County Superintendent Sworn in for Third Term
County Superintendent Steven D. Herrington took the oath of office for his third term on Monday, Jan. 7. Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Andy Wick administered the Oath of Office to Dr. Herrington in the SCOE boardroom.
The county superintendent is elected by the voters of Sonoma County every four years. The Superintendent provides leadership, support, and state-designated fiscal and program oversight for the county's 40 school districts and their more than 71,000 students. During his first two terms, Superintendent Herrington has:
- led innovative efforts in maker education, a form of hands-on learning;
- addressed the teacher shortage through the creation of the North Coast School of Education and a state of the art teacher training facility;
- oversen the county's successful implementation of a new state funding formula and accountability system for schools; and moved the county's alternative education program out of a storefront property and into a new, modernized campus.
His goals for his new term include continuing to address the teacher shortage by partnering with housing agencies to build affordable teacher housing; partnering with childcare agencies to build additional early childhood education offerings; and providing more comprehensive support to school districts through a continuous improvement model.
About the Superintendent
Dr. Herrington was elected Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools in 2010. He took office on January 3, 2011, and began a second term in office on January 2, 2015. He is a native Californian who began his career in education as a history teacher. He served as superintendent for three Northern California school districts. In these positions, he gained experience in rural, suburban, and urban settings. He has led educational services for students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Prior to his election, he was superintendent of Windsor Unified School District.