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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 »

Smart, sassy ‘Wiz’ opens this weekend

Wiz-pix“Come on and Ease on Down, Ease on Down the Road …” to see the BCHS drama fall musical, The Wiz, a modernized Wizard of Oz with plenty of attitude, new songs, and is fun for the whole family. The show runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and the following week with a similar schedule.
The film version starred Michael Jackson and Dianna Ross and with a score by Quincy Jones is about as hip as can be. Its songs are jazzy and sassy and though the storyline of Dorothy getting swept from Kansas to the Land of Oz is the same, the rest of the story is new and fresh.
Dorothy (Maci McDuffie) still meets the Scarecrow (Jillian Hodges), Tin Man (Lucas Kish) and Cowardly Lion (Sydney Raulerson), but that’s where the similarity ends. Dorothy is shepherded to Oz by a goofy, bumbling magician named Addaperle (Autumn Harrison), who uses an Etch-a-Sketch to tell fortunes.
Along the way the four friends encounter some hippies called the Kalidahs, a bunch of poppies who get the Tin Man arrested and Emerald City residents who resemble fashion models. She’s sent by the all-knowing Wiz (Jeff Rowe) to destroy the Wicked Witch of the West, Evilenne.
Evilenne (Caitlin Crawford) looks more like a cranky Kim Kardashian than the witch in the Wizard of Oz but is quick to dispatch her flying monkeys to bring Dorothy, Toto (Lucylou Summers and Morgan Blankenship) and the three friends to her creepy throne room in a sewer below Oz. It will take the glamorous Glinda (Megan Crawford) to save the day and give Dorothy the key to get back to Kansas.
The large cast includes Jesse Lambright, Hannah Nolen, Madison Bechtel, Lori Ann Bliss, Kaylan Davis, Kate Meadows, Elena Tomas, Collin Crews, Jared Stafford, Tucker Kinghorn, Kassidy Register, Blayne Fraser, Steven Walker, Lily-Anne Drawdy, Julia Archambault, Jordan Griffis, Elizabeth Reagan, Allie English, Kylie Carter, Joel Griffis, Jackson Gloumeau, Eden Crews, Erryana Whitfield, Bella Crews, Madison Blankenship, Emma Dietz, Harper Archambault, Jorda Kay Parker, Aubrey Fuss, Violet Gloumeau, and Karis Duncan.
With wonderful songs like Ease On Down the Road, Home and You Can’t Win, The Wiz is a wonderful new interpretation of an old favorite. Reserved tickets in the first four rows are $10 and are on sale by calling BCHS at 259-6286. General admission tickets are on sale at the door.

Need it built?

The Baker County High School construction/carpentry students can build pump houses, tool sheds, storage buildings, picnic tables, dog houses, bookshelves and much more at very reasonable prices.
Please contact Terry Clardy at BCHS, 259-6286, ext. 10322 or (904) 673-6395.

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