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 SDCOE Business Consultant Enjoys Behind-The-Scenes Work

Sonya Menyon isn’t afraid of red tape or paperwork. In fact, she actually enjoys it, which is part of why she’s so successful as a consultant with San Diego County Office of Education's Business Advisory Services team.

The team helps school districts throughout the county with a wide range of business-related topics, including budget development, negotiated agreements, legal requirements, and elections.

“We make sure that all of the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed,” she said. “We make sure nothing falls through the cracks.”

Recently, they have helped with some big changes such as the school district unification in Bonsall and supporting school districts as they put together their Local Control and Accountability Plans, better known as LCAPs.

The supports that the team offers school districts help ensure that the financial and business side of the house is functioning properly so teachers can do their jobs and students can learn as much as possible, she said.

“Our industry is the education of children,” she said. “There’s a business end to this industry, and if the business side is not functioning properly, then it is felt on the educational side.”

Menyon and the rest of the team do an amazing job of supporting San Diego County’s school districts, said Brent Watson, executive director of business advisory services.

“Don’t mess with Sonya!” he said. “She takes great pride in being that source that provides assistance to school districts, but she also has an eagle eye when it comes to her oversight role.”

A San Diego native and SDSU alum, Menyon started at SDCOE 25 years ago as a credentials technician. Before that, she worked for Health and Human Services and the National Security Agency, and served for six years in the U.S. Air Force.

Menyon understands the client perspective well and is able to build relationships in part because of her time working for the Lakeside and Chula Vista Elementary school districts.

“Sonya is one of our Business Services superstars!” Assistant Superintendent Lora Duzyk said. “Having worked in two districts, she knows and understands the kind of service and support our districts need from us.”

After working seven years in those districts, she returned to SDCOE in 2000 as a financial accounting manager. In 2003, she moved into her current role as a consultant.

Menyon is proud to help educate future generations.

“I really believe in helping to raise the next generation to be able to compete in a global society,” she said. “You raise the level of a society when you raise the level of education for those within the society.”