Superintendent’s Message

  • On behalf of the Southern Kern Unified School District Board of Trustees, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year.  The vision of SKUSD is to address the needs of the whole child by teaching them how to communicate, collaborate, critically think, be creative, and develop character that empowers them to be outstanding citizens.

    Our goals center on academic achievement addressing the needs of each individual student, maintaining a healthy school environment that supports the social, emotional and physical needs of every student, and to build a lasting relationship with our families and community members.  With the support of our parents and community, we can develop a passion in our students to be life-long learners.

    Another major focus is to make sure that our students are attending school and classes regularly, as well as participating in extra-curricular activities. We have to lead by example by demonstrating our core values, H.E.A.R.T.S., (Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, Transparency and Safety).  Our job is bigger than mere test scores.  Building healthy relationships between student and teacher leads to a favorable engaging learning environment, high levels of academic success, and improved attendance.

    When students have good attendance, they do better in school.  Good attendance is defined as not missing more than one (1) day of school a month, whether excused or unexcused.  In addition, students who become involved in extra-curricular activities also experience higher academic success!

    I want to thank the teachers, staff, administrators and parents dedicated to the learning of our students.  I look forward to the many successes our students will achieve throughout the year and welcome you to visit our schools.  If you are interested in learning more about board level decisions and activities, join us for a regular board meeting on the 1st or 3rd Wednesday of each month, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the District Office unless otherwise announced.

    Barbara E. Gaines
    Superintendent, SKUSD

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