are mandated to distribute this pamphlet to all households within a school district.







Tombstone Unified School District #01 of Cochise County, Arizona will hold a bond election November 5th, 2019. Information Pamphlet publication is mandated by Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 15-481. School districts are mandated to distribute this pamphlet to all households within a school district.




Listen to Superintendent Clay's recent Radio Interview on "First Watch", KTAN/K101.

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"Everybody has to be a part of our Education System"...
" Stop exporting our amazing students to other parts of the state"...

Sheriff Dannels named Outstanding Business Person of the Year

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels was awarded the honor of Outstanding Business Person of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona. 

Cochise County Community Meeting,
with focus on Education

The University of Arizona was just awarded $1.25M from the US Department of Education and the primary goal of this project will be to prepare teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs).


Here are the details:


  • Project summary: The primary goal of this project is to develop and deliver an interdisciplinary preparation for TVIs, serving students with visual impairments (VI) and to alleviate personnel shortage.

  • Project duration: 5 years

  • This project will provide new applicants to the program with full tuition coverage and an opportunity to work closely with scholars from the rehabilitation counseling field

  • Existing research indicates that local high school students, paraprofessionals, or other local community members are the best candidates for teacher candidates who can be available continuously. In addition, they are the ones who are familiar with local communities and can become an excellent resources for local schools, families, and communities. With adoption of the distance education model, all teacher candidates can complete the training program remotely.


If you know of a potential candidate who is considering becoming a TVI, this might be a perfect opportunity with financial support available. The University of Arizona would like to extend their sincere appreciation for your support and recruitment effort. Please this message to those who might be a good candidate for becoming a TVI.  Questions can be directed to Sunggye Hong, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Special Education Unit Chair and  Program Director of Visual Impairment Specialization University of Arizona,  Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies email: and phone:  520-621-0945