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County Superintendent Reider to Retire

Kern County Superintendent of Schools Larry E. Reider recently announced that he will retire June 30, concluding a 44-year career in education, and serving the last 10 years as county superintendent. Reider announced his decision during the regular meeting of the Kern County Board of Education. The Board of Education is expected to name Reider's replacement when it meets this month."

Dr. Reider reads to children a Dr. Seuss favorite.
"There are no words to fully describe the rich and rewarding career I have had in Kern County education. Quite simply, this is because of the wonderful people in Kern," Reider says. "Particularly rewarding has been seeing former students many who overcame obstacles to learning when they came into my classroom become productive and contributing adults." Many of his students entered education and today are working as teachers, principals, and other positions in Bakersfield's schools. Since he became superintendent of schools in 1999, Reider committed himself to helping more children be successful with specific emphasis on reading and being ready to learn when they begin school. He also was committed to expanding the pool of qualified teachers. Through partnerships with private, public, and not-for-profit organizations he helped launch many initiatives to benefit our children. "Ever since his first day in the classroom, he has focused on what's best for our children. He has absolutely no ego and never seeks the spotlight. To him, a good day is one that makes life and learning better for our children. That's one of many reasons why he truly will be missed," said Associate County Superintendent of Schools Christine L. Frazier.

Reider and his wife Sandra, a retired drama and literature teacher, are parents to one adult daughter, Mikhail. He said his retirement plans include staying in Kern County and remaining active in the community.

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