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    KHSD board opposes appeal of $1.5 million verdict

    The Kern High School District board president said Monday he was "shocked" and "stunned" to learn its insurer will appeal a nearly $1.5 million verdict reached in a civil suit involving an autistic girl harmed in a school bathroom in 2009....

  2. Slates for school board elections shape up

    One became two in the Kern High School District instead of the romance cliche of two becoming one. That is two contested school board races in that Nov. 4 election. Phillip Peters in Area 4 and Aurora Cooper in Area 1 joined a slate that...


    South High wants students thinking career early

    Miguel Zeferino, a three-sport athlete at South High, transformed his grades from junior high to freshman year in 2013-2014. He earned Cs, Ds and Fs at an alternative school in Delano; Bs and Cs at another alternative campus in...

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    THE GRADE: Student privacy, charter school bills in the works

    KID PRIVACY BILL PROPOSED: Student privacy concerns spawned a federal bill last month to restrict public school districts from releasing personal student data without parental consent. U.S. Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch,...


    THE GRADE: Cal-SOAP and Stuff The Bus

    CAL-SOAP CHANGES UNDERWAY: Most days, incoming Bakersfield College freshman Carmen Murillo begins an 8-hour workday at 4 a.m. at The Garlic Company on Zerker Road. She travels from her home in Shafter to sort garlic to pay for her personal...

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    THE GRADE: Frontier grad earns state fair prize; vocational school closes

    LOCAL GRAD WINS STATE FAIR: For years, Logan Van Allen -- a Frontier High grad -- woke up at 6 a.m., fed dozens of dairy and boer goats and trained prized members of the herd to show at fairs. "My whole life I have wanted to win at the...

  7. School board races already drawing candidates

    School board members and trustee hopefuls in Kern County have sent candidacy announcements, created election Facebook pages and filed nomination forms in hopes of securing a spot on the ballot for school board elections Nov. 4. Five days...

  8. KHSD talks another try to toss nearly $1.5 million assault verdict

    The Kern High School District is considering appealing a decision issued Wednesday to uphold a nearly $1.5 million verdict in the case of an autistic girl harmed in an Independence High bathroom in 2009. Kern County Superior Court Judge...

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    THE GRADE: Migrant students and rainy-day funds

    SCHOOL RESERVES MANDATE: School officials are speaking out against a California ballot initiative that if approved by voters in November would require districts to cap reserve "rainy-day" funding at no more than 10 percent of district...

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    Longtime elementary school teacher Gina Boles dies

    Gina Boles, a longtime teacher at Endeavour Elementary School, was the kind of educator administrators wanted instructing their children. Deanna Clarke, a former Endeavour principal, even joked she considered moving Boles to a higher...

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    'Innovation division' to explore new ways to teach high schoolers

    About a week on the job, Dean McGee, a new assistant superintendent in the Kern High School District, has more questions than answers about how a new innovation division he leads will impact students. The KHSD school board appointed McGee...

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    THE GRADE: Ins and outs of education in Kern County

    TEEN DIES, COMMUNITY RALLIES: Francisco "Frankie" Guerrero Ortiz, a muscular 16-year-old athlete, had to hunch down to kiss his mother every morning before he left for class at Mira Monte High School. He stood inches above the...

  13. KHSD argues 'massive' misconduct in assault trial

    A judge is expected to decide later this month whether a $1.5 million verdict against the Kern High School District should be negated in the case of an autistic teen harmed in an Independence High bathroom. On Tuesday, lawyers for KHSD... Daily Deal!

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