July 21, 2016 – The Bakersfield City School District announced today that Dr. Diane Cox, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, has tendered her resignation effective August 2, 2016. She has accepted the position of Superintendent of Vista Del Mar School District in Santa Barbara County.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served BCSD and worked with such wonderful colleagues, students, and families,” said Dr. Cox. “I am looking forward to leading the instructional work for the district and having a positive impact on the education of the Vista Del Mar students.”
Dr. Cox has been Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at BCSD since 2013. During her tenure, the District has consistently held successful relationships with the labor unions, resulting in positive programs for BCSD, such as the implementation of Professional Learning Communities preparation and planning time for teachers, as well as the recent salary cap change that allows transferring teachers to carry over their experience without losing their current salary status. Dr. Cox was also instrumental in a recent teacher education and preparation partnership with CSU Bakersfield, which allotted a $300,000 grant that will be used to grow the program to expand practice-based training for new K-8 teachers in implementing the state’s math and science standards over the next three years. Prior to BCSD, Dr. Cox held the position of Superintendent at Pioneer Union School District for seven years.
“Dr. Diane Cox has been a valuable member of the Bakersfield City School District who has made significant contributions to the success of our staff, teachers, and students,” said Doc Ervin, BCSD Superintendent. “She will be greatly missed by our team, but we wish her well in her new role and know she will be a great leader for the administration, staff, teachers, and students of Vista Del Mar School District.”
BCSD has initiated a search to fill the position of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. In the interim, Christine Cornejo, Director of Human Resources at BCSD, will take on the duties of this position.