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Who runs the OC Department of Education store? – Orange County Register

Orange County Schools Superintendent Al Mijares doesn’t have the keys to the nuclear codes, but he oversees an annual budget of more than $350 million and nearly 1,500 county employees.

The recent embroglio with the unexpected absence of US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was only learned of by the president four days after Austin was taken to the hospital. The public learned of his absence the next day. Later we learned that his absence was due to complications from prostate cancer treatment.

An extended version of this scenario is playing out right here in Orange County with Mijares’ conspicuous absence from Orange County School Board meetings. If one had watched or attended their board meetings over the past year, one would not have seen Superintendent Al Mijares in attendance. A good question to ask is why?

Austin remained in the hospital for two weeks. Mijares hasn’t attended an Orange County School Board meeting in more than a year — not even via Zoom.

It is unclear why Mijares was completely absent from his post for so long – no public statement has been released. However, like the U.S. Department of Defense, the Orange County Department of Education is not a driverless car. Who takes care of the store? We assume an unelected and unaccountable bureaucrat. But how can we be sure?

Mijares’ absence, like Austin’s, raised the question of why a leader with that kind of responsibility didn’t show up. Any other ministry employee would have been fired.

Orange County taxpayers pay Mr. Mijares more than $330,000 a year, plus benefits. His salary is higher than that of every other elected official in the county except the district attorney, and higher than that of every elected official in the state, including Governor Gavin Newsom.

The superintendent’s office oversees the county education department, including employment contracts, district budgets and department spending. The office also manages payroll, legal and tax advice for 28 school districts serving more than 600 schools and approximately 475,000 students, including oversight of the county’s supplemental schools and charter schools.

In Orange County, the superintendent is elected and on the ballot every four years. Mijares was appointed superintendent in 2012 and ran uncontested for the superintendent seat in 2014 and 2018. He was re-elected in 2022 to the nonpartisan position against challenger Stefan Bean, 55% to 45%, almost immediately after which he stopped attending the public. meetings.

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