By Marla Schevker
In a bittersweet farewell, La Tanya Kirk-Carter, BHUSD Business and Facilities Consultant, announced this week she would be leaving the school district for the Inglewood Unified School District. Kirk-Carter will be taking over as the Assistant State Administrator for Business Services and her last day at the BHUSD is Friday.
“I cannot tell you how much this District, the Board, the community and everyone has meant to me and my family over the years that I have been here,” Kirk-Carter said in an e mail to colleagues, Tuesday. “It has been filled with major highs and a few personal lows but everyone has been so very kind to me and mine, BHUSD will forever hold a place in my heart.”
Inglewood Unified School District fell into State Receivership a few weeks ago after California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to keep them from going bankrupt. When this occurs, the school board is removed and a state administrator is appointed to run the district and function as the board on behalf of the State. Kirk-Carter was appointed by the State to head up the Business Division and “help lead the recovery.”
Kirk-Carter came to the BHUSD in September of 2009, tasked with piecing the facilities department back together after the Strategic Concepts staff was fired. She worked under BHUSD Superintendents Jerry Gross, Dick Douglas and now Gary Woods.
BHUSD highlights include the felony convictions of former BHUSD Director of Planning and Facilities Karen Christiansen and former Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard, the Chartwells lunch services contract and the Real Property of the Superintendent Residence.
Kirk-Carter began her career in schools at Inglewood Unified School District in 1986. She will be returning to the BHUSD to handle special projects as requested by the Board of Education.
“The District stood by me, when my ex husband almost died from stent graph infections and with the tragic loss of my brother this summer,” Kirk-Carter said. “In the words of Steve Fenton, ‘I will always bleed Beverly.’”
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