Gina Cuclis, a trustee on the Sonoma County Board of Education, has been named president of the California County Boards of Education.

The board represents California’s 58 county boards of education. As president Cuclis also will serve on the board of the California School Boards Association.

“County boards of education’s responsibilities are very different from what school district boards do,” Cuclis said in a statement. “We have unique professional development and advocacy needs. I’m honored to be in a position to help them as we work together serving California’s public school students.”

Cuclis will prioritize training for county board members and increasing participation in the organization, she said in a press release from the Sonoma County Office of Education. She also plans to continue the organization’s legislative priority to create more equitable and sustainable funding for juvenile court and alternative education community schools operated by county offices of education.

Cuclis, who represents the Sonoma Valley, Oakmont, and east Santa Rosa, was first elected to the Sonoma County Board of Education in November 2012.

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