By Richard Bammer
When she heard the governing board’s decision, Lisette Estrella-Henderson was seated in the Solano County Office of Education meeting room.
“It was probably a good thing,” she said Thursday afternoon, then laughed, less than 24 hours after being named the new superintendent of county schools.
“I’m very honored and pleased,” said Estrella-Henderson, for more than five years the associate superintendent for student programs and educational services at SCOE offices in Fairfield. A 32-year career educator, she will replace Jay Speck, who retires Dec. 31.
Estrella-Henderson, who earns $188,600 in her current job, will be sworn in during early January, becoming the first Latina and only the second female of Solano County public schools history, which dates to 1853.