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    Rotary hands out free holiday meals

    Mother-of-three Kristina Jacober waited in line with a friend for more than an hour Wednesday to pick up a Thanksgiving meal for her family at the annual turkey giveaway at Standard Middle School. She was one of hundreds who scooped up a...

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    Negotiations: BCSD teachers want 7.5 percent raise

    The Bakersfield City School District and its teachers are approaching a stalemate about two months into negotiations for a raise this fiscal year for the district's some 1,500 educators. The two sides are 6 percentage points apart on pay,...

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    THE GRADE: KHSD gets pushback on hiring police; new garden

    HIRING KHSD POLICE LEADERS: The Kern High School District is hiring two police sergeants who could, against wishes of a local classified union, come from departments outside the district police department. Of 12 candidates who took a...

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    Taft elementary superintendent arrested on DUI charges

    Taft City School District Superintendent Ron Bryant, who is on paid administrative leave from the district, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest. He was released the same day....

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    Number of stay-at-home dads trends upward nationally

    Russ Person still remembers that day as a kid when, in the midst of a long family car trip, bored to the brink of his preadolescent patience, he asked that classic question: "How much longer?" His father, mindful of the fact that such...

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    Salary vs. experience: KHSD teachers say pay falls short

    Scott Lockhart, a math teacher at East High School, got married and had two kids in the seven years teachers went without a raise in the Kern High School District. So when the district in April approved a 5 percent raise -- one percent in...

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    Norris teachers to get 6 percent raise

    The Norris School District board unanimously approved a 6 percent raise for teachers Wednesday during a meeting at Norris Middle School. The raise, which is not retroactive, will go into effect Dec. 1, Norris Superintendent Steven Shelton...

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    THE GRADE: Student unicyclists form club

    UNICREW AIMS HIGH: Anthony Limiero, 15, lifted himself onto a custom-built unicycle with a 20-inch wheel Monday at his southwest Bakersfield home. He bounced, making staccato presses on the pedals with his feet. Then with one weighty...

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    THE GRADE: Challenger seizes lead in KHSD race

    ELECTION UPDATE The only woman on the Kern High School District board may very well lose her seat. By early Wednesday, voters in Area 4 had pushed newcomer Phillip Peters ahead of incumbent Martha Miller by 317 votes. Peters, owner of...

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    Businessman grabs lead over KHSD incumbent

    By early Wednesday, voters in the Kern High School District's Area 4 had pushed newcomer Phillip Peters ahead of incumbent school board member Martha Miller by a few more than 300 votes. Peters, owner of Williams Cleaning Systems, had 36...

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    KHSD incumbents lead in board races; local developer could join KCCD

    Two incumbent high school board members and newcomers Rick Wright and Kyle Carter led in a community college race in early election totals Tuesday in Kern County. With 52 of 95 precincts reporting by 11 p.m., Mike Williams in KHSD's Area...

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    THE GRADE: The ins & outs of education in Kern County

    GARDEN GROWS GOLDEN BELL: The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District will receive a Golden Bell award in large part for a school garden created at Buena Vista Elementary School, the district announced in a news release Tuesday. The...

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    Study: Kern County parents opt out of preschool for kids

    A lower percentage of Kern County students attended preschool in a recent three-year period than any other county in California, according to a Children Now scorecard released Wednesday. Only 32 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds in Kern...

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