May 25, 2016 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) is pleased to announce that Mr. Mark Luque has been appointed as the new Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Mr. Luque will assist the Superintendent of BCSD by directing, overseeing, administering, and being accountable for the delivery of academic programs and instructional strategies to increase student achievement districtwide. He will begin his new role on June 1st.
Mr. Luque brings 18 years of experience in education to this position, including 11 years in administrative roles. In his most recent role, he served as Director of Curriculum and Standards at BCSD, where he was instrumental in the development and execution of professional development initiatives for teachers and administrators in an effort to increase student achievement.
Mr. Luque began his career in education as an elementary school teacher at Valle Vista and Morningside Elementary Schools for the Delano Union School District in Delano, California. After six years in the classroom, he wanted to make a greater impact in the education of students in the central valley and took on administrative roles in an effort to affect change at a larger scale. He served as Vice Principal, Principal, and Director of Academics for the same District in Delano.
During his tenure as principal of Albany Park Elementary, his school was the only one in the Delano community to exceed the benchmarks for success under what was then known as the No Child Left Behind Act. Under his leadership, the school also received Honorable Mention for Title I Academic Achievement by the California Department of Education, and was selected as a Star School by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). Mr. Luque then continued his growth in administrative leadership at Delano Union School District and served as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for two years, where he led the district in its transition to developing common core standards curriculum.
“We at BCSD are pleased that Mark will be taking on the role of Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, particularly as he is an alumnus himself. Among the notable attributes he brings to this position, he’s demonstrated a dedicated commitment to raising student achievement at BCSD,” said Mr. Doc Ervin, incoming Superintendent of BCSD.
As the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Mr. Luque will be responsible for developing and implementing the District’s instructional improvement plans for student academic achievement. He will be charged with using in-depth knowledge of multiple academic disciplines to identify and evaluate high impact issues, and provide strategy and direction to multiple departments and major functional areas in an effort to develop short and long-term objectives for student success.
“I sat in the same seats that the students of BCSD sit in today and I understand the challenges, both academically and socially, that our students face each day,” said Mr. Luque. “It is my goal to create the conditions for success across the school district to continue to foster a collaborative culture where students, parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff work together to implement the structures to support students in achieving the academic success that I had as a student of BCSD.”
Mr. Luque received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from San Diego State University, and both his Multi-Subject Credential and Master in Education from California State University Bakersfield (CSUB). He has served as an adjunct faculty at CSUB in the areas of Science and Mathematics. He is also very active in his community where he supports the local efforts of the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Association of Kern County. Mr. Luque attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School and Sierra Junior High School at BCSD.