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Kern High School Superintendent Don Carter plans to retire at the end of the school year.

The Kern High School District school board Wednesday voted to create a new assistant superintendent position that will blend instructional and business responsibilities.

Don Carter, superintendent of the district, said the decision is a result of efforts to restore administrative positions that were cut during the 2007-08 school year.

He said growing enrollment and an expected increase in state funding allow for the position creation.

"We are a growing district," Carter said. "We're at our all-time high enrollment."

Carter said salary, position title and internal candidate selection priorities have not been determined but that the district's past policy has been to first invite internal candidates.

The new assistant superintendent role is part of a district restructuring that will create a new division, rename the personnel department as human resources and laterally shift Mike Zulfa, assistant superintendent of instruction, to assistant superintendent of human resources. The lateral shift will create a second opening for an assistant superintendent of instruction, which Carter said would be the next hire.

District officials added that the new division could mean additional jobs but no layoffs.