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2A Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com / "If you want to buy a new car, you don't take the rear-view mirror off and stick a Elizabeth Smith took new one on, you design a new model." advantage of her right to speak during the public comment portion of the school IVA Director Sue Weber board meeting to serve papers to Term Willits, Plum.as Unified School District the California Department of his growing concerns. director of pupil services. Education began requiring Norman said Greenville has Smith spoke at last month's every school district to lost more than the equivalent meeting to express her provide a uniform complaint of one full-time teacher this concerns regarding the process for complaints school year, in addition to the relocation of the county's regarding insufficient elimination of multiple special day preschool, which instructional materials, electives and the loss of moved to the Pioneer unsafe or unhealthy facility course sections. Elementary School site over conditions and teacher He said Greenville's master the winter break, vacancies and schedule has been depleted to At the Jan. 9 meeting Smith misassignments. "embarrassing proportions, showed pictures she had Smith gave a brief recap of ' and is certainly not within the taken onthe first day of class her complaint, including her parameters which had at the new site, which she dissatisfaction with how the originally been set forth in claimed violates ADA district ~s treating her. the GHS/IVA partnership standards an4 shows evidence She sa~d her certified letters agreement." of lead paint, asbestos tiles, didn't gdt delivered and that Greenville High and Indian water damage and an she can't get any satisfaction Valley Academy are working inadequate playground, from thd superintendent. She in a collaboration to serve She removed her child from said Pioneer School is not in Indian Valley students. the school because she said it good standing and that she GHS now has an off-site was an unsafe environment cannot turn her head to a business and finance for all students, including her facility that has not been ADA instructor, increased teacher 4-year-old son, who has Down approved, duties and "a host of syndrome. Smith said she was serving acronym-labeled extras Smith told the packed Willits with a Williams including OARS, STEM, boardroom at the Feb. 13 complaint and handed her a STEAM, CCSS, VPSS, WASC meeting that she contacted sheaf of papers before leaving and PBIS." state officials, including the the room. Norman compared the Division of the State teachers' plight with that of Architect, in addition to GI-IS, IVA challenges GHS Principal Gary Miller, making a formal Williams Greenville High School who is also principal of Indian complaint, band teacher Jim Norman Valley Elementary; both are After the Williams also availed himself of the overwhelmed with duties, Settlement legislation of 2004, public input period to voice struggling to keep their heads Tuesday & Thursday 8 - 5 Fridays by appt. Providing continued quality physical therapy for you and your family Industrial'Therapy Sports Therapy General Rehabilitation Manual Therapy Out Patient Orthopedics 2.83-2291 20 Crescent St Quincy butch.jvegmail:com 7 da in IP m m m I I I I all Combo I I Must bring coupon to be valid i exp. 2-28-14 i I .3 above water. "As a staff, we would like to support Mr. Miller, and we would like to serve the students of Indian Valley to the best of our ability," Norman said. "However, manyofthe challen.ges before us this year are out of our control, and were brought forth not in the spirit of collaboration, but rather as mandates and directives." Despite the hardships, Norman said he believes it's possible to build a true partnership with IVA, to develop a viable K-12 model and to maintain high standards of learning and a positive school culture. In closing, Norman encouraged the administration and governing board to look at the bigger picture. New model The collaboration between Greenville High School and Indian Valley Aca(~emy, fi school within Plumas Charter School, is halfway through its second year. Many things are better, but some real challenges remain, said IVA Director Sue Weber. "We have made steps to partner, but we are still Band-Aiding. "We're talking about creating a new model. If you want to buy a new car, you don't take the rear-view mirror off and stick a new one on, you design a new model." Weber said. Board director Bob Tuerck agreed. "We're all walking See PUSD, page 3A ]1 m= er now of stealing $622,000 Dan McDonald Managing Editor d mcdonald@plumasnews.corn Leanna May Moore is now accused Of stealing more than a half-million dollars from the Indian Valley Community Services District. Last week, the Plumas County district attorney filed a motion to amend the original complaint against the former IVCSD general manager. The new complaint alleges Moore stole $622,000 while she was in charge of the district between 2006 and 2012. In the original complaint, filed in November 2013, Moore was charged with stealing $381,841. The DA's office filed a motion Feb. 7 to increase the amount after receiving updated results of an ongoing audit of the district's finances. District Attorney David Hollister said the investigation is continuing. He said "there is a potential for admissible evidence to be uncovered, Causing the alleged loss to grow in amount." Moore, 41, of Winnemucca, Nev is scheduled to appear in Plumas County Superior Cotlrt on Friday, Feb. 28. She is free on $100,000 bail. Moore surrendered to the Plumas County sheriff on Nov. 21, 2013, two days after a warrant was issued for her arrest. According to a four-count criminal complaint, Moore is Leanna May Moore accused of forgery and embezzlement during her tenure as the district's general manager. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Moore's attorney, Jeff Cunan, said in November that his client "has never been in trouble in her life." "The IVCSD has been in disarray for a very longtime, since well before Leanna worked there " Cunan said. "If Leanna has made mistakes, she will rectify them." According to the complaint, Moore used a variety of methods to funnel money to herself. She is accused of adding herself to the payroll, writing checks to herself while forging the names of district board members, and making unauthorized purchases with a district debit card. Current and former IVCSD board members said they have been advised to not comment because they are considered witnesses in the investigation. The board members interviewed by the district attorney's office said they had no idea the alleged embezzlement was occurring. During the district's Jan. 8 and Feb. 12 board of directors meetings in Greenville, several Indian Valley residents,asked the board members to resign. None of the directors have offered to step down. 4:30a 7:00 3 Enchiladas (presale) =5 3 Enchiladas (at the door) =6 Support the QHS Junior Class Tickets can be purchased at Carey Candy Co. or Epilog Books That's one of our many specialties Increase your property value while building. Prices are still low! We also do insurance-related repairs If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can. CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. 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