New Superintendent Hired by School Board

Veteran Educator to Head School District

LEBEC (June 3, 2010, 8 p.m.)—It has been confirmed late today that Katherine (Katie) Kleier of Bakersfield has been signed to the job of superintendent by the El Tejon Unified School District Board of Trustees. Below is a statement from the district.

Katherine (Katie) Kleier, an educator with more than 30 years of classroom and school management experience, has been named superintendent of El Tejon Unified School District. Her appointment is effective July 1.

“We have reviewed numerous candidates and done an exhaustive search in recent months,” said El Tejon School Board President Anita Anderson. “We believe we have found a person whose instructional strengths and management background will relate well to our students, staff and community.”

More than 1,212 students attend the El Tejon Unified School District which consists of Frazier Park elementary school, El Tejon middle school, Frazier Mountain High School, a Continuation High School and the Pine Mountain Learning Center (a charter school).

Kleier presently serves as Director of Instruction for the Kern High School District, which consists of 18 comprehensive high schools serving 36,000 students. In this capacity she is responsible for the coordination of instructional materials for the entire district. Her responsibilities also include oversight of Kern High’s guidance program, coordinating with the numerous department chairs and subject area professional development activities.

She serves as liaison to the Kern County Superintendent of Schools’ Curriculum Advisory Committee and assists in the organization and execution of Kern County College Night. She also serves on the Kern County Science Foundation which sponsors the annual Kern County Science Fair.

In addition she works on curriculum matters with Kern’s numerous elementary districts that feed into the Kern High district.
Other assignments during her Kern High career include serving as Kern High’s Director, Professional Development, Assistant Principal Instruction at Highland High School and Dean of Students at Ridgeview High School.

She joined Kern High as an English teacher. Prior to joining Kern High, Kleier served as an Education Specialist for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. In this capacity, she developed individualized curriculum for incarcerated youth. This required her to coordinate with faculty, non-teaching staff and the probation department to establish goals that effectively reach and educate this at-risk population.

Kleier holds a bachelor and two master’s degrees from California State University, Bakersfield.

Her community involvement includes helping raise funds to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). To date more than $500,000 has been raised to help ALS patients in Kern County. She is past president Junior League of Bakersfield and board member, Kern Child Abuse Prevention Council, which works to prevent child abuse and neglect.

This is part of the May 28, 2010 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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