Pima County school districts with open governing board seats.

Courtesy of the Office of the Pima County School Superintendent

The filing period has begun for those interested in running for a school district governing board seat.

The Office of the Pima County School Superintendent began accepting paperwork this morning and will continue to through Aug. 6. The filing deadline for write-in candidates is Aug. 20.

Only one candidate had filed as of Monday morning — Francis Saitta — for the Tucson Unified School District, which has two open seats. In 2012, Saitta unsuccessfully ran for the Pima Community College Governing Board. Saitta runs a website called sciencedigest.org that offers math help while promoting some contentious personal views.

To be eligible for nomination to a school district governing board a candidate must be a registered Arizona voter and be a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to the date of the election. Additionally, no employee of a school district or their spouse may hold membership on the governing board and immediate family that has or had the same residence within the previous four years cannot serve simultaneously on a five-member governing board.

Governing board members make decisions and plan direction for school districts with a focus on providing the best education possible for children. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop and support the vision, mission and goals of the district
  • Attend all regular and special meetings of the governing board
  • Hire and evaluate the district superintendent
  • Provide guidance in the development of the district’s budget
  • Approval of the district budget
  • Establish and approve district policies
  • Review district regulations for compliance with policy
  • Approve personnel actions based on the superintendent’s recommendation

For more information on the required paperwork and how to file, go to http://www.schools.pima.gov/elections

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea​

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.