FAQ's
 
Board Contact Information:
Phone: 480-497-3397
 
Note*:   The GPS Board email address has been updated to improve communication between the community and Governing Board members.  
 
Under Arizona Law, email to and from public entities may be public records subject to release upon request.
 
Gaby Wilson
Executive Assistant
to Superintendent and          Executive Coordinator
to Governing Board
Phone: 480-497-3397
Fax: 480-497-3398
 
Powers and Duties

The Board shall act as the general agent of the state of Arizona in carrying out the will of the people of this District in the matter of public education.
 
The Board is authorized under the laws of the state of Arizona to adopt all needed policies and regulations for the organization, evaluation, and governance in the District.
 
  • The Board performs the following basic functions necessary to the discharging of its responsibilities: legislative, executive, and appraisal.
  • The legislative function is the policy-making aspect of the school system. It is the policy of the Board to retain and exercise full legislative authority and control over the schools by adopting general policies or by acting directly in matters not covered by its policies.
  • The executive function of the Board is concerned with placing in operation existing Board policy. Most of this function is delegated by the Board to its executive and administrative officer, the Superintendent.
  • The appraisal function involves the determination of the efficiency of the school operation and an evaluation of the educational program of the District based on the policies as outlined in the policy manual.
  • Board members are unpaid elected officials.
 
Frequently Asked Questions

 
Are board members appointed or elected?
Board members are elected by the local community for a term of 4 years.

How much are board members paid?
They are unpaid elected officials representing the community served by the district.

What happens if a board member is unable to finish a term?
A replacement is appointed to the unexpired term by and through a process established by the Maricopa County School Superintendent.

What is a work study session?
A work study session is a public meeting of the board where topics requiring in depth review and discussion are covered in a typically less formal setting than a regular board meeting. Work studies frequently result in the board giving direction to district staff on a course of action.

What is an executive session?
An executive session is a non-public meeting of the board to consider and take action relative to items defined in State Statute ARS 38-431.03. By statute, executive sessions are limited to items such as obtaining legal advice from an attorney, considering personnel issues, negotiating the purchase of real property or establishing a position for negotiations with employee groups.

Can I attend board meetings?
Yes, any individual may attend a board meeting.

Can I speak at a board meeting?
The Board may make an open call to the public during a public meeting, subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions, to allow individuals to address the public body on any issue within the jurisdiction of the public body. At the conclusion of an open call to the public, individual board members may respond to criticism made by those who have addressed the Board, may ask staff to review a matter, or may ask that a matter be put on a future agenda. However, members of the Board shall not discuss or take legal action on matters raised during an open call to the public unless the matters are properly noticed for discussion and legal action.

During the open call, the Board requests that speakers refrain from voicing complaints against school personnel or any person connected with the District, as it may impact due process rights. Policies KE, KEB and KED are provided by the Board for disposition of legitimate complaints, including those involving individuals. Forms required for use of these policies can be obtained from the Governing Board’s office.
 
What is and when is invocation?

Ten minutes before the opening gavel that officially begins the meeting and the agenda/business of the public, the Governing Board President will introduce an invocational speaker selected to give the invocation, and invite only those who wish to do so to stand for those observances with the Governing Board. The Pledge of Allegiance will continue to be given at the start of the meeting. 

In accordance with Governing Board policy - BEDHG - Invocation Offered Before the Start of Regular Governing Board Meeting.   This policy is not intended, and will not be implemented or construed in any way, to affiliate the Governing Board with, nor express the Governing Board’s preference for, any religious faith or religious/spiritual organization.  Rather, this policy is intended to acknowledge and express the Governing Board’s respect for the diversity of religious and spiritual faiths represented and practiced among the citizens of the District.



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