County Superintendent Gothold Appointed to California Collaborative for Educational Excellence Governing Board
The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, appointed San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold to the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) governing board this week.
“Paul Gothold has made it his life’s work to improve equity in our educational systems to better support positive outcomes for students. His efforts have been instrumental, most recently having helped San Diego County reduce the number of criminalized youth and increase graduation rates,” Atkins said. “Dr. Gothold’s passion and proven track record will serve the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence Governing Board’s mission to provide targeted and intensive support to local educational agencies.”
CCEE was established by the California State Legislature and governor to advise and assist school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools achieve the goals and objectives in their Local Control and Accountability Plans. It was created as part of the Local Control Funding Formula legislation that redesigned California’s school funding formulas to ensure that there would be sufficient support for students who required additional resources to ensure their success.
As the statewide agency solely charged with assisting local educational agencies in need of support, CCEE provides universal, targeted, and intensive supports and resources through the work of three centers: Teaching, Learning and Leading, Innovation, Instruction and Impact and Transformative Systems for Equitable Educational Outcomes.
“I’m excited to be part of the statewide conversation and am humbled and honored to be selected by Pro Tem Atkins to serve in this role,” Gothold said. “I have a lot of respect for the team at CCEE and look forward to supporting them as we take on the most important issues in education and work to best serve every child in our care.”
Dr. Gothold has served as the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools since 2017. Prior to that, he served as deputy superintendent and then superintendent of Lynwood Unified School District. Gothold has over 27 years of experience in K-12 education. He previously served the Montebello Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. He is a member of the San Diego Taxpayers Association, the Association of California School Administrators, and the California County Superintendents, among other organizations.
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