Karling Aguilera-Fort Selected as Finalist for Oxnard School District Superintendent
[OXNARD, CA] – The Oxnard School District Board of Education is pleased to announce that Karling Aguilera-Fort has been selected as the finalist for the position of Superintendent pending a site validation visit and contract approval. It is anticipated that Aguilera-Fort’s appointment will occur at the Board of Education meeting on June 19, 2019.
Currently, Aguilera-Fort is the Superintendent of the El Rancho Unified School District, a district of approximately 8,600 students, which he has led for the past two years. He was formerly the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education at San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and also previously served as the Assistant Superintendent of Learning Support & Equity and the Assistant Superintendent of the Zone Mission District, K-12 at SFUSD. Aguilera-Fort has served as a bilingual special education teacher, assistant principal and principal during his almost three decades of service in public education.
Aguilera-Fort’s selection follows an extensive search that brought an excellent field of 16 highly-qualified candidates, including 5 superintendents. 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.
“Karling’s deep commitment to educational excellence, equity and service and his track record of improving school achievement, expertise in bilingual education and special education will serve our District well," said Oxnard School District Board President Veronica Robles-Solis. "His strong work ethic, passion, skills and ability to develop trust and meaningful relationships with all of the District’s stakeholders makes him an excellent match for the Oxnard School District."
"I am thrilled to join the Oxnard School District community. I look forward to continuing the innovative and standard-setting work that is already taking place throughout the District and doing my part to support the Oxnard School District team in advancing student achievement across the board,” said Aguilera-Fort. “I am excited to meet the educators, staff, and families that drive this community, and am very grateful to the Board of Education for giving me this opportunity to serve.”
In 2016, Aguilera-Fort received the National Education Award for Excellence and Equity from the Niroga Institute. The award is given for narrowing the achievement gap and supporting social and emotional learning. Aguilera-Fort was selected for his demonstrated advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged students and his tremendous success in implementing inclusive practices for students with special education needs, his support of English Learners and differentiated instruction for students from diverse backgrounds and learning styles.