• Employee Benefits


About Our Benefits

  • At the Santa Barbara County Education Office, benefits-eligible employees have access to a variety of benefits and opportunities to enhance the quality of their lives. Some of these differ depending on employment as a part-time or full-time employee.  The following is a list of examples of what benefits may be included.  SBCEO employees can login to the Intranet to find more specific information.

    Insurance, Income Protection, and Tax-Savings Plans

    Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans are available to employees who regularly work at least 50% (20 hours) or more.

    • Medical/Vision (PPO)
    • Dental (HMO/PPO)
    • Voluntary life insurance
    • Voluntary accidental death & dismemberment
    • Voluntary long-term disability insurance
    • Voluntary short-term disability - We offer this plan for employees who want coverage for accidents or temporary medical conditions that may keep them out of work. SBCEO does not participate in State Disability Insurance.
    • Voluntary supplemental insurance plans
      • Critical Illness
      • Hospital Protection
      • Personal Accident
      • Personal Cancer
    • Flexible Spending Account
      • Dependent Care Reimbursement
      • Medical Reimbursement
    • 529 college savings plan

    Retirement Readiness

    • CalSTRS
    • CalSTRS Welcome Video
    • CalPERS 
    • CalPERS YouTube Channel
    • 403(b) and 457 retirement savings plans. Take advantage of tax-deferred savings in order to supplement your pension benefits in retirement. SBCEO does not participate in Social Security for regular employees.
    • Retiree health benefits available

    Work-Life Balance

    The paid time off benefits listed below are pro-rated based on the employee’s full-time equivalent (FTE) and calendar. Individual benefits will also be based on position, bargaining unit, length of service, and other applicable factors.

    • Paid vacation for eligible positions
    • Sick leave - 12 days per year, with unlimited accrual
    • Holidays - 14 days per year, based on the Central Office Calendar.  School site calendars vary.

    Membership & Employee Discounts

    Professional Development

    • LinkedIn Learning
    • Classified Employee Professional Growth Program
    • Grant Programs


  • Summer Ellis
    Benefits Manager
    (805) 964-4710, ext. 2211

    Kaitelyn Kelly
    Benefits and Employee Relations Analyst
    (805) 964-4710, ext. 5288