Scott Kuykendall was elected Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools in November 2018 and sworn into office on January 7, 2019. As Superintendent, he oversees the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) with a staff of 1,100 and a budget of over $261 million. SCOE provides direct instructional programs and support services to the 25 school districts in Stanislaus County. This includes 188 schools and over 109,000 students. The office also provides regional programs and services in a seven-county area.
A graduate of CSU, Stanislaus, Kuykendall began his career in 1994 as a high school teacher. Since that time he has served as vice principal, principal, director at both the district and county level, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Options at SCOE and now Superintendent of Schools.
Kuykendall led the Educational Options Division at SCOE for eight years and has been instrumental in developing innovative programs for both students and adults. He’s been responsible for overseeing all SCOE alternative education schools, including the Stanislaus Military Academy, Valley Charter High School and Come Back Kids, a program offering adults a second chance at a high school diploma. He’s was also responsible for the culinary arts program in Oakdale, the SCOE Preventions Department, School Attendance Review Board, and for many years Yes Entertainment Stage (YES) Company.
As Kuykendall begins his four-year term in office, his vision is to:
- Engage parents through effective outreach and help them prepare their children for school
- Increase the number of county residents with a high school diploma
- Build a training center with the assistance and expertise of business leaders to provide job seekers with skills needed for the many, good-paying jobs that often go unfilled
- Boost the number of college graduates to address shortages in fields including education and health care
Awards and Activities
- ACSA Alternative Education Administrator of the Year – 2017
- Modesto Bee – “Top 20 Under 40” Recipient, January 2006
- Keynote Speaker, The Orestimba Scholarship Community Association dinner, May 2005
- Adjunct Professor, CSU, Stanislaus and Brandman University – Teacher Credentialing Program
- Fullbright Scholarship Recipient, June 1997 – Venezuela Cultural Exchange
- Guest teacher, CSU Stanislaus, HILT (High-Intensity Language Training), Summer 1996
Kuykendall is a member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, California School Boards Association, Knights of Columbus, and Board Chairperson for the Stanislaus Head Start Program. He is a founding member of the Cradle to Career Partnership; CEO of the Education Foundation; Executive Board member of the Association of Stanislaus County School Boards and the Stanislaus Partners in Education (SPIE), and Director of the Stanislaus County Charitable Foundation Board.
Scott resides in Turlock with his wife Alison, and their three sons: Connor, William, and Joseph.