Women Not Wanted in the Kern High Dist.

Concerned Citizen: Hispanic Women

I am very concerned with the messages being sent to the women and girls of Kern County. Last week the largest high school district in California, the Kern High School District, named two white males as assistant superintendent; Assistant Superintendent of Business and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. Now I know this doesn’t sound that bad at first glance, but as a Hispanic woman looking a little closer I have real problems with the message this send to me and my daughters. Did you know that there was a Principal that applied for these positions that had 14 years experience as a Principal, the most experienced Principal in the KHSD. Did you know that this Principal, Blanca Cavazos, is a Hispanic woman who had also been an Assistant Principal and a Dean of Students for many years? Did you know that this Hispanic woman Principal had been moved from Arvin High School to the District office just one year ago to head a task force to improve instruction in the district? Did you know that Blanca Cavazos was named in the Bakersfield Life Magazine in July 2010 as one of “Thirteen People to Watch” in Kern County listing her many accomplishments in Education. Apparently her promotion to a district level position and her accomplishments as an administrator for last 20 years do not meet the needs of this district, want to know who does? Read On….

The point that I would like to make is this, the KHSD Superintendent, Dr. Donald Carter, bypassed this woman, with credentials that meet every requirement of the job, for two white male candidates. Did you know that these men have a combined experience as Principal of less than three years? Mike Zulfa has been Principal at South High School for 18 Months and Scott Cole was named Principal of Arvin High School just 9 months ago when he replaced Blanca Cavazos as she was promoted to the position of Task Force Administrator under the current Associate Superintendent, Joe Thompson.

What do I tell my daughters? I have spent the last 15 years telling them that they can be anything they choose to be as long as they work hard, get good grades, and go to college. Now the very district that is educating them has pretty much said…..”Not Here!….if you are not a white male then you’ll have to go somewhere else to break that glass ceiling.” How do I continue to tell my Hispanic daughters that they have every opportunity to succeed in Kern County when their school district has just shown them that it is not true?

Sincerely, a concerned mother

Silvia Cuevas

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Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Apr 7 at 9:02 AM

oh puuuulease

Ditto says ... on Thursday, Apr 7 at 10:13 AM

I've noticed that Kern County employers have a "Good Ole Boys" mentality. Males are hand picked to move up corporate ladders while similarly educated and qualified women are passed up.

Skeptic says ... on Thursday, Apr 7 at 10:16 AM

I understand what you are saying. But has there been a consistent pattern over the years? Something concrete and objective? Have you asked Dr. Carter for an explanation?

grow up says ... on Thursday, Apr 7 at 11:59 AM

so easy to scream discrimination wheres the proof, maybe the two that were given the job were the best suited for it, which should be the first thing looked at, regardless of race, sex, age...etc.

ben2333 says ... on Thursday, Apr 7 at 12:01 PM

im i minority, i should always be picked first for what i want because im diffrent.

sanya says ... on Thursday, Apr 7 at 12:29 PM

hmmm so your daughters cant live the american dream becuase two people hired into a position happen to be white and male? We have a african american elected president, a women as SOS, movie stars and wrestilers as governors. your children are fine

sue says ... on Thursday, Apr 7 at 12:34 PM

I worked for KHSD for ten years. Well qualified women were consistently passed over, as the "good old boys" hired the up and coming "good old boys." Often, women worked on projects; but, men got the credit.

Stu says ... on Thursday, Apr 7 at 12:42 PM

Well if it makes you feel any better, I have been turned down for free immunizations, low cost health and dental coverage. All because I am a white male that makes a little more than $1000. over the cut off. She doesn't get a job, my kids don't have

Stu says ... on Thursday, Apr 7 at 12:42 PM

insurance. Sounds like an even trade off to me.

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Apr 7 at 2:12 PM

KKK alive and well in Bakersfield! yeeehaw

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Apr 7 at 3:34 PM

idiots that believe its the kkk behind this are alive and well in good ol bako

steve says ... on Friday, Apr 8 at 1:53 PM

That well teach her to allow herself to be featured in Bakersfield Life Magazine

Anonymous says ... on Friday, Apr 8 at 10:09 PM

Look at the Kern County Department of Human Services executive staff. THEY'RE ALL WOMEN! Clearly, KCDHS is bias toward women! What do I tell my two sons? For 15 years, I've been telling them they could be anything! Ridiculous.

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Feb 12 at 6:56 PM

Ask Ms. Cavazos what did she do to her babies daddy back in 1989. She had him convicted of a crime that she committed. Get the transcripts. A all white/hispanic jury convicted this afro-american male for something she did. She screwed his life up.

Anon says ... on Wednesday, Aug 1 at 6:20 PM

Maybe it's too late for my comment, but in every job it is "who you know" that will get you somewhere. It doesn't matter how many credentials you have, it has to do with who your connections are. People will not agree, but it is the truth.

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