Past News and Events

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!

Learn More!

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

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.

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