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
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. Kern County Schools will be celebrating with a brand new interactive experience for the Kern County community of students, parents, and employers. With our annual Career Expo canceled this year, we are excited to offer local employers the opportunity to virtually share videos, handouts, and other materials on the new interactive experience web page.
Students and families will be able to watch videos, take quizzes, reach out to employers, and learn more about our region’s career opportunities.
The Kern County Superintendent of Schools has partnered with the Kern Community College District in a CAREER pathways improvement project that will support students enrolling and completing high school to college CAREER pathways. We’ve partnered with Full Capacity Marketing to develop a new outreach program for our communities designed to increase awareness and enroll middle school and high school students into aligned career education pathways. These career pathways are available in all Kern County high schools and the 14 colleges serving our region, including Bakersfield Community College,
Cerro Coso Community College and Taft College.
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.