Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido delivers State of Education address
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY – On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido delivered a State of Education address during a special, education-focused event hosted by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Superintendent Salcido presented on the status of education from the countywide perspective, providing an overview of enrollment and test score trends, and graduation and college-going rates, comparing Santa Barbara County to the state. She provided status updates on student mental health, as well as trends in suspensions, chronic absenteeism, and expulsions. The presentation also touched on the Santa Barbara County Education Office’s efforts to expand access to early childhood education, college & career pathways, Career Technical Education, arts education, and mental health resources, among other areas.
Attended by more than 150 community members, Superintendent Salcido shared plans to host a series of Santa Barbara County Education Office-facilitated Community Conversations in Education. She said potential topics of conversation may include:
· Literacy and dyslexia
· Youth mental health
· Substance abuse
· Impacts of social media and excessive computer screen time
During the event, held at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria, Glenn Morris - President & CEO of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor and Convention Bureau - also provided an update on the chamber’s programs and partnerships in education and workforce development.