BVUSD Invites Public to Welcome New Superintendant

Big Bear, CA, January 18, 2016 – The Big Bear Valley Unified School District’s regular Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, at 6:00 p.m. at Big Bear Middle School, immediately following the welcome reception for Dr. Mary Suzuki. Among the items on the agenda, the board will recommend the Governing Board approve the Certification of Board Minutes effective January 4, 2016 and December 18, 2015.  These minutes regard personnel changes with the departure from BVUSD of Mr. Ronald B. Peavy, Interim Superintendent of Schools, effective December 18, 2015, and the arrival of Dr. Mary Suzuki as the new Superintendent...

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Local Terrorist Threats Determined Not Credible

Big Bear, CA, December 6th, 2015 – The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station received information that a 16 year old male juvenile was making threats to cause injury and harm to persons at the local high school. Deputies made contact with the juvenile and determined the threats were not credible and that the subject did not have the means to carry out the reported threats. The male juvenile was determined to meet the criteria for Welfare & Institutions Code 5150 and was transported to a facility for evaluation. The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station appreciates the public’s diligence in reporting this incident. In the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino on Wednesday, community members are encouraged to report any and all suspicious...

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City, Parks, and Schools Compete For DWP’s Biggest Loser

Big Bear, CA, July 27, 2015 – The spreadsheets are complete, the meters read, the data is entered and the results are in. The Bear Valley Unified School District  has won Round One for the Big Bear Lake Department of Water’s Biggest Loser competition. In May Reggie Lamson, the DWP General Manager, and Sierra Orr, Water Conservation and Public Information Specialist met with key staff from each agency: the City of Big Bear Lake, the Big Bear Parks and Recreation District and the Bear Valley Unified School District to discuss ways the “Big Three” could help the community meet or beat the 16% conservation goal. To determine who shed the most water use DWP compared their total consumption for the month of June, across all facilities, and compared it to their total consumption in June of 2013 (the baseline year for California’s mandated water use reduction). BVUSD has slashed their water use by more than half, reducing their monthly use from 2.59 million gallons down to 1.22 million gallons. From their small office next to a garage on Knickerbocker, Terry Planz, the school district’s Facilities and Operations Manager, along with his secretary and right hand, Syd Callaway, manage 316,000 square feet of buildings and over 100 acres of land across seven sites with only six staff members. “We do everything we can to save,” said Planz. “ We face...

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BVUSD Board Selects Interim Superintendent of Schools and Interim Assistant Superintendent of Business Services

Big Bear, CA, June 5, 2015 – On Wednesday evening, during a Regular Board Meeting, the BVUSD Governing Board appointed Mr. Ron Peavy to serve as Interim Superintendent of Schools and Dr. John Niederkorn to serve as Interim Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for Bear Valley Unified School District effective July 1, 2015. Mr. Peavy served as Superintendent for Bear Valley Unified from 1996 to March, 2004 and as Interim Superintendent from July 1, 2006 through November 20, 2006. Prior to the Superintendent position, Mr. Peavy served in Bear Valley as a teacher and a high school counselor. In addition to his years in Bear Valley, Mr. Peavy served Rim of the World Unified School District as Interim Superintendent of Schools and Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Niederkorn served as Director of Business Services/Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for Bear Valley Unified from 1995 to 2004. Prior to the Director and Assistant Superintendent positions, Dr. Niederkorn served in Bear Valley as Principal of North Shore Elementary School from 1982 to 1988 and Principal of Big Bear Middle School from 1988 to 1995. In addition to his years in Bear Valley, Dr. Niederkorn served Vacaville Unified School District as Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Schools retiring in July of 2013. The Governing Board and Administration of the Bear Valley Unified School District, would like to thank everyone, in advance, for their...

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BVUSD Superintendent Kurt Madden Resigns

Big Bear, CA, May 12, 2015 – At Monday’s Special Board meeting of the Bear Valley Unified School District, Superintendent Kurt Madden gave his resignation to the Board effective July 1st.  Mr. Madden has accepted a position in the Bonita Unified School District as Superintendent.  Chairman, Bev Grabe, expressed that the Board sadly accepted his resignation.  Kegham Tashjian and Dick Bray, advisors from the San Bernardino County Superintendent of School’s office, lead the discussion to explain the process of finding a replacement for Mr. Madden using County services that are offered to BVUSD at no charge.  Mr. Tashjian outlined a proposed process and timeline for the Superintendent job search.   The search process is lengthy and includes meetings with Board members, representatives of classified, certificated and management staff as well as community member focus groups to  determine the requirements and qualifications of what is needed in our District for our future Superintendent.  The ultimate decision making powers are held by the Board members.  Mr. Tashjian went on to explain that the time frame of finding a permanent Superintendent is too short and the Board will need to consider an Interim Superintendent.  Mr. Tashjian has served our District as Interim Superintendent in the past but is currently unavailable. No action was taken in either open or closed session by the...

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