Veteran Educator Appointed to Associate Superintendent of District Operations

LOS ANGELES (June 30, 2016) - Dr. Earl R. Perkins, a long-time veteran of L.A. Unified, has been promoted to associate superintendent of District Operations. The nation’s second-largest school district counts over 1,000 schools and other facilities in an area that covers more than 700 square miles.

“Dr. Perkins, a proven leader, knows this District from the classroom to the board room. Open to change, he successfully led the transformation of student discipline to emphasize keeping students in school over suspensions,” Superintendent Michelle King said. “When needed, he is willing to push for new methods that deliver better results.”

Expected to start in the new position on July 1, he will be responsible for the following departments and services: Non-Academic Facilities Planning, Leasing and Asset Management; Office of Emergency Services; Interscholastic Athletics Department; Student Discipline Expulsion and Support Unit; Discipline Foundation Policy/Restorative Justice; Office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity; E-Learning multi-media design team; Blackboard Connect external communications system; District Services Center; and the Visitor Management System.

“What is best for students and employees is my highest priority, every day and especially during emergencies or crises. That includes providing the best facilities,” Dr. Perkins said. “My experience as a teacher, principal, and administrator also informs an approach to student discipline that helps young people accept responsibility, learn from consequences, change unacceptable behavior and contribute to a school climate that encourages academic achievement.”

His educational experiences range from elementary school through adult education and include special education and English as a Second Language instruction. Dr. Perkins also has an extensive background with afterschool and Saturday programs that focus on both academic and extracurricular achievement.

He began his career with L.A. Unified nearly 40 years ago, as a music specialist teaching at seven elementary schools. 

In addition, he worked as a teacher, specialist, coach, youth services supervisor, and coordinator at the following schools: Birdie Lee Bright Elementary School, 109th Street Elementary School, Budlong Elementary, Main Street Elementary, Figueroa Elementary, 116th  Street Elementary, West Vernon Elementary, Western Elementary and Foshay Middle School, now known as Foshay Learning Center.

He served as principal and other administrative positions at Los Angeles High School, Fairfax High School, Audubon Middle School, Horace Mann Middle School, Bancroft Middle School, Bret Harte Middle School, Burroughs Middle School and Mid-City Prescott Magnet Span School

He has advanced into a senior leadership position following a series of promotions. In 2006, then-Superintendent Roy Romer promoted Dr. Perkins to assistant superintendent, special projects. He headed the District’s transformational schools, taking on 17 of the lowest performing high schools and 10 middle schools. Two years later, he took on the challenges of his current position, as assistant superintendent of School Operations. During his tenure, school campuses have become safer, and learning has improved. 

Recognized nationally and locally, Dr. Perkins was invited to the White House this summer because of his leadership in implementing President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper program to improve the educational future of Latino and African-American boys, in L.A. Unified.  Also in June, the Los Angeles Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People honored him for: “Helping to make a positive difference in the lives of others.” He received the Youth Council Men of Honor award because “Your achievements are motivators for others.  You are a role model for those yet to achieve and your contributions to society are immeasurable.”

                                                 
Although he is known for working extremely long hours, and on weekends, Dr. Perkins also has been involved in community and education leadership organizations for years. He has served as past president of the Council of Black Administrators, Multi-Cultural Coalition, the Association of California School Administrators and other groups. He is a devoted member of the Brookins Community African Methodist Episcopal Church.

His contract runs through June 30, 2018.                   

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Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766