The Riverside County Office of Education is comprised of three components: the elected County Superintendent of Schools, who serves a four year term of office; the seven elected members of the County Board of Education, who also serve four year terms of office; and the entire body of employees in the organization—all of whom are employed directly by the County Superintendent.
RCOE, as we are often referred to, has been serving students throughout Riverside County for more than 115 years. With 431,000 students, we’re California’s fourth largest county office of education.
RCOE has a long-standing tradition of excellence and a reputation for extraordinary service that ranges far and wide in our field. The destiny of this office is to become a world-class leader in support of public education, ensuring the success of all students in our county. Every employee plays a vital role in the realization of this vision through the work they do here.
There are 23 school districts in Riverside County. These districts vary in size from Desert Center, which serves just over a handful of students to Corona-Norco, with more than 50,000 students.
County offices serve three legally mandated functions. The first is to meet the needs of those students who are outside of the educational programs and services of their local school districts. The second is to work with the local school districts to ensure they are providing students with the best educational programs and services possible and remaining financially solvent in the process. And third is the role of the Board of Education, which is primarily a policy and appellate role. Two other significant roles played by county offices are recognizing student achievement and educator excellence, and providing county-wide educational events that promote a focus on the success of all students.
At RCOE, our approximately 1,657 employees work in one of six service divisions and the Office of the Superintendent. The six divisions are: the Division of Administration and Business Services, the Division of Educational Leadership Services, the Division of Personnel Services, the Division of Student Programs and Services, the Division of Educational Services, and the Division of Children and Family Services. Because the county is so extensive, both of our regional offices (located in Murrieta and Indio) are staffed with employees from a number of these divisions.