It’s an Eagle Thing

Welcome to the Sonoita Elementary School District website. We’re honored to offer a unique educational experience at our small, K–8 school in Elgin, Arizona. In our six elementary classrooms and four middle-school classrooms, learning and fun go hand in hand. Elgin students have access to the latest in instructional technology, including iPads, laptops, interactive whiteboards, and more. We also have a STEAM lab with a 3-D printer and robots and a media center with a green screen and virtual reality glasses. In addition to unique academic opportunities, we offer a fun PE program and interscholastic sports. At our school, you will also find dedicated educators who are committed to building supportive relationships with every one of our students.

Superintendent Search

With the recent announcement of Superintendent Mary Faley’s retirement, the board has been tasked with hiring a new district superintendent. Selecting a new superintendent is probably the most important decision the board will ever make. 

Our search commenced in late September when the board met with our search consultant. An online community survey was conducted from October 9 through October 31. The survey results were reviewed by the board.  

Attributes for the job posting as well as specific questions for the applicants were discussed and agreed upon by the board. The search opened on October 4 and closed on November 1. The board screened eight applicants, and on November 14 and 16 interviewed, via Zoom, the four qualifying candidates in executive session. After discussion of our candidates, the board reconvened into regular open session and named Daniel Erickson as our sole finalist.

The final interview with Mr. Erickson will take place on December 5 in executive session. Following the in-person interview, there will be a community forum for the finalist to answer questions put forth by the public. After the community forum, the governing board will reconvene into executive session to review input from the community. It is our hope to be able to name our new district superintendent that evening after the final executive session.

We would encourage all parents, teachers, staff, and community members to engage in this important process by attending the community forum on December 5 at 5:00 p.m. in the conference room.


Sonoita Elementary School #35 Governing Board
Ginny Cosbey - Board President
Harry Dotson - Board Clerk
Anthony Fennell - Board Member
Megan Thomas - Board Member
Nancy Webster - Board Member