Former Butte County Superintendent of Schools Tim Taylor thanked SCOE and formally presented a legislative resolution, jointly authored by Senator Jim Nielsen (Senate District 4), Senator Andreas Borgeas (Senate District 8), Assemblyman James Gallagher (Assembly District 3), and Assemblyman Ken Cooley (Assembly District 8).
The November 2018 Camp Fire caused 85 deaths, destroyed 19,000 structures, and affected all of the 16 school sites in Butte County. Approximately 5,000 students were left homeless. Butte County school districts lost between 40 and 50 percent of their students due to lack of housing, loss of employment, or families moving away. Teachers, staff, and students in the community continue to need social and emotional support.
Education leaders from Sacramento County established a “Sister Schools” partnership last November, connecting Butte and Sacramento students via assemblies, visits, Skype, and electronic correspondence. The partnership provides additional support and is establishing new relationships. In February, SCOE also invited Butte County high schools to participate in the Sacramento County Academic Decathlon. During a break in the competition, Butte County teachers received school supplies that had been donated by Sacramento-area school districts, nonprofits, cities, businesses, and citizens.