By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The Kern High School District board appointed two assistant superintendents to oversee the district's instruction division at a special board meeting Monday.
The school board appointed Brenda Lewis, principal of Foothill High School, as assistant superintendent for instruction; and Dean McGee, principal of West High School, as assistant superintendent of a newly created department named Educational Services and Innovative Programs.
The new appointments -- to take effect at the end of the school year -- are part of district-wide restructuring and plans to counteract impacts of administrative staff cuts in recent years.
Lewis will replace Mike Zulfa, the current assistant superintendent for instruction; and Zulfa will replace Bryon Schaefer as assistant superintendent for personnel.
Schaefer was recently chosen to replace KHSD Superintendent Don Carter, who plans to retire Aug. 1.
"The responsibilities of the District's Instruction Division have increased significantly in the past decade," Carter wrote in a press release.
"The KHSD has during that time grown tremendously with an increase in our enrollment of about 10,000 students and the opening of four new comprehensive schools as well as one continuation school," Carter added.
The district originally planned to divide the responsibilities for the instruction division among two assistant superintendents in 2005 but thwarted the plan because of budget restraints.
Responsibilities of the new assistant superintendent of instruction will include student achievement and accountability oversight, implementation of new benchmarks known as Common Core State Standards, oversight of Common Core-aligned testing and an accountability plan required as part of a new state funding formula.
The instructional role will also include responsibilities in pupil personnel, professional development, instructional and school support services.
The new leader of Educational Services and Innovative Program will oversee the district's special projects, alternative education programs, charter school, special education, online learning and adult education.
The role will also include oversight of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs; the KHSD Regional Occupation Center; information systems and technology; data processing; and attendance.
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Lewis began her educational career in 1988 as a teacher at East Bakersfield High School. She joined the teaching staff at Ridgeview High School in 1994 and became the dean of students at Ridgeview High in 1999. She was named assistant principal of curriculum at Foothill High in 2001 and district director of Program Improvement (a federal system of punitive measures based on student assessment results) in 2005.
Lewis began her role as principal of Foothill High in 2007.
McGee began his career in education in 1987 as a teacher at East Bakersfield High. He began teaching at Stockdale High School in 1992, and was later named acting dean of students at Arvin High School and dean of students at North High School. McGee was appointed assistant principal for administration at Arvin High in 1994 and began oversight of the district's technology task force in 1998.
He was named principal of the KHSD Regional Occupational Center in 2002 and appointed as principal of West High in 2005.