Board acts in special meeting one day after superintendent arrested for DUI for second time in less than a year

Taft City School District Superintendent Ron Bryant has been placed on an indefinite paid leave of absence following his arrest for drunk driving.

The District Board of Education voted 4-0 to take the action after meeting in closed session for more than an hour with an attorney for School Legal Service Thursday afternoon.

The meeting was called immediately after word was received Wednesday morning of Bryant's arrest in the early morning hours.

It was Bryant's second arrest for drunk driving in less than a year.

Board Vice President Michael McCormick made the announcement.

The vote was unanimous, McCormick said.

Bryant has not been back to work since his arrest, McCormick said, and will be notified of the board action by the Schools Legal Service Attorney.

Julie Graves, the TCSD director of categorial programs, was appointed acting superintendent.
She has prior experience as superintendent for the Elk Hills School District.

Bryant was arrested by the California Highway Patrol in the vicinity of Enos Lane, Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt told KBAK-29 News in Bakersfield.

Jail booking records show he was booked at 4:52 a.m. and released later in the morning.

Bryant was arrested for DUI in September 2013 and ultimately pleaded no contest to DUI in early March of this year, according to Kern County Superior Court records.