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The Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, Inc. (the Trust), is a non-profit corporation that provides Arizona public school districts and community colleges with property and liability coverages and related services. The Trust was established in 1986 under A.R.S. § 11-952.01(A) . It operates as a risk retention pool funded and governed by its members, and backed by the best reinsurance companies in the world.

The Trust has grown dramatically since 1986, when its membership consisted of no more than a handful of school districts. Today, it services 247 districts and community colleges, making it one of the largest public entity pools in the United States.

Being a Trust member confers a number of benefits. First, in addition to coverages, the Trust offers a variety of low-cost or free services to assist members in managing their risk. Second, funds not paid out during the year for losses or administration are retained by the Trust and are invested for the benefit of members. Finally, the Trust's governing board is selected by the membership from among the membership, ensuring an unwavering commitment to the promotion and protection of member interests.

Why the Trust?
In 2019, the Trust is releasing a series of stories to remind our members of the Trust’s mission, how we help Arizona school districts, and what sets us apart from typical insurers.

In the first story, we talked with Joel Wirth, former CFO of Chandler Unified School District. Joel was a driving force behind the Trust at its inception in 1986, and for many years thereafter. Click HERE to read Joel’s story.

For the second installment, we spoke with Dr. John Baracy, retired superintendent of Scottsdale Unified School District. Dr. Baracy shared his experience with the Trust/NAU Leadership Academy, and the real life situation it prepared him to handle. Click HERE to read Dr. Baracy’s story.

For the next story we spoke with Ms. Tammy Hall, principal at Willcox High School, about her incredible recovery from a workplace injury. She credits her successful recovery in part to the Alliance. Click HERE to read Tammy’s story.

For our final installment in this series, we spoke with Doug Huie, director of facilities and transportation at Catalina Foothills Unified School District (CFUSD). Doug has been with the district for the past five years, but has worked with schools in building and construction—specifically in bond/expansion programs—for most of his career. Click HERE to read Doug’s story.