Outgoing Independence High School Principal Debbie Thompson, seen here speaking at the 2017 class commencement ceremony, will take over as the chief communications officer for the Kern High School District beginning July 1.

Independence and Centennial high schools will have new principals next school year following a shift of several senior-level employees at Kern High School District.

Independence Principal Debbie Thompson will move into the role of chief communications officer for the district. The district opened the position to all current KHSD principals.

Lisa Krch, public information and communications manager for the district, said Thompson was selected for the position because of her combined media and educational experience.

In her new role, Thompson will serve as the KHSD's primary voice.

Thompson has been with KHSD since 1999. She has worked her way up from teacher, working as a counselor, dean, assistant principal and principal before moving to her new position.

Megan Gregor, who previously served as the district's chief communications officer, will take up the reins as the district’s director of instructional services.

Replacing Thompson at Independence will be Centennial Principal Dean Juola.

To replace Juola at Centennial, the Board of Trustees appointed Matt Guinn at a June 4 meeting. Guinn previously worked as the director of business administration for the district.

Replacing Guinn as the new director of business administration will be Kenny Seals, who previously served as the supervising administrator of the district’s Local Control and Eligibility Plan.

One more staffing change will also take place in the high offices of KHSD: Krch has accepted a position as a teacher at the Regional Occupational Center beginning next school year.

She has a masters degree in education and said she is excited to pursue her teaching career.

The district will fill her position at a later date.

All new staff assignments officially begin July 1.

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