Charter considers options

Members of the Ridgecrest Charter School Board of Directors met Thursday night to update parents on the outcome of last week’s meeting in Sacramento of the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools, which voted 5-1 to uphold the committee recommendation to deny the RCS charter. When . . . Read Full Story >>

Commission upholds charter denial

Rebecca Neipp

After about an hour of testimony at the state capitol, and almost no deliberation, the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools voted 5-1 Tuesday to uphold a committee recommendation to deny the charter for Ridgecrest Charter School. Whether the school, which instructs about 500 students, can . . . Read Full Story >>

Auld moves up to district HR head

Auld moves up to district HR head

Rebecca Neipp

Longtime Burroughs High School educator Bryan Auld will take a new assignment for the upcoming academic year — as assistant superintendent of human resources at Sierra Sands Unified School District. His move is one of many changes anticipated among next year’s district administrators (see related . . . Read Full Story >>

More personnel changes for Sierra Sands schools

More personnel changes for Sierra Sands schools

Rebecca Neipp

With two shifts in top positions for Sierra Sands Unified School District, two retiring principals and a cascading effect as in-house personnel are promoted to some of those roles, Superintendent Ernie Bell addressed the myriad changes in educational leadership ahead for the community. “This is . . . Read Full Story >>

Ahmad takes the spelling bee again

Ahmad takes the spelling bee again

Emaan Ahmad (right) of Las Flores Elementary School, winner of the Sierra Sands Unified School District-wide Spelling Bee Jan. 30, receives her trophy from Principal Sue Marvin. The winning word was “magnolia.” At left is another excellent speller, Danielle Vander Werf. — Photo by Laura . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC offers Spanish  for native speakers

CCCC offers Spanish for native speakers

Cerro Coso Community College is offering a Spanish course designed for native speakers. C180 will be offered online with instructor Lucila Gonzalez-Cirre beginning Feb. 11. This course is geared toward those who wish to develop their fluency further through vocabulary building, spelling and accentuation rules, . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Charter in jeopardy

Ridgecrest Charter in jeopardy

Rebecca Neipp

Charter School Board President Eric Bruin (center left) and Principal Steve Martinez (right) address a crowd of parents following the state recommendation to deny the school’s charter — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Leaders of the Ridgecrest Charter School have been soliciting letters of support . . . Read Full Story >>

Bloom  joins  CCCC  staff

Bloom joins CCCC staff

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Cerro Coso has announced the appointment of William Bloom as the new director of financial aid and admissions and records. Bloom started his vocation in higher education after a career in the private sector. He worked for the University of . . . Read Full Story >>

Student contests and opportunities

Pinto scholarship available The Desert Community Orchestra Association will once again administer the Peter Pinto Memorial Music Scholarship for students pursuing continued education in instrumental or vocal music. Dr. Pinto was a pediatrician at Drummond Medical Group for many years, as well as a longtime . . . Read Full Story >>

Ostash tapped to lead SSUSD

Ostash tapped to lead SSUSD

Rebecca Neipp

Pictured: Dr. David Ostash ------ Dr. David Ostash has been selected as the next superintendent of Sierra Sands Unified School District, following a special meeting of the SSUSD Board of Education on Monday evening. Currently serving the district as assistant superintendent of human resources, Ostash . . . Read Full Story >>

Spring semester starts Monday

Spring semester starts Monday

Cerro Coso Community College will welcome students back to school Monday, Jan. 14, for the spring semester. “As students begin their new semester they’ll immediately be welcomed back into the main building at the college that recently underwent a three-year state-of-the-art remodel,” said a spokesperson. . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso closed until Jan. 2

Cerro Coso closed until Jan. 2

All offices and classrooms at all Cerro Coso Community College campuses will be closed for winter recess from Monday, December 24, 2018 through Tuesday, Jan. 1. Online registration will be available at www.cerrocoso.edu. Try this easy and convenient way to register for classes. The spring . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso holds pinning ceremony

Cerro Coso holds pinning ceremony

Ridgecrest Campus cohort (from left) Alexis Boske, Maria Renate Gaivoronski, Jessi House, Kayla Linton, Ma’aka Luma’ava, Mashel Lyon, Mary Katie Maguina, Tammy Sue McKinney, Rondra Dee Morrison, Martha Paz, Jonathan Shaw, Brenda Isabel Solis, and Dulce Trujillo — Courtesy photo ------ Cerro Coso Community College . . . Read Full Story >>

Inmates get second chance at CCCC

Inmates get second chance at CCCC

Posing with recent inmate grads from left are (front) Warden George Jaime, Cerro Coso President Jill Board, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Superintendent Shannon Swain, CDCR Director of Rehabilitation Brant Choate and CDCR Principal Dr. Lincoln Johnson. Standing at far right is KCCD Chancellor . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS senior receives academy nomination

BHS senior receives academy nomination

Rebecca Neipp

Burroughs High School senior Gavin Vigneault earned a service academy nomination from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, an important requirement in the competitive process of applying to United States academies. BHS Principal Bryan Auld noted that given the size of McCarthy’s district — which includes Bakersfield, Antelope . . . Read Full Story >>

Pink Ladies present nursing scholarships

Pink Ladies present nursing scholarships

Barbara Martin (center), scholarship chair of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, presents the Jan Hoagland scholarship to students seeking vocational nursing degrees at Cerro Coso Community College. Also pictured are (from left) Kayla Linton, Dulce Gutierrez, Jessi House and Mary Maguina. Not . . . Read Full Story >>

STEM professionals give presentations at BHS

STEM professionals give presentations at BHS

Justin Sumners from the Quick Reaction Capabilities Office/Counter Improvised Explosive Devices program helps Burroughs High School Freshman Jordyn Petroski in and out of a Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal rapid-response vehicle during Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Day at Burroughs High School on Nov. 9. Students . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso offers dual enrollment

Cerro Coso Community College reminds students and their parents that students at Burroughs High School offers many dual-enrollment programs that allow students to earn college credit. Health Careers at BHS is articulated for two classes at CCCC with a grade of a “B” or better. . . . Read Full Story >>

Tractor Supply supports charter school garden

The Ridgecrest Tractor Supply store is supporting Ridgecrest Charter School in developing a garden to provide students with a hands-on learning experience. “The School Garden Program provides kids with an opportunity to use their hands and minds in a way that’s not typically available in . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff Youngblood visits criminal justice students

Sheriff Youngblood visits criminal justice students

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood addresses Rick Smith’s criminal justice class at Burroughs High School. Youngblood spoke to the students about aspects of law enforcement, including the preparation and response to an active shooter situation — which was in the news last week on the . . . Read Full Story >>