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Meet Our Governing Board
Our five-member Governing Board, elected from individuals residing in the community, are entrusted with one of the most important responsibilities assigned to any citizen — that of helping to plan the education of the youth of the community. They are responsible for employing personnel, establishing budgets, determining educational goals and objectives, providing facilities, supplies and equipment, planning for growth, approving curriculum, and policy development.
Our Board Members
Our Governing Board members contribute long hours, receive no pay, and face big challenges. They also serve on various District committees, attending local and State meetings that may have an impact on the District. The time commitment is considerable, yet the sense of accomplishment and pride of providing quality education for the children in the community is the reward.
Mrs. Shelly Hargis, Governing Board President

Mrs. Shelly Hargis began her first term as a J.O. Combs Governing Board Member in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. She is a certified teacher and holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Education with an endorsement in English as a Second Language. Mrs. Hargis has over seven years of experience in the classroom. She is very active in the community serving on the PTO at J.O. Combs Middle School and serves as a member of the Parent - Superintendent Council. Mrs. Hargis and her husband, Carl, have lived in the J.O. Combs District for over 13 years. They have three children that are attending both elementary and middle school in the J.O. Combs Unified School District.
Board Terms: January 1, 2017, to December 31, 2020

Mrs. Kathy Bourgeous, Governing Board Member

Mrs. Kathy Bourgeous began her first term as a J.O. Combs Governing Board Member in 2005. She and her husband have eleven children and fifteen grandchildren. Three of their children currently attend the J.O. Combs schools. She is a native of Arizona and has lived in the community for over thirteen years. Mrs. Bourgeous is actively involved in her church, and for the past three years has regularly volunteered her time directing an elementary school choir.
Board Terms: January 1, 2017, to December 31, 2018

Mrs. Patricia Pinckard, Governing Board Member

Mrs. Patricia Pinckard began her first term as a J.O. Combs Governing Board Member in 2004 and has lived in San Tan Valley since 1997. She believes in helping children develop a strong foundation through quality education and has been on the school board during the construction of five schools, the unification process, and several bond initiatives. Mrs. Pinckard is an oncology nurse practitioner in Mesa, and she and her husband own and operate an appaloosa breeding operation. She has five children, all successful products of the J.O. Combs Unified School District with her youngest child graduating this past May. Mrs. Pinckard teaches Sunday School, Bible School, and sings in the church choir. She enjoys spending time with her five grandsons when she is not busy sewing, creating crafts, or cooking.
Board Terms: January 1, 2017, to December 31, 2020

Bob D’Elena, Governing Board Clerk

Mr. Bob D’Elena began his first term as a J.O. Combs Unified School District Governing Board member in January 2015. He is a retired corporate manager and college professor, and he holds a master’s degree in student personnel. Mr. D’Elena has been involved in the education of students at the high school and college level, and he has experience in adult education and corporate level training. As a college professor, he was a member of a curriculum committee. Additionally, he has been involved with expense, revenue, and capital budgets in college and corporate settings. Mr. D’Elena and his wife moved to San Tan Valley in August 2013. He has been married for 36 years and has two children and two grandchildren. He enjoys music, sports, and travel.
Board Terms: January 13, 2017, to December 31, 2020

Gary F. Kemp, Ed.D., Governing Board Member

Dr. Gary Kemp moved to Arizona in 2009 and began his first term as a J.O. Combs Governing Board Member in 2011. He is a retired teacher, coach, principal, superintendent, and holds a Doctorate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Brigham Young University. Dr. Kemp has participated in the International Teacher Training program in Fiji and has chaired several High School Accreditation Teams for Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He has been married for 54 years and has four children, 13 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Board Terms: January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2018

Board Meeting Dates & Times
Unless otherwise posted, the J. O. Combs Unified School District #44 conducts Regular Board meetings as listed:
MEETING DATE: Second Wednesday of each month


6:00 p.m.



J.O. Combs Middle School 
Multi-Purpose Room
37611 N. Pecan Creek Drive
San Tan Valley, AZ 85140
The Governing Board will hold special meetings as needed, with preference given to the fourth Wednesday of each month.

In addition to this website, we will post all public notices for J.O. Combs Unified School District at the exterior District Office bulletin board.

To receive an e-mail copy of the Governing Board agenda, e-mail your request to MaryLou Martinez.

J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 endeavors to make all public meetings accessible to those with disabilities. Please call (480) 987-5300 to request an accommodation to attend or participate in the public meeting.
School Board Policies
If you would like to review our district policies, visit the policy services section of Arizona School Board Association's website.

Select the J.O. Combs Unified School District from the school links on the left of the page. Once you click on our school, you'll be able to select from any of our district policies to review.
School Board Agendas

Current school board agendas can be accessed using the BoardDocs link below. 

We also have our agendas and minutes from past meetings available in our archives. Please visit our Archived Agendas and Minutes page to learn more.
Public Notices
Feel free to download and read or copy all public notices of the J.O. Combs Unified School District.

Governing Board E-mail

Please be aware that all written or electronic correspondence to Governing Board members is subject to public records request under Arizona's public records laws and may be requested and viewed by the media or others. Governing Board members may choose not to respond to e-mails in order to ensure compliance with the Open Meeting Law.