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    BCSD board to appoint new board member

    BY LAUREN FOREMAN The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Apr 24 2015 04:17 PM

    The Bakersfield City School District board will soon appoint a new board member to replace exiting Trustee Bill McDougle. His resignation takes effect April 30.

    The board voted 3-1 Monday to appoint instead of letting voters elect another trustee in a special election, board President Pam Baugher said.

    She gave the dissenting vote and argued $65,000, which is what a special election would cost, is not a lot of money in the context of BCSD's nearly $300 million budget.

    Fred Haynes, another board member, said he can think of "more appropriate" ways to spend the about $65,000. "That money should be spent directly on student education," he added.

    McDougle, who's moving to Oregon, didn't attend the special meeting, held partly to...

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    THE GRADE: What voters think about education

    POLL RESULTS ON K-12 SCHOOLS Most Central Valley participants in a statewide poll gave their neighborhood schools passing grades. Just less than 60 percent of 68 registered voters who participated rated their local schools as good with...

  3. Water usage rises at Kern High School District

    The Kern High School District's water usage rose at almost every school and service site in it from 2012-13 to 2013-14, according to district data released Friday. It increased from 628.6 million gallons to 676.1 million gallons, or 7.6...

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    District director to take reins at Centennial

    Centennial High School will get a new principal next school year. The Kern High School District's Director of Personnel, Dean Juola, will take over where the current principal, Steve Wedel, leaves off July 1. Wedel is retiring June 30,...

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    CSUB Foundation owes students $1 million

    The nonprofit arm of Cal State Bakersfield has, for about two years, been sitting on upward of $1 million donated to the CSUB Foundation for student scholarships, according to the Foundation. The nonprofit foundation receives both...


    BC to give veterans free parking in honor of young soldier

    Military veterans studying at Bakersfield College may be able to park for free on campus this fall with waivers dubbed Mike's Passes. After receiving a monetary gift from Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, Bakersfield College decided to...


    BCSD board to discuss how to fill trustee spot

    The Bakersfield City School District could be short a school board member come May. Longtime board member Bill McDougle, who's moving to Oregon, plans to attend his last board meeting as a trustee April 28, leaving the board to determine...

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    THE GRADE: Teachers approve tentative raises

    BCSD TEACHERS PASS RAISES: Most of the 933 Bakersfield City School District teachers who voted Tuesday on a new contract gave it and the two 3.5 percent raises it comes with an overwhelming yes during voting at Sequoia Middle School. That...


    BCSD teachers to vote on tentative contract Tuesday

    Teachers in the Bakersfield City School District will vote on a 7 percent salary increase Tuesday after months of contract negotiations. The raise would, if teachers and school board members approve it, be implemented as a 3.5 percent...

  10. Local schools work to reduce water use

    Many local schools have already started cutting back on watering campus lawns, but across the Bakersfield area definitive water reduction plans are still in the works. Some districts are further along than others. The Standard School...

  11. BCSD to hold forum on its spending plan tonight

    The Bakersfield City School District will hold a forum Thursday to get community input on a spending accountability plan. BCSD sent a news release announcing the forum Thursday afternoon. The plan, the Local Control and Accountability...


    THE GRADE: Changes to breakfast, and testing news

    OUT WITH THE OLD... Testing in English and math no longer means sitting at a desk with a No. 2 pencil and filling in bubbles marked A, B C and D. Juniors at East, Golden Valley and Liberty high schools started computer-based state testing...

  13. New high school math books on the way

    For the first time in eight years, the Kern High School District is adopting new math textbooks and is now at the point where it wants community input. A KHSD textbook review committee of 20 teachers and nine administrators analyzed texts...

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