Menifee: Breakdown of Candidates Campaigning for Riverside County Board of Education, Area 4 Seat

The Riverside Country Board of Education is comprised of seven members who each represent one of sev...

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.

Bruce Dennis

Bruce Dennis currently holds the Area 4 Board Member position and is campaigning for reelection for the consecutive four-year term. Dennis was unanimously appointed to fill the position in June of 2011 when Betty Gibbel retired.

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