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 Meyers comes as a result of the need to fulfill the unexpired term left by the retirement of Dr. Vicki Barber, who has announced that 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 board requested Meyers to step forward with the appointment being effective through 2014. Meyers, responding to an inquiry from the board, assured members that 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 EDCOE, 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 background as a teacher, beginning his education career at the Sierra Sands Unified School District at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest. 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 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 Meyers has often served as coach and supporter to athletic teams and other activities within the school district.
Gene Rasmussen, president of the County Board of Education, expressed his appreciation for Meyers‘ willingness to assume the county superintendent position. He noted that 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 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 expressed to the board and audience at the Feb. 5 meeting.
Several district superintendents were in attendance at the meeting and all commended the board for its selection of Meyers.
“Jeremy cares about the kids in our community,” said Chris Hoffman, superintendent of the El Dorado Union High School District. “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.”
Vicki Barber noted that all superintendents endorsed Meyers and shared a signed petition from the those superintendents with the board. “Our most important stakeholders are the employees that make education happen for all of our students,” Barber said. “Jeremy enjoys a positive relationship with all employee groups.”
Sean McCartney, director of the Western Slope Boys & Girls Club, and El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini were also present at the meeting to lend their support. D’Agostini told the crowd that he has worked with Meyers on many different occasions and looks forward to continuing the efforts between law enforcement and education to ensure the safety of our students. He noted, “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.”
“I am humbled and overwhelmed by the comments that have been offered and I look forward to continuing our joint efforts of providing high quality education and services,” said Meyers.