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School District Organization

Sonoma County Committee on School District Organization

The Sonoma County Committee on School District Organization is responsible for overseeing the reorganization of school districts in the county through territory transfer, district consolidation, and unification. It is empowered to:

  • Create, abolish, or rearrange trustee areas
  • Increase or decrease the number of governing board members
  • Determine alternative methods of electing governing board members
  • Establish or abolish common governing boards
  • Rearrange trustee areas based on the federal decennial census

The County Committee may initiate, coordinate, facilitate, or arbitrate these operations. It may also formulate plans, respond to petitions, conduct public hearings, develop and release information, and analyze proposals related to the organization of Sonoma County school districts.

The County Committee is subject to the legal requirements of the California Education Code and State Board of Education policies and regulations, but has latitude to address each local situation in its own context. The California Department of Education (CDE) provides a Handbook for School District Organization, which details the duties, responsibilities, and processes that must be followed.

Committee Members

The Sonoma County Committee on School District Organization consists of 11 members – two members from each of the five county supervisorial districts and one at-large member. Members are elected to four-year terms by representatives from the governing boards of all the Sonoma County school districts (one vote for each district).

Members must be registered voters and reside within the county supervisorial district they represent. No public school employees may serve on the Committee, but members of school district governing boards may serve.

District 1: Jeremy Brott – Term expires 2018
District 1: Ronald Kristof – Term expires 2019
District 2: Tracy Farrell - Term expires 2020
District 2: Russ Wigglesworth – Term expires 2017
District 3: Rick Call – Term expires 2017
District 3: Jennifer Wiltermood – Term expires 2018
District 4: Sandra Elliott – Term expires 2018
District 4: Richard Massell – Term expires 2019
District 5: James DeWilder – Term expires 2020
District 5: Jeanne Bassett Fernandes – Term expires 2017
At Large: Ronald Abler – Term expires 2020

Meetings & Minutes

Meetings are held on an as-needed basis.

01/26/2015 | Agenda
05/14/2012 | Minutes
02/21/2012 | Minutes
11/07/2011 | Minutes
09/12/2011 | Minutes
08/08/2011 | Minutes
06/13/2011 | Minutes
01/10/2011 | Minutes
03/22/2010 | Minutes
06/08/2009 | Minutes
12/08/2008 | Minutes

Resource Documents

Overview
CDE Handbook for School District Organization
PowerPoint: Brief Outline of Process (ppt)

Sample Resolutions and Petitions
City Council/Board of Supervisors Resolution, District Reorganization (doc)
Public Petition, Transfer of Territory (doc)
School District Petition, Reorganization of Two Districts (doc)
School District Resolution, Elementary Unification (doc)
School District Resolution, High School Unification (doc)

Grand Jury Interim Report
Doing Nothing about Education is No Longer an Option, June 2011 (pdf)

Legislative Analyst Report
How Small is Too Small? Analysis of District Consolidation, May 2011 (pdf)

SCOE News Releases and Editorials
Resolution to Decrease Size of County Board of Education, Nov 2011 (pdf)
Complex Process of District Reorganization, Feb 2011