BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Harry Doc Ervin, Superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District, is taking a leave of absence after announcing he has been diagnosed with cancer.
In a letter to the community, he wrote, "I have been diagnosed with cancer, and although my heart is with our District as we begin this new school year, under the advice of my medical team, I must take a leave of absence to focus on my health."
He also mentioned in the letter, he will continue to work remotely with the Board of Education, Executive Cabinet, and Senior Leadership Team, but that a majority of the work will be led by Deputy Superintendent Mark Luque.
Ervin ended the letter with a hopeful message. "Thank you for your support and I look forward to returning soon."