Guadalupe González was elected president of the San Diego County Board of Education Wednesday at the board's first meeting of 2018.
Moments later, Paulette Donnellon was elected vice president of the board.
González has been on the board since 2015, representing South County. Donnellon joined the board in 2016 to represent inland North County and portions of East County.
The County Board of Education sets policy for the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).
The staff of the County Office of Education, headed by County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold, provides a wide range of services for the 42 school districts in the county.
The County Board of Education operates under the authority of the California Constitution, the state Legislature, California Education Code, and the State Board of Education. It has responsibility for adopting the annual County Office of Education Local Control and Accountability Plan and budget; adopting policies governing the operation of the board; acting as the appeals board for student expulsions, interdistrict transfers, and charter school petitions; hiring and evaluating the county superintendent and establishing the rate of compensation; and serving as the landlord and owner of property. Through its role of long-range policy development and other critical functions, the board works with the county superintendent to offer the most effective education programs and district support services. The board also encourages the involvement of families and communities, and is a vehicle for citizen access to communication about SDCOE's programs and services.