St. DavidUnified School District #21

Meet Our Governing Board

The St. David Unified School’s Governing Board is made up of five elected community members. They generously volunteer their time and talents to help the district deliver the best possible educational opportunities to our students. Their duties include helping the superintendent and district administrators set policy, hire and retain quality staff, and to encourage parent involvement in the educational process.

To review our board policies, please feel free to visit the Arizona School Board Association site.

Please take a moment to review the board approved proposed budget for FY 2021–2022 as prescribed by A.R.S. 15-905 (A)(2). You can also view the proposed budget by visiting the Arizona Department of Education website.

Meeting Schedule

Our board meetings are at 6:00 p.m. unless indicated otherwise, located in the conference room at 70 E. Patton Street, St. David, AZ. Please view our meeting dates for the 2022–2023 school year:

  • October 4, 2022
  • November 8, 2022
  • December 13, 2022
  • January 10, 2023
  • February 14, 2023
  • March 14, 2023
  • April 11, 2023
  • May 9, 2023

Please note that meeting dates are subject to change and special meetings may be called. Please return to the website frequently to ensure time and date for board meetings. Board meeting times and dates are also located on the district activity calendar.

Governing Board Members

Nelson Daley
Board President
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About Nelson Daley

Nelson Daley was elected to the St. David school board in 2006. He has served at the state level with the Arizona School Board Association Legislative Committee since 2008. He has served as local board president for many years and was recognized for excellence in boardsmanship for the "All Arizona Board" in 2018.

Nelson is a native of Arizona and was raised in the Gila Valley. He moved to St. David in 1995 and married Ester Mayberry. Together they have six children who have or are currently attending St. David schools.

Nelson's business endeavors involve restaurants, farming, aviation, land development, and construction.

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Dustin DeSpain
President Pro Tem/Secretary
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About Dustin DeSpain

Dustin DeSpain is a native-born Arizonan, raised on a cattle ranch in Marana, and still enjoys ranching and farming. He moved to St David in 2005 with his family. DeSpain holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in accounting and owns an accounting firm and insurance agency in Benson. He loves working with business owners and helping them be successful in their endeavors. DeSpain enjoys giving back to the community, the school, and his church. He cares about the success of St. David Schools, and has served on the board since January 2021.

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Jay Davis
Board Member
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About Jay Davis

Jay and his family have lived in Saint David for over 10 years and have enjoyed attending Saint David Schools. Jay is an engineer and enjoys spending time with his family while serving in church and community.

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Jacob Kartchner
Board Member
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Andrea Merrill
Board Member
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