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  1. Midwestern roots, Bakersfield branches

    BY LAUREN FOREMAN Californian staff writer
    Saturday, Sep 20 2014 01:45 PM

    Bryon Schaefer learned to love school and appreciate the importance of a bonded community when, at the age of 16, tragedy thrust him into challenging circumstances.

    His mother died of breast cancer halfway through Schaefer's high school years back in small-town South Dakota. With his father, a long-haul truck driver, out on the road Monday through Friday, Schaefer would have been forced to fend for himself if not for his neighbors.

    Aware of his plight, they would bring him dinner and occasionally check in to see how he was faring -- not that he needed much attention.

    He was a responsible teen who knew what he was up against. The county's child protective services agency might have put him in foster care because he was alone so much of...

  2. KHSD Spanish teacher still teaching after alleged assault

    A Centennial High Spanish teacher arrested Sept. 13 on suspicion of assaulting another man will remain in the classroom for now, according to the Kern High School District. Bakersfield police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said the teacher, Alberto...

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    More KHSD students pass exit exams on first tries

    Slightly more sophomores in the Kern High School District passed required exit exams last school year than in 2012-2013, according to state results released Friday. Eighty-three percent of first-time test-takers in math and 82 percent in...

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    Shafter High principal to retire

    The Kern High School District will consider a new principal at Shafter High School Oct. 6 following the retirement of its current leader. Connie Sack, principal of Shafter High, announced Thursday she will retire as principal at the end...

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    THE GRADE: Taft hazing update, BHS to enclose campus

    COACH'S JOB TBD, TAFT HAZING: The Taft Union High School District plans to determine by the end of this week how long head football coach Jarudd Prosser will remain on leave after reporting a hazing incident earlier this month. Prosser...

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    Aera to help Bakersfield College develop science center

    Aera Energy will donate $500,000 to help Bakersfield College transform a maintenance building into a center for students pursuing science and technology careers, officials plan to announce Wednesday. The contribution is a little more than...

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    Taft High coach, parents decry handling of hazing incident

    The head football coach at Taft Union High School, who was put on paid administrative leave after a hazing incident, complained at a crowded school board meeting Monday night that he's been "stripped of something" he loves for doing the...

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    Record-number of CSUB students start school

    More academic programs at Cal State Bakersfield has, in part, led to increasing fall enrollment at the school this year. The university enrolled a record-breaking 8,850 students by the first day of the 2014 fall quarter Monday. Enrollment,...

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    Students honor victims of 9/11 terrorist attack

    More than 150 ROTC cadets stood in uniform while cadets placed a wreath in front of the Bakersfield High School flagpole Thursday. Students were honoring those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The color guard posted colors...

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    THE GRADE: CSUB povost named president of Cal Poly Pomona

    FIRST WOMAN POMONA PRES: Cal State Bakersfield Provost Soraya Coley will become the first female president of Cal Poly Pomona. Cal State University trustees made the announcement Wednesday, and Coley followed with a conference call with...

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    College Night fair targets foster students

    Bakersfield High School junior Sarah Mans packed a yellow plastic resource bag with college brochures Monday at the 15th annual Kern County College Night. The three-hour-long College Night at Rabobank Convention Center attracted 116...

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    KHSD investigating unauthorized spending

    The Kern High School District is investigating a payroll mistake uncovered earlier this year that led to years of unauthorized spending. That spending includes between $9,150 and $12,750 each year in stipends to coordinators, specialists,...

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    THE GRADE: College Night coming up

    FOSTER STUDENTS TARGETED: Less than 60 percent of emancipated foster youth in California have earned a high school diploma or GED by age 19. More than 70 percent of all California state prison inmates have spent time in the foster care...

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