Kern High School District

Skip to main content
Mobile Menu
Kern High Activities & Athletics
Educational Services and Innovative Programs Division » Special Education » Special Education

Special Education

 KHSD Special Education Department Transition Fair
Special Education Department 


As a single district Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), the Kern High School District is responsible for ensuring high quality special education programs and services at our 18 comprehensive high schools and numerous special education centers to promote the educational success of students with disabilities. We are committed to excellence and believe that all students can learn and become responsible members of our community.


We are excited this year with the services and programs that are available to our students, parents/guardians, teachers, support staff and the community.


KHSD Find My School Link: By clinking on the link below you will be able to find your students school of attendance.


Surrogate Parent: Our department is looking for community members who would be interested in serving as a Surrogate Parent. A Surrogate Parent is a person who is appointed to act in the interests of a student with a disability when that students parent/guardin is unable to make educational decisions. The Surrogate Parent is apart of the students Individualized Education Plan (IEP)Team and works with the school to plan the students Special Education services. If you are interested in becoming a Surrogate Parent please contact Josh Witcher or Brock Shannon at (661) 827- 4529 or by email at


Community Advisory Committee (CAC): During the 2018-2019 school year, the committee will hold multiple meetings. The Community Advisory Committee answers questions and addresses concerns related to the needs of our students. Click here to visit the Community Advisory web page.


New Teacher Trainings: All first and second year teachers are provided with instruction related to Special Education and the Kern High School District. Topics include case management, writing IEPs, understanding assessments and their relationship to student needs, developing transition plans that will best serve our student population, behavior intervention, and TETRIS training which connects student behavior to mental health issues.


Professional Assault Crisis Training (ProACT): Throughout the year, Special Education certificated and classified staff participate in Pro-ACT Training. The purpose of the training is to help staff critically assess a crisis situation and determine the safest response.


ABLE Graduation: The KHSD Special Education Department would like to congratulate the ABLE Class of 2018!!! 


KHSD Softball Tournament: Students and staff participated in the Annual Softball Tournament held at Northwest Baseball Complex. This years winner was the Shafter High School Generals.


RCC Community Advisory Committee Luncheon: RCC held their annual Community Advisory Committee Luncheon. RCC staff had an opportunity to thank the Community Business Partners that provide RCC students the opportunity to gain valuable job skills.


Community Advisory Committee Luncheon: The Kern High School District Special Education CAC (Community Advisory Committee) held a Recognition Luncheon to honor one administrator, one teacher and one support provider who has had an impact on their child and their school community. Nominees came from the CAC members, and then were decided on by a sub-committee. This year the winners were:


  • Lori Toia, Site Administrator for the AIM Center: Lori was chosen because of her advocacy for all of her students, and because she takes time to reach out to parents.
  • Bruce Hubbel, Social Studies Teacher at North High School: Bruce was selected because of the feel of community that he creates at North High, primarily (but not only) through the Game Club that he advises at that campus.
  • Tammy Boen-Padilla, School Mental Health Clinician at Frontier High School: Tammy was selected because of her kindness, talent and persistence in working with some of our most challenging students.


California Special Education Legislative Sharing Day: KHSD Special Education Administrators participated in the California Special Education Legislative Sharing Day that was held at the State Capital in Sacramento, Ca.


Centennial High School Track Meet: Students and staff participated in a variety of Track & Field Events at Centennial High School.


Lozano Smith Staff Training: Attorney Amanda Ruiz over a two day period presented on IEP's, Goal Writing and Transition Planning to Special Education Staff. 


CAPTAIN: CAPTAIN is a multiagency network developed to support the understanding and use of Evidence Based Practices for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder across the state The KHSD CAPTAIN Leadership Team will be providing staff development opportunities to teachers and support staff throughout the year. For additional information on CAPTAIN click here


2017 Transition Fair: The Transition Fair held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Kern Agriculture Pavilion provided families an opportunity to connect with a variety of agencies within the community all under one roof. The fair also gave participating agency representatives an opportunity to connect with each other. Big Thank-You to all of the students, families, staff, community members and agencies that supported the Transition Fair.


The HIRE Luncheon: This years HIRE Luncheon hosted by Mayor Karen Goh at Hodel's honors employers, employees, and individuals who have championed the cause of equal opportunity and independence for people with disabilities in Kern County. Students from the Ruggenberg Career Center helped with the luncheon.








Special Education District Office

5801 Sundale Ave.

Bakersfield, CA 93309

Phone: (661) 827-4529

Fax: (661) 827-3303