BCSD Appoints New Superintendent

March 29, 2016 – After conducting an extensive nationwide search, the Board of Education of the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) is pleased to announce they have appointed, Mr. Harry Doc Ervin as the District’s new Superintendent. The employment agreement with Mr. Ervin, effective July 1, 2016, was approved at the March 29, 2016 Board Meeting. Mr. Ervin and his family were welcomed during the board meeting by a packed house made up of District and community members, which was followed by a reception complete with mariachi.

Mr. Ervin will bring a wealth of experience to the District having served as a classroom teacher, school principal, Assistant Superintendent and currently, Superintendent for the Greenfield Union School District in Monterey County. Having served over 20 years in education, Mr. Ervin has dedicated his career to bringing equity and access to economically disadvantaged students from culturally diverse backgrounds and ensuring that high expectations lead to increasing student achievement for every student, in every classroom, every year.

Prior to Greenfield, Ervin served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Partnerships for Los Angeles Schools for six years where he established key initiatives that resulted in strong gains for all students, outpacing Los Angeles Unified School District and area districts in overall Academic Performance Index growth as measured by the California Standards Tests.

“I am excited about being selected to serve as the next Superintendent for the Bakersfield City School District,” said Ervin. “I look forward to building on the District’s success, and over time, getting to know the people that make BCSD one of the best districts in California.”

Mr. Ervin, who is fluent in Spanish, received both his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and his Master of Science in Education Administration from Alliant International University, and his Administrative Credential from California State University, Fullerton. He is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Ervin is married and has three sons and one daughter.

Mr. Ervin will replace former BCSD Superintendent Robert J. Arias, who resigned from his position last December. Kent Ashworth has been serving as Interim Superintendent of the District since January of this year.

Harry Ervin

Mr. Harry Doc Ervin


Mr. Ervin and his family are greeted for the first time by Bakersfield community members.


Mr. Ervin addresses the crowd that came to welcome him to BCSD.


Mr. Ervin with his family and supporters from Greenfield and Los Angeles.


Migrant Education Program’s Mariachi Sol Juvenil performed during the welcome reception.

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