The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) partners with local schools and the community to support quality education for nearly 108,000 students in Stanislaus County and several thousand more in regional programs throughout the state. The office employs approximately 1,100 staff and manages a $301 million budget.
Public Education in California – A four-level System
1. California State Department of Education
2. 58 County Offices of Education
- Includes County-wide and Regional programs and services
3. 11 Superintendent Regions – SCOE is part of Region 6
4. Over 1,000 local school districts (25 in Stanislaus County)
Under the leadership of the County Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools, the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) serves as a link between the 25 school districts in the county and the California Department of Education. Funding and major policy decisions are made at the state level, and the day-to-day delivery of instruction is generally the responsibility of local school districts. County Offices provide a support infrastructure for local schools and districts, including Administrative, Instructional, and Direct Student Services. Staff at the County also provides leadership and advocacy on critical education issues and serves as an information resource to local educators.
HISTORY OF STANISLAUS COUNTY SUPERINTENDENTS OF SCHOOLS
From 1854 to present
It is interesting to note that the role of the county superintendent of schools was originally filled by the county assessor. In 1856 the State Legislature enacted a law that made the position an elective office. We wish to recognize the following Stanislaus County Superintendents of Schools for their contribution to the education of children in Stanislaus County:
|1854-1856||E.B. Beard||1856-1858||W. D. McDaniel|
|1859-1860||Thomas Legget||1861-1863||A. B. Anderson|
|1864-1865||George W. Schell||1866-1870||Thomas T. Hamlin|
|1870-1872||Benjamin F. Haislip||1872-1876||James Burney|
|1876-1878||William B. Howard||1878-1883||W. H. J. Robinson|
|1885-1887||Willis S. Chase||1887-1895||W. B. Howard|
|1895-1903||J. A. Wagener||1903-1915||Florence Boggs|
|1915-1919||Frank A. Bacon||1919-1932||A. G. Elmore|
|1932-1939||Lourien E. Elmore||1939-1950||Margaret L. Annear|
|1951-1968||Fred C. Beyer||1968-1978||Neal E. Wade|
|1979-1991||John B. Allard||1991-2006||Martin G. Petersen|
The Stanislaus County Office of Education, through effective leadership, coordinated services, staff development, and partnerships among family, school and community, will support public education in preparing diverse students to become productive citizens and life-long learners.
(authored in 1996)
OPERATING PRINCIPLES (updated in 2009)
1. ETHICAL BEHAVIOR IS KEY TO OUR SUCCESS
We will behave with integrity, honesty, humility and courage.
2. CUSTOMERS ARE PART OF OUR TEAM
Customers include families, school district personnel, community partners, and SCOE Employees. We will maintain an environment in which to share ideas and work cooperatively. We will listen to our customers' needs as we collaboratively develop services and solutions.
3. QUALITY IS ESSENTIAL
Quality is determined by the customer who uses the programs and services, and we consider everyone with whom we interact a customer. We will continually improve our programs and services by determining customer needs and responding to customer feedback and suggestions.
4. DECISIONS ARE MADE AT THE MOST APPROPRIATE ORGANIZATIONAL LEVEL
Management will determine the most appropriate level for the resolution of issues. Management's decisions will include input from employees who will be impacted by proposed changes as early in the decision-making process as possible.
5. EVERYONE PLAYS AN INTEGRAL PART IN OUR ORGANIZATION
Everything an employee does affects our organization. We will hold ourselves accountable to accomplish what we have been hired to do. We will behave as ambassadors of SCOE and respect every person and role within the organization.
6. CHALLENGES ARE ADDRESSED FROM A SYSTEMS APPROACH
When seeking to address and resolve challenges, we will focus on processes and systems using SCOE policies, protocols, and operating principles.
7. WE MANAGE OUR WORK BY FACTS
To inspire trust, to seek mutual benefit, and to act in the best interest of those we serve, we will rely on data. We will gather, analyze, and act on data about SCOE’s services, products, and programs.
8. EMPLOYEES ARE MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN THEY HAVE AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE ABOUT THEIR WORK AND THE ORGANIZATION
Managers will provide employees with sufficient background knowledge to fully understand their role and to accurately represent SCOE’s broader mission in the community.
9. EMPLOYEES ARE ACKNOWLEDGED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ORGANIZATION
We will all accept and give praise to acknowledge individual accomplishments as well as celebrate shared successes.
10. THE ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS EMPLOYEES IN THEIR EFFORTS TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE MULTIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES AT WORK, AT HOME, AND IN THE COMMUNITY.
The organization realizes that to be effective at work, employees must maintain a healthy balance in their duties to home, work and community. We will respect others’ efforts to effectively manage multiple responsibilities. Supervisors will support employees’ requests for flexibility when feasible and appropriate.
- Every person is unique and has worth.
- People deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
- People have a right to be physically and emotionally safe.
- Human potential is unlimited.
- Individuals are members of the global community.
- People are responsible for the choices they make.
- Skills for coping with change can be learned.
- Creativity and problem solving are important components of learning.
- Self-esteem affects learning.
- Learning is a lifelong pursuit.
- Cultural diversity offers learning opportunities for the community.
- People are influenced by role models.
- Family is the primary influence in the development of a child.
- Education creates opportunities for every child.
- Education is the shared responsibility of home, school, and community.
- Integrity and ethical behavior are paramount in every decision.
- Maintaining quality requires continuous improvement and teamwork.
- Excellence is worth the effort.
Strategy 1 Provide leadership to the educational community to maximize collaboration, communication, and innovation.
Strategy 2 Pursue collaborative partnerships with family, school and community to support the preparation of students for the future.
Strategy 3 Continuously assess the relevance and effectiveness of the programs and services of SCOE to foster continuous improvement.