Tag: BVUSD

Appears Departure is Imminent for Two Top BVUSD Administrators

Big Bear Lake, CA, April 28, 2015 – In a letter released today by Kurt Madden, Superintendent of the Bear Valley Unified School District, addressed to school district employees, community members, and the media, it was disclosed that top administrators, Kurt Madden, Superintendent, and Walter Con, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, are both being considered for positions in other school districts.  Mr. Madden for a position in the Bonita Unified School District and Mr. Con for a position in the Orcutt Union School District.  Part of the exploration process includes community visitations by the different districts to conduct interviews of various staff and community members which will take place this Wednesday and Thursday.  In addition, the letter states that updates will be provided if an official decision is made relative to their employment...

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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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Big Bear Comes Together for Boys High School Soccer

Big Bear, CA, April 14, 2015 – At a reception at Jay and Heather Obernolte’s home on Saturday, April 11, a group of dedicated parents, students, and others saw their dream of a High School boys soccer team become a reality. A few months ago, some folks had the idea to create a soccer team for the boys at BBHS and started the process of raising the $25,000 needed to field a team for the 2015/2016 season. Soon the Lighthouse Project joined the effort and the word started getting out to the community. Local realtors started the ball rolling with donations totaling $3,000. The Rojas family hosted Taco Day at Sonora Cantina and raised $4,000. The soccer boys held a car wash and made $1,200 and Hacienda Grill raised $4,000 with the sale of ‘soccer balls’. $2,760 was received in mailed donations and Bruce and Kim Voight pledged $2,000 if and when they reached $23,000. Going into the evening of the reception at the  Obernoltes, there was $8,040 remaining to be raised. As people arrived at the gathering, another $3,000 was raised, leaving just over $5,000 to go. After thanking the community and those present for their generous support, Big Bear Lake Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jahn introduced Assemblyman Jay Obernolte who welcomed guests to his home and stated that he and his wife Heather would donate $1,000 to...

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BVUSD Girl’s Choir Sweeps Show Choir Competition

Big Bear, CA, March 12, 2015 – Altitude Adrenaline, formerly the Aquila Ensemble, is an after school competition show choir sponsored by Bear Valley Unified School District. It is open to girls grades four through eight from the three elementary schools and Big Bear Middle School. On Friday, March 6, Altitude Adrenaline swept the Cypress Star Reflections show choir competition. They placed first in the Novice Middle School division and won both the Outstanding Musicianship and Outstanding Showmanship awards, receiving the highest scores among three other middle school and thirteen high school show choirs. Middle school student Addyson Contreras received an award as Outstanding Performer. Their competition program for this year is entitled “Girl Power”, and along with songs like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “We Are Family”, features an original number written by choir director Robin O’Hare as well as a dance duet choreographed by Cathy Winch to “Let It Go”. This is the group’s fourth first place win in their past five...

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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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