There was a changing of the guard Jan.
10 when the Kyrene School District
Governing Board elected Rich Zawtocki
its president for 2006.
Law mandates that public school district
governing boards elect a president and
vice president for one-year terms at the
first meeting of the year.
The board also elected newest member
Ross Robb as vice president, the
position Zawtocki held throughout last
year. Zawtocki inherited the seat
formerly occupied by board member Rae
Zawtocki has served on the Kyrene board
since 2000 and is currently in his
second four-year term. The attorney
lives in Chandler with his wife and
their four children, all of whom are
graduates of or current students in
Born in raised in Michigan, Zawtocki
attended the University of Notre Dame,
where he earned a bachelorís degree in
American studies with concentrations in
literature and government. He went on to
graduate from the University of Dayton
Law School in Ohio.
Robb began his board service with Kyrene
last summer, when Maricopa County
Schools Superintendent Sandra Dowling
appointed him to fill the seat left by
former board member and Chandler
resident John Doney. Robb beat out seven
other candidates for the job.
A certified public accountant, Robb is a
partner with Benton-Robb Development
Associates LLP, a power-playing
development firm responsible for
numerous projects including downtown
redevelopment in Chandler and Tempe. He
has a bachelorís degree in business
administration from the State University
of New York at Buffalo, and a masterís
degree in business administration from
Arizona State University.
Robb lives in Tempe with his wife and
two children, who are students in Kyrene