• Susan Zibrat returned to the Amphitheater Governing Board on September 18, 2017, being appointed by the Pima County School Superintendent, to complete the term of Jo Grant through December 2018.  She is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the Amphi community again in a leadership position.  Susan was previously elected to serve on Amphitheater's Governing Board from January 2011 to December 2014.  She notes it is her extreme honor to serve the Amphi community, which values the best interest of all stakeholders in the District, most notably the students, and that it feels good to be "back home".

    Susan is an extremely proud mother of two daughters, both Amphitheater School District graduates.  Her Amphi involvement began in their classrooms and grew into leadership positions in the schools they attended.  Susan's district-wide community activism was sparked after reading Amphitheater was considering cuts to Art, Music and PE because of reduced funding by the Arizona State Legislature.  After disappointing trips to Phoenix to try to convince legislators that public schools needed more funding, she was convinced local control would make more of a difference.  She attended Amphitheater Governing Board meetings, where her real education about public school funding began.

    Ready to jump in and make a difference, in 2004 Susan co-chaired a Blue Ribbon Budget Analysis Committee, collaborating with community members representing the District's diverse interests.  After months studying Amphitheater's financial needs, the committee recommended a Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Budget Override, which the Board placed on the May 5, 2005 ballot.

    Susan then co-chaired the Political Action Committee "LEAP AHEAD for Amphi Schools" and launched a campaign advocating passage of the M&O Override in 2005, leading to the first budget override for Amphitheater in two decades.

    Confident in Amphitheater leadership, because of the community involvement with the M&O Override, Susan later co-chaired the Blue Ribbon Analysis and Facilities Needs Committee.  To gain insight into the wide-ranging needs, committee members visited District sites and witnessed antiquated school facilities in need of repair or replacement, an aging bus fleet, and the need for enhancements across the District.  Again, the committee recommended a Special Bond Election to obtain voter approval for $180 million in bonds for capital needs.  The Governing Board put the bond question to the District voters on the November 2007 ballot.

    Susan again co-chaired "LEAP AHEAD for Amphi Schools" to advocate for the passage of the bond, which was approved in November 2007.  She is happy to note that over the past 10 years Amphitheater has used the funds exactly as recommended.

    Susan's final leadership involvement in "LEAP AHEAD for Amphi Schools" was in 2009 with the M&O Budget Override Renewal and Capital Outlay Override.  Voters approved renewal of the original intention of the 2005 M&O Override and added $2 million per year to cover much needed technology improvements.  

    Susan looks forward to continuing her work as an advocate for the diverse Amphi community, as Amphitheater stands poised to become the premier school district in Arizona.

     

    You may contact Ms. Zibrat at (520) 250-2230 or via e-mail:  szibrat@amphi.com

    Or contact Ms. Zibrat through the Amphi Governing Board Office at 696-5158 or by mail at:

    Susan Zibrat
    Vice President
    Amphitheater Public Schools Governing Board

    701 W. Wetmore Road
    Tucson, AZ 85705

Susan Zibrat
  • Susan Zibrat
    Vice President

    Amphitheater Public Schools Governing Board