• 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
    • Meeting Time: 6:00 pm
    • Meeting Place: District Office Governing Board Room, 43371 N. Kenworthy Road, 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 Deanna Acosta.

    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.

    Meet Our Governing Board


    Shelly Hargis, Governing Board President

    Board Term: January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2024
    E-mail: shargis@jocombs.org
    Mrs. Shelly Hargis began her first term as a J.O. Combs Governing Board Member in 2008 and has since been re-elected in 2020. She is a certified teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education with an English as a Second Language endorsement. Mrs. Hargis has over 7 years of experience in the classroom and over 20 years as a community member. She is very active in the community having served on numerous PTO’s, Booster Clubs, Parent-Superintendent Councils, as well as many special committees. Mrs. Hargis and her husband, Carl, have lived in the J.O. Combs District since 2000. They have three children, all starting and will be finishing their K-12 educational careers in the district.

    Bob D’Elena, Governing Board Clerk

    Board Term: January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2024
    E-mail: bdelena@jocombs.org

    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, high school teacher, and college professor. 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 the college and corporate settings. Mr. D’Elena and his wife moved to San Tan Valley in August 2013. He has been married for 40 years and has two children and three grandchildren. He enjoys music, sports, and travel.

    Lisa Carr, Governing Board Member

    Board Term: January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022
    E-mail: lcarr@jocombs.org

    Ms. Carr is a life-long educator, bringing a vast array of experiences entering her first term as a J.O. Combs Unified School District Governing Board member. Her desire to pursue a career in education has earned her a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education, with a minor in Psychology, and a Master's of Education in Educational Administration, holding certifications in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, K-12 Principal, with endorsements in SEI and Middle School grades. Her 20 years in the educational field has spanned a variety of leadership roles within the traditional and charter, urban and rural, Title I to non-Title I school settings, but what holds constant is her passion to connect school with community. After working in the district, her love of the area motivated her to move to San Tan Valley in 2019, with her spouse, and five dogs. When not furthering her education, or volunteering, she is spending time with her grown daughter.


    Steven Ray, Governing Board Member

    Board Term:  January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022
    E-mail: sray@jocombs.org

    Mr. Steven Ray began his first term as a J.O. Combs Unified School District Governing Board member in January 2019. Mr. Ray taught Special Education at the High School level for 11 years. He also taught the Japanese Language at the high school level for 7 years. He holds Master's degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education and in Educational Leadership. Mr. Ray is currently employed as a school administrator in an east valley public school district. Mr. Ray has six children, four that have already graduated from Combs High School, and one that will graduate from Combs High School in May of 2023. His youngest has attended Combs High School since the Fall of 2019. Mr. Ray's oldest daughter graduated from High School before the Combs District had built and opened a high school. Mr. Ray is a native to Mesa, Arizona and moved to San Tan Valley 14 years ago. 

    Chad McLeod, Governing Board Member

    Board Term: January 7, 2021 to December 31, 2024
    E-mail: cmcleod@jocombs.org

    Mr. McLeod comes from a family of educators. He has served as a teacher, coach, and principal for over 15 years. He holds a Bachelor's in History Teaching from Brigham Young University; a Master's in Organization, Planning, and Management in Education from the University of Reading (Reading, England); and is almost finished with an MBA from Western Governors University. He coached junior high and high school varsity sports including Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, and Tennis. He loves the Performing Arts and has worked with a local children's theater group. He is very involved with church youth groups and the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Crystal, have five children, four of whom attend J.O. Combs district schools (the youngest is still at home). They have lived in San Tan Valley for 13 years.