New officers were elected at the July 13, 2005, meeting of the Sacramento County Board of Education.
Elected Sacramento County Board of Education President for the July 2005-June 2006 term was Sylvia J. Ruiz, who has served as Area 2 Trustee since 2002. Born in Guatemala and raised in California, Ms. Ruiz is a graduate of Rio Linda High School and received her B.A. degree in government from Harvard University. She is employed as a staff member of State Senator Deborah Ortiz and resides in the Natomas area of Sacramento. Ms. Ruiz's current term as Trustee expires in 2006. She succeeds outgoing Board of Education President Christopher W. Woods, a resident of the Arden Park area, who continues to serve as Area 3 Trustee. Christopher Woods was presented with a plaque recognizing his service as Board President.
Harold Fong was elected as Sacramento County Board of Education Vice President. Mr. Fong, a resident of Sacramento's Pocket area has represented Area 7 as Trustee since 2000. Mr. Fong works as a Contract Manager in the Primary and Rural Health Care Systems Branch of the California Department of Health Services. His term as Trustee expires in 2008.
The offices of Board President and Vice President are held for one year. Trustees are elected for terms of four years. Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon serves as Secretary to the Board of Education.
The Sacramento County Board of Education works with the County Superintendent to provide programs through the Sacramento County Office of Education, as well as hearing student expulsion and student interdistrict transfer appeals and serving as the County Committee on School District Organization to hear transfers of territory and election issues.
A complete listing of Board of Education Trustees and the communities and districts served by each is available online.