Dr. Vicki Barber wants to leave early for continuity and a smooth transition
... On Jan. 8, Barber, 61, announced her retirement, which becomes effective on June 30 of this year, a year before her current term as superintendent is up.
She takes great pride in the special education programs, alternative education options, child development and professional development programs she and teams of staff have built through her five terms of office and she wants to keep them going. That’s one of the main reasons Barber is leaving a little early — she’s planning for continuity and a smooth transition.
“When you get a new superintendent, they bring in a whole new group of people, but our teams are so strong and the programs we offer are high quality, they need to be maintained,” said Barber. “Also, despite the passage of Prop. 30, finances are still a problem, so we need a person who understands both the finances and the programs.”
The County Board of Education requested EDCOE Deputy Superintendent Jeremy Meyers, on Barber’s recommendation, to step forward on July 1 to serve as County Superintendent for the final year of Barber’s term. This decision will receive official approval on Feb. 5 at the County Education Board of Directors meeting.