Auld moves up to district HR head

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Auld moves up to district HR headLongtime Burroughs High School educator Bryan Auld will take a new assignment for the upcoming academic year — as assistant superintendent of human resources at Sierra Sands Unified School District.

His move is one of many changes anticipated among next year’s district administrators (see related story, this edition).

The Ridgecrest native returned to his alma mater to teach in 1996. After four years of teaching a variety of special subjects, he was appointed dean of students in 2000, when his focus became student discipline. He was promoted to assistant principal in 2004 and ultimately to principal in 2014.

“While I think each of my previous roles have served me well with regard to professional growth, serving as high school principal is certainly the one position that has prepared me most,” said Auld.

Burroughs is the largest site in the district and, with 160 employees, the largest staff in Sierra Sands. “Being the direct supervisor and site leader of such a large and diverse group of employees has provided significant opportunity for me to grow with regard to matters of personnel.”

Serving on the district’s negotiations team with the California School Employees Association, and then on the district’s negotiating team with Desert Area Teacher’s Association.

“The experiences from these two roles are critical since I will serve as the district’s lead negotiator in my new position.”

Auld said that he is excited about broadening his experience to serve the district. “I am very excited to work again with incoming Superintendent Dr. Dave Ostash and his cabinet.” The pair worked together at Burroughs for many years, he noted, and Ostash’s years as personnel director will also be important guidance for the upcoming learning curve.

“Mostly, however, I am looking forward to working with all of our employees. I believe our people are our greatest asset, and I am excited to support one and all as they help us accomplish our mission.”

Auld, a lifelong resident of the Indian Wells Valley, said that he has always believed strongly in public education and serving his community. “To this point, my career has been dedicated to serving the students, faculty and staff of Burroughs. I have been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing people — both staff and students,” he said.

“I will miss the daily interactions and the relationships built. As such, Burroughs will always be very special to me. However, and thankfully, I am not going far and my new position will require me to visit frequently, so I feel as if I will be able to maintain a connection with the school and the people.”

Auld is married to another local native, Jessica (Silberberg) Auld, and the pair have two high-school-aged daughters.

Story First Published: 2019-02-08