The Kern High School District and its insurers paid more than $11.7 million last year to settle legal disputes over a wide range of issues, from special education students alleging they received inadequate education to somebody struck by a district vehicle, according to settlements reviewed …
Bracing for an economic recession and citing uncertainty about the future, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing only a small boost in K-12 spending this year — a turnaround from the previous few years.
The governor's call this week to delay spending of Proposition 51 state school bond funding until rules for spending it are more equitable to small districts is irking local school leaders in growing districts that desperately need the money.
Bakersfield City School District trustees voted 3-0 Thursday to appoint a new board member to replace Andrae Gonzales, the 34-year-old rising star in the local Democratic Party who was elected to the Bakersfield City Council in November.
Mitch Carter, the former Bakersfield High School senior who infamously donned a chicken costume during a 2010 pep rally and then got pummeled by his teammates, gave up almost half his $10.5 million settlement to pay legal fees, according to documents reviewed by The Californian.
While most Bakersfield kids spent their winter vacation lazing about the house, watching television or vacationing with family, about 50 migrant students gave up their holiday break to attend a nutritional exercise camp.
For more than 20 years, the Kern High School District maintained a robust sexual education program that was praised locally, regarded as a national model and pointed to by public health officials as the reason HIV and AIDS rates were plummeting among teens.
A 16-year old boy said he was pressured into having sex with his 27-year old former instructional aide while her 3-year old son napped in the other room, according to sheriff’s reports.
Jose Cantu, a former Lamont administrator who resigned his position after community members discovered that he falsified his employment contract by lying about his lack of administrative credentials, has returned to a line of work he knows a thing or two about: contract negotiations.
The Kern County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to confirm Mary Barlow, the county’s associate superintendent, as the next Kern County Superintendent of Schools when Christine Lizardi Frazier retires next month.
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A Kern High School District instructional aide was arrested Thursday on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old boy who attended classes at a continuation high school, sheriff’s officials said.
A statewide community college program championed by Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian that would streamline the transfer process and boost graduation rates launched Wednesday, officials announced.
Castle STEAM Academy, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District’s ambitious project to transform one of southwest Bakersfield’s poorest schools, received $80,000 from Chevron to develop an engineering lab, officials announced.
Lamont Elementary School District board members, expected to appoint a new interim assistant superintendent Tuesday that would have closed the chapter on the Jose Cantu scandal from earlier this year, instead chose to fill the former administrator’s position by spreading it out between three…
Kern High School District Trustee Joey O’Connell was sworn into office Monday, but made it clear that he has taken no position on a controversial decision made two weeks ago to allow teachers with Concealed Carry Weapon permits to bring firearms to campus.
When the smart-as-a-whip students who compete in the We The People Congressional Hearings see a panel of judges march through the door, ready to test their constitutional knowledge, they can be understandably nervous.
An 18-year-old Bakersfield High School student who was late to class and refused to leave his desk until his teacher marked him as present was tasered twice by a Kern High School District Police Department officer, a lawsuit filed in September claims.
California school districts have grappled with a teacher shortage for years but the problem has worsened since 2014, with 75 percent reporting a lack of qualified instructors, according to a survey released Wednesday.
Victor Martin, Cal State Bakersfield's interim vice president for university advancement and its foundation executive director, has been tapped to fill the role permanently, officials announced Tuesday.
Thomas Burke, who for 12 years has served as Kern Community College District's chief financial officer, has been tapped to head the district when Chancellor Sandra Serrano retires in February, officials said Tuesday.
Jefferson Elementary School kids walked 199,000 miles last year, harvested local vegetables from a garden they built and competed to whip up the best healthy meal — all part of a health initiative the school launched to combat childhood obesity.
Addressing concerns raised by undocumented students following the presidential election, Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian said Monday that she and BC faculty support all students in their quest for higher learning.
So far 13 people have signed up and been approved to carry concealed weapons on Kern High School District campuses under a policy trustees adopted in June, according to applications reviewed by The Californian.
Kern High School District trustees voted 3-2 Thursday to allow teachers and certificated staffers with Concealed Carry Weapon permits to bring guns to campuses.
Just hours before the Kern High School District is scheduled to vote on a contentious policy allowing teachers to apply to carry a gun, there’s been an outpouring of concern from community members, staffers and the teachers association.
In an unusual move, Kern High School District officials are preparing to force a vote over whether to allow teachers to arm themselves, calling a special session Thursday, prior to the departure of trustee Chad Vegas, a strong proponent of the policy, who leaves office next month.
The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District secured a $7 million grant this week to transform one of southwest Bakersfield’s poorest schools into a STEAM Academy that administrators say will be revolutionary.
A criminal charge is being sought against the most recent interim Kern High School District police chief who was put on leave earlier this month.
Despite sagging polls and predictions ballot fatigue would doom school bonds, those measures overwhelmingly passed Tuesday, shattering local records as almost $1.4 billion in construction funding was approved countywide.
Chad Vegas, the three-term Kern High School District trustee who refused to run for re-election this year because he said enforcing new state-imposed anti-discrimination laws violated his religious conscience, slammed The Bakersfield Californian Monday during his final board meeting.
The county board of education Tuesday voted unanimously to allow agricultural behemoth The Wonderful Company to open a charter school in the rural farming community of Lost Hills.
Harold “Lefty” Williams used to travel the world as the first southpaw member of the Harlem Globetrotters, the high-flying comedic basketball team that hinges on spectacle, wowing audiences at sports arenas with dunks and tricks.
Pacific Gas & Electric Company presented two North High students Tuesday with a pair of solar suitcases that they’ll take to Kenya to teach youth and community groups about sustainable energy.
A Kern County jury awarded former Bakersfield College wrestling and golf coach Bill Kalivas nearly $13,000 in damages from a civil lawsuit he filed after he was informed in 2014 by BC athletics director Sandi Taylor that he was not being retained as wrestling coach.
Brian Carter’s passion for basketball, evident from an early age, carried him all the way to a job as South High School’s head varsity coach a decade ago, but friends say in the classroom he was a dedicated special education teacher.
An attorney, risk management specialist and insurance director advised school district leaders across the county Friday that it’s their right to allow concealed weapons on campus, but the liabilities could be huge.
The Wonderful Company, the agricultural giant that has been establishing charter schools throughout the San Joaquin Valley where much of its business interests lie, unveiled a new $30 million campus Friday in Delano.
David Edmiston, the longtime Kern High School District police officer named acting chief after whistleblower Joseph Lopeteguy was placed on leave this year, has also been placed on administrative leave, officials confirmed Thursday.