Category: Schools

Community Input Needed for Superintendent Search

Big Bear, CA, September 8, 2015 – The Governing Board of Bear Valley Unified School District will be selecting a new district superintendent. The trustees are soliciting community input about the desired characteristics to be used in recruiting and selecting this person. For instance, what personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for the Bear Valley Unified School District? Dr. Kent Bechler and Dr. Mike Escalante of Leadership Associates were selected to advise the Board in this important process. They will be in our district on September 16th and 17th . Individual input from members of the community (parents, employees, and others interested in our district) is desired. Individual input may be offered by individual or group appointment, letter, email or direct telephone conversation. Additionally, an online survey will be available on the District’s website. To access the survey go to: surveymonkey.com. Individual appointments may be scheduled at the School District Office on September 17th. To arrange an appointment, please call Shelley Black at (909) 866-4631. Group appointments have been scheduled as well and notices will be sent directly to those organizations. Emailed input may be sent to lhunt@leadershipassociates.org. To speak by phone to either Dr. Bechler or Dr. Escalante, you may call (760)...

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Personnel Changes for BVUSD

Big Bear, CA, August 28, 2015, 8:00am – Internal personnel changes within the Bear Valley Unified School District will help to fill the voids left by Mike Ghelber and Paulina Ugo.  Ghelber has been Big Bear High School’s Principal for 8 years and has accepted the position of Director of Human Resources for the Coachella Valley Unified School District.  Paulina Ugo is the Executive Director of Student Services and Alternative Education who will be joining the staff at Alvord Unified in Riverside.  Both resigned from the school district on August 19th with an effective date of August 31st.  At yesterday’s special Board meeting of the Bear Valley Unified School District, the Governing Board appointed Tina Fulmer as Principal at both Big Bear High School and Chautauqua High School campuses.  Fulmer is currently the District’s Director of Personnel.  The new position of Coordinator Special Education was created and Dottie Jaeger was appointed as Interim to that position.  The appointments will be effective September...

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Another Day of No School for BVUSD Students in Big Bear

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 24, 2015 – As a result of the poor air quality caused by the Summit Fire, all schools in the Bear Valley Unified School District will be closed again on Tuesday, August 25th.  This does not effect Fallsvale School in Forest Falls which will be open.  The District Office will be opened on...

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No School Today For Sites Within the Big Bear Valley

Big Bear Lake, Ca 6:00 am – School cancelled for Monday August 24th. The Bear Valley Unified School District has determined that because of evacuation orders that include areas near their schools and citing student and staff safety, schools in the Big Bear Valley will be closed today.  The Fallsvale school site will remain in session today.  Additionally, school facilities may need to be utilized by fire personnel.  The District Office on Moonridge Road will be...

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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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