Elizabeth Connolly, principal of Special Services at the El Dorado County Office of Education, has been appointed to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences by Governor Jerry Brown.
Connolly, 58, has worked for EDCOE for 29 years, beginning in 1983 as a program specialist and a school psychologist. She has been principal of Special Services at EDCOE since 2004, overseeing programs for students with severe disabilities. ” I deal with programs for children from infancy to age 22,” said Connolly. “I see kids at all the different stages.”
“I’ve always been involved in my profession at the state level and I conduct trainings for practising educational pyschologists,” said Connolly, a past president of the California Association of School Psychologists, “but this appointment was a pleasant surprise.”
Dr. Vicki Barber, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools said, “We are so very proud of Betty. She has always been an outstanding employee, and it is absolutely no surprise to us that she has been recognized for her hard work and dedication to her field.”
The Board meets all together four times a year, twice in Northern California and twice in Southern California and pays only travel expenses and a $100 per diem.
“We’re trying minimize the cost of getting all of us together, so we also do teleconferencing,” said Connolly. “The most time consuming task is the approval of disciplinary actions recommended against license holders because we get a stack of legal documents to review about every two weeks.” Board members regularly review cases and deliver the final vote on the disciplinary actions. They also track legislation that applies to the licensees and professions they represent and give opinions on it.
Connolly will serve a four-year term after the State Senate approves her appointment.”I don’t know when they might confirm my appointment,” said Connolly, “but I’ve been participating and voting on the Board since August.”
Governor Brown recently signed Senate Bill 1575 which extends the authorization for the Board of Behavioral Sciences until 2017.
Conolly lives in Fair Oaks and has three adult children. In addition to her work as principal and on the CBBS, she is on the Foundation Board of the California Association of School Psychologists.
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