Governing Board

Board Meeting Disclosure Statement

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02 the governing board of the Nogales Unified School District #1 hereby states that all notices of the meetings of the governing board of the Nogales Unified School District and any of its committees and subcommittees will be posted in the lobby of the district building at 310 West Plum Street, Nogales, Arizona 85621 and on the district's website The district building location is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except holidays. Such notices will indicate the date, time, and place of the meeting and will include an agenda or information concerning the manner in which the public may obtain an agenda for the meeting. Notices of meetings will also be posted on the district's website.

Our governing board consists of community members interested in the success of our schools. We hold regular governing board meetings on specified Mondays (listed below) at 4:00 p.m. in the Anita L. Lichter Board Room of the administration office. All meetings are open to the public, and we invite you to check out a meeting to see what we do. You are always welcome and do not need to call ahead.

Marcelino Varona

Dr. Marcelino Varona, Jr.
Board Member

Dr. Marcelino Varona, Jr. is a life-long resident and native of Nogales and has devoted most of his life to education and public service. He is a product of NUSD, received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, and his Master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Arizona in education. He genuinely knows and cares for our district, having served as a teacher, special services director, assistant principal, middle and high school principal, and assistant superintendent for over 25 years.

After his retirement in 2004, Dr. Varona continued with his public service and community advocacy as demonstrated by his involvement in various local and state organizations. He presently serves as a board member for the Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College District, the Nogales Library, and United Churches Village, is a member of the Nogales Noon Lions Club, and is on the SCC Planning and Zoning commission. He is a former Nogales Mayor and City Council member.

Dr. Varona was elected to the NUSD School Board in 2010. He brings a wealth of knowledge and varying perspectives to this role as a civic-minded businessman, politician, former educator, and administrator. His top priority is academic achievement, and he is committed to supporting programs and initiatives that will offer opportunities for academic success for all.


Manny Ruiz

Manny Ruiz
Board Member

Mr. Ruiz was born in 1955 in Nogales, Arizona. He had served as a board member of NUSD for 18 years prior and took a two-year rest before deciding to run again. His decision to join the Governing Board again was because he wants to make a difference for the children of NUSD.

Mr. Ruiz graduated from Nogales High School in 1974. He attended Cochise College in 2006 moving forward to University of Arizona and then later attended Arizona State University in 2008 where he graduated from the Certified Public Manager program. He further attended the Leadership Institute in 2009. He received technical training from 1991 to 1995 in Safety, Health, Handling of Hazardous Materials, Emergency Services FEMA Disaster Response, and Recovery, and FEMA HS 2-Emergency Management.

Mr. Ruiz has been involved in different associations in the community and was elected to serve the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors since 2001. He is presently serving his third term.

Amongst the several recognitions and awards, he has received is the Arizona School Certificate of Orientation and Master of Boardmanship.


Cesar Lopez

Cesar Lopez
Board Member

Cesar Lopez is a graduate of Nogales High School. Cesar is a new member of the Governing Board of the Nogales Unified School District, starting his term in 2021.

His career and passion have focused on building skills and capacity for local green job development through hands-on education in garden/farm design and development, water harvesting in the desert, native pollinators, organic vegetable production, community and youth leadership development. He utilizes strategies in popular education, cultural empowerment, collaboration and training for trainers methods to build the next generation of leaders in community agriculture.

He has experience in collaborative efforts toward community development through his past work on community farms, community organizations, community health organizations, health initiatives, food banks, non-profits, schools, education, the University of Arizona, and working in government through different county public health departments in Southern Arizona. In Nogales, he has been building on a history of green job development and local leadership for young people through his experience in a decades-long, collective community-based job development program in the barrios of Southside Tucson. 

Currently, Cesar works as the Program Director for the SEEDS Garden program, which is focusing its efforts working with youth and young adults on building the SEEDS garden based on community education and engagement at Las Lagunas de Anza. Cesar is the farmer at Santa Cruz Farm, a small farm working to expand local organic vegetable production. He is also a member of the Nogales Compost Cooperative that is working on producing local healthy compost while addressing food waste from the community and the produce industry. Cesar has also supported the creation of cross border spaces that bring people together through community efforts as a member of Colectivo Colmena of Ambos Nogales. 

Cesar believes in education that strengthens healthy communities, that strives to build cultures of peace and sustainability. Cesar challenges the concept that: "young people are the leaders of tomorrow", and passionately promotes the vision that: "young people are the leaders of today." 

For Nogales, By Nogales. 

Robert Rojas

Robert Rojas
Board Clerk

My name is Robert Rojas, son of Renato C. Rojas and Amalia Siqueiros Rojas.  I am a graduate of Nogales High School (1972) and a graduate of Arizona State University (1979). I worked for NUSD for 38 years as a teacher, coach, club sponsor, class sponsor, and at whatever capacity in which I was needed. 

I am a former Nogales Lions’ Club President, Santa Cruz County Supervisor and currently a member of the Nogales City Council. I am looking forward to continuing my service as a NUSD governing board member and being part of a successful team.

Greg Lucero

Greg Lucero
Board President

Greg Lucero is responsible for community and governmental relations for Wildcat Silver Corporation. Wildcat Silver is a Vancouver-based mineral exploration company with an 80% interest in the Hermosa silver project in Santa Cruz, Arizona. The Hermosa project is located approximately nine miles south of Patagonia adjacent to the old Harshaw townsite. 

Prior to joining Wildcat Silver Greg served as the county manager for Santa Cruz County, for nearly nine years. He has over 25 years of management experience working in local, state, and federal governments. He has served as a special assistant to former Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt, an assistant to former United States Senator Dennis DeConcini, and has also worked for the Pima County board of supervisors and the Tucson city council. He has experience as a department head, deputy city manager, and city manager. Greg also has management experience working for a large civil engineering firm having served as both an office manager and regional vice president.

Greg is extremely involved in the community and was recently elected to the Nogales city council and appointed the Nogales Unified School District No. 1 governing board. He currently serves as president of the Nogales Noon Lions Club, chairs the government affairs committee for the Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce, and is vice chair of the Economic Development Tourism Advisory Board for the city of Nogales. Greg is also a member of Nogales Rotary, the First United Church village board, and is active in many other civic organizations in the community.

Greg was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Arizona. His hobbies and interest include all sports and is an avid outdoorsman. He is passionate about hunting and spends most of the fall and winter out in the field. Greg is listed in the Boone and Crockett all-time record book for Coues whitetail and mule deer. Greg is also a marathon runner and when he isn’t working he is usually found running or biking the roads and trails throughout Santa Cruz County.



Please download our FY22 board meeting schedule or click on the underlined/linked dates below to review our most current agenda and minutes. For additional information, we invite you to view our Board Meeting Disclosure Statement. All of our meetings are at 4:00 p.m.


Board Agendas

October 25, 2021 Gov. Board Agenda
Board Minutes
Catch up on any meetings you may have missed by reading our minutes.

July 12, 2021 Special & Reg. Meeting Board Minutes

June 24, 2021 Gov. Board Spec. Meeting Minutes
June 14, 2021 Gov. Board Minutes
May 10, 2021 Gov. Board Minutes
April 22, 2021Gov. Board Spec. Meet. Minutes
April 12, 2021 Gov. Board Minutes
March 1, 2021 Gov. Board Minutes
February 22, 2021 Gov Board Minutes
January 11, 2021 Gov. Board Minutes
December 14, 2020 Gov. Board Minutes
November 9, 2020 Gov. Board Study Sess. & Regular Minutes
October 26, 2020 Gov. Board Study Sess. & Reg. Meet. Minutes
October 8, 2020 Gov. Board Spec. Meet. Minutes
September 14, 2020 Gov. Board Minutes
August 14, 2020 Gov. Special Board Minutes
July 27, 2020 Gov. Board Spec. Meet. & Study Sess. Minutes
July 13, 2020 Study Sess. & Reg. Board Minutes

You are welcome to view the minutes of the previous year's Governing Board meetings on our Archived Minutes page.

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