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FEATHER RIVER I J arrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Vol, 145, No. 31 Feat ............... . .............. - "* .......... r 50 CENTS School board trustee Brad Baker shares some parting words with the crowd after he announced his resignation at the March 8 school board meeting. Baker quit after being served with a recall notice. Photo by Lisa Kelly BAKER Q'UITS BOARD Recall of superintendent under way Debra Moore Almanor and Indian Valley Staff Writer COn run men areas. After Scott made After the Plumas Unified School District superinten- dent and two school board members received recall notices March 8, one school board member quit. Brad Baker, from the Quincy area, stood and said, "I will save the distrigtjthe cost of a recall election -- I quit." Sonja Anderson, the other board member targeted for recall, and Glenn Harris, the superintendent, remained for the rest of the board meeting, though Anderson called for a 15-minute recess. Anderson then took over running the meeting, which Baker had been chairing for the absent Chris Russell. Russell had a family emergency and left Quincy just prior to the meeting. Superintendent Harris re- ceived his notification during the public input portion of the county office of education (Glenn Harris.) out of town, but you'll have the same problem: not enough students, not enough money to go around." Brad Baker Former school board member meeting. Chester resident William Scott approached the podium with several others standing by his side, includ- ing former school board trustee Jonathan Kusel. Scott read a notice of intention to circulate a recall petition. The notice cited Harris' gross mismanage- ment in his capacity as the elected Plumas County super- intendent of schools and accused him of "creating an environment of fear and in- timidation among adminis- trators, teachers and staff; allowing an incomplete and incompetent budget study to be used as a basis for decision-making; allowing a public process on school closures to proceed that failed to provide needed information and was dis- respectful of community members' time and work; repeatedly misrepresenting the budget to the board and the public; and failing to care for all students of the county and ensuring that their educational needs are met." The document was signed by 31 individuals, predomi- nantly from the Chester-Lake his remarks, there was a smattering of applause from the audience. Harris did not respond to the document except to say "Thank you." The recall notices for board membei's Baker and Ander- son came about midway through the public comment section of the school district meeting, which immediately followed the county office of education meeting. Again, a group gathered at the podium. This time Chester resident Mary LaVerne Strate spoke. Ad- dressing Brad Baker, she read, "The grounds for the recall are as follows: Due to failing to exercise necessal'y oversight and management of the district superintendent, failing to provide adequate fiduciary oversight of the district, and failing to care for all students of the county and school district and ensuring See Baker, page 4A Plan could hurt local businesses Tomorrow: Quincy Connect: Happy Transi- tion Hour, 5 - 7 p.m., Alley Cat Cafe at 541 Main St. Transition Quincy hosts conversational salon, featuring Karen Kleven on "Using the Internet to Build Local Economy"; Carrie Hawthorne hosts. Free and open to all. Donations encour- aged but not required. For information: Karen Kleven, 394-0269. Quincy High School talent show, 7 p.m., QHS small gym. Variety of performances includes singing and dancing. Admission $2 adults, $1 students. Friday: Beer Tasting & Food Pairing, 4- 7 p.m., Quincy Natural Foods Co-op Learning center (across the street from the store). Under Cover Ale Works will present four 6-ounce beer samples paired with four ap- petizers prepared by QNFC. Must be 21 or older to attend. Sign up in the store. Co-op members $10, non-members $1S. "Parallel Lives" opening night; doors open 6 p.m., play at 7; West End Theatre through Alley Cat Cafe. Presented by dramaworks. Contains adult material; not suitable for children. No babes in arms. Tickets $15 adults, $10 FRC students and seniors; available at Alley Cat Cafe, Epilog Books, Carey Candy Co. Saturday: Contra dance, 7:30 p.m., Quincy Vet's Hall. Easy and fun for all ages. Dances taught and called, brief introductory session included. Live music by Post-Industrial String Band; guest caller Mark Goodwin. See Q, page 3A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-28[-0800 Cou-00ty cost-cutting may hit pharmacies Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdnald@plumasnews'c m A plan that could save the county thousands of dollars a year might end up costing a local business just as much. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors grappled with that dilemma during its meeting Tuesday, March 6. When the sheriff's office asked the board to approve a cheaper way of providing prescription medication for its growing inmate popu- lation, the supervisors hesi- tated. Then they decided to take a couple weeks to think about it. "I want to do the math," Supervisor Jon Kennedy said. "I want to see how much this would affect the local pharmacists. If it negatively affects them, I'm not going to vote for it." The sheriff wants to start buying inmate medications through a pharmaceutical management company. It cur- rently gets the medications from Quincy Drug Store. Assistant. Sheriff Dean Canalia said the ,change would save the county a lot of money. He said his office spent about $38,000 last year to provide medications for inmates at the county jail. He said the jail's average population is expected to rise from 20 - 26 inmates to more than 50 because of the impact of Assembly Bill 109. He said the jail's medication costs could double as well. "There is going to be a serious shortfall in our budget, with the (jail) popula- tion going up and what we have allocated toward medications," Canalia said. "This is a way we could stop that rising cost." Canalia asked the super- visors to approve a contract with pharmaceutical man- agement company US Script. He said his office picked US Script because it has three affiliate pharmacies in the county -- Quincy Drug, Rite Aid and Village Drug in Greenville. "I don't know who US Script is going to give our "qontract tq," Canaiia said. "That's a contract between US Script and the phar- macies, not between the sheriff's office and the pharmacies." Canalia said US Script would choose one of the pharmacies. But, regardless which pharmacy gets the contract, "they are not going to makeas much money through US Script as they were without using US Script." Mike Kibble, owner of Quincy Drug Store, said losing the sheriff's business would have a "huge impact" on his business. Kibble said he wasn't aware that his pharmacy was one of US Script's affiliates. "I've never even heard of them," he said. Kibble added that Quincy Drug has gone out of its way to provide good service to the sheriff's office. "We have offered them free delivery and immediate service," Kibble said. "And we have been available on weekends." Canalia said he was "caught off guard" by the board's hesitance to approve the contract. He said his office could save 60 percent or more on some medica- tions. "I think it would be negligent of us not to save that kind of money if we could," Canalia said. "This is very difficult. I do understand. And that is why we have been working on this contract with US Script for three or four months. It's not that we want to do it, it's that we have to do it." He said rising medical costs could push the sheriffs office to the brink. "The only thing we are try- ing to do is hold our budget in line," Canalia said. "Be- cause we are one big illness away from a catastrophic failure at the jail." Kennedy asked the short- handed board (only three of the five members were at the meeting) to postpone a decision until the March 20 meeting. If the vote to approve the contract took place at the March 6 meeting, it would 'have failed with Kennedy's no vote. "And that's not fair to you guys if I'm wrong," Kennedy told the other board members. Supervisors Sherrie Thrall and Lori Simpson didn't hint at how they would vote. But they both said they could see both sides. "If everything eventually goes mail-order our pharma- cies are going to go under," Simpson said. "And pretty soon we won't be able to go get an aspirin." Kennedy said, "I'm almost leaning toward paying more to make sure our local busi- ness owners keep the money here. "This is a tough one for me. It really is," he added. "Because I want to be conser- vative and shop wisely. But I also don't want to pull the rug out from under our local business owners." Student art on display Danielle DeBoever's art students at Portola and Quincy high schools have work on display at Pangaea Cafe and Pub through March. This acrylic work is by QHS senior Amanda Dorris. For story and more pictures, see page 1611. Photo by Mona Hill Mental Health director resigns Dan McDonald Staff Writer Plumas County Director of Mental Health John Sebold has resigned. He said he plans to step down May 29. The longtime county de- partment head submitted a letter of resignation to the county Board of Super- visors Thursday morning, March 8. In the letter, Sebold recommended Children's Services Coordinator Pat Leslie as his replacement. "I believe that Ms. Leslie has the necessary knowl- edge base and judgment to lead the department successfully into the fu- ture," Sebold said. When contacted by a reporter at his home Friday afternoon, Sebold said he wasn't ready to discuss the reason for his resignation. But he told his colleagues it .wasn't a snap decision. In an email to members of the Mental Health Commis- sion, Sebold said, "I have been working with the ad- ministrative staff at Mental Health on a transition plan for some time and believe the department is in a great position to move forward in the future." Sebold thanked his staff for their support and said he would soon be discussing "details of my plans" with them. In his resignation letter, Sebold told the supervisors he would continue to help the department after May 29, if needed. "As I pursue other in- terests I hope you know that I remain interested and committed to the success of Plumas County," he said. f %