School districts are now getting a clearer picture of how many students they have this fall compared to last year as enrollment numbers start getting settled.
At Bakersfield’s biggest school districts — the Bakersfield City School District, Kern High School District and the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District — enrollment growth this year has met some expectations while for others the number of new students is less than predicted.
Kern High School District saw the largest growth of the major districts with 40,184 students, the first time the district has exceeded 40,000 students. This year saw 932 more students compared to last school year, according to the district.
This is a more significant increase than the 2017-18 school year saw. That year, there were 679 more students compared to the 2016-17 year.
For other districts, enrollment numbers weren’t as high as expected. The Bakersfield City School District grew by 96 students with a total enrollment of 30,795, according to the district. This is less than the 150 or more students that had been projected to arrive.
The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District has 18,686 kids this year, according to a September tally. That’s only an increase of a couple kids over last year. The district had initially projected there would be 100 or more new students this year.
BCSD and PBVUSD administrators were unavailable for comment on the enrollment numbers Friday.
The Rosedale Union School District said it won’t have final enrollment numbers until early October, but is expecting it to be close to 6,000 students.
A Cal State Bakersfield student has been given the Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, the highest recognition a student can achieve at the university.
Rawiah Eisa Mohamed Osman was one of 23 students across the CSU system who was selected for the award. They were recognized during a CSU board of trustees meeting in Long Beach on Sept. 11.
Students are selected based on their efforts both in the classroom and the community. They are required to demonstrate high academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need.
“Rawiah has risen above adversity to dedicate her life to the under-served as a servant-leader and teacher who will inspire hope, resilience and lifelong learning,” CSUB President Lynnette Zelezny said. “Rawiah represents the best of CSU Bakersfield. She makes us proud.”
Rawiah immigrated with her family to the United States as a child to escape conflict in her home country of Africa. She is pursuing a teaching credential at CSUB and also volunteers at Munsey Elementary School as a teacher’s assistant.
Once she receives her credential, Rawiah said she plans to work for underserved schools in Kern County.
The Kern County Library launched its One Book Project this week, focused on the issue of incarceration.
In partnership with Bakersfield College and CSU Bakersfield, the project encourages the community to read books relating to specific topics and participate in discussions. The project also includes family storytimes, crafts, film screenings and workshops.
The goal of the event is to bridge cultural divides and bring more tolerance and understanding of a diverse community. It also helps support literacy.
This year, the main selection is “Incarceration Nations” by Baz Dreisinger. Other titles include “Orange is the New Black” and “Touching Spirit Bear.”
All participating books are available through the library and can be purchased from bookstores.
The project will end with a author visit and book-signing event on Oct. 30 at the CSUB Icardo Center, 9001 Stockdale Highway.
To participate or for more information, call the Kern County Library at 868-0700.
CSU Bakersfield is hoping to get people interested in joining its 60+ Club with its Possibilities Day on Sept. 20.
The event is at 8:30 a.m. in the CSUB Student Union Multipurpose Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Attendees will get the chance to meet new President Lynnette Zelezny and learn about the club, a volunteer organization made up of seniors 60 years or older. They will be able to ask questions and sign up if interested.
A membership costs $40, or couples can join for $80. The club includes reading groups, a lunch/dinner club, coffee with CSUB professors and more. There are monthly meetings every second Thursday of the month.
For more information, visit csub.edu/60plus or call 654-3211.
This story has been updated to correct the time for the Possibilities Day event at CSUB.