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County Board of Education Elects Harold Fong President

Trustee Brian Cooley Chosen as Vice President

Sacramento County Board of Education group photo

New officers were elected at the July 6, 2010, meeting of the Sacramento County Board of Education.

The Board elected Trustee Harold Fong to serve as Board President. Fong, the previous Vice President, is a resident of the Pocket area of Sacramento County. He has served as Area 7 Trustee since June 2000. Fong is a Program Manager for the California Department of Health Care Services and has served two terms as Board Vice President. He has also served as chair of the Policy Committee and on the Budget Committee. Area 7 represents the communities of Freeport, Fruitridge, Greenhaven, Meadowview, Oak Park, Parkway, Pocket, and portions of Airport, South Land Park, and Valley Hi.

Board President Fong succeeds outgoing 2009-10 Board President John C. Scribner.

Area 5 Trustee Brian Cooley, a resident of the Rancho Cordova area, has been elected to serve as Board Vice President. Cooley, Owner/Principal Consultant for Cooley & Associates, was first elected in June 2000. He has previously served two terms as Board President and has served on the Budget Committee. Trustee Area 5 represents the communities of Alder Creek, Bridge House, Folsom, Gold River, Mather, Mills, Natoma, Nimbus, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Sloughhouse, Walsh Station, and a portion of Vineyard.

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.

Taking the oath of office for terms that will expire in 2014 were two newly elected Trustees, Brian M. Rivas, Area 2, and Jacquelyn Levy, Area 3, and incumbent Greg Geeting, from Area 1. Mrs. Levy recently retired after 35 years in education, most recently serving as principal at Cordova High School in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. Rivas currently serves as a senior legislative advocate for the California School Boards Association. Geeting is retired from state service as serving as Interim Director of the Charter Schools Division, California Department of Education. He currently serves as Chairman of the California State Academic Content Standards Commission.

Area 1 represents the communities of College Greens, Curtis Park, downtown and midtown Sacramento, East Sacramento, Elder Creek, Hollywood Park, Land Park, Lemon Hill, McKinley Park, Perkins, River Park, Tahoe Park, and portions of Airport, Oak Park, and South Land Park. Area 2 represents the communities of Antelope, Del Paso Heights, Elverta, Gardenland, Hagginwood, North Highlands, North and South Natomas, North Sacramento, Rio Linda, Robla, and a portion of Foothill Farms. Area 3 represents the communities of Arden, Arden Oaks, Arden Park, Campus Commons, La Riviera, Rosemont, Town and Country Village, and portions of Carmichael and Foothill Farms.

The Board of Education voted to continue holding its regularly scheduled meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, with each meeting having a scheduled start time of 6:30 p.m.

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 inter-district transfer appeals and serving as the County Committee on School District Organization to hear transfers of territory and election issues.