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 San Diego County Board of Education Swears in New Members, Elects Leadership

Four members took the oath of office tonight, officially being sworn in as members of the San Diego County Board of Education:

  • Mark Powell represents District 1, which covers metropolitan San Diego. He was elected in June 2016.
  • Guadalupe González, who was appointed to the board to represent District 2 in August 2015 before being elected this summer, is the representative for the southern parts of the county.
  • Paulette Donnellon represents District 4, which covers the north inland portions of the county. She was elected in June 2016.
  • Rick Shea, who was appointed to the board to represent District 5 in July 2015 before being elected this fall, serves the north coastal region of the county.

Powell, González, and Shea were administered the oath of office by the Honorable James R. Milliken. Donnellon was sworn in by Escondido Union School District Superintendent Dr. Luis Ibarra.

At the meeting, the board also selected its leadership for the year. The board voted unanimously to elect Shea as president. Alicia Muñoz, who represents District 3 in East County, was selected as vice president.

The San Diego County Board of Education is responsible for adopting the annual San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) 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.

SDCOE serves the county’s most vulnerable students, and supports school leaders, teachers, and students across the county. The office supports nearly 780 schools and more than 500,000 students, including the nearly 10,000 children educated each year through the Momentum Learning portfolio of schools (formerly known as Juvenile Court and Community Schools). SDCOE provides a variety of services for the 42 school districts, 119 charter schools, and five community college districts in the county. 

The San Diego County Board of Education regular business meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. and are televised live on ITV Channel 16