Our Governing Board

Our community elects governing board members that are interested in serving our school and community. Board meetings are open to the public. We encourage you to attend these meetings to stay up-to-date on what is happening in our district.

Mission of the Governing Board

Our mission is to educate all students to become responsible, college-and-career-ready community members.

Meet Our Governing Board

Paul Roetto
President
Biography

About Paul Roetto

Paul earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Citadel, served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years, and retired Navy Reserves. He has lived in Tonopah for 25 years and was employed at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station for 12 of those years. Hiking Saddle Mountain is a favorite pastime of his. When he isn’t volunteering his handyman skills, he is involved in many community organizations. Paul claims all fourteen hundred of our students as “his children.” He believes all the students deserve the very best education possible.

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Dan Blackson
Clerk
Biography

About Dan Blackson

Dan Blackson, President - Dan has lived in the Tonopah community for 34 years with his wife, June. Their four children are graduates of Ruth Fisher Elementary School. He has been active in the community and has been on the Tonopah Community Council and Tonopah Valley Fire District, Inc. Board. Dan served in the U.S. Navy for six years, retired from APS after working for 28 years at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, and currently works for a local municipality as the Water/Wastewater Division Manager. Dan has an AA degree from Glendale Community College, a BS degree from ASU, and an MT degree from ASU.

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Bernadette Delacruz
Member
Biography

About Bernadette Delacruz

Bernadette was raised in California and moved to Arizona full-time in 2012. She earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting followed by a master’s in business administration with concentration in information management systems. Bernadette’s accounting background has been in the healthcare sector for the last 15 years. She currently works for a not-for-profit company that delivers affordable, high-quality healthcare in Phoenix. When she isn’t spending time with her family, she remains active in her community.

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James Keith
Member
Biography

About James Keith

Jim is a naturalized citizen who joined the Marine Corps after graduating from West Phoenix High School. He is very proud of being a Marine and a citizen of this great nation.

Jim entered education in 1974 as a teacher in the Deer Valley Unified School District, ultimately spending over 30 years in that district as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Upon leaving Deer Valley he brought this broad experience to Saddle Mountain. He opened Winters’ Well Elementary School in 2007 and quickly realized he had found the job he always wanted. In 2008, Jim opened Tartesso Elementary School, and in 2012 he opened the Jewel in the Desert, Ruth Fisher School. Jim’s last few years in education, in the Saddle Mountain District, were the favorite times in his career.

Jim retired from Saddle Mountain Unified School District on December 31, 2012. It was a tough decision, but he felt he had to do what was best for the district and the children. Jim wanted to be on the board as soon as an opening occurred. His two grandchildren attend district schools. “My goal is to continue some of the programs for children that I started and to keep working for instructional improvement and higher student achievement.” He feels very honored to be appointed to the board. “The secret in education lies in respecting the student!” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Bonnie Hudson
Member
Biography

About Bonnie Hudson

Bonnie Hudson is a second generation Arizonan, who was raised on a cotton farm in Laveen. Like her parents before her, she was educated in the Arizona public educational system. She has lived in different states and has been able to experience different regional cultures, especially during her years working for the airlines. She has two adult children residing in California. Bonnie moved to Tonopah in 1999 where she owned and managed a small construction company until the economic downturn. Since that time, she has worked for SMUSD, from which she retired. She has a strong interest in the quality of the public education our children are receiving and feels that participating as a school board member is the perfect opportunity to contribute positively toward the continued improvement of our school district.

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