El Rancho Unified Superintendent Leaving for Oxnard

Superintendent Karling Aguilera-Fort has announced he’s leaving the troubled El Rancho Unified School District. Aguilera-Fort will assume the superintendent’s position for the Oxnard School District pending finalization on June 19.

“Aguilera-Fort’s selection follows an extensive search that brought an excellent field of 16 highly-qualified candidates, including 5 superintendents,” OSD said in a statement. “The Board of Education’s decision reflects input gathered from stakeholder groups in the District regarding the qualities desired in Oxnard School District's next leader.”

OSD Board President Veronica Robles-Solis praised his strong work ethic and “deep commitment to educational excellence, equity and service and his track record of improving school achievement, expertise in bilingual education and special education.”

The Whittier Daily News discusses some of the problems Aguilera-Fort will be leaving behind in Pico Rivera.

The Los Angeles County Office of Education has requested a state forensic audit of the district’s $200 million Measure ER school building program because of possible fraud or other illegal money practices surrounding the bond program. The controversial firm managing the project, HPLE Inc., resigned from the jobshortly after news of the investigation broke.

Meanwhile, the school board and Aguilera-Fort have faced pushback from teachers, students and parents who banded together to protest a plan to reassign or fire several administrators.

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