About Us

The Graham County School Superintendent’s Office is a constitutional office with specific statutory mandates and authorities (Constitution of the State of Arizona, Article XI).

Fiscal Responsibilities

We provide fiscal services, professional development, and educational services to following entities:

  • Adult Detention Special Education up to age 22
  • One Accommodation School - Dan Hinton / Brighter Day Preschool
  • One Joint Technological District (JTED) - Gila Institute for Technology
  • One Juvenile Detention School - Pinaleno School within the Eastern Arizona Regional Juvenile Detention Center (No longer in operation)
  • One transportation district (Klondyke)
  • Six school districts
    • Bonita
    • Fort Thomas
    • Pima
    • Safford
    • Solomon
    • Thatcher
  • Two charter schools - Discovery Plus Academy, Triumphant Learning Center

All school district expenditures and revenue collections are processed through the Graham County School Office.

Special Administration

The Graham County School Superintendent provides special school district elections which includes the following (A.R.S.§15-302): school district bond elections, school district budget override elections and school district governing board elections

In the event a vacancy occurs on a school district governing board or on the Graham County Community College governing board (Eastern Arizona College), the County School Superintendent must either make appointments to fill the vacancies or call a special election to fill vacancies (A.R.S.§15-365.E).


Professional Development

The Graham County School Superintendent’s Office is an Educational Service Agency providing professional development for care givers for children birth to five years old, all K-12 educators, and adults interested in entering the education profession.

Special Education

The Graham County School Superintendent’s Office operates the Dan Hinton School / Graham County Special Services. Dan Hinton is an accommodation school which provides special education programs to schools who are part of a consortium formed to meet the needs of self-contained special education students. The four school districts forming the consortium are Bonita, Fort Thomas, Pima and Thatcher. The Graham County Special Services provides special education services (speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy) to students in the consortium at their home schools as well.

Homeschooled Children

The Graham County School Office registers affidavits for homeschooled students (A.R.S.§15-802). The parent or legal guardian of a homeschooled student must file an affidavit of intent with the Graham County School Superintendent.

Private Schools

The parent or legal guardian of a student who attends a private school must also file an affidavit of intent with the Graham County School Superintendent (A.R.S§15-802).