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Friday, Mar 30 2012 05:49 PM

School district to employees: beware of 'reply to all'

By The Bakersfield Californian

From the blogs: It happens about once a month in the Kern High School District, said Paul Helman, director of information systems and technology: An employee presses "Reply to all" to an email originally sent to 6,000 or so district staff.

It happened again this week when a "Happy Birthday" message was sent to all employees, and some staffers replied to all. It didn't cause any major problems but did slow servers down for a few hours, Helman said.

After the incident, KHSD administrators sent employees another email asking them all to be careful.

"PLEASE DO NOT reply to all when an email is mistakenly sent to all staff," it said. "Should you feel the need to reply to the person that sent it or to pass on the Birthday wishes, please reply to one person only. Our Exchange servers are currently trying to process approximately 16,000 instances of that particular email and related replies."

No one was disciplined. The district is drafting a "how-to" guide for email use.

Greenfield Union School District's board on Wednesday unanimously rejected the idea of studying the closure of a campus to cut costs.

Greenfield administrators gave trustees data on school sizes and district growth patterns. Trustee Tiffany Clendenen initially requested the board vote on a feasibility study of a closure. An audience member at a board meeting earlier this month -- when the board approved sending 23 notices of potential layoffs to teachers and eliminating more than a dozen assistant principal jobs -- suggested the idea.

District officials had already analysed enrollment and growth figures as it investigated an all-day kindergarten program, Superintendent Chris Crawford said. All five board members decided that the idea of closing a school would leave no room for future growth.

Officials at the Cal State Bakersfield School of Arts & Humanities are campaigning to bring an Ivory Coast sculptor to Bakersfield to work with students in constructing a giant head of Martin Luther King Jr. on campus.

The project would be part of the 27-year-old program at CSUB that brings visiting sculptors from throughout the world to work with students in designing and building a sculpture for the campus. It's funded with an ongoing $2,000 grant.

But that's not quite enough to bring sculptor Jems Robert Koko Bi, who lives in Germany, to Bakersfield. So CSUB officials launched a fundraiser at Kickstarter.com to gather $3,900 to pay for his trip, a three-week stay here, materials and tools. So far donors have pledged 10 percent of that amount.

If funding is reached, Koko Bi and helpers would assemble blocks of carved wood into a pixilated likeness of King Jr.

More information: http://goo.gl/8XaHn

The Facility for Animal Care and Treatment will host a free open house from 1 to 4 p.m. April 7 in the environmental studies area at Cal State Bakersfield. The event also includes a "baby bird shower" with a registry of gift items.

Visitors to the open house can see a variety of local birds of prey as well as songbirds, turtles and frogs. CSUB biology students will give visitors the opportunity to make recycled journals, go on a scavenger hunt and take tours to learn about FACT's animal rescue program.

FACT has several rescued babies. CSUB students help raise the birds for release back into the wild once they reach maturity. Visitors are invited to donate items including pans for bird food, shredded cardboard bedding and heating pads.

During the open house, volunteers from CSUB's 60+ Club will sell educational gifts and souvenirs to support FACT, near parking lot I.

More information: 654-3167 or visit www.csub.edu/fact.

A Bakersfield College faculty panel discussion on how people behave during disasters will be held at 7 p.m. on April 18 at the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities.

"Who Are We? What Disasters Tell Us About Ourselves" will be presented by psychology professor Lora Larkin, philosophy professor Rene Trujillo, and history professor Ann Wiederrect. It will focus on Rebecca Solnit's book "A Paradise Built in Hell."

The faculty will discuss how people behave in disasters when normal social controls are absent, and what history teaches about behavior in disasters.

Admission and parking are free. More information: 395-4339.

-- Jorge Barrientos, Californian staff

For more education news, go to The Californian's education blog, The Grade, at www.bakersfield.com/ thegrade or follow The Grade's Twitter at twitter.com/TBCTheGrade.

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