SCOE Names Former Modesto Bee Building in Honor of Retiring Superintendent Tom Changnon




For Immediate Release – November 19, 2018

Contacts:         Susan Rich, Assistant Superintendent, 238-1708

                         Cynthia Fenech, Communications Coordinator, 238-1704

SCOE Names Former Modesto Bee Building in Honor of Retiring Superintendent Tom Changnon

At its meeting on Tuesday, November 13, the Stanislaus County Board of Education decided unanimously to name the former Modesto Bee building in honor of retiring Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon. In October, SCOE sought community input to name the downtown office and received 61 nominations – 40 of which were for Changnon.  The facility, located at 1325 H Street in downtown Modesto, will be called the Tom Changnon Education Center.

Changnon began his teaching career in 1975 at Fremont High School and shortly after moved to the Central Valley to begin teaching at Beyer High School. Although he enjoyed the classroom, he eventually entered the field of school administration and since 2007, has served as Stanislaus County’s Superintendent of Schools. During his 12 years in office, Changnon has championed Civics Education, Character Development, Parent Involvement and Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. He knows that providing options for all students is critical, as shown in the equal value he places on college and career prep programs. Changnon’s last official day is January 4, 2019. The newly-elected County Superintendent of Schools, Scott Kuykendall, will be sworn in at a reception hosted by the County Board of Supervisors on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Last year, SCOE purchased the building, and various training/certification programs are currently offered at this site, with more planned. VOLT (Valley Occupational Learning and Technology) Institute is running certification programs for in-demand positions with local employers. SCOE also has career-technical education programs in the building, such as the Northern California Construction Trades program.  The facility is currently being renovated to accommodate the Child & Family Services Division and the Educational Options Division of the County Office.