Tag: Bear Valley Unified School District

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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Energy Efficiency Means Cash

Big Bear Lake, CA, November 25, 2013 – Bear Valley Electric Service is giving its customers plenty of incentive to increase their energy efficiency, through its Business Lighting Rebate Program. BVES recently gave the Bear Valley Unified School District a rebate for nearly $18,900 to help offset the costs of installing new energy-efficient CFL lighting that will cut lighting costs by nearly 50%. In 2003, BVES and BVUSD replaced outdated school lighting from the 1950s and 1960s with more efficient technology. Ten years later, there is even better, more cost- effective lighting technology available, and it made sense for the district to upgrade. BVES Director Harry Scarborough said his agency  is committed to helping their customers save money “through programs that are good for their bottom line and the environment.” For most nonresidential customers, lighting represents one of the biggest users of electricity. More information on BVES Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs, are available online or call the Customer Service Center at (909)...

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Bear Valley Educators Invited to “Appreciation Days” at Barnes & Noble

Redlands, CA, October 7, 2013 – Barnes & Noble in Redlands always gives K-12 educators a 20% discount on school supplies, but during Educator Appreciation Days, they’ll get 25% off both classroom and personal purchases. Homeschooling and traditional teachers in the Bear Valley Unified School District are invited to bring their membership card to the bookstore between October 12 and October 20 during normal business hours. Those without membership cards can apply for a free one in the store, located at 27460 Lugonia Avenue in the Citrus Plaza. Normal business hours are Sunday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Friday/Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. In addition, the store will host a reception for educators during Appreciation Days on October 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event will feature complimentary refreshments, giveaways, a hands-on art project and a special presentation by guest speakers Kim Cavanagh and Carolyn Bainer on adding Art to the STEM classroom. Kim Cavanagh is currently the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Redlands USD.  In the past, she served as a teacher, a school principal, and the Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts and GATE for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.  Carolyn Bainer is an educational consultant with Such Good Work and has served as a professional development writer for 300 school superintendents in California. She is also a retired school principal and district office administrator. Barnes...

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