Welcome to the Amphitheater Unified School District Legal Services Department webpage
Michelle H. Tong, J.D., serves the District as Associate to the Superintendent, Legal Counsel, Designated Public Lobbyist, Student Discipline Hearing Officer, and Custodian of Records. She also oversees the following departments or personnel:
- Human Resources Department
Records Management Department
- Equal Opportunity Office
- District Spanish Translator
Mrs. Tong provides legal services and advice, practical guidance and related administrative services to the Governing Board, the Superintendent, administrators and staff throughout the District. Her responsibilities include risk management, real estate acquisitions, litigation (actual or threatened), elections, maintenance and development of district policy, open enrollment, District insurance programs, contract review and preparation, and matters. Mrs. Tong also provides guidance and services regarding personnel matters, the employee meet and confer process, employee disciplinary procedures, and the District grievance procedures. She provides training to staff throughout the District as needed on a broad range of topics and issues.
She is the designated liaison between the District and other governmental entities, such as the City of Tucson, Town of Oro Valley, or Pima County, as well as the State and federal agencies. In that context, she prepares and reviews Intergovernmental Agreements, negotiates real estate development proposals, and monitors zoning issues that concern the District.
Mrs. Tong also supervises the District's liability insurance program, and her office processes legal claims against the District.
Mrs. Tong is assisted by Connie McFarland, a Certified Legal Assistant. Ms. McFarland supports all aspects of Mrs. Tong's responsibilities. She responds to inquiries from the public and district personnel. Ms. McFarland also coordinates information, provides research assistance, and prepares documents and legal pleadings.
Also in the department is Teresa Currier, who provides translation services for Governing Board meetings and student disciplinary hearings. Ms. Currier also facilitates bilingual communication as needed for District departments.