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November 07, 2019


August 16, 2018

El Centro – The Imperial County Office of Education is pleased to announce the hiring of two new managers who will lead various aspects of ICOE’s operations. 


Jeff Sturdevant has been selected as our new Maintenance and Operations Supervisor.  Jeff is a life-long Imperial County resident and has more than 25 years of experience as a state-licensed contractor and business owner in the construction industry.  He has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of project management and job tracking, building and construction codes and regulations, knowledge of the various trades, and employee management.  Sturdevant will supervise the ICOE maintenance workers and custodians on a day-to-day basis.




Juan Verdugo has been selected to fill the position of Facilities Coordinator.  Verdugo has also been a long-time Imperial County resident and has more than 30 years of experience as a city planner, building inspector, project manager, appraiser, and director of economic and community development.  During these roles, Juan has gained knowledge and experience working on State and Federally-funded construction projects.  With extensive knowledge of project management – procurement, bidding, contractor management and regulatory reporting; Verdugo will be a valuable asset to the ICOE team.  He will work closely with Wendy Rangel, ICOE’s Facilities Manager on project planning, management and reporting.


 Imperial County Teacher of the Year Nominee


Imperial County – Based upon Imperial County’s student enrollment of 37,000 for grades Kinder through 12th grade, the Imperial County Office of Education can nominate one local teacher to the California Department of Education to be considered for the California Teacher of the Year Program. 


Third grade teacher, Leah Buchanan, has been selected as ICOE’s nominee for this year. 


Ms. Buchanan has taught for a total of 12 years, with the last 6 years at the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District which is on the Quechan Tribe Reservation in Winterhaven, California.  Recently, Ms. Buchanan was also recognized as a teacher of the year by the SPVUSD for the annual Association of California School Administrators dinner this past May. 


If selected as one of the California’s Teachers of the Year, Ms. Buchanan would be showcased as a shining example of the over 300,000 teachers in the state!


Annually, the CDE selects five teachers to serve as California’s Teachers of the Year from the nominations they receive from county offices of education throughout the state. 


In Imperial County, a committee is tasked with recommending a single nominee to represent the outstanding work of Imperial County teachers from the nominations received from school districts.

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