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    CSUB to award Farrer honorary doctorate

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Monday, Apr 21 2014 06:35 PM

    Cal State Bakersfield will present the university's most esteemed honor -- the honorary doctorate of fine arts -- to John Farrer, music director for the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, later this year, the school announced Monday.

    CSUB President Horace Mitchell called Farrer's contribution to the arts and education "undeniable and far-reaching," in a statement.

    Farrer, a world-renowned guest conductor, has served as the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra's music director for 38 years and conducted more than 400 works.

    "His outstanding body of work, coupled with the mark he has made on our community, makes him a clear choice for this esteemed honor," Mitchell added.

    Farrer will receive only the second honorary doctorate of fine arts at...

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    He was no star, but McCarthy in Hall of Fame

    In the scores of readily available newspaper and ESPN articles about the much-celebrated Bakersfield High School football team, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy's name -- a Driller in the 1980s -- is no where to be found. His four years...

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    THE GRADE: Frontier High students launch service projects

    STUDENTS TO GIVE BIG: Kathryn Morales, a junior honor student at Frontier High School, sketched a picture of her left hand on paper before she began redrawing the penciled image on a 6-by-6-inch wooden block. She drew the creases on her...

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    KHSD investigating whether photo violated anti-gang policy

    The Kern High School District is investigating whether a Spring Fling Week celebration turned into a gang policy violation. Ten students were photographed twisting fingers into what appeared to be gang signs and sporting what looked like...

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    Track meet a special event for exceptional students

    Students from 15 Kern County high schools ran in 100-meter races, tossed a Nerf javelin and jumped makeshift hurdles Thursday at Centennial High School's sixth annual SDD Track Meet. More than 220 Kern High School District students...

  6. KHSD approves last group of raises

    The Kern High School District board approved a last round of 5 percent raises for union members -- this time transportation workers -- during a special board meeting Thursday. Randy Turner, president of the transportation union, said the...

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    North High rally leads to public apology to seniors

    Administrators at North High School made phone calls and classroom rounds Wednesday apologizing to seniors named by a truancy officer as failing during a Tuesday pre-graduation rally. One of two truancy officers who ran part of the senior...

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    THE GRADE: Solar panels, gay kids and bad teachers

    SOLAR PANELS COMING?: The Kern High School District is taking a serious look at energy efficiency options that could save the district millions in the long run. The district spent approximately $8.7 million for electricity in 2013, and...

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    KHSD approves 5 percent raise for teachers, 2 new principals

    The Kern High School District Board of Trustees approved a package of salary raises for five groups of union workers Monday at the KHSD district office. District representatives ratified collective bargaining agreements that include a...

  10. Local students' foray into state geography bee ends short of finals

    Rik Bose, a sixth-grader at Ronald Reagan Elementary School, finished one answer short of becoming a top-10 finalist Friday in the statewide National Geographic Bee championship at Fresno State. He was one of two local students in the...

  11. Board to vote on teacher raises, principal appointments

    The Kern High School District board on Monday will consider approving a three-year contract giving teachers a 5 percent raise and new principal appointments at West and Foothill high schools. The teachers' contract would impact 1,700 KHSD...

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    Shafter schoolgirl dies; school to continue fundraising

    Students at Sequoia Elementary School colored paper flowers and decorated them with photos. Their teacher, Jillayne Lowe, pieced the flowers together into a paper wreath with the words "Friend" and "Isabel" printed on connected ribbons....

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    Districts report few kinks with new testing method

    Instead of pencils and Scantrons, students are using keyboards and mouse pads this year as part of a pilot of new computer-based testing that will reach all schools in California next school year. The state began assessing the first batch...

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