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. 2023 
    • Terry Hickey Banks Term expires: Dec. 2026

    Second Supervisorial District 

    • Nancy Harter Term expires: Dec. 2025 
    • Steve Minjarez Term expires: Dec. 2023

    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. 2023  
    • Juanita Gutierrez-Nichols  Term expires: Dec. 2026


    • Steve Straight Term expires: Dec. 2025                                         
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  • 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


    February 13, 2023 - Cancelled
    Agenda | Minutes |  

    April 10, 2023 -        Cancelled  
    Agenda | Minutes |  

    September 11, 2023 - Regular Meeting
    Agenda | Minutes |  

    December 11, 2023 - Annual Organizational Meeting
    Agenda | Minutes |  

    Please call in advance in the event that a meeting is cancelled due to lack of agenda items.

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



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