Meyers tapped to succeed retiring El Dorado County schools superintendent

By: Staff report
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At a regularly scheduled meeting of the El Dorado County Board of Education held Feb. 5, the Board of Trustees appointed Jeremy Meyers to the County Superintendent position, effective July 1, 2013. The appointment of Jeremy Meyers comes as a result of the need to fulfill the unexpired term left by the retirement of Dr. Vicki Barber.

Barber has announced she plans on retiring from her position effective June 30, 2013.

Under Education Code and Board policies, the County Board of Education has the responsibility and authority to appoint the County Superintendent in the case of an uncompleted term. The County Board requested Meyers step forward to serve as County Superintendent with the appointment being effective through 2014. Meyers, responding to an inquiry from the board, indicated he had every intention of running for the seat at the primary election which will be held in June 2014 and if needed, the general election in November 2014.

Meyers currently serves as Deputy Superintendent at the El Dorado County Office of Education and has been employed with EDCOE since 2004. In the past nine years, Meyers has also served as Associate Superintendent for Educational Services and Information Technology, Executive Director for Human Resources and Information Technology, and Executive Director for Charter Community School and Extended Day.

Prior to joining the county’s office of education, Meyers was Assistant Superintendent for the Black Oak Mine Unified School District, where he had also been in positions of Principal and Assistant Principal at Golden Sierra High School. Meyers also has a rich background as a teacher, beginning his education career at the Sierra Sands Unified School District at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, California. He was selected as Teacher of the Year during his time at the Sierra Sands Unified School District. He has also taught at the Community College level.

Meyers completed his B.A. at Sonoma State University and a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. His Administrative Credential program was completed at St. Mary’s College and he holds a Professional Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential and Administrative Services Credential.

Beyond the credentials, degrees, and education positions held, Meyers is tremendously vested in the El Dorado County community. He currently serves on the Western Slope Boys & Girls Club and the El Dorado County Community Foundation boards. He has been accepted into the American Leadership Forum program for 2014. His children have attended schools in the Black Oak Mine Unified School District and Jeremy has often served as coach and supporter to athletic teams and other activities within the District.

Gene Rasmussen, president of the board, expressed his appreciation. He noted the board has worked with Meyers closely for the past three years and has full confidence in his ability to provide the leadership and vision for the office.

“Jeremy has demonstrated the ability and skills to continue a path of ongoing improvement for the County Office,” said Gene Rasmussen. All five Board members added their accolades and expressed their belief that no better candidate could be identified to take over the position.

“I look forward to maintaining Vicki Barber’s legacy of ensuring that the EDCOE continues to be a service organization to children and families, school districts, and our myriad of community partners,” Meyers said to the board and audience at the Feb. 5 meeting.

“Jeremy cares about the kids in our community,” said Chris Hoffman, Superintendent of the El Dorado Union High School District. He added, “Jeremy appreciates the core values and culture that has been built in this county and will work to ensure that we continue to provide quality education to all children and youth.” David Roth, Superintendent of the Buckeye Union School District, commented, “Jeremy understands where we have been, where we are going, and where we should be in the future. He has my total support.”

Kevin Monsma, Superintendent of the Pollock Pines and Silver Fork School Districts, added, “Jeremy Meyers is one of the few educators who is familiar with all of the unique needs, programs, and interests in our education community, from Lake Tahoe to El Dorado Hills, from the Divide to South County, and everything in between.”

Barber said all superintendents had endorsed Meyers for the County Superintendent position and shared a signed petition from the District Superintendents with the board.

“Our most important stakeholders are the employees that make education happen for all of our students. Jeremy enjoys a positive relationship with all employee groups,” she said.

Sean McCartney, Director of the Western Slope Boys & Girls Club, and John D’Agostini, El Dorado County Sheriff, were also present at the board meeting to lend their support.

“Jeremy’s knowledge, experience and commitment to maintain and build the necessary partnerships to ensure the success for El Dorado County schools is a big reason that he has my support,” D’Agostini said.