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    Taft elementary schools superintendent resigns

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Thursday, Dec 18 2014 02:57 PM

    Taft City School District Superintendent Ron Bryant resigned his post after pleading no contest to two counts of driving under the influence.

    The school board accepted his resignation Thursday during a special board meeting held at the district office. Bryant's current contract was set to expire June 30, 2016. His resignation will take effect Jan. 31, 2015, board President Les Clark wrote in a statement to the media Thursday.

    "We will continue to move forward to ensure continued educational progress for our students," Clark wrote. He added that Julie Graves, who's been the district's acting superintendent, will continue to fill the role while the district considers its next steps.

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    THE GRADE: New shoes bring big smiles to Greenfield kids

    HAPPY FEET, HAPPY FACES: Tears welled up in the eyes of the Greenfield Union School District superintendent when he talked about a seventh-grader he helped Wednesday morning at a south Payless ShoeSource. Superintendent Chris Crawford had...

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    Taft superintendent 'disappointed' by Oliver mistrial

    Blanca Cavazos, superintendent of the Taft Union High School District, said in a statement Wednesday she was "disappointed" by Tuesday's mistrial in the Kern County Superior Court trial of school shooter Bryan Oliver. "We are disappointed...

  4. KHSD gets record number of Paramount grants

    Classrooms in the Kern High School District won a record 36 grants from a Central Valley school grants program, Paramount Education Programs (PEP) announced Monday. The agriculture business and education collaborative will give KHSD more...

  5. Taft elementary schools supe removed from paid leave

    The Taft City School District took Superintendent Ron Bryant off paid administrative leave Wednesday after the administrator was sentenced a day earlier for driving under the influence of alcohol. The district's school board president,...

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    THE GRADE: More on BCSD pay demands, discipline policy concerns

    BCSD TEACHERS WANT CHANGE: Bakersfield City School District teachers raised more issues Tuesday at a board meeting than could fit in Wednesday's Californian. Dozens of teachers and other union employees criticized district approaches to...

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    BCSD teachers want changes to discipline

    Teachers in the Bakersfield City School District refuted administrator claims Tuesday that an intervention system to replace suspensions and expulsions is working. More than 100 teachers, bus drivers and other union members packed the...

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    Local student to compete in state virtual spelling bee

    Cole Ragsdale, a seventh-grader from Bakersfield, will compete against about 200 other charter school students in a California state spelling bee. Cole beat seven of his peers Tuesday in a Bakersfield competition held by California...

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    Centennial wins We the People

    Centennial High School will represent Kern County in the state We the People contest after taking the overall victory in Saturday's regional competition, which tests student knowledge of government and the U.S. constitution. About 300...

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    Results of new school discipline approaches 'unbelievably good'

    When Madison Martin, an eighth-grader at Standard Middle School, ditched school last year, she was removed from her normal classes for three days and plopped in a room with other students being punished. It was called an opportunity class....

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    THE GRADE: Blood donations badly needed during holiday school break

    THE GIFT OF BLOOD: Derrell Patton, 17, squeezed a red, heart-shaped stress ball as blood from his left arm flowed through a tube and into a pint-sized plastic bag Tuesday. Patton, one of dozens of students who similarly made fists and...

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    Here and elsewhere, Hispanics a disproportionate minority on school boards

    When Ana Rojas assumes her seat on the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District board, she will -- if her future board cohorts are correct -- become the first Hispanic woman to do so. Incoming board president Dean Haddock said he thinks...

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    Studies show when parents read, children succeed

    Arturo and Cecelia Ortiz split their time among their three children last week at an Owens Primary School literacy event. While one parent accompanied older children to play reading games, the other read a book based on Disney's animated...

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