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 2021–2022 school year:

  • May 10, 2022
  • June 21, 2022
  • July 5, 2022
  • August 9, 2022
  • September 13, 2022
  • October 4, 2022

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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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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Katie Miller
Board Member
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About Katie Miller

In 2002, Katie Miller’s family moved to St. David from Sacramento, California, and that’s when she found her forever home. Mrs. Miller retired in 2008 and took part in school activities here with her granddaughter, who graduated from St. David High School in 2013. They have loved living in St. David and look forward to many more years here.

Katie ran for office in 2010 and was elected to the board. She says, “I wanted to give back to my community and felt being on the school board was the best fit for me.” She has enjoyed her time serving on the St. David Unified School Board and has done her best to keep the community feel and conservative values at the forefront of her goals. “We have grown, and changes have occurred, but I have tried my best to support and keep our down-home values in place. Thank you for allowing me to serve.”

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