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
The Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) has announced Kern County’s 2020 and 2021 Innovative and Impactful Schools (I2S), recognizing more than two dozen individual campuses for their strategies that have proven successful in helping close the achievement gap and improving school climate. Specifically, the 2020 and 2021 recognitions honored schools for student performance in English Language Arts and Math and for reducing suspensions and chronic absence rates. Schools share their promising practices for the benefit of all students countywide
“In the spirit of continuous improvement and collaboration, schools honored with the I2S designation agree to share their knowledge, experiences, and expertise with others to help enhance the education of all students throughout Kern County,” said Dr. Robin Shive, KCSOS Director of District Collaboration & Innovation. “The idea is not only to identify and celebrate the schools that have created a systemic approach to improving student outcomes but to also share those best practices with other school leaders so we can all learn and grow together.”
The I2S initiative works on a 3-year cycle (2020-2022) based on three pillars of success. The first year in a cycle is related to a specific aspect of academics (2020), the second year focuses on student engagement (2021), and the third year is centered on college and career readiness (2022). New focus areas and performance indicators within the pillars of success are determined every three years.
The 2020 and 2021 focus areas, indicators, and honorees are as follows.
Cycle 1 Academics (2020) Performance or growth in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Schools with the highest average 3-year test scores in ELA and Math and schools with the most growth over three years in ELA and Math were invited to apply.
American Elementary School, Freedom Middle School, and Rosedale Middle School Rosedale Union Elementary School District
Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Downtown Elementary School, and Franklin Elementary School Bakersfield City School District
Ronald Reagan Elementary School, Stockdale Elementary School, and Warren Junior High School Panama Buena Vista Union School District
W.A. Kendrick Elementary School Greenfield Union School District
Fruitvale Junior High School Fruitvale School District
Norris Middle School and Veteran’s Elementary School Norris Union School District
Burroughs High School Sierra Sands Union School District
Robert Kennedy High School, Delano High School, and Cesar E. Chavez High School Delano Joint Union High School District
Frazier Mt. High School Frazier Mt. School District
Liberty High School and Stockdale High School Kern High School District
Midway Elementary School Midway School Elementary School District
McKittrick Elementary School McKittrick Elementary School District
Cycle 2 Student Engagement (2021) Suspension and Chronic Absenteeism Rates Schools with three-year declining percentages of chronic absenteeism and/or suspension rates were invited to apply.
A.M. Thomas Middle School Lost Hills Union School District
Liberty High School Kern High School District
Buena Vista High School Taft Union School District
Sierra Vista Elementary School Arvin Union School District
Morningside Elementary School Delano Elementary School District
Bessie Owens Middle School Bakersfield City School District
Wasco High School Wasco High School District
Morningside Elementary School and Princeton Street Elementary School Delano Elementary School District
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.