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  • Metropolitan Education Commission

    Notices, Agendas and other information 

    MISSION
    :  Pima County and the City of Tucson desire to jointly establish and empower a commission on education which would act to advise and make recommendations on all of the areas as they affect the educational welfare of the citizens of the City and County.

    AUTHORIZATION:  Resolution No. 1990-178, establishment of the Metropolitan Education Commission.  Board of Supervisors action on October 2, 1990;  Resolution No. 1993-166 amending Resolution No. 1990-178, increasing the membership to thirty-two members to include one member appointed by a community educational enrichment foundation organization;  Board of Supervisors action on September 7, 1993; Resolution No. 1994-10, amending Resolution No. 1993-166 which amended Resolution No. 1990-178, increasing the membership to thirty-four members to include two members appointed by the Youth Advisory Council; Board of Supervisors action on February 8, 1993; Resolution No. 2005-171, changing the membership appointment process of the Metropolitan Education Commission and amending Resolution No. 1990-178, to permit the Commission to select an organization which shall appoint a representative of the Native American Community; Board of Supervisors action on July 5, 2005;  Resolution No. 2006-26, changing the name of an entity having the authority to appoint two members from the Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities Inc., to the Metropolitan Education Commission and amending Resolution No. 1990-178; Board of Supervisors action on February 7, 2006; Commission Bylaws/Rules/Procedures.

    MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION:  The Commission shall consist of 34 members:

    5 appointed by the Chair of the Board of Supervisors - 1 parent; 1 member of the Board; 1 representative of the health care community; 1 affiliated with a social service agency serving children and youth; 1 member of the religious community representing social services and benefit programs at metro-area churches and synagogues.

    5 appointed by the Mayor and Council of the City of Tucson - 1 parent; 1 member of the Council; 1 affiliated in some regard with parks, recreation or housing; 1 affiliated in some regard with libraries, museums or the arts; 1 affiliated with a social service agency serving youth and children.

    3 appointed by the Arizona Education Association - 1 teacher from Grades K-6; 1 teacher from Grades 5-9; 1 teacher from Grades 9-12.

    1 appointed by the Arizona School Administrators Association shall be a building principal.

    1 appointed by the Greater Tucson School University Partnership shall be a superintendent.

    1 appointed by the Arizona School Boards Association shall be a school board member.

    1 appointed by the President of the University of Arizona shall be a representative of the University of Arizona.

    1 appointed by the President of Pima Community College shall be a representative of Pima Community College.

    1 appointed by a Community Educational Enrichment Foundation Organization.

    1 appointed by the Metropolitan Tucson Chamber of Commerce shall be a representative of the business community.

    2 appointed by Sun Corridor, Inc., shall be representatives of commerce, business or industry.

    1 member shall be appointed by the Tucson Urban League.

    1 appointed by the Hispanic Community Forum.

    1 appointed by an organization designated by the Commission shall be a representative of the Native American Community.

    1 appointed by an organization designated by the Commission shall be a representative of the Asian American Community.

    4 appointed by the Commission - 1 representative of the disabled community from nominations received; 1 teacher or administrator from a regionally accredited private institution from nominations received; 2 at-large appointees shall be decided by the Commission.

    2 appointed by the Youth Advisory Council.

    2 members, the Pima County Superintendent of Schools and the Executive Director of the Commission, will serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Commission.

    Member Office Term Expiration
       Pima County (Chair Appointments)    
    1  Paul Franklin Lovelis
     Social Service Agencies Serving Children/Youth
     Vice-Chair December 31, 2020
    2  James Wiltbank
     Religious Community
      December 31, 2020
    3  Dr. Marcy Flanagan
     Healthcare Community            
      December 31, 2020
    4  Richard Elίas
     Public Sector (Non-School)
     Board of Supervisors Chairman
      December 31, 2020
    5  George Favela
     Public Sector (Non-School) Parent
    Chair  December 31, 2020
       City of Tucson (Mayor Appointments)    
    6  VACANT (Regina Romero)
     Public Sector (Non-School)
     City of Tucson Council Member
      March 7, 2018
    7  James Cook
     Public Sector (Non-School)
     Parks/Recreation/Housing
      November 20, 2019
    8  Luis Manjarrez
     Public Sector (Non-School)
     Libraries/Museums/Arts
     Treasurer December 7, 2019
    9  VACANT (Nicola Hartmann)
     Public Sector (Non-School)
     Social Service Agencies Serving Children/Youth
      March 6, 2021
    10  Monica Brinkerhoff
     Parent Representative
      September 4, 2022
       Private Sector (Non-School)    
     11  Aiselyn Anaya
     MEC Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress
      November 12, 2019
     12  Daniela Gallagher
     Commerce, Business or Industry
     (Sun Corridor, Inc.)
    September 18, 2021
     13  VACANT (Emily Mitchell)
     Commerce, Business or Industry
     (Sun Corridor, Inc.)
      March 16, 2013
     14  Leah Noreng
     Educational Foundations
      October 18, 2019
     15  Kendra Davey
     At-Large Commission Appointee
      February 19, 2022
    16  Deborah Embry
     African American Community
      May 16, 2019
     17  Patricia Wiedhopf 
     At-Large Commission Appointee
    March 19, 2019
     18  Daisy Rodriguez Pitel
     Minority Group (Asian American Community)
      March 19, 2019
     19  Steven Freeman
     Disabled Community
     Secretary December 31, 2018
     20  Molly Gilbert
     Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
      April 16, 2019
     21  Alexander Lewis
     Minority Group (Native American Community)
      May 16, 2020
     22  Rafael Meza
     Regionally Accredited Private Institution (MEC)
      August 7, 2021
     23  Javier Herrera
     Minority Group (AZ Hispanic Community Forum)
      March 19, 2019
     24  Mykhailo Polyakov
     MEC Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress 
      March 14, 2020
       Educational Institution    
     25  Teri Bohr Laguna
     Teachers, Grades K-6 (AZ Education Association)
      April 16, 2019
     26  Rex Scott
     Building Principal  (AZ School Administrators)
    February 16, 2021
     27  Steve Holmes
     School Superintendents' Representative
      August 13, 2019
     28  Melanie Donaldson
     Teachers, Grades 5-9 (AZ Education Association)
      August 5, 2019
     29   David Doré
      Pima Community College
      April 16, 2021
     30  Jennifer Sprung
     Teachers, Grades 9-12 (AZ Education Association)
      February 16, 2021
     31  Kasey Urquidez
     University of Arizona
    August 13, 2019
     32  Buck Crouch
     School Board Member (AZ School Board Association)
      February 14, 2020
       Ex-Officio Non-Voting    
       Arlene Benavidez
     Director, MEC
      No Term
       Dustin Williams
     Pima County School Superintendent
      Concurrent with Term of Office
    *Loyalty Oath Pending

    APPOINTMENT TERM:  The terms of the members of the Commission appointed by the Chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors shall expire with the Chair's term of office.

    The terms of the members of the Commission appointed by the Mayor and Council shall be four years, except for the initial terms, which shall be staggered as follows: by such means as the Executive Committee shall determine, one-third of such Commissioners shall serve two years, one-third shall serve three years, and one-third shall serve for four years.

    Commission members may be reappointed subject to an eight year continuous service limitation.

    NUMBER OF MEETINGS PER YEAR:  12

    STANDARD MEETING TIME/DATE:  4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., 3rd Wednesday of the month (except August-MEC Retreat) and June/July (No MEC Meetings)


    March 2019

    Commisstion Coordinators

    Arlene Benavidez
    Commission Director
    (520) 670-0055

    Jan Lesher
    County Administrator's Office
    (520) 724-8661

    Location of Meetings

    Joel D. Valdez Main Library
    Lower Level Meeting Room
    101 N. Stone Ave.
    Tucson, AZ  85701