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Santa Barbara County Committee on School District Organization

About the County Committee

The County Committee was created by the California State Legislature in 1949. It functions within the rules and regulations established by the Legislature and its own policies and procedures. It responds to petitioners and School District Governing Boards. Most people see school districts as stable or even permanent government entities. School district boundaries, however, do change. Territory is transferred from one school district to another, districts are divided or combined with neighboring districts, and some districts are terminated. Its duties and responsibilities pertain to School Districts - Kindergarten through Community Colleges. The County Committee's activities are coordinated by the County Superintendent of Schools, and its actions are reported to the State Board of Education.

The County Committee on School District Organization consists of eleven members - two representatives from each Supervisorial District and one member serving at large.  Committee members are elected at an Annual Election of School District Board Representatives. The term of office is four years. The members serve without pay. 

Source: California Department of Education District Organization Handbook  


First Supervisorial District

  • Robin Sawaske Term expires: Dec. 2027
  • Terry Hickey Banks Term expires: Dec. 2026

Second Supervisorial District 

  • Nancy Harter Term expires: Dec. 2025 
  • Vacant seat

Third Supervisorial District 

  • Jan Clevenger Term expires: Dec. 2024
  • Judith Dale Term expires: Dec. 2024

Fourth Supervisorial District 

  • Dr. Ed Cora  Term expires: Dec. 2025
  • Janet Zilli Term expires: Dec. 2024

Fifth Supervisorial District 

  • Margaret Ontiveros Term expires: Dec. 2027 
  • Juanita Gutierrez-Nichols  Term expires: Dec. 2026


  • Steve Straight Term expires: Dec. 2025   


Meetings and Agendas

Meetings are held at 2 p.m., unless otherwise noted 

Location:  Santa Barbara County Education Office, Board Room
           4400 Cathedral Oaks Road
           Santa Barbara 93106


Faith Hopwood
Senior Administrative Assistant, Administrative Services 
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5243

Send correspondence to:

Steven Torres, Secretary to the County Committee and Associate Superintendent, Administrative Services

Santa Barbara County Education Office
4400 Cathedral Oaks Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93160

(805) 964-4710. ext. 5700

For your information: Frequently Asked Questions


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