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Friday, May 16 2014 04:03 PM

KHSD appoints new special education chief

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The Kern High School District school board appointed Sandy Niday, a special education coordinator, to the newly created role of supervising administrator of special education at a special board meeting Friday.

Niday, who formerly worked for Ridgeview High School's special education program, was not available for comment after the meeting Friday, according to KHSD spokesman John Teves.

The appointment -- one of three administrative changes enacted at the KHSD district office Friday -- follows the launch of a KHSD investigation into allegations that special education employees used district vans and other resources to run a private business.

Niday's appointment is the second administrative change in special education that the school board announced this month.

KHSD trustees earlier appointed Patrick Blake, manager of the district special education program, to a school-site position to serve as assistant principal of North High School, in a board meeting May 5.

Blake's position will remain vacant.

Teves explained that a new assistant superintendent position and greater oversight at the assistant superintendent-level will eliminate the need for a manager of special education.

Teves wrote in an email that Dean McGee, the current West High principal, will be "very involved" in overseeing special education next school year as assistant superintendent of educational services and innovative programs.

Niday will start her new KHSD role July 1.

Other new administrators: Board members also appointed Bryan Campoy, dean of students at West High, as attendance accounting administrator; and Mindy Carter, dean of students at Ridgeview High, as assistant principal at Foothill High School.

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