BCSD Board of Education Appoints New Trustee

February 7, 2017 – The Board of Education of the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Russ Shuppert as Board Trustee representing Trustee Area Four. Mr. Shuppert took the Oath of Office during a special Board meeting held on February 6. Trustees voted unanimously to approve Mr. Shuppert after he completed an extensive application process and interview with members of the Board. He is filling the Board seat previously held by former Board Member Andrae Gonzales, who resigned in December 2016 as a result of being elected to the Bakersfield City Council in November. Mr. Shuppert will serve the remainder of the term, which will end in November of 2018.

“Yesterday we welcomed Russ Shuppert to join us on the Board of Trustees,” said Ms. Lillian Tafoya, BCSD Board of Education President. “I feel confident that his experience, skills, commitment to student success, and advocacy for public education will make him a contributing and valued team member.”

Mr. Shuppert is currently a Social Studies teacher and the Testing and Truancy Coordinator at East Bakersfield High School. He has two decades of experience in education, beginning as a substitute teacher and then classroom teacher at several districts throughout California, until he joined the Kern High School District, where he has taught since 2009. Mr. Shuppert has also taught adult school classes at Bakersfield Adult School and court ordered classes at Lerdo Detention Center in the past. He has administrative experience as well, as an Assistant Dean and Activities Director, as well as serving on several administrative committees.

“I enjoy working with kids on a daily basis and accept the challenge of trying to improve the way schools operate with regards to improving student learning,” said Mr. Shuppert. “I have a young son and another child on the way, and they both will become BCSD students. I am excited about being involved in the work that will help the education of not only my children, but the children that live in my community as well.”

Mr. Shuppert is a native of East Bakersfield, having attended school at Edison, Arvin and Kern High School Districts and is an active member in the community. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Teaching Credential from California State University, Chico and received his Administrative Credential in May, 2011.

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Trustees voted unanimously to approve Mr. Shuppert.


Mr. Shuppert takes the oath of office.



Superintendent Doc Ervin and Board members Pam Baugher, Lillian Tafoya, Dr. Fred L. Haynes, Dr. Raymond J. Gonzales, and Russ Shuppert.

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