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Superintendent of Schools Michael West (left) welcomes Gail Osborne (right) to Colusa County Office of Education

Colusa County Superintendent of Schools Michael P. West announced the appointment of Gail Osborne to the Colusa County Office of Education (CCOE) staff.
In her new capacity at CCOE as Assistant Superintendent, Osborne will serve as the leader of Business Services. In this role, she will manage CCOE fiscal activities and operations; as well as, provide accounting and auditing oversight for school districts. West emphasized that Osborne’s focus will be to maintain the fiscal integrity and solvency of CCOE, and that she will serve as the Chief Business Official (CBO) and Risk Manager for the County Office.
According to West, Osborne comes to CCOE with over twenty-two years of business acumen derived from her work in both school districts and a county office of education.
“Gail worked for ten years at Pleasanton Unified School District in Alameda County and for nine years as Director of Accounting in several Sutter County school districts where she gained district insight and fiscal proficiency. Along the way, she came to be considered an expert in school finance, and Gail was sought out by professional associations to present her fiscal approach to their members,” said West.
For the past three years, Osborne has been the Chief Business Official (CBO) for the Sutter County Superintendent of Schools.
“From the outset it would seem that her county office experience would be the main reason I recruited Gail for the position, and don’t get me wrong her business leadership during a very difficult fiscal time is a very impressive part of her resume, but it is her work supporting districts and Boards that sealed the deal,” said West. “Gail is also well known around the state in school business circles because of her participation and activism in several professional associations, including California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).”
West was also pleased that Osborne, a Butte County native, would also bring years of training expertise to Colusa County.
“Gail established and facilitated several CASBO-sponsored CBO training classes, the latest of which is currently preparing future school business leaders in several north state counties, including Colusa County,” said West.
Osborne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance from the University of Phoenix. She also has CASBO CBO Certification and is a graduate of a multi-association sponsored CBO Mentor Program. Osborne is the treasurer for North Valley Schools Insurance Group, the business liaison for the Business and Administrative Steering Committee (BASC) of California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), as well as a current and active member of both CASBO and ACSA.
“With Gail at the helm of CCOE Business Services,” said West. “We will be able to provide comprehensive fiscal guidance to our entire team and to all of our school district partners.” ■

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