Four candidates run for Bakersfield City School Board, Area 5

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Area 5 is spread through eastern and southern Bakersfield.
Truxtun Avenue is in its left most corner and East White Lane is in the bottom right.

It includes seven of the district’s 44 campuses. There are four candidates running to represent this part of the bakersfield city school district. One is Shannon Zimmerman. She worked as a teacher and a tech coordinator at pond school in Wasco for 15 years.

She’s working towards a masters in educational tech, and has worked for many years to integrate tech into schools. Aside from classes – she’s a teacher on special assignment for BCSD – supporting teachers and staff with distanced learning. She’s also an engineering STEAM specialist at the Castle STEAM Academy. One of her priorities is to integrate STEAM – science, tech, engineering, arts, and math – into the core curriculum.

Up against her is Bethany Bachman. She’s a full-time mom, and spends most of her free time volunteering for the bakersfield city school district. She says unlike other candidates – she can dedicate all her time to being a board member, without the strain of a full time job.

Bachman started with the harris booster club in 2010, where she organized fundraisers and family activities for harris elementary in bakersfield. She’s involved in many BCSD parent groups including parents as leaders and the family community engagement department.

Bachman has been elected twice as chairperson for the district advisory committee. She says the district has already accomplished great things, but has a long way to go. She specifically wants to see strides in school safety, social and emotional learning, and parent engagement.

The third candidate is Brooke Malley Ault. She graduated from CSUB with a masters in school counseling and has a career in education that started in 2009. That’s the year she taught us history at Chipman Junior High for six years.

She later moved to Mira Monte High School – where she started as a social studies teacher and eventually became a counselor. Malley Ault says her priorities as board member include redirecting resources to benefit students and bringing back social workers on campus.

Area 5’s final candidate is Ian Journey. Journey has worked in contracting and engineering for the past eight years. He currently works as a consultant mechanical engineer which involves consulting architects on designing educational facilities. He also volunteers with casa of kern for the last year and a half – where he advocates for abused and neglected children in court.

He says he sees the board’s inefficiencies and wants to bring a parent’s voice onto the board.

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