Big Bear Valley, CA — Students of the Bear Valley Unified School District will get a four-day weekend over the Memorial Day holiday, given a furlough day approval voted upon by the school district’s Board of Trustees in their meeting last night (May 19). In support of the financial challenges to the school district, both the certificated and classified unions agreed to one furlough day for this current school year; the agreement was offered during ongoing contract negotiations, and then agreed upon by the Board, which will translate to a cost savings to the district, and a bonus day off for students on Friday, May 28. Negotiations for the upcoming school year do continue between the unions, BVEA and CSEA, and district administration—and progress is said to be very collaborative and positive–and should be ratified on or before May 26, allowing for the school board to make final budget cut determinations on their meeting of June 4. In other news from the Wednesday meeting of BVUSD, the agenda item regarding kindergarten realignment was pulled, to allow for additional information as well as input from stakeholders. A “realignment” of the kindergarten program at Baldwin Lane, Big Bear and North Shore Elementaries may translate to reinstating the am/pm schedule, which BVUSD has not implemented in the last few school years.
Just a reminder, BVUSD students are on an early-out schedule on Friday, May 21. Big Bear Middle School students will be released at 11:46am, Big Bear High School students will be released at noon, North Shore Elementary students will be released at 12:20pm, Big Bear Elementary students will be released at 12:40pm, and Baldwin Lane Elementary students will be released at 12:55pm.