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 Hartley is New President of County Board of Education; Applications Now Available to Fill Dronenburg Seat

North Coastal representative Sue Hartley Wednesday was elected President of the San Diego County Board of Education, in a unanimous vote of the five-member education panel.

As Board President for 2006, Hartley will soon preside over two key County Board of Education issues: filling the seat of retired Third District Board Member Ernie Dronenburg, and appointing a successor to County Superintendent of Schools Rudy Castruita, who announced his retirement last month, effective in June.

Applications to fill the Dronenburg seat are now available via fax, email or pick-up in Room 509 at the County Office of Education, 6401 Linda Vista Rd. To arrange for fax or email, phone (858) 292-3515.

In Wednesday's meeting the board also approved a timeline, procedures and criteria for the selection of Dronenburg's successor. Dronenburg took part in the meeting, which will be his last. He recently moved from his residence in the Third District (East County) and no longer resides in the district.

Applications for the Third District board seat must be received at the County Office of Education by noon on January 27. A special meeting of the board will be held February 6, where applicants will give five-minute presentations to the board, after which the four current members will select Dronenburg's successor.

The San Diego County Board of Education sets policy for the San Diego County Office of Education. The office, with an annual general fund budget of $400 million, provides a wide range of services for the 42 school districts in San Diego County.

Among those services are the administration and operation of the county's Juvenile Court and Community School system, group medical benefit and legal services consortiums, subject-by-subject and grade-by-grade curriculum and instruction assistance, and budgetary oversight. The office also provides special programs for schools and districts, including the renowned AVID program and a wide range of programs for Special Education students.