Madison Governing Board 1-2015The Governing Board is a five-member body of citizens elected by the voters of the school district and charged with ensuring the district meets the best interests of the students and the school system. Members serve a four-year term. All members serve without pay.

The Governing Board serves as the school district’s policy maker in accordance with state and federal law. In addition, board members adopt the budget, approve personnel, curriculum, and other district business matters. The board hires the superintendent of schools and oversees the superintendent’s duties and performance.

Governing Board meetings are conducted on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in the Board Room, 5601 North 16th Street, and scheduled school locations at 6 p.m. The locations and agendas for each meeting are posted in the school offices and the district office on the Monday prior to the board meetings. Agendas are also available on this Website.

The Governing Board values maintaining communication with all constituents and welcomes community attendance and input.

Board policies are maintained by the Arizona School Board Association and occasionally updated by the Governing Board. To view the policies, select Madison and use the list of drop-down sections located on the left.

Madison School District Governing Board Members

Sasha GlassmanSasha Glassman, Governing Board President

Sasha Glassman was elected to the Governing Board in 2012. Her current term on the board expires December 31, 2016.

Sasha Glassman works as a Corporate Counsel for a Fortune 150, diversified global manufacturing and technology company. She is the mother of two young daughters and dedicates significant amount of time to programs in support of the legal community, literacy, and children’s programs in the Valley. Sasha serves as a volunteer small claims hearing officer for the Maricopa County Justice Court, co-chairs a national committee for the Association of Corporate Counsel, and sits on the board of the Great Arizona Puppet Theater. In addition to her professional and community work, Sasha is a published children’s book author, along with her husband, and recently distributed over 50,000 copies of her newest book “Jeremy Jackrabbit Recycles the Can” to every Kindergartner within Maricopa County.

With a passion for early-childhood development, literacy, and sustainability, Sasha is working hard to drive an agenda of raising awareness and resources for the Madison Education Foundation, providing new opportunities for promoting literacy, and continuing Madison’s legacy as the premier school district in the Valley.

Mitra Khazai

Mitra Khazai – Governing Board Clerk

Mitra Khazai consults with non-profit organizations on capacity and program development, strategic planning and board recruitment and training. She has volunteered in multiple capacities at Madison Simis Elementary School, including chairing the Site-Based Management Team, overseeing the Odyssey of the Mind program and coordinating the DIGGS gardening program, which provides a hands-on science learning opportunity for all Simis students. She founded the non-profit organization, Family Promise –Greater Phoenix, a homeless family service provider and served as president of the board of directors. She is currently an honorary board member. She has resided in the Madison School District for 17 years; she and her husband Greg Swartz have three boys who have all attended Madison schools.

Scott HolcombScott Holcomb, Governing Board Member

Scott Holcomb was re-elected to the Governing Board in 2012. His current term on the board expires December 31, 2016.

Mr. Holcomb has lived in the Madison School District for twenty years and has three children currently attending Madison schools. Mr. Holcomb received his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech from Iowa State University, and obtained his law degree from the University of Iowa. He is an active member of the Camelback Kiwanis Club, Camp Fire of Arizona, and the Kenilworth School Site Council.

Mr. Holcomb believes public education is grossly underfunded and that we must all work together to get the most “bang for our buck” out of the funding we have, and everyone should strive to get additional funding to support our children’s education.

Marcus Osborn

Marcus Osborn – Governing Board Member

Dr. Osborn has a long record of involvement in education policy in Arizona and was elected to the Madison School Board in 2014. Dr. Osborn currently serves as the Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Chamber Workforce Committee which develops policy recommendations for the business community relating to education and workforce development issues. In 2010, Dr. Osborn was appointed by Governor Brewer to Chair the Failing Schools Committee that developed recommendations for Arizona’s Race-to-the-Top grant application. Recently, Dr. Osborn help craft proposals relating to the creation of an Achievement District designed to reduce borrowing costs for high achieving public schools. Dr. Osborn is married with two children who both attend school in the Madison School District.

Professionally, Dr. Osborn directs the State Government Relations practice at Kutak Rock LLP and represents public sector and private sector clients before the Arizona Legislature, Governor’s office and local governments. Dr. Osborn has approximately 20 years of experience in legislative advocacy and campaigns, the latter of which includes extensive experience participating in, organizing and overseeing political fundraising events and activities.

Dr. Osborn’s areas of experience include insurance, transit, economic development, tax policy, environment, infrastructure financing authorities, polling, ambulance certificates of necessity, employment law, public records, campaign management, healthcare, regulatory reform and education.

Dr. Osborn earned a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University where his graduate training included work in policy analysis and public management. Additionally, he has undergraduate degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Arizona. Dr. Osborn has authored academic book chapters on lobbying, developed strategic government relations plans for multiple organizations and lectured on strategic planning for government relations. Marc has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Northern Arizona University teaching courses in Leadership and Organizational Theory.

He has served as an expert witness on campaign finance related litigation including high profile cases that were decided at the U.S Supreme Court and the Arizona Supreme Court respectively (Arizona Free Enterprise Club vs. Bennett and Citizens Clean Elections Commission v. Bennett).

Sarah SpeerSarah Speer, Governing Board Member

Sarah Speer was elected to the Governing Board in 2012. Her current term on the board expires December 31, 2016.

Sarah Speer is a Madison alumni whose children attend Madison Simis and Madison Meadows. She graduated with a B.A. in Government from Claremont McKenna College and went on to work in corporate marketing and public relations. She has served on several very successful district campaigns, including key roles such as Chairperson of “Preserve Madison” to fight district consolidation and Chairperson of the “Yes Yes for Madison” 2009 bond and capital outlay override campaign. She has recently served as the Chairperson of Simis’ Site Based Committee, helping to secure the International Baccalaureate Program for Simis and Meadows. Sarah will also be serving a two year term on the Madison Education Foundation Governing Board.

Sarah strongly believes we need to support our public schools. She believes one cannot overstate the connection between educational success and future prosperity. When schools are strong, everyone wins because they are the foundation of our community and the key to vibrant future economies. The Madison District has a well-earned reputation for strong schools. By serving on the Madison District Governing Board, Sarah Speer is honoring that tradition even as she strives to help Madison set new standards for educational excellence.