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Divisions Overview


Santa Barbara County Education Office Divisions



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Steve Torres
Associate Superintendent
Administrative Services

Administrative Services is comprised of three departments – Internal Services (IS)Information Technology Services (ITS), and School Business Advisory Services (SBAS) which serve our office as well as school districts.


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Mari Gonzales
Associate Superintendent
Human Resources

Human Resources administers personnel functions, registers credentials for county teachers, and provides assistance to those applying or renewing credential applications. This division also manages a fingerprint records cooperative for school districts for multiple-district substitute teachers, and helps school districts with legal and policy issues relating to school district employment. State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) provides pre-retirement counseling, by appointment, to CalSTRS members.


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Kirsten Escobedo
Associate Superintendent
Special Education

Special Education provides services to students with unique needs.  The programs and services include Early Start, Special Education Preschool, Regional Services, and direct services to districts.