Alpine resident Bob Watkins was re-elected as President of the San
Diego County Board of Education Wednesday at the board’s first meeting
Watkins, the president and chairman of RJ Watkins Co., an international
management consulting firm, said, “I am flattered that my colleagues
think I’m worthy to represent them and the County Board of Education.
The County Office of Education is doing a miraculous job, but there will
always be work to do to see that all students get the best education
Moments after Watkins’ election as Board President, Sharon Jones of La Mesa was elected Vice President of the board.
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 Randy Ward,
provides a wide range of services for the 42 school districts in the
county. The County Board of Education hired Ward in June, 2006.
Among the more critical functions of the SDCOE staff are:
- Business services, which help school districts maintain solvent and
process payroll checks for more than 40,000 local public school
- Curriculum and instruction services, which help schools and
districts meet increasingly rigorous and scrutinized state academic
- Human resources. All San Diego County teaching credentials are certified by SDCOE HR staff;
- Administration and operation of the Juvenile Court and
Community Schools, alternative schools for students who, for many
reasons, can not attend traditional public schools.
- Administration of Joint Powers Authorities which provide
school districts with greatly reduced prices for legal services and
employee medical benefits, saving taxpayers millions of dollars