Sierra Sands Board of Education

William Farris,
Board Member

Mr. Farris has lived in Ridgecrest since 1969 and served on the Board of Education from 1984 through 2006 and 2008 to the present. His children and grandchildren have been continuously enrolled in Sierra Sands schools since the early 1980s. For the last couple of decades, he has extended that service by representing Kern and Tulare counties on the board for the California School Boards Association as the Region 12 Director. He is also a director on the Kern County School Boards Association, and serves on the School District Organization Committee for Kern County.


Tim Johnson,
Vice President/Clerk

Mr. Johnson has served on the Board of Education from 2008 through 2012 and 2014 until the present. He serves as Delegate for Region 12 of the California School Boards Association.  He is currently on Active Duty serving as the Assistant Program Execution Officer (Tactical Aircraft) for Integration and Interoperability.   Tim also serves as a unit Commanding Officer and Captain in the Navy Reserve. He has four children, all of whom graduated from Sierra Sands schools.   His wife Barbara is a retired Sierra Sands teacher. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the California School Boards Association Masters in Governance Program
 Phone: 760-977-1167

KR Kurt Rockwell,
Mr. Rockwell was elected to the Board of Education in 2006. He is the Director of the Tactical Weapons Office for the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake and Pt. Mugu, CA. All of his children have attended elementary, middle, and high school at Sierra Sands and are all graduates of Burroughs High School.  Mr. Rockwell is a graduate of the California School Boards Association Masters in Governance Program.
Phone: 760-382-9287
Mike Scott,
Board Member

Mr. Scott was elected to the Board of Education in 1996. He previously served as the DARE officer for our schools during his 34 year career in law enforcement. He achieved the position of Sergeant with the Ridgecrest Police Department, a Lieutenant with the Kern County Sheriff's Office and the Chief of Police with the China Lake Police Department. He recently retired from law enforcement and is now working as a Security Specialist for NAWS China Lake.

Chad Houck
Board Member

Dr. Houck was appointed to the Board of Education in 2020.  He currently works as that Dean of Instruction for Cerro Coso Community College.  Prior to that he was the principal of South Tahoe High School for 3 years, the principal of Mesquite High School for 1 year, and an assistant principal at Burroughs High School for 8 years.  Four of his six children are currently attending schools in the Sierra Sands Unified School District.


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