Dr. Tim Fulenwider
Dr. Tim Fulenwider is the Executive Director of the Instructional Support Services Division in the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD). In his role, Dr. Fulenwider oversees student support programs for over 30,000 Pre-K thru 8th grade students attending the District’s 44 schools in urban Bakersfield. Championing the District’s core value of equity, Dr. Fulenwider leads several District departments including: Extended Learning Programs (ELP), Family and Community Engagement (FACE), Information Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, School Health, Special Education, Student Services, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Youth Services and also coordinates policy revision and development for the Superintendent and Board of Education. Dr. Fulenwider is committed to serving students and families by addressing systems and barriers that traditionally prevent access to quality education for historically underserved populations.
Under his tenure the District has creatively utilized Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars to: reduce suspension and expulsion rates by over 70%; increase student attendance to its highest level ever in the District; increase parent access to school choice; increase student access to visual and performing arts through additional staff and community partnerships; and, facilitate access to health care through three School Wellness Centers that provide case management and basic medical, vision, dental, and mental health services to students within the District free of charge. Currently, Dr. Fulenwider and the District Coordinator for Family and Community Engagement (FACE) are increasing efforts to engage families and communities through an expanded Parent University program and FACE liaisons for every school site.
During his twenty-five year career, Dr. Fulenwider has served as a Director of School Support supervising a third of the District’s principals, served as a principal at both the elementary and middle school levels, served as a vice-principal, and served as a classroom teacher in both elementary and middle school. Dr. Fulenwider and his wife Kimberly, a school psychologist, have two children, Zachary and Sofia. In his spare time Dr. Fulenwider enjoys playing the guitar, listening to music, landscaping with rocks, and cooking.