New Kern High School District Superintendent announced as Dr. Bryon Schaefer

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - California's largest high school district has announced its new superintendent.

Dr. Bryon Schaefer was announced as the new Kern High School District superintendent.

When Kern High School District (KHSD) Superintendent Dr. Don Carter retires on August 1, he will be replaced by Schaefer, a 26-year District employee with an array of teaching and administrative experience including his current position, KHSD Assistant Superintendent for Personnel.

Schaefer’s selection was announced at the Monday March 3 monthly meeting of the KHSD Board of Trustees. Schaefer will be the 21st Superintendent in the history of the KHSD which was founded in 1893. 

“This Board is confident that we have within our District the administrative excellence to lead the largest 9-12 high school district in California,” said Board President Chad Vegas. “It was obvious to this Board that we needed the next Superintendent to hit the ground running,” Vegas added. “All of our candidates had extensive experience at every level of the District’s operation, a full understanding of a vast, complex organization, and a proven track record establishing and maintaining relationships with staff, parents and the community essential to District success. ”

Schaefer has held several District administrative positions in the past 13 years including being the top administrator in two different divisions. Before he was, in 2011, named Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Schaefer served for one year as Assistant Superintendent for Business. 

Schaefer began his career with the KHSD in 1987 as a math teacher at East Bakersfield High School. In 1991, Schaefer moved to Stockdale High to teach the same subject. A year later Schaefer was appointed to his first administrative position, Dean of Students at North High. Thereafter, Schaefer was named North High’s Assistant Principal of Administration (1993), and Assistant Principal of Instruction (1995). Schaefer was promoted to Principal of North High in 1998, the position he held until being named Assistant Superintendent of Business in 2010.

Schaefer earned his doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of Laverne in 2009. He earned his Masters’ Degree in Educational Administration from California State University Bakersfield in 1989 and his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of South Dakota in 1985.

Schaefer’s additional educational experience includes serving as an adjunct instructor for the Point Loma Nazarene University campus in Bakersfield.

The Kern High School District board of trustees held a special meeting last month  to replace Carter.

Members of the Dolores Huerta Foundation protested the board meeting last month saying that they wanted the search widened. 

"This is the time for change," said Ruth Garcia, a parent. "I would like to see you guys to the right thing and allow this superintended to be picked fin an open search that would allow the best talent."

Schaefer, a Bakersfield native, will oversee more than 20 schools for the district.

Schaefer will officially take office on August 2, 2014.

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