Tag: Schools

School Buses Will Not Be Running This Afternoon; Parents Must Pick Up Students at School Sites

Big Bear, CA, February 7, 2013 – According to Walter Con of the Bear Valley Unified School District, school buses will not be transporting students home from school sites this afternoon.  Parents are encouraged to pick up their students at school sites.  Students will only be released to parents, guardians or authorized adults on record at the school site.  Big Bear High School students who drive themselves to and from school will need to have their parent call the high school to allow dismissal of the student at 585-6892 or go to the school site to release the student.  Students will be kept at all school sites until parents or guardians are able to retrieve...

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BVUSD Amends and Votes on Budget Advisory Committee and Superintendent Recommended Budget Cuts

Big Bear, CA, February 29, 2012, 3:00pm – Tuesday evening’s Special Board meeting of the Bear Valley Unified School District’s Board of Trustees was scheduled to discuss and vote on the budget recommendations suggested by the Budget Advisory Committee and Superintendent Kurt Madden with a goal of roughly $300k to eliminate from the school budget.  Several community members in attendance spoke on behalf of the line item that recommended eliminating the three part-time library clerks at each elementary school.  As 5th grader, Esther Lopez suggested, North Shore Elementary librarian Julie Nettlebeck “encourages you to read and everyone wants that, don’t you?”  With the District deficient spending one million dollars a year, continued severe budget cuts from Sacramento with more on the way, plans for a Parcel Tax to benefit our schools on the horizon for the voters of Big Bear and the need to find a solution sooner than later, there seems to be more questions than answers at this crossroads.  As Board President Randy Putz commented, as cuts get closer and closer to the bone, the cuts are all painful.  He continued to state that “we’ve received comments on every item we’ve talked about cutting and if we listen to any one person, we can’t make any cuts, but we have to”.  Additional questions arose in regards to a utility use reduction of $60k that would require an...

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BVUSD Budget Advisory Committee Recommends $310K Cuts in School Budget

Big Bear, CA, February 16, 2012, 6:00am – As education budgets continue to dwindle in the state of California, the Budget Advisory Committee for the Bear Valley Unified School District, formed in 2008, met again this week to help provide input and suggestions for assisting the school board in identifying areas of the school budget that could potentially be eliminated.  The Committee met on Wednesday to continue the difficult task of finding areas to reduce $300,000 in the budget that will be a starting point for the Board of Trustees to review.  As meetings are open to the public, a dozen community members were in attendance with four speakers commenting during the public comment section in opposition to previous discussions the Committee has had in regards to exempting 10th grade students from PE if they are part of at least one high school sports team.  Opponents included Big Bear Middle School PE teacher, Sue Oberneder who stated that such an exemption could have a “life-long everlasting impact” on students and Big Bear High School Principal, Mike Ghelber, who made suggestions on restructuring curriculum at the high school for two classes – Freshman Studies and the On Your Own class – that are now requirements for graduation.  Ultimately, a motion was made by Committee member and Middle School Principal, Tina Fulmer, to revisit the two high school programs and PE...

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“Preteen Vaccine Week” Begins this Week

San Bernardino, CA, February 13, 2012, 8:00am: The County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health is promoting “Preteen Vaccine Week” which is February 12th through 18th as part of a nationwide effort to remind families of preteens and adolescents about recommended and required immunizations.  A new immunization requirement was added in for all incoming 7th graders to be immunized against whooping cough.  Parents are encouraged to consult with their child’s medical provider to receive the recommended immunizations for preteens & adolescents 11-18 years of age.  If children do not have health insurance or are under insured, information is available about the Vaccines for Children Program which provides vaccines at low-cost.  For Department of Public Health Clinic locations, schedules and appointments, call 1-800-722-4777, Monday  – Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, or visit www.sbcounty.gov/dph.  For additional immunization information, you can also visit...

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BVUSD Approves Parcel Tax Consulting Agreement with TBWB Strategies

Big Bear, CA, February 9, 2012, 8:00am – Last night the Bear Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees met in a Special Board meeting to discuss one heavily weighted agenda item.  Board members reviewed a Parcel Tax Consulting Agreement presented by Charles Heath of TBWB Strategies, a political consulting firm.  Mr. Heath most recently outlaid the process and challenges for implementing a Parcel Tax in a meeting on February 6th.  At that meeting, Mr. Heath made the recommendation to the Board that our community be surveyed or polled to determine today’s opinions regarding implementing a Parcel Tax to help protect our schools financially from the State’s budget cuts.  Survey and tracking information from 2010 and 2011 was presented at last Monday’s meeting.  This Wednesday night’s discussion debated the value of paying for another survey as well as the overall cost of the TBWB Strategies agreement.  Superintendent Kurt Madden made a recommendation to the Board to approve the Parcel Tax Consulting Agreement, totaling $53,705 using District Fund 40 dollars and entering into an agreement with the firm.  District Fund 40 dollars can be used only for capitol expenses for one-time monies.  The $53,705 agreement breakdown consisted of an $18,750 base charge, $18,900 new survey, $10,655 for informational brochure costs, $2,400 for travel expenses for Mr. Heath as well as miscellaneous charges.  Many Board members expressed concern for committing to...

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