Within Our Scope of Influence
It takes more than books and classrooms to provide children with a good education. It takes educators who are willing to invest themselves in our children's future. Like any other large organization, our schools require leadership, business, financial, professional development, and technological resources to operate efficiently and effectively.
Established more than 150 years ago by California's Constitution, the Shasta County Office of Education (SCOE) provides vital resources to support the county's twenty five school districts, community college, state universities, and many businesses and organizations. Together, we work to give all of Shasta County's students entrusted to us, from birth through grade twelve, the tools they need to succeed in life.
SCOE ensures that all Shasta County school districts are fiscally responsible, providing financial oversight, accounting and payroll services, and other tools to ensure financial stability.
It would not be cost effective for each school district alone to acquire the many services needed to operate. That's why SCOE provides to many districts a single source for an array of business, technology, professional development, credentialing, curriculum and instruction, employee recruitment, and support services. SCOE provides teacher, administrator, and instructional support services to improve teaching and learning in the classroom and increase achievement for all students.
SCOE also serves as the connection between our schools and the state and federal governments. Every year new laws are passed, new programs are mandated, and old programs are phased out. SCOE monitors changes in legislation and offers its staff as a resource to inform and train district administrators so that they stay current with changing laws that affect education.
In addition to the many services provided for local school districts, SCOE provides direct services to students through early childhood programs, special education, alternative education for at-risk students, after school programs, and independent study.
Beyond Our Scope of Influence
Although the Shasta County Office of Education provides for oversight in areas such as those listed above, the Shasta County Superintendent of Schools and the Shasta County Board of Education do not govern school districts in Shasta County. Each district has its own school board and superintendent who employ their staff and administer the education of students. Complaints or concerns related to a school, whether it be in regards to staff, educational programs, or extra-curricular activities are under the direct authority of the superintendent of the school district. Concerns with the superintendent are directed to the district school board of the particular district. Although as the Shasta County Office of Education, we are more than happy to provide assistance and clarity on processes necessary to help facilitate agreement and understanding.