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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 7A Indian Valley residents attack school closure process Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com Others decried the data and statistics provided by admin- istration. The budget study, for exam- pie, does not conform to the California State of Education Best Practices Guide when it comes to the 11 factors that should be considered before dosing a school. One specific example of this, pointed out by commit- tee chairwoman Centella Tucker, was that the sale of school buildings was de- scribed in terms of mitigation and not of the potential re- source. And the transportation rec- ommendation that found a bus trip to Chester to be safer than one to Quincy was also flawed by not taking traffic numbers into account. Even the study of the two Quincy elementary schools was flawed, said one meeting participant, who claimed the decision had already been made, so the study was fo- cused to suit that foregone conclusion. "They backed us into a cor- ner to make the bare-bones charter option look good," committee member and for- mer high school teacher Veronica Tilton said. "But that won't solve the district's problems." Instead, she wants adminis- trators to stop some planned work, including installation of new technology and facili- ties, even administrative ex- penses, until the committees have more time to make plans. "We need to get out from under the gun," committee member and Indian Valley Academy staff member Sue Weber said of the short amount of time they had left before a recommendation is expected. "We need to get the kids back together on one site," she said in discussing the charter oPtions. "That's what would be best for the commu- nity." School Structure Subcom- mittee members developed three options, including keep- ing Greenville High School a traditional district school, with the cost-saving addition of teaching colleagues, or aides. Class formats would be sim- ilar to those found on a uni- versity campus, with teachers offering a lecture, and the aides leading instruction in the labs. The other two options were both charter, dependent or fully independent, ff no other option was available: Regardless of the format, having all students under one roof was deemed best. Budget study review In a review of the adminis- trative facilities-budget study, committee members made the following findings: Turning Taylorsville Ele- mentary into a K - two school would serve more than 70 The general consensus at Indian Valley school closure " and consolidation commit- tee meetings seems to be that six to eight weeks is not enough time for the task at hand, and that the adminis- tration is unreasonable, un- reliable and undesirable -- or to put in into a simpler term -- corrupt. More than one person at the committee meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24, deemed the whole clo- sure and consolidation process tainted due to the ear- ly disclosure of the adminis- tration recommendations to close Greenville High and Taylorsville and Quincy ele- mentary schools. Immoral, unethical and oth- er terms were used to de- scribe Superintendent Glenn Harris and his work to steer the course of the Plumas Uni- fied School District toward school closures. Among those commenting was retired administrator Joe Hagwood, who served as prin- cipal for more than one school in the district. "It's deeply flawed," he said of the sequence of events, the process and ethics involved. "It was inappropri- ate for the superintendent to make' recommendations in the midst of the process ... (closure) shouldn't be a fore- gone conclusion." .... or Damage? We're here to help with REPLACING or REPAIRING: DOORS .'TTRM ..... 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Merging the remaining ele- mentary grades three - six in- to the 400 wing of the high school would completely emp- ty one facility and save more than an additional $200,000 annually. Per-student vei'sus per- school costs were also stud- ied, 'which totally flip-flopped foregone conclusions. Administrative numbers show that Greenville is a more expensive school op- tion, while committee mem- bers found the opposite to be true. In fixed operating costs, Greenville was actually less expensive by about $25,000 an- nually. And if looked at on a square-foot basis, Chester is 23 percent more expensive than Greenville. Greenville als0 has the ca- pacity for more students, as do all schools in the county due to declining enrollment numbers. Disabled access issues, in- cluding needed construction of a restroom, would have to be addressed in Chester, un- like in Greenville, where there are four accessible re- strooms. The cultural value of ethnic issues was also a part of this report, and Greenville is where the majority of the county's Native American population resides. Busing them to another school might balance school populations, yet the cost to do so might be socially unbear- able considering the recent suicide crisis among young Native American men. Transportation is one area where committee members re- ally focused on the tainted and potentially dangerous results of the administrative study. District transportation offi- cials reported that "based on the direction the board wants to go," it. recommended bus- ing students to Chester would be safer than sending them to Quincy. "Why is this section not based on facts?" locals want to know. In their own study, mileage costs were found to be more expensive for the Chestdr route and would actually be more dangerous, with vehb cles 12.7 percent more likely to be involved in a crash. The "least well-off" people in the community would also be the ones burdened with the increased transportation costs, according to the local response. The review ends with a dis cussion of financial and com- munity value. While the subcommittee for economic review has yet to chime in, the local review al- ready shows that administra-- tion is disregarding their own statement: "Nothing says fu- ture ghost town like shuttered schools." The local review of the ad- ministrative facilities-budget review concludes as follows: "The district should recog- nize there are good reasons to maintain comprehensive K - 12 education programs in each community rather than to sacrifice one for another." John Pato Sr. Presents 2nd Annual Ice Fishing Tournament Lake Davis, Sat., Feb. 4th $20 entry fee Registration forms at KS in Portola Mill Works in Graeagle and J&J's Grizzly Store at Lake Davis Awards  Trophys . Cash .. 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