Tag: Bear Valley Unified School District

School Closure Not On This Year’s Agenda

Big Bear Lake, CA, April 15, 2015 – At Monday’s Special Board Meeting of the Bear Valley Unified School District, a presentation was made by Ron Peavy and Phil Hamilton, co-chairs for the 7-11 Committee, a district advisory group consisting of community members which was formed to evaluate and make recommendations to the Board regarding facilities.  Due to declining enrollment and aging facilities, many discussions have surrounded the issue of whether to close a school site or other district property.  The recommendation of the 7-11 Committee included multiple options for the Board to consider in their evaluation including maintaining the current site configurations or consolidating schools and selling or leasing a school property.  Ultimately, the Board agreed that there will be no changes regarding the closure of a school or other school facility for the 2015-2016 school year.  Additionally, the Board will continue the discussion to review enrollment data at regular intervals over the next year during scheduled Board Workshop Meetings which are open to the public for...

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Bear Valley Unified School District Board Appoints a New Member

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 11, 2015 – Following Monday’s Special Board Meeting of the Bear Valley Unified School District, the Board appointed new member, Cathy Herrick to fill the seat vacated by Dr. Ken Turney’s sudden passing.  Candidates Herrick and Elaine Tennity were interviewed in a public meeting prior to voting.  Following about an hour of questions and answers, Foulkes commented that although both Herrick and Tennity were qualified to fill the seat, he felt that Herrick set the bar high and that Tennity did not make it over the bar.  Foulkes also added that Herrick would be a better fit for the seat.  The Board voted unanimously to appoint Herrick who was immediately sworn in for a two-year term.  Herrick tells KBHR, “I am very excited for this opportunity to serve on the Bear Valley Unified School District Board.  It is impossible to fill the shoes of Dr. Turney but I am committed to the students of this District and will work hard to do the best job possible”.  This was Herrick’s second interview process for an appointment to the Board following the January 19th Special Board Meeting to fill the vacant seat of Randy Putz.  Putz resigned from the school board after winning a seat on the Big Bear Lake City Council.  Applicants for Putz’s seat included Cathy Herrick and John Goepp.  Goepp had applied and...

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With Declining Enrollment and Aging Buildings, School District May Close Elementary School

Big Bear City, CA, August 26, 2014 — (Written by Cathy Herrick) The Bear Valley Unified School District (BVUSD ) held a Board Workshop meeting last week.  Discussion included an overview of the district’s facilities in terms of maintenance and operations.  The Board is exploring options in moving the District forward in light of 17 years of declining enrollment and the plight of aging facilities.  At the Workshop meeting, Superintendent Kurt Madden explored the breakdown of each facility citing age, square footage, acreage, classroom usage, number of students currently in attendance, the Facility Inspection Tool Score, capital improvements already made and the cost of long term improvements needed.  School principals each addressed their top three concerns with improved security and safety measures making everyone’s list in addition to an increased area for outdoor shade for students, curb appeal improvements, and storage.  Discussion led to the possible closure of a school, most notably, Big Bear Elementary School given the 73-year-old age of the facility and the $15 million dollar price tag for long term improvements.  However, BVUSD will face many challenges in potentially closing a school given the State of California’s laws on the process.  Entities given first priority for surplus property include a Charter School, Affordable Housing and Park and Rec organizations.  The Board will need to determine what the best educational goals and programs are for our community.  At...

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Election Update: Candidates Added to November Race

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 15, 2014 – The statewide general election is November 4, 2014, and voter information guides will be mailed out the first week of October. The Registrar of Voters updated their records overnight to include additional candidates for the Big Bear Airport District (see full list below). The ballot will include open seats on six local governing boards: the School District, the Airport District, the Healthcare District, the Municipal Water District, the Community Services District and the Big Bear Lake City Council. Some incumbents are running uncontested. Even with the deadline for candidates being extended to August 13th, for example, no challengers filed paperwork for the City Council seats–the first time that’s happened in 20 years. That leaves an uncontested race for incumbents Dave Caretto, Randy Putz and KBHR’s Rick Herrick. City Clerk Cheri Haggerty said the Council will hold a Special Meeting on  August 19 at 4:15 p.m. to decide whether to appoint the three by acclimation or still proceed with an election. The candidates for other boards are as follows (*uncontested race). *Bear Valley Community Healthcare District (2 seats, 4-year term): Gail McCarthy, Sara Russ Bear Valley Unified School District (2 seats, 4-year term): Steve Foulkes, John Goepp, Kenneth Turney Big Bear Airport District, Short-Term: (1 seat, 2-year term): Lynn Wilson, Gary Steube Big Bear Airport District (2 seats, 4-year term): Steven Baker,...

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School District Launches Pilot Program for Vertical Farming

Big Bear City, CA, August 11, 2014 – The Big Bear Valley is keeping step with what’s become a national mainstream trend: growing local, organic food. Last April, educator Stephen Ritz brought his message of healing the food system to the annual Lighthouse Summit–inspiring many audience members to ditch fast food in favor of more fresh produce. Known as the Bronx Gardener, Ritz taught his students in New York to grow vegetables in the classroom with vertical gardens, producing both healthy meals and jobs for youth. Last week, he brought his commitment back to our community to help install tower gardens at select classrooms in the Bear Valley Unified School District. The District used general unrestricted funds to buy 12 tower gardens, complete with energy-saving T5 grow lights, at just over $1,300 each (totalling $15,779). The tower gardens were distributed among the five school sites: Big Bear Elementary, Baldwin Lane Elementary, North Shore Elementary, Big Bear Middle School and Big Bear High School. There are several advantages to these “edible walls.” Most noticeably, using aeroponics eliminates the need for soil. The tower structures are made from food-grade plastic, so they’re free of the harmful components found in agriculture-grade plastics. Growing vertically also uses up to 90% less land, and because the nutrient solution is recycled, up to 95% less water is used than with conventional organic farming. The result...

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