BCSD Administration Prepares for New School Year

August 1, 2017 – Each year, Bakersfield City School District Principals, Vice-Principals, and Administrators gather a few weeks before the start of the school year for the Administrative Leadership Institute. The three-day event is geared towards preparing and discussing best practices to help support the academic learning and overall success of the students in the District.  This year’s event took place in the gymnasium at Cato Middle School.

During the first day, Doc Ervin welcomed attendees by sharing part of his story and background to help everyone understand his philosophy and approach to making decisions regarding the students in BCSD.  Mark Luque, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and one of the day’s presenters, said, “This is an event that we do every year.  We get together to discuss the goals and strategies of the upcoming school year.  The emphasis on the first day is goals and team-building, and the two days after that will have training and instruction.”

“I am a huge fan of relationship building, and this morning’s session was perfect,” said Dee Dee Harrison, Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement. “We started off the day hearing a little bit of Doc’s story, we found out about how our relationships are important, and what we are focusing on as a district is going to be a great movement.”

One of the main focuses throughout the week was meeting each student’s needs, not only academically, but also socially and emotionally.  Tomas Prieto, Principal at Sierra Middle School, said, “I think they hit the nail on the head with the social-emotional presentation and the emphasis on taking care of the entire child.  We have many challenges as principals to teach our students grade-level standards, and it is important to realize that there are other focuses besides academics that can help to encourage the success of a child.”

The first day of the 2017-2018 school year is Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

Students welcome attendees with smiles and encouraging words.


BCSD Superintendent Doc Ervin welcomes attendees and discusses goals for the new year.

Mark Luque, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, discusses strategies for the new school year.


Attendees engage in a discussion during a team building exercise.

Participants display their ideas during a small group session.

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