Mark Aguire and Connie Krogulecki-Crowley were appointed to the Liberty Elementary School District Governing Board by Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson in late December.
Aguire replaces Thad McCloud, who resigned on November 10, while Krogulecki-Crowley fills the vacancy left by Regina Simmons on November 13.
In accordance with A.R.S. § 15-302, county school superintendents have statutory authority to appoint qualified individuals to fill vacancies on a school governing boards or, if appropriate, call for a special election in the district.
Watson applies three criteria in appointing folks to a governing board. First, candidates must be fully committed to the success of their local traditional public school district; second, they must be even-tempered, reasonable and respectful; and, third, appointees must be fiscally responsible with a focus on getting dollars to teachers and into the classroom.
Aguire joins the Liberty governing board as an eight-year resident of the district. He is a local businessman who, along with his wife, resides in the Rainbow Valley area where they are raising their daughter.
“I am honored to be appointed to this important community role. I hope to bring a steady and objective business perspective to the board as Liberty takes on new challenges in the year ahead,” Aguire stated.
Krogulecki-Crowley also joins the board as a longtime teacher in the Liberty community. She and her husband have owned a construction business in the district while she has served as a gifted education teacher at Liberty schools for the last 14 years.
“I am thrilled to serve in another capacity for the district that is near and dear to my heart,” she said. “My focus on the board will be to give teachers a voice so they can be their most effective in the classroom.”
In making the appointments, Watson remarked on each of the candidates.
“The Liberty board has seen significant turnover in recent months and really needs stability in its governance, but it also needs the passionate perspective of a teacher. Both Mark and Connie bring these elements to the board and to the Liberty education community,” he said.
Liberty Elementary School District was founded in 1908 and includes parts of Buckeye, Goodyear and Avondale. The district covers 285 square miles and is comprised of rural agriculture and suburban settings. There are six elementary schools in the district.