The Riverside Country Board of Education is comprised of seven members who each represent one of seven trustee areas. Voters in each respective area elect their board member to a four-year term, and these four-year terms are staggered to ensure continuity on the Board.
The Board meets once a month to carry out their responsibilities, including such matters as approving the annual county office of education budget and acting as the appeal board for various district issues such as student expulsion and transfers, to name a few.
The collective goal of the Riverside County Board of Education is to provide a “collaborative organization characterized by the highest quality employees providing leadership, programs and services to school districts, schools and students countywide in order to ensure the success of all students.”
As the Riverside County Board of Education moves towards their June 5th election day, the seat representing Menifee area schools is up for appointment.
Two candidates, current Board member Bruce Dennis, and Bill Gould, are vying for the seat to represent Area 4, which includes Menifee, Hemet, Nuview, Romoland, Perris High School, Perris Elementary, Romoland, and San Jacinto school districts.
Family: The education arena is a parallel interest in the Dennis household. Robin Dennis, his wife of 31 years, is a retired middle school teacher and his daughter, Sarah, is an associate professor at Palomar Community College.
Current Profession: Postmaster for the United States Postal Service in Walnut, California.
Education: Dennis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Financial Management, from California State University Fullerton and a Masters in Boardsmanship from the California School Boards Association.
Community Involvement: He has held a past President position of the Rotary Club as well as Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.
He has been involved with the Delegate Assembly, Policy Platform Committee, and the Small School District Committee for California School Boards Association.
Prior offices held: Dennis has 13 years experience as a member on the Nuview Union school board, of which he has been President four times. He has also held the position of Federal Government Relations Chair for the National School Boards Association.
From 2002 to 2007 Dennis was a member of the Board of Directors for Riverside County School Boards Association and in 2005 he held the title of President.
Campaign website: Bruce Dennis
William “Bill” Gould
Family: Like Dennis, the Gould family has a vested interest in education. Bill is married to Jeney Kingsbury Gould who has worked for the Murrieta Unified School District for five years. Their daughter, Apryl Gould is an honor roll 6th grader at Hans Christensen Middle School.
Current Profession: Bill Gould is the Vice President of the family business, Full Value Property Management based in Murrieta.
Education: Gould holds a Masters in Governance from CSBA.
Community Involvement: He is a current member of the City of Menifee Trails Committee. He has been a member of Joey’s Pals non-profit organization, the Arts Council of Temecula Valley, the City of Temecula Youth Master Plan Committee, and the Helping Americas Youth of Temecula, which was a White House initiative, led by Laure Bush.
He also founded and directed the Temecula Music Fest, an annual youth oriented music event.
Prior offices held: From 2007 to 2011 Gould held a board member position at Romoland School District and is currently the President of Hans Christensen Middle School Site Council.
Campaign website: Bill Gould
For a full list of each candidate’s endorsements, please visit their respective campaign websites.