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Placer superintendent of schools on the June ballot

Gayle Garbolino-Mojica of Roseville and David Swart of Auburn will appear on the June 6 ballot as Placer County Superintendent of Schools candidates. Current superintendent Alfred “Bud” Nobili will not be running.

The superintendent of schools works with the county’s Board of Education, which hears appeals from district boards, like the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, regarding expulsions and school or district transfers. The board also provides services such as special education programming and staff development to districts within the county.

“One of the key responsibilities [superintendents] have is fiscal monitoring to ensure that schools are operating in a fiscally solvent way,” Nobili said.



California’s 58 county superintendents also meet quarterly to discuss regional and statewide issues.

As far as Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is concerned, the county office comes into play for advice and collaboration and to provide services and assistance.



The Placer County Office of Education is currently working with Tahoe Truckee Unified to expand homestudy programs, Nobili said.

“We are OK financially, and we are not a small enough district to get much direct service,” said Tahoe Truckee Unified Superintendent Dennis Williams, who was previously a Plumas County superintendent. “We are relying on the county for program improvement. Both candidates running would need to support us as the only program improvement district in Placer County.”

Age: 36

Residence: Roseville

Occupation: Superintendent, Colfax Elementary School since 2002

Experience: Award-winning teacher in the Western Placer Unified School District (WPUSD) in Lincoln;

Assistant Principal of Creekside Oaks Elementary School in the WPUSD; Program Support Specialist for the WPUSD where she managed various state, federal, and local grants; Principal of the Colfax Elementary School.

Experience as a district superintendent is vital to the position of Placer County Superintendent of Schools. As the only candidate with experience as a district superintendent, I have the skills, knowledge, and background to successfully lead and advocate for students and districts in the county. In my position as a school district superintendent, I am responsible and held accountable for the global operations of a fiscally sound school district.

I commit to the citizens of the county that I will use my education, experience, and fundamental sense of values to support innovative education, improve safety in our schools, increase parental involvement, and commit that the County Office of Education will use our tax dollars in an effective and efficient manner.

Age: 54

Residence: Auburn

Occupation: School improvement consultant, Educational Testing Services

Experience: Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for Auburn Union Elementary School District; Adjunct Faculty, California State University, Sacramento, School of Education; Elementary School Principal, Rock Creek School, Auburn; Elementary School Principal, Meadow View School, Susanville; Vice Principal, McKinley School, Susanville; Teaching Experience at: Lucerne Elementary School, Lucerne; Tahoe Academy, Stateline, NV; South Tahoe Intermediate School, South Tahoe High School, Extended Learning Systems, S. Lake Tahoe; Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

Our schools need strong, experienced leadership with clear vision. I will deliver the high quality educational services that our students, parents and communities need and deserve-without increasing taxes. I have served in public education for over thirty years as a teacher and school administrator. With two children in Placer County Schools, I have a vested interest in leading our schools to excellence.

Working in the private sector as an educational consultant, I currently use my expertise to help schools throughout California and across the United States solve challenges facing education today. My teaching career spans fifteen years at the elementary, middle school, high school and university levels. As principal for nine years, I led our school to achieve recognition as a California Distinguished School. I then served as assistant superintendent for five years.


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