School board packets now available

Jon Johnson File Photo: School board candidate packets are now available for pickup at the General Services Building at 921 W. Thatcher Blvd. in Safford. Due to the COVID-19 closure, those interested are asked to call (928) 428-2880 and a packet will be brought to the entrance of the building.

Staff Reports

GRAHAM COUNTY – Now that parents have had a turn teaching their children, perhaps they would like to be more involved in the schooling process and join a school’s governing board.

Candidate packets for local school district governing boards are now available for pickup from the Graham County School Superintendent’s Office in the General Services Building at 921 W. Thatcher Blvd. in Safford. The office is open Monday – Thursday, from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Due to the closure of the building during the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates are requested to call (928) 428-2880 upon arrival and a packet will be delivered to the caller at the entrance of the building.

Candidates may file their non-partisan nomination paperwork starting June 8. The deadline for filing is July 6 by 6 p.m. for the Nov. 3 general election. All school district governing board nomination paperwork must be filed in the Graham County School Superintendent’s Office. Other special district nomination packets, such as the Eastern Arizona College District Governing Board, fire districts, hospital districts, and more are available at the Graham County Board of Supervisor’s Office.

The following seats expire on December 31, 2020:

All terms are for four years unless otherwise noted.

Bonita School District #16:  One seat

Ft. Thomas Unified School District #7:  Three seats

Gila Institute for Technology #2 (GIFT):  Three seats – Safford, Solomon*, Thatcher.  *The Solomon GIFT seat is a two-year term.

Klondyke School District #9:  Two seats

Pima Unified School District #6: Three seats

Safford Unified School District #1: Three seats

Solomon School District #5: Two seats

Thatcher Unified School District #4:  Three seats

The last day to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 5, 2020.  The general election will take place on Nov. 3, 2020.

For more information, contact the Graham County School Superintendent’s Office at 928-428-2880.

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