KHSD names new superintendent

The Kern High School District announces Dr. Bryon Schaefer will replace Don Carter as superintendent.
BAKERSFIELD, CA - The Kern High School District announced who will replace long-time superintendent Don Carter. In January, Carter announced he will be retire in August after serving as superintendent for the past ten years.

Chad Vegas, President of the Kern High School District Board of Trustees, says it was a tight competition, but they're excited with the candidate selected as Carter's successor. Vegas says they selected someone who has great vision for the future of the district.

"In closed session, the motion was made by trustee Batey, seconded by trustee Perry and was carried by a unanimous 5-0 vote to approve the appointment of Dr. Bryon Schaefer as the new superintendent."

Dr. Bryon Schaefer, who has worked for the Kern High School District for the last 29 years, will now oversee some 3,700 employees and 37,000 students as the new superintendent.

"The first thing I want to do is reach out to everyone. I want to work with our principals. I want to work with our community members, our employee groups and just go forward," Schaefer said.

Schaefer has been the district's assistant superintendent for personnel the last four years. He has held several administrative positions, including principal at North High School. It's experience he hopes the district well in the future.

"My goal is to open the lines of communication with everyone and to, hopefully, affirm that the board has made the right choice in the selection of me," Schaefer said.

The Kern High School District is the largest 9-12 high school district in California with 18 comprehensive high schools and other continuation schools. Schaefer will officially take over as superintendent on August 2nd.

Last week, the Dolores Huerta Foundation held a protest at the district office, asking that the internal search for the new superintendent be opened up.
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