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Board of Education Elects Victoria L. Deane President

Trustee Gretchen C. Bender Chosen as Vice President

Gretchen C. Bender and Victoria L. Deane

The Sacramento County Board of Education elected Victoria L. Deane (right) as President and Gretchen C. Bender as Vice President.

New officers were elected at the July 11, 2007, meeting of the Sacramento County Board of Education.

Elected President was Victoria L. Deane, who has served as Area 4 Trustee since 1992. Deane, a resident of Citrus Heights, served as Board Vice President in 2006-07 and 1997-98. She works as an ombudsman with the Sacramento County Health and Human Services Department. Ms. Deane's term as Area 4 Trustee expires in June 2008. She succeeds outgoing 2006-07 Board President Brian Cooley, whose term as Area 5 Trustee will expire in June 2008.

Trustee Gretchen C. Bender was elected Vice President. A resident of Sacramento's Natomas area, Bender has represented Area 2 as Trustee since 2006. Her term as Area 2 Trustee expires in June 2010. Ms. Bender works as Finance and Administration Manager with the Yolo County District Attorney's Office. Prior to that she served as Chief Fiscal Officer for Yolo County's Department of Employment and Social Services and worked several years as a special education teacher in Southern California.

The Board also announced that it will continue to hold regular meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. at the David P. Meaney Education Center located at Mather Field, off Highway 50. A meeting schedule, trustee area map, and driving directions are available.

The offices of President and Vice President are held for one year. Trustees themselves 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 numerous instructional programs, teacher/administrator training, and administrative services 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.