Category: Education

Bomb Threat at Baldwin Lane Elementary School

Sugarloaf, CA – On Tuesday, May 23, at 2:18 p.m., deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a reported bomb threat at Baldwin Lane Elementary School in Sugarloaf. School officials advised Sheriff’s Dispatch that they received a call at approximately 2:10 p.m. from what sounded like a male subject trying to disguise his voice, saying that bombs had been planted in classrooms. Classes were in session at the time the threat was made, and school officials worked quickly to evacuate approximately 400 students and faculty members to the parking lot and outlying playground. Multiple patrol units responded to the call for service and deputies worked as a team to conduct a systematic and thorough search of the inside and outside of the school. At approximately 3:20 p.m. a sweep of the entire premises was concluded, and deputies found no suspicious persons or packages at the school. Anyone having information as to the identity of the caller is requested to contact the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station at (909) 866-0100. Reports can also be made anonymously by calling WE-TIP at (800) 78-CRIME or online at...

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Wear Denim on April 26 for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Big Bear, CA – Denim Day is an international sexual assault awareness campaign that began in Italy more than 20 years ago. The inspiration came from the 1992 case of a young girl who was raped by the driving instructor of a behind-the-wheel class. The perpetrator was arrested, tried and convicted, but he appealed his case and the Supreme Court overturned his conviction, because according to the Chief Judge, “The victim wore very, very tight jeans.” This ruling outraged women in the Italian Parliament, who all came to work the following day wearing jeans to show their solidarity with the victim. The protest...

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BVUSD Appoints New Board Member

At last night’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Bear Valley Unified School District, after interviewing three qualifying candidates, the Governing Board appointed Sudie Smartt to fill the Board’s vacated seat.  Ms. Smartt is a retired BVUSD teacher and will serve the term through December 2018.  Smartt tells Kbear, “I am honored and excited at the opportunity.  This will present a different perspective from being in the classroom.”  In other news, the school district was recognized by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools with a Positive Certification of the district’s ability to meet its financial obligations in the current...

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BVUSD Board to Conduct Interviews to Fill Vacant Seat

Big Bear, CA, January 30, 2017 – At the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Bear Valley Unified School District, which is Wednesday, February 1st, during open session, the Governing Board will conduct interviews of the three qualifying candidates who applied for the current vacant position on the Governing Board.  The three candidates include Stirling Elliott, Barry Roth and Sudie Smartt.  The vacant position was created by the resignation of former board member Paul Zamoyta.  Following the interviews, the Board will take action to appoint the new member by a majority vote immediately followed by the administration of oath to...

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Mom & Dad Project Receives Grant to Provide Free Car Seats

Big Bear, CA, January 26, 2017 – In August of 2016, Bear Valley Community Healthcare District’s Mom & Dad Project applied for a grant to provide car seats to help parents and caregivers abide by the new car seat law effective January 2017. According to California Highway Patrol, effective January 2017, “Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of...

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