The Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board is composed of five members elected by the voters in the District. These individuals serve staggered four-year terms. They dedicate numerous hours to the District and serve without pay.
The district was established by the state legislature, by the authority of the Arizona State Constitution, for the purpose of providing an education to all the students of the district. This is the district’s prime function. The Governing Board is selected by the citizens of the community to ensure that this prime function is accomplished in an effective and efficient way. The Board members are responsible for decision-making regarding goals and policies that govern the operation of the school district. As representatives of the people who own and support the schools, the Governing Board accepts the responsibility to identify community needs and opinions and to direct strategies that are responsive within the budgetary limitations of the district.
Board members must have knowledge of the state’s school laws, regulations of the State Department of Education, and district policies and regulations. A person who is a registered voter in Arizona and has been a resident of the Sunnyside District for one year immediately preceding Election Day is eligible for election to the office of Governing board member. No employee of the district or spouse may be a Board member.
The Governing Board will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the: Fred T. Bull Administration Building Governing Board Room 2238 East Ginter Road (unless otherwise noted in the agenda.)
The meetings are open to the public. During each regularly scheduled Governing Board meeting, a “Call to the Audience” is made to give interested individuals in the audience an opportunity to address the Board. Participation is encouraged. You may view agendas online at BoardDocs.com.
Governing Board Members
Beki Quintero President
Ms. Beki Quintero and her husband are lifetime residents of the Sunnyside community. Ms. Quintero graduated from Sunnyside High School with the class of 1971 and husband Richard, in 1970. Ms. Quintero comes from strong family ties to the Sunnyside community as the daughter of Josie and Manny Herrera Jr., also strong advocates and steadfast community leaders. For the past forty years, Ms. Quintero has worked tirelessly to enact programs that engage and educate the youth so they may actively pursue opportunities that will benefit others on a larger, more global scale. As a strong community advocate, passionate about education and promoting opportunities for the youth in her community, Ms. Quintero also works with local businesses to develop key funding and operational support for our schools. She has worked with programs such as the Community Justice Board’s volunteer graffiti abatement and the All American Awards; a recognition program sponsored by the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association. Ms. Quintero founded the Community Peace Garden in Manuel Herrera Jr. Park. With the Garden, she has dedicated her time and efforts to children of the community during their journey of personal growth, giving them a chance to work the soil and learn life lessons. Ms. Quintero has dedicated a lifetime to children guiding them to take on responsibilities and challenges they are so capable of. She has also cultivated strong working relationships with elected officials and local media to keep education and youth issues at the forefront of our collective consciousness.
Ted Rodriquez Clerk
Ted Rodriquez is a 46 year resident of the Sunnyside Unified School District. Ted retired from BHP Copper in 2002 as a Lead Electrician (IBEW Union Member/Representative), worked 1 year at Home Depot, followed by 18-1/2 years at the Town of Sahuarita as a Building Inspector. Ted was the Chief Building Inspector for the Town for over 16 years, retiring February, 2022. Ted has been active in the community for years. Ted was the President and founding member of the El Sol Soccer Club, Volunteer Soccer coach at Sierra Middle School and Sunnyside High School, and football booster club President. Ted’s volunteer resume includes coaching soccer, constructing and installing soccer goals throughout the District, painting graphics, or fund raising for various school programs. Ted served 9 years as a member of the SUSD Bond Advisory Committee which recently completed their assigned task of the allocation of $88 million dollars in Bond funds. Ted is married to Linda, has two sons, TJ and Orlando, who are both educators (Sunnyside High School and University of Arizona graduates), and 5 grandchildren.
Consuelo Hernandez is a graduate of the Sunnyside School District. After graduating, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Global Health from Arizona State University. Consuelo is dedicated to helping students achieve and understands the struggles young minority students often face as they navigate through the college system. As a college student, Consuelo had few resources and little guidance, and quickly realized the system of higher education was not intended to support students like herself. Hoping to bridge this gap, Consuelo began mentoring at-risk youth, and has since spent more than ten years fighting for education equity in her community. From hosting free citizenship clinics in the Sunnyside community, to raising money to help students afford their DACA renewals, to providing medical and public health services at free clinics in Panama and Ghana—Consuelo is ready to do the work and brings her passion and experience to the Sunnyside Governing Board.