Media Relations

  • Yuma Union High School District recognizes its responsibility to provide information to the community and actively seeks to establish a good working relationship with the news media. While we are committed to cooperating with media requests for access to our schools and students, we are also obligated to protect the privacy of students and employees. To help facilitate media requests, we ask media to use the following information as guidance for making requests and accessing our campuses.

Media Inquiries

  • Any news story relating to the following topics should be coordinated through the communications office by contacting YUHSD Director of Communications and Community Engagement Eric Patten at (928) 502-4676 or epatten@yumaunion.org

    • Interview requests with district office staff, administrators, teachers, or students
    • District school policies and procedures
    • Personnel (ie: athletic coaching hires, campus administrator hires and any other areas involving school personnel)
    • Inquiries about specific students in Yuma Union High School District
    • Crisis or breaking news regarding any school within Yuma Union High School District

    For requests for information directly related to a school (such as school events), media should contact the respective campus communications liaisons (listed below). The YUHSD Communications Office will work closely with liaisons and school principals in regard to media requests. 

    • If the media inquiry relates to a district issue rather than a specific school, the Director of Communications, Superintendent, or an Associate Superintendent will speak on the school’s behalf or provide a spokesperson.

Media Access

  • Yuma Union High School District is committed to providing up-to-date information on the district and its activities in a timely and appropriate manner. It is also Yuma Union High School District's responsbility to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning with as few disruptions as possible. In order to do so, Yuma Union High School District requests that media adheres to the following guidelines when requesting access to one of our school campuses:  

    • Yuma Union High School District recognizes the press having legal right to visit our schools, but in order to protect the privacy of the students and staff, media representatives (journalists, photojournalists, videographers, photographers) are not permitted on school property to interview, photograph, or videotape without prior approval from the Communications Office, YUHSD Superintendent, school principal or designee.
    • Per YUHSD's policy manual, all school visitors, including media representatives, must check in at the reception desk and obtain a vistor pass. Visitor passes will normally be issued
      only to those persons known by the administration. Visitor passes will not be issued on testing days. Administrators may refuse anyone a visitor pass. Any person found on school grounds without permission will be considered a trespasser and subject to arrest.
    • At the discretion of the Director of Communications, school/district administrators may grant media access and arrange interviews with staff and/or students.
    • Interviews will not be conducted during school hours or on school property without the prior approval and presence of school/district administrator or designee.
    • Before any student is photographed, videotaped, or interviewed, consent must be granted by the student’s parent or legal guardian via the district's media release form. 
    • Media are encouraged not to publish names or photos of any student or school district individual without making sure their photo can be published in any news medium format.
    • As a general rule, media may take general shots of students without parental consent during public school events (such as athletic games) as long as students are not identified or singled out.

Information Requests

  • Yuma Union High School District ensures the protection of student/employee privacy and will not release any information that may reveal a student’s identity, respect the privacy of our teachers and employees, and will not release any personal or personnel-related information unless required by law. Additionally, we will not comment on any case that is before the courts and refer all questions related to police investigations to the proper authority. For more information on federal guideline pertaining to student and employee privacy, please refer to the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Designated Spokespeople

  • The Yuma Union High School District Superintendent can designate spokespeople to address issues relating to media inquiries. For media inquiries directly related to schools, each school’s principal can speak on issues impacting their school. Below is a list of designated spokespeople for YUHSD and their contact information:

 Gina Thompson

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Degrees and Certifications:

Gina Thompson

Superintendent
Email: gthompson@yumaunion.org
Phone: (928) 502-4605

 Eric Patten

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Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Eric Patten

Director, Communications & Community Engagment
Email: epatten@yumaunion.org
Phone: (928) 502-4676
Webpage: Digital Content

 Lisa Anderson

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Email:

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Lisa Anderson

Associate Superintendent
Email: landerson@yumaunion.org
Phone: (928) 502-4652

 Tim Brienza

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Tim Brienza

Associate Superintendent
Email: tbrienza@yumaunion.org
Phone: (928) 502-4671

 Derek Bosch

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Derek Bosch

Cibola High School Principal
Email: dbosch@yumaunion.org
Phone: (928) 502-5702
Webpage: Cibola High School

 Shawn Wehrer

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Shawn Wehrer

Gila Ridge High School Principal
Email: swehrer@yumaunion.org
Phone: (928) 502-6402
Webpage: Gila RIdge High School

 Michael Sharp

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Michael Sharp

Kofa High School Principal
Email: msharp@yumaunion.org
Phone: (928) 502-5351
Webpage: Kofa High School

 Lucky Arvizo

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Lucky Arvizo

San Luis High School Principal
Email: earvizo@yumaunion.org
Phone: (928) 502-6056
Webpage: San Luis High School

 Brett Surguine

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Brett Surguine

Vista High School Principal
Email: bsurguine@yumaunion.org
Phone: (928) 502-6803
Webpage: Vista High School

 Robert Chouinard

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Robert Chouinard

Yuma High School Principal
Email: rchouinard@yumaunion.org
Phone: (928) 502-5002
Webpage: Yuma High School