Santa Maria Native Appointed as County Superintendent of Schools


Deputy Superintendent of Santa Barbara County Education Office Susan Salcido, was recently appointed to succeed retiring Superintendent Bill Cirone.  Ms. Salcido grew up in Santa Maria, going to Santa Maria-Bonita schools, Santa Maria High School, and then UCSB, where she majored in English and then earned her master’s degree in education.  She began teaching at Dos Pueblos High School, while earning an administrative credential at Cal Lutheran, and subsequently served as assistant principal of San Marcos High School and principal of Santa Barbara Junior High School.


At the Santa Barbara County Education Office, she worked as director of secondary support services, assistant superintendent for instructional services, and then deputy superintendent. In this current position she has been responsible for overseeing all the internal operations of the office, the services provided to the 20 school districts the office serves countywide, partnerships with the business and nonprofit communities, and public communications, as well as providing support and leadership to statewide committees and projects.


She was appointed by the California State Board of Education to serve on the California Practitioner Advisory Board. She represents ACSA Region 13 by serving on the statewide curriculum, instruction, and accountability committee, as well as on the ACSA charter board. She was recently named the ACSA region Administrator of the Year for serving in her capacity at the county education office, and is currently enrolled in the USC doctoral program at the Rossier School of Education, where she is focusing on organization change, leadership, and student equity.


Further information is available by calling the county superintendent’s office at 964-4711.