Budgetary and specific student issues are governed by the seven-member Kern County Board of Education. Board members are elected to four-year terms by voters of the several geographical regions of the county. Staggered terms of office allow the board to work continuously with the superintendent. The board makes major policy decisions in the areas of budgeting, property acquisition and development. Pupils expelled by a local school district may appeal the expulsion to the county board of education. The board also reviews inter-district transfer appeals. The Kern County Board of Education meets the second Tuesday of each month in room 1A of the City Centre Building, 1300 17th Street – CITY CENTRE, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4533
More than 350 local educators and community partners convened at the Bakersfield Marriott in downtown Bakersfield on October 3 for the inaugural Power of Equity in Education Symposium. The important event was hosted by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office and presented by Dignity Health. This first-of-its-kind local event was developed to inspire and equip participants in strategies, current trends, research, and best practices to ensure that all students are provided with the best opportunity to succeed. Symposium attendees were provided actionable information and resources to help transform their work and create places of vision, hope and opportunity for all students. Two keynote speakers and a lunchtime panel discussion will highlight the day — in between numerous breakout sessions.
Educational equity means all students have access, opportunities, and supports to thrive in school. This requires a systemic, countywide approach, wherein all students are celebrated and valued.
“Factors that are out of our students’ control such as income, zip code, ethnicity, gender, language, and learning ability, should never predict student outcomes,” said Mary C. Barlow, Kern County Superintendent of Schools.
Beginning with its September regular Board meeting, the Kern County Board of Education has returned to an in-person meeting format. Members of the public wishing to comment on matters within the Board's jurisdiction will need to attend the meeting in person to do so, at the time and place stated on the meeting agenda. The agenda can be accessed at www.kern.org
The Board in the future may need to return to a teleconferencing format as permitted by the Ralph M. Brown Act based on conditions relating to the ongoing pandemic or as otherwise permitted by law. The meeting agendas will clearly indicate whether this is the case.