New officers were elected at the July 3 meeting of the Sacramento County Board of Education. Elected President was Richard “Rick” Simpson, now in his second term of office as Area 3 Trustee. He previously served as Board President in 1992–93 and 1997–98, as well as Board Vice President in 1991–92, 1996–97, and 2000–01. His current term as Trustee expires in June 2002. Simpson, who resides in the La Riviera/Butterfield area of Sacramento, serves as Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director with the Office of California Assembly Speaker Robert M. Herzberg.
Brian Cooley, newly elected Vice President, is an 18-year resident of Rancho Cordova. Cooley has served since 2000 as Area 5 Trustee. His current term expires in June 2004. Cooley works as a Policy Analyst for the League of California Cities and previously served as a consultant to Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante.
The offices of Board President and Vice President are held for one year. Trustees are elected for terms of four years. SCOE) programs support quality education for more than 200,000 public school students within Sacramento County. SCOE services include the direct operation of special programs and schools for more than 30,000 children and adults ... direct fiscal oversight of the county’s 16 school district budgets representing nearly $1.3 billion ... educational leadership for the county’s school districts in high priority areas such as reading instruction, technology training, safe schools, arts education, character education, and new teacher support ... leadership in organizing regional approaches to the delivery of educational programs and support services that eliminate duplication of effort and result in economies of scale savings to school districts ... and expansion of programs and services to students in Sacramento County by aggressively seeking and securing grant funding.