ABCs of reorganizing spelled out for district

By: Loryll Nicolaisen Journal staff writer
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Area educators got a crash course in school district reorganization Monday. The Placer County Office of Education hosted a workshop presented by School Innovation and Advocacy, focusing on the subject. “This is a discussion that has been going on for years,” Gayle Garbolino-Mojica, Placer County superintendent of schools, said Monday. “We here, at the county office of education, feel we are in a position of support.” Bill McGuire, School Innovation and Advocacy vice president of professional and fiscal services, started the presentation by saying it isn’t his company’s role to tell districts how to proceed, if considering reorganization. “What we’re here to tell you is all the things that go into it,” he said. McGuire and colleague Terry Bradley, vice president of facilities, boundaries and enrollment, gave a brief history of California’s school district organization, discussed trends among the state’s districts and schools, organization and responsibilities of different agencies involved in a potential reorganization, criteria and conditions for reorganization approval, election procedures and other topics pertaining to the subject. The presentation included case studies involving reorganization between the Fresno Unified and Clovis Unified districts, Trinity Alps Unified and Sacramento County’s Twin Rivers Unified, in addition to the merge between Placer County’s Ophir Elementary and Loomis Union school districts. Garbolino-Mojica pointed out, in closing, that Placer County isn’t the only county seeking more information about school district reorganization — both Vicki Barber, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools, and Holly Hermansen, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, were among those in the audience Monday night. Read more about school district reorganization in Wednesday’s Journal.