School Superintendent Lisa Gilbert will leave Tehachapi Unified School District at the end of the school year. In July, she will be taking over as Chief Academic Officer for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, where she will be in charge of instructional services.
As Chief Academic Officer, Gilbert will be in charge of curriculum instruction and accountability, migrant education, community childcare, school and community partnerships. She will also serve as a liaison between the district and state and federal agencies.
"It was a very difficult time for me to think about leaving Tehachapi," Gilbert said. "I feel a very strong connection to my district."
Since Gilbert has taken the helm at the TUSD, the district was recognized as a "Model School District" by the Office of Civil Rights, a sub-agency of the U.S. Department of Education, after the district was required in 2011 to address anti-bullying in its schools.
Since then, TUSD has been recognized as a model for other school districts across the state for how it has continued to address bullying in its schools in student outreach assemblies, school ambassadors. Gilbert was recently selected to give a presentation at the California School Board Association Conference on how her district has addressed harassment, bullying, and discrimination.
Mary Graham, president of the TUSD Board of Trustees, said Gilbert will be greatly missed.
"She has brought a great deal of talent and professionalism in all aspects of her job as superintendent," she said. "Needless to say, a void will be left for us all. The contributions she has made are too many to count."
A committee of three board members, including Graham and trustees Tim Traynham and Leonard Evansic have been charged with organizing the selection process for a new superintendent.