Mike Lingo retired as Superintendent from the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) in 2011 after serving the District in that role for five years. Upon retirement, school officials, teachers and trustees commented that the community was losing a strong financial leader, a tough negotiator, and someone who cared deeply about local students, schools, and education. He is now enjoying retirement with his spouse Jodi, a retired BCSD teacher.
Lingo was employed by BCSD for more than 40 years in different capacities, a district where he attended Wayside, McKinley, Horace Mann elementary schools and Sierra Junior High School. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Fresno State University, Lingo soon returned to Bakersfield where he began teaching at Horace Mann School, a teaching career that would span two decades. In 1990, he started on an administrative track, first as the Supervisor of Employer-Employee Relations, then Director of Personnel Services in 1995, and Assistant Superintendent of Business Services in 2000. He took over as Superintendent in 2006.
As Superintendent, Lingo was instrumental in the passing of a $100 million bond which has helped to build two new schools and modernize and upgrade schools across the district. Lingo was also very involved in the creation of the BCSD Hall of Fame that recognizes local leaders who have contributed to the excellence of the District and its schools.
As a teacher, Lingo devoted his time and energy to creating classrooms that were rich in learning. As an administrator, he worked diligently to create a school district with schools that had a positive social and learning environment. He always placed the students’ well-being above all else. He never forgot that the children came first, no matter what the circumstances might have been. He was loyal to BCSD and devoted his adult life to striving for excellence.