County Committee on School District Organization

The County Committee on School District Organization is an independent, 11-member, elected body that is charged by the State to study and make recommendations and decisions on school district reorganization; establishing, rearranging, and abolishing trustee areas; and on changing the number of governing board members. The County Committee's responsibilities include revising its countywide Master Plan for school district organization. An action to reorganize school districts can refer to any one of the following:

  1. Transfer of territory between/among school districts;
  2. School district unification or deunification; 
  3. Dissolution or lapsation of a school district; 
  4. Annexation of all or part of one district to another district;
  5. Establishment/abolishment of trustee areas and increase/decrease in the number of trustees; and 
  6. Formation of new districts of all types from territory of existing districts.

Committee Membership

Committee members serve four-year terms. Members are elected by the voting representatives of each of the 23 school district governing boards as well as the voting representative of the governing board of the community college district. If district representatives fail to elect members to the County Committee, the County Superintendent may appoint the necessary number of members. County Committee terms are staggered so that five or six members are elected in one year with the remainder elected in another year. County Committee members serve without pay.

  • Ten members represent the five San Mateo County supervisorial districts, with two members representing each of the districts
  • One member is at-large
  • Often, individuals most interested in serving on the Committee are past or current school board members
  • School board members are allowed by the CA Education Code to serve in a dual role, as an active school board member and as a CCSDO Committee member 
Name Supervisorial District Term Expires Fall
Dennis McBride At-Large 2021
Greg Dannis District 1 (Dave Pine) 2022
Lynne Esselstein District 1 (Dave Pine) 2022
Colleen You District 2 (Carole Groom) 2021
Melchior Thompson District 2 (Carole Groom) 2021
Rosie Tejada District 3 (Don Horsley) 2022
Virginia Bamford District 3 (Don Horsley) 2022
Hilary Paulson District 4 (Warren Slocum) 2021
Maria Hilton District 4 (Warren Slocum) 2022
George Robinson District 5 (David Canepa) 2021
Bill Lock District 5 (David Canepa) 2022

Meeting Schedule

Committee meetings are held on Mondays, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City unless noted otherwise. Public hearings related to matters before the County Committee are held throughout the county as required by law.  Special meetings may be called by the chairperson or by a quorum of the County Committee.  The meetings are subject to the provisions of the Brown Act.

Resources

Transfer of Territory Handbook 

The County Committee on School District Organization (CCSDO) is charged by the State to study and make recommendations and decisions on school district reorganization. Transferring territory between/among school districts is one type of school district reorganization. The County Committee has developed the Transfer of Territory Handbook to clarify the process for submitting a petition to transfer territory. 

Other Resources

Mefula Fairley

Senior Administrator, Board/Superintendent Support and Community Relations

Email: mfairley@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5553

Fax: (650) 802-5564

Karen Williams

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

Email: kwilliams@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5554