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By Pat Doody 

Tehachapi School Board Update


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Attending the Grand Opening of the TUSD Welding Class were (from left) GTEDC President Lydia Chaney, TUSD Board Member Jackie Wood, Tehachapi City Manager Greg Garrett, Director of Instructional Services Regina Green, Welding Instructor Jeremy Staat (back), Adult School Principal Steve Bshara, Superintendent Susan Andreas-Berval, and Assistant to the City Manager Corey Costelloe.

Superintendent Susan Andreas-Berval reported that on March 12 TUSD, along with Cerro Coso Community College, unveiled the long-awaited Welding Program at Tehachapi High School. City Manager Greg Garrett and EDC President Lydia Chaney were in attendance.

A storage room at the high school was outfitted with a ventilation system and 10 welding machines purchased for the program. For now, the welding classes are part of the Adult Education Program with Cerro Coso credits; however, it is hoped that they can soon be offered to high school students. Each class can accommodate 15 students and there are 65 students on the waiting list.

Jabcobsen Principal Paul Kaminski gave the School Board an update on activities at JMS. He reported that one of the biggest problems at the junior high school is "social media distraction". He cited an example of a confiscated phone that had five messages from SnapChat and Instagram in the time it took him to write down the phone number. He introduced JMS Dean Janine Trauger-Tufts who has applied for a grant to develop an "Alternative to Suspension" program.


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