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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 9A il Alicia Knadler division develop between the class in case some students Indian Valley Academy, said Indian Valley Editorcharter school and the high need a different course in this is a common concern. aknadler@plumasnews.com school," teacher Jim Norman that subject area. Charter school graduates said. "I think bringing them Junior and senior high are accepted at the finest WillPlumas Unified Schooltogether would be a positive students would have addedcolleges and universities, she District trustees allow char- step forward, laying ground- options, besides several elec- answered, though students ter schools on their campuses, work for the future of county tives to choose from. seeking acceptance into the if it means a high-quality schools." If students are successful military might have to take a education with more options In a sample draft of a and demonstrate responsibil- couple junior college classes for students? master schedule, there would ity, they may be allowed the first, or take the GED. Indian Valley School Clo-be 80 sections of core classes, freedom to "research, explore "I went in on a GED," said sure and Consolidation Com- plus another 12 contractedand learn" individually or in one Army veteran and father mittee members have been electives -- all at an instruc- smallgroups, of two young boys. exploring different school tional salary slightly less Subcommittee members Other concerns brought models, and the most attrac- than $340,000. will continue refining their up during the last weekly tire seems to be combining The modelincludes teachersmodel and focus some atten- meeting included threats of the traditional, charter and and colleagues working to-tion on the elementary level violence from rival students, academy programs, gether to teach students in a next. and the devastating ramifica- According to the subcom- lecture-lab format similar to One of the many residentstions school closure would mittee in charge of research- those found on college andat the committee meeting have on the community and ing and developing the university campuses, asked if a charter schoolthe economy. options, running the pro-All students would be ex- education would hurt their: The committee will con- grams alongside each other pected to take English, social child's chances for accep- tinue weekly meetings each could create the best possible studies, math and science tanceat auniversity. Tuesday at 4 p.m., in the education for allstudents, each year, and there wouldSue Weber, of Plumas Greenville High School "I've seen a significant be computers in each core Charter School and the Library. From page 1A law, layoff notices must go best practices guidelines. out by March 15. The board is Because those letters are not scheduled to meet again agendized as "information" recommendations for Pio- until March 14, but that items, the board will not be neer-Quincy Elementary date may change because ofable to take any action on School will follow the general anticipated board member them. public input period, absences. Other items related to The district estimates theIndian Jim school closureandconsolida- faculty layoffs could saveThe next item on the tion are sprinkled through- nearly $2 million, agenda is discussion of the out the lengthy agenda, fate of Indian Jim School in Indian Valley 7-11 report the Feather River Canyon. Rancheria opposition The board will then hear PUSD has had a special use The Taylorsville an interim report and a permit from the Plumas Rancheria's tribal council request for additional infor- National Forest to operate has submitted a resolution to mation from the Indian the site, which includes a the board expressing unani- Valley 7-11 Committee. school building, storage shed, mous opposition to closure of Guy McNett, a member of chain link fence, parking Greenville Junior-Senior that committee, told the area, playground with equip- High School and Taylorsville Quincy 7-11 Committee at ament, a government-owned Elementary School. public forum Thursday, Feb. well and pump house, and They say their children 2, that his committee would access road. "have the right to a just and be presenting an alternative The district has indicated equitable education and to closing GHS to the school it wants to cancel its permit. know that a long commute to board in March. Earl Ford, forest supervisor, a high school of 1.5 hours He said the committee was said in a letter dated Jan. 25 round trip will have a collaborating with Plumas that, although it is usually profound negative impact Charter School on a plan the responsibility of the per- on homework completion, that would "save a half- mit holder to remove or mod- participation in sports, atten- million, reduce the numberify all the improvements, in dance, drop-out rate, and of teachers, provide better this case the Forest Service social development." education, more diversity would be willing to assume The council also notes and morerigor." responsibility. that the district receives He acknowledged the task "The Storrie Fire Restora- federal funds for its Native was difficult and the devil tion Project would allow American student body. was in the details, but vowed, the Forest to redevelop the "We will make it work. It will Indian Jim School and James Bus costs happen." Lee Campground into a site Ken Pierson, transporta- that would improve recre- tion director for the district, Quincy 7-11 letters ation, interpretation, and will give a report on site-to- Next, the school board will conservation education op- site costs for various trans- hear from the Quincy 7-11 portuqities in the Feather portation options, such as Committee, which plans to River Canyon," Fordwrote. Greenville High to Quincy present two letters, one ask- High, GHS to Chester High, ing for an extension of the Supervisor concerns Portola High to QHS, and timeline for its recommenda- The board will then con- even CHStoQHS. tions (currently scheduledsider a letter from the for March) and another Plumas County Board of Potentiallay-offs expressing concerns about Supervisors asking that the At two places on the agenda, the district's failure to follow district "engage the Board in one for discussion and one for action, the board will con- sider the superintendent's FORUMS, from page 1A Baker addressed the crowd of recommendations for certifi- 60, saying she "so resented cated layoffs, chiefly teachers whoever was fomenting the and principals, equal to 32.5 speak at the league's nextrumor" that the school board full-time equivalents, a bit meeting Thursday, March 1,blindly followed the superin- higher than the 29 FTEs the at 6 p.m. at the Quincy tendent. That is not the case, district estimated last month, library, she said. These possible layoffs are At the end of Thursday's "We think our work will be a result of the district's public forum, the wife of honored," Pierson replied. proposed school closures. By school board member Brad "It will," Brad Baker said. 16TH Annual Saturday, February 18th, 2012 Alternate Storm Out Date: February 25th Come join the fun at beautiful Lake Davis just 6 miles from Portola, CA. FOr more info call 530-836-6811 The Staging Area is the Lake Davis Store FOOd and Drinks available for purchase at the Staging Area Raffle Tickets Prizes donated prizes, Raffle Tickets each or 6 for $5 : f 0 r Thanks to all the merchants who we appreciate your support! will be available for $1 Helmets are required, Registration 9 to 11am, Awards at 2pro Hands Winl S12 Entry Fee per person / 2 or more hands per person S8 each at initial time of purchase SKI-DO0 Summit ROTAX 800R Snowmobile Supplied by Tom's Snowmobile and Service, Sierra city, CA Snowmobile Raffle Tickets $20.00 Proceeds to benefit the Rotary Endowment Fund regard to possible school closures and consolidations." Independent of the board, supervisor Jon Kennedy has launched a petition, through change.org, that would ask the school board to postpone closure and consolidation efforts. Possible action The school board will then move to action items, where it may actually vote on the recommended faculty layoffs and reduction or reassignment of certificated administrators. ! Delaine Fragnol! Even if Chester committee Managing Editor members had blanketed their dfragnoli@plumasnews.com community with meeting no- tices, something they were con- The Chester 7-11 Commit- sidering as of Saturday after- tee's scheduled meeting Tues- noon, they still could not have day, Feb. 7, was off again and met the new requirement for then on again following misun- website posting since PUSD de- derstandings about posting re- clined to post the agenda. quirements for the public Monday morning, Feb. 6, meeting, committee chairwoman Traci The Brown Act requires that Holt decided to designate the notices of regular public meet- meeting a special meeting, ings be posted in publicly ac- which has a 24-hour noticing cessible places 72 hours before- requirement. Within an hour, hand. Under a new require- PUSD had posted the notice, ment that went into effect Jan. and the meeting was set to pro- 1, a public agency with a web- ceed. site also must post agendas A meeting cancellation could there 72 hours prior to a regu- have further hampered the lar meeting. Chester committee, which got According to emails oh- a late start on an already com- tained by Feather Publishing, pressed timeline -- the com- the Chester committee sent its mittee is supposed to make its agenda to Plumas Unified recommendations to the school School District Friday, Feb. 3, a board in mid-March. The late full 96 hours ahead of time. The start was a result of too few ap- district, which maintains a plicants: Only two people ap- website, declined to post the plied when the committee agenda, saying it couldn't meet needed a minimum of seven the 72-hour requirement be- members. Other area 7-11 corn- cause weekend hours don't mittees were appointed in De- count, cember, but the Chester one It is the opinion of the Cali- wasn't appointed until Janu- fornia Attorney General's Of- ary, when more applicants rice (78 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 327) stepped forward. that weekend hours do count The Chester committee has a in calculating the 72-hour no- public forum scheduled for tice period. The only caveat is Sunday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. in the that the agenda must be posted Chester High School library, in a location that is freely ac- barring any glitches. cessible to members of the pub- Agendas and minutes for all lic. Posting the agenda in a the 7-11 committees can be public building that is locked found by visiting pcoe.kl2.ca. during evening or weekend us. Click on "Governing Board hours does not meet the statu- Establishes 7-11 Committees" tory requirement, in the slideshow. Visit our new and improved website at www.kqny919.org! 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