West-MEC is governed by a seven-member board and the elected board members serve a four-year term.

Members of the board are elected from the geographic area in which they reside. West-MEC is a districted system, meaning that the seven elected members represent a specific land and populace area. The districts were approved by the United States Department of Justice and receive the same scrutiny as all electorate districted systems.

The West-MEC Governing Board is a policy-setting board following the same rules and regulations as all public school district governing boards in Arizona.

Members of the public are welcome to attend each meeting of the Governing Board. By law, the board members may only address items on the agenda. Individuals are welcome to address the governing board by completing a Call to the Public form before the meeting has begun. Board meeting agendas are posted on our website at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and at the West-MEC District Office.

If you are interested in applying for a board member vacancy, please complete the application with necessary attachments, and submit to the West-MEC district office by the required due date. The application can be found by clicking below, or in person at our district office. Thank you for your interest.

GOVERNING BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE
4:00 pm Start Time on first Wednesday of every month.

MEETING LOCATION

West-MEC District Office
5487 N. 99th Ave., Glendale, Arizona 85305
Meeting schedules are subject to change.

Please call (623) 738-0022 to confirm location, dates, and times.

Meeting agendas are sent to the Member Districts to be posted, West-MEC Campuses and our website.

 

Meeting Documents By Year

2017


2017

January 11 | AGENDA | MINUTES

February 1 | AGENDA | MINUTES

February 13-15 | SPECIAL NOTICE

March 1 | AGENDA

April 5 |

May 3 |

June 7 |

July 12 |

August 2 |

September 6 |

October 4 |

December 6 |

2016


2016

December 7 AGENDA | MINUTES

November 2 AGENDA | MINUTES

October 6 SPECIAL NOTICE NORTHWEST CAMPUS GROUNDBREAKING

October 5 AGENDA | MINUTES

September 29 SPECIAL NOTICE

September 7 AGENDA | MINUTES

August 1 SPECIAL NOTICE

August 3 AGENDA | MINUTES

July 13 AGENDA | MINUTES

June 1 AGENDA | MINUTES

May 27 SPECIAL NOTICE

May 4 AGENDA | MINUTES

April 6 AGENDA | MINUTES

March 21 SPECIAL NOTICE

March 4 SPECIAL NOTICE

March 2 AGENDA | MINUTES

February 20 SPECIAL NOTICE | STUDY SESSION MINUTES

February 3 AGENDA | MINUTES

January 28 SPECIAL NOTICE

January 12 SPECIAL NOTICE

January 6 AGENDA | MINUTES

2015


2015

December 2 AGENDA | MINUTES

November 17 SPECIAL NOTICE

November 5 SPECIAL NOTICE

November 4 AGENDA | MINUTES

October 28 SPECIAL NOTICE

October 19 SPECIAL NOTICE

October 7 AGENDA | MINUTES

September 10 SPECIAL NOTICE

September 2 AGENDA | MINUTES

August 22 SPECIAL NOTICE

August 5 AGENDA | MINUTES

July 28 SPECIAL NOTICE

July 27 SPECIAL NOTICE

July 17-22 SPECIAL NOTICE

July 8 AGENDA | MINUTES

June 13 SPECIAL NOTICE

June 3 AGENDA | MINUTES

May 29 SPECIAL NOTICE

May 18 SPECIAL BOARD MEETING – AGENDA | MINUTES

May 6 AGENDA | MINUTES

April 24 SPECIAL NOTICE

April 2 SPECIAL NOTICE

April 1 AGENDA | MINUTES

March 4 AGENDA | MINUTES

February 28 SPECIAL NOTICE

February 6 SPECIAL NOTICE

February 4 AGENDA | MINUTES

January 20 SPECIAL NOTICE

January 7 AGENDA | MINUTES

2014


2014

December 17 SPECIAL NOTICE

December 3 AGENDA | MINUTES

November 5 AGENDA | MINUTES

November 5 SPECIAL NOTICE

October 7 SPECIAL NOTICE

October 1 AGENDA | MINUTES

September 10 SPECIAL NOTICE

September 3 AGENDA | MINUTES

August 13 SPECIAL NOTICE

August 6 AGENDA | MINUTES

July 11 SPECIAL NOTICE

July 9 AGENDA | MINUTES

June 3 (Tuesday) AGENDA | MINUTES

May 29 SPECIAL NOTICE

May 7 AGENDA | MINUTES

April 24 SPECIAL NOTICE

April 2 AGENDA | MINUTES

April 1 SPECIAL MEETING

March 5 AGENDA | MINUTES

February 5 AGENDA| MINUTES

January 8 AGENDA | MINUTES

2013


2013

December 11 AGENDA | MINUTES

November 6 AGENDA | MINUTES

October 2 AGENDA | MINUTES

September 23 SPECIAL NOTICE

September 4 AGENDA | MINUTES

August 7 AGENDA | MINUTES

July 22 SPECIAL NOTICE

July 10 AGENDA | MINUTES

July 10 SPECIAL NOTICE

June 19 SPECIAL NOTICE | MINUTES

June 5 AGENDA | MINUTES

May 22 SPECIAL BOARD MEETING / STUDY SESSION | MINUTES

May 1 AGENDA | MINUTES

May 1 SPECIAL NOTICE

April 3 AGENDA | MINUTES

March 13 AGENDA | MINUTES

February 12 SPECIAL NOTICE

February 12 AGENDA | MINUTES

January 28 SPECIAL NOTICE

January 9 AGENDA | MINUTES

2012


2012

December 5 AGENDA | MINUTES

November 7 AGENDA | MINUTES

October 3 AGENDA | MINUTES

October 1 SPECIAL NOTICE

September 5 AGENDA | MINUTES

August 1 AGENDA | MINUTES

July 13-18 SPECIAL NOTICE

July 11 AGENDA | MINUTES

June 30 SPECIAL NOTICE

June 6 AGENDA | MINUTES

May 11 SPECIAL NOTICE

May 2 AGENDA | MINUTES

April 18 SPECIAL NOTICE

April 17-18 SPECIAL NOTICE

April 10 SPECIAL NOTICE

April 6 SPECIAL NOTICE

April 4 AGENDA | MINUTES

March 7 AGENDA | MINUTES

March 6 SPECIAL NOTICE

February 9, 15, 21, 22, 29 SPECIAL NOTICE

February 1 AGENDA | MINUTES

January 12 SPECIAL NOTICE

January 4 AGENDA | MINUTES

2011


2011

December 14-16 SPECIAL NOTICE

December 7 AGENDA | MINUTES

November 21 SPECIAL NOTICE

November 2 AGENDA| MINUTES

October 6 SPECIAL NOTICE

October 5 AGENDA | MINUTES

September 7 AGENDA | MINUTES

August 18 SPECIAL NOTICE

August 3 AGENDA | MINUTES

July 15-21 SPECIAL NOTICE

July 13 AGENDA | MINUTES

June 25 SPECIAL NOTICE

June 1 AGENDA | MINUTES

May 26 SPECIAL NOTICE

May 4 AGENDA | MINUTES

April 6 AGENDA | MINUTES

March 29 SPECIAL NOTICE | MINUTES

March 2 AGENDA | MINUTES

February 2 AGENDA | MINUTES

January 5 AGENDA | MINUTES

2010


2010

December 8 AGENDA | MINUTES

November 3 AGENDA | MINUTES

October 18 SPECIAL NOTICE

October 6 AGENDA | MINUTES

September 15 SPECIAL NOTICE

September 1 AGENDA | MINUTES

August 4 AGENDA | MINUTES

July 14 AGENDA | MINUTES

June 26 SPECIAL NOTICE

June 24 AGENDA | MINUTES

June 2 AGENDA | MINUTES

May 14 SPECIAL NOTICE

May 5 AGENDA |  MINUTES

May 4 – 13 SPECIAL NOTICE

April 7 AGENDA |  MINUTES

March 3 AGENDA |  MINUTES

February 3 AGENDA | MINUTES

January 6 AGENDA | MINUTES

To review any of our Governing Board Policies, we invite you to login to the Governing Board policy area of the Arizona School Board Association’s website by clicking here. Choose the West-MEC Policy Manual by scrolling down to the bottom of the schools listed on the left of the page (click “next”) and select West-MEC Policy Manual by clicking on the RED plus next to our name. You can then click on the RED plus next to the various areas of our policy manual and you’ll be able to view or print each policy by clicking the links that
will appear.

Governing Board Members

Charlie Ellis

Charlie Ellis

District 1

Term: 1/2015 – 12/2018

James Kaltenbach

James Kaltenbach | Vice Chairman

District 2

Term: 1/2005 – 12/2016 (11 years served)

Mr. Kaltenbach has lived in the West Valley for over fourteen years.

Professional Background: “Since 2002 I have been a Career & Technical Education Agriscience Teacher and FFA Advisor at Peoria High School. As an Agriscience Teacher, I am proud to have an opportunity to work with amazing young people at a great school.”

What do you believe about Career and Technical Education? “Career & Technical Education is vital to the education of our youth and the economy of Arizona. Through Career & Technical Student Organizations, like FFA and SkillsUSA, students develop leadership, work ethic, and career soft-skills that help them into careers, onto college, and all throughout their lives. Through Work-Based Learning opportunities students make connections to future employers, find their passions, and cement the skills they learn in the classroom. Having quality, certified instructors who are masters of their craft and concerned about their students’ futures give students the fuel to work hard – harder than they thought they could. This is the magic of CTE and I am delighted to be a part of that mission.”

Why you chose to serve as a West-MEC Governing Board Member? “When I was first asked to be a part of West-MEC, I was excited about the opportunity to help direct the efforts to bring CTE to students across the West Valley. I am proud of what West-MEC has accomplished so far. I am even more excited about what the future holds for the over 40,000 high school students across the 3,600+ square miles that is West-MEC.”

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Dr. Peter Pingerelli

District 3

Term: 1/2017 –12/2020

Dr. Pingerelli has lived in Arizona for 14 years. He and his wife, Beverly, have two children. During leisure time, Peter enjoys reading, writing and watching movies.

Professional Background: “I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and received my Ph.D. from the Division of Regulatory Biology and Biophysics at Wayne State University. My work experience includes 25 years in the biotechnology industry directing commercial research & development, product management and marketing. I am an energetic educator and I hold instructional adjunct faculty positions at Western International University and Grand Canyon University. I also have a specialized secondary STEM certificate through the Arizona Department of Education. My publications include commercial and academic works in the fields of neuroscience and biotechnology and, recently, essays reflecting upon education, culture and disability.”

What do you believe about Career and Technical Education? “Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide students with a diverse and alternative set of career pathways besides those offered by traditional four-year college degree programs. A CTE educational experience delivers — to each student — the applicable educational skills, leadership development opportunities and genuine workplace expectations. The importance CTE is further highlighted in that its programs incorporate industry–recognized credentials and, in many cases, preparation for state licensures. I believe CTE is an essential component of public education to prepare a future workforce and ensure continued prosperity for our country. Additionally, CTE benefits all students, both college- and industry-bound, by providing them with a career exploration experience while cultivating skills towards a family-sustaining job to achieve economic independence.”

Why you chose to serve as a West-MEC Governing Board Member? “Growing up, we’ve likely encountered a teacher that helped us maintain focus, perseverance and commitment to a goal. Serving our community and public school systems is a privilege and an opportunity to thank all the dedicated teachers and school administrators that supported my career aspirations. I’m passionate when it comes to education and improving our community and honored to contribute my skills and experiences to Maricopa County families through service as a West-MEC governing board member.”

Barbara Wyllie

Barbara Wyllie | Chairman

District 4

Term: 1/2015 – 12/2016 (1 year served)

Mrs. Wyllie has lived in Arizona for the past 45 years with her husband Dick. She has four wonderful children and eight outstanding grandchildren.

Professional Background: “I have been a real estate broker for 40+ years and a real estate mortgage broker for 10 years. In the 80’s I was on the committee that updated the zoning ordinances for the City of Phoenix. I’ve educated neighborhoods on how to get involved in the zoning process and organized neighborhood associations. I’ve also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).”

What do you believe about Career and Technical Education? “Education is experiencing more change than ever before. In some cases we do not even need bricks and mortar to learn. Some students thrive by online learning and never set foot in a traditional classroom.

However, we need airplane mechanics, medical assistants, construction workers, welders, software developers, sports medicine professional, etc.. This type of education cannot be learned on a computer alone. It does cost more to teach these careers but it is so worth it. Businesses are anxious to hire responsible productive people who are looking for a career. CTE gives students the option to learn a profession while still in high school. 98% of the students that participate in CTE graduate from high school and a number of them continue on for further education. I wish I had these opportunities while I was in school.”

Why you chose to serve as a West-MEC Governing Board Member? “I believe education is more than reading, writing and arithmetic. If we are lucky we never stop learning. When I was asked to serve on the West-MEC Board I was excited. I knew a little bit about what CTE was and by serving on the Board I have learned so much more about it even with my short time here. I hope to be able to help this type of education grow.”

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Richard Oros

District 5

Term: 1/2017 –12/2020

Professional Background: “I had the pleasure to work as a director in facilities the past twenty-four years. For seven years I worked for the state prison, and seventeen years in education. Before facilities, I worked in construction for twelve years. I served four years active duty in the Air Force and twenty-two years in the Air National Guard and Army National Guard.”

What do you believe about Career and Technical Education?: “I believe the foundation of any successful community owes their success to career and technical education. These programs build the community by providing highly qualified craftsmen in many trades.”

Why you chose to serve as a West-MEC Governing Board Member?: “I feel my background in construction and facilities gives me a greater appreciation for West-MEC. I wanted to serve to ensure and implement West-MEC’s vision. Parents’ greatest wish is that their children are successful and become productive citizens. Students that attend West-MEC have a higher graduation rate, not to mention they have the tools to support the student’s journey.”

Jim Migliorino

Jim Migliorino

District 6

Term: 1/2015 – 12/2016 (1 Year Served)

Having lived in Arizona for over 30 year, Mr. Migliorino has spent that time serving many roles in the Arizona Educational Community.

Professional Background: Mr. Migliorino has held positions ranging from Teacher to Assistant Superintendent in Ohio, Washington and Arizona. In Arizona, Mr. Migliorino taught Business, Finance and Accounting. Mr. Migliorino has served on the AASBO Board for over 20 years.

What do you believe about Career and Technical Education? “CTE is an important part of the educational community allowing students to gain knowledge and skills in much needed career fields.”

Why you chose to serve as a West-MEC Governing Board Member? “My Dad always told me that you can not always take, sometimes you need to give back. I started my career in education as an Industrial Arts Teacher and loved the fact that when my students graduated they were able to obtain good paying jobs in the printing and graphic arts field. I am very proud of the West-MEC Board, Administration, Staff and Teachers.”

Frank Straka

Frank Straka

District 7

Term: 1/2015 – 12/2018 (9 Years Served)

Mr. Straka has been an Arizona resident for over thirty years. Mr. Straka and his wife, Sarah, have four children. In his spare time he enjoys training for and competing in endurance events and triathlons, completing his first Ironman in 2011.

Professional Background: Mr. Straka holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from University of Arizona in Management Information Systems, and a second from Arizona State University in Economics. Mr. Straka has worked for American Express for over 15 years and has been recognized for his results and leadership with a Chairman’s Innovation Top 30 Award. Mr. Straka holds one patent in his name.

What do you believe about Career and Technical Education? “CTE provides two things to students: An opportunity to explore career options by enrolling in classes at their school to “try on” a career. Students interested in medicine can enroll in any one number of medical/nursing courses to see what it’s like. They will be able to determine if they want to continue in that chosen field or find something else. Students can explore careers in high school at a much cheaper rate than exploring careers while in college. For students not going to college, it gives them real job skills that they can use to enter into the workforce at a reasonable salary above minimum wage.”

Why you chose to serve as a West-MEC Governing Board Member? “I am a product of the Arizona public education system and am very grateful for the education I received. As a way to give back I wanted to serve on a school board. I personally feel there is a void for students who do not plan or want to go to college. West-MEC is making the biggest impact in preparing students to enter the workforce prepared to begin a career. For those students continuing to college it puts them a step above students who may not have been exposed to their field of study while in high school. West-MEC makes the best use of my professional background and I’m proud to serve on the board.”