Elementary school kids in Bakersfield are getting an early start to the weekend, but only some of them.

The Bakersfield City School District has announced that all of its schools will be closed on Friday so that the district can hold an academic conference for staff. The conference will focus on planning and professional development.

But word that BCSD students were getting the day off seems to have spread beyond district boundaries, leaving some non-BCSD students to think they might have a free day as well. Kern County Superintendent of Schools spokesman Robert Meszaros was compelled to ask the media to help set things straight.

"The closure is only for Bakersfield City School District schools," Meszaros said via e-mail. "All other schools in the many other districts in Bakersfield will be open as usual [Friday]." 

BCSD schools will be closed again March 2, 2018, for the district’s second conference. The district is allowed two professional development days per year.

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Golden Empire Transit is honoring veterans this month by allowing them to ride for free.

GET CEO Karen King said veterans and all active-duty service members will be able to ride as much as they want up through Nov. 30. Riders must show their military ID to the driver. GET has also put a special wraparound one of their buses thanking members of the military for their service.

“GET is wanting to honor our veterans not just on Veterans Day but throughout the month of November,” she said. “We want the community to know our pride in our service members.”

For more information, contact GET at 869-2438.

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Bakersfield resident David Lidgett has been appointed to the 15th District Agricultural Association, according to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office.

Lidgett has been an adjunct professor at Cerro Coso Community College since 2015. He has also been a deputy sheriff for Kern County since 2008. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from Liberty University.

Lidgett is also a member of the Boy Scouts of America and Rio Del Norte 4-H.

Lidgett will receive no financial compensation for his Kern County Fair post.

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Bike Bakersfield will hold its Full Moon Ride on Friday.

The ride will kick off at 7 p.m. at Beach Park, located at Oak and 21st streets, and end at The Marketplace, located at 9000 Ming Ave. The free ride will follow the Kern River bike trail. The goal of the event is to bring the Bakersfield biking community together.

“This is a great chance to take a break and enjoy nature and the recreation that Bakersfield has to offer. Come join us,” said Natalie Barrett with Bike Bakersfield.

Riders are urged to bring lights and helmets. Bike Bakersfield staff will have tools and equipment on hand in case there are any mechanical problems.

For more information, call 602-5594.

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