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Participants sought for Miss BCMS

Applications are available and spots are limited for the 4th Annual Miss BCMS pageant. Applications are available in the BCMS front office during school hours and may be returned to Mandy Jones at the school along with the $50 registration fee. Deadline to register is September 26 or when the first 50 applications are turned in.
The pageant is open to all registered BCMS female students. Male escorts must also be registered BCMS students. There will be an overall winner and a princess chosen from each grade. There will also be a Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic awarded.

Progress sluggish in non-instructional talks

DSC_0039Contract talks between the school district’s non-instructional employee union and the administration dragged on until nearly 11 pm  September 8 with still no resolution on a core of issues, most prominent among them greater inclusion of its ranks on the communication chain on student discipline matters. DSC_0045The parties will re-convene on September 18 for another go at it, and discussions on other matters like the procedure for lining up bus drivers for field trips, higher seniority steps for veteran employees, and equaling bonus pay to that of teachers who have already settled their contract. In photo above, the delegations at the bargaining table in the school board meeting room. At right, non-instructional union president Stephanie Wingard and Tracy Butler, the negotiator assigned by the regional office of the Florida Education Association based in Orange Park. The session later this month will be the fourth.

District launches ‘behavior’ classes

A new curriculum that advocates say has helped reduce absenteeism and teen pregnancy while boosting graduation rates in school districts nationwide could be in Baker County High School classrooms next month.
The consistent theme throughout the curriculum is simple: Good choices lead to good consequences; bad choices lead to risky behavior, which leads to bad consequences.
The school board received a one-hour presentation on the program, which consists of three components targeting students in ninth through 12th grades, during a board meeting on the afternoon of September 1 prior to the regular bi-monthly board meeting. Read More »

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