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6A Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Feather River Bulletin James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.corn The Plumas Unified School District board of directors decided it needed to prioritize its spending and search for alternative funding before it OK'd two high-doilar items presented at its regular meeting March 12. The board members tabled voting on four modernization contracts amounting to $221,250 and a districtwide technology upgrade totaling up to $1.6 million until after they thoroughly review the district budget at a workshop scheduled for March 27 - 28. Two of the service contracts the board tabled were for upgrades to restrooms at four schools. PUSD Superintendent Micheline Miglis described the schools' urinals as antiquated. Water runs through the urinals continuously, in the past, that was the norm, Miglis said. Additionally, the restrooms are in need of upgrades to comply with standards mandated in the Americans With Disabilities Act. The bathroom project amounts to $192,000. The other two modernization projects, amounting to just under $30,000, were an access project for Greenville High School's field and a parking lot rehabilitation project at Chester High School. Though board members agreed the projects needed serious attention, the price was of concern to them. "Should we consider putting this off until we get a facilities report back from the Capitol Advisors Group?" director Bret Cook asked the rest of the board. Representatives of the recently contracted Capitol Advisors Group plan to conduct a walkthrough of the district's schools March 24 - 25 to determine facility needs before researching funding sources. "We're also going to have a budget meeting soon," added board president Leslie Edlund. "Should we wait until then?" The district's facility project manager, Kevin Nolen, stood up to speak of the immediacy of the project. Nolen told the board that timing is critical. The project can't be continuously put on hold, he said. "I see value in having a discussion about priorities," commented director Dwight Pierson. "If I remember correctly, we have a tremendous amount of improvement needed. I think we should use diligence." The board held on accepting the service contracts for modernization and said it plans to readdress that after the budget workshop. Later in the meeting, Russ Selken, the senior director of high-speed network for the Butte County Office of Education, who is also employed by PUSD, presented a technology upgrade project to the board. Selken proposed a districtwide upgrade of Internet cabling and electronic devices. In his proposal, every school in the district would be set up with fiber-optic cabling. Now would be the time to connect, Selken told the board, because there is an e-rate reimbursement program available through the Federal Communications Commission. The cost for setting up a network infrastructure, including all the cabling and electronics, would be an estimated $868,615. Through the program, PUSD would be reimbursed $193,000. PUSD's share would equal $734,785. PET ANNOUNCEMENTS P Contest Winners, etc. NCEM ENT Sir William Barks-a-Lot Sir William recen y mpeted in a National B~sI~$]~ Canine C ompet iti~ ~k~ar"s, Kentucky, Sir ~~aTne~" in first in the 3 5 year ol~l'category~ He lives with Joe and Martha Doe in Portola. PET ANNOUNCEMENT Birth Elly's Knight Mare Lady Elysees of Butterfly Valley and Galustrus Knight of Rogue River, Ore., welcon~, Elly's Knight Mare Aug. 8, 2007, during a home bilXl'g~Ol~a.m, in Butterfly Valley, The newborn ~~ mLLl'~ches at the withers. Maternal ~.~i~k~ts are Dorothy and Dennis Miller of Butterfly ~Hle~. Paternal grandparents are Sharon and Gordon Westergard of Rogue River, Ore. Great grandmother is Donna Miller of Quincy. Elly's joins sibling Andy, 11. PET ANNOUNCEMENT ]-. rutis "Big Boy" Smith Obituary Brutis Smith, age 12, went to that great mouse- hunt in the sky Aug. 6, 2014. He enjoyed naps in the lawn ~a~~ fresh water ~.~garden ho~l~investigating ~ll~'~qghbors' yards for l~ards. He was a great guard cat, chasing dogs from the front yard. He is survived by his sister, Freda, canine friend Bo and human servants Steve and Ellen Smith. Bring the information to one of our offices, or email tvvesettin@vlumasnews.com The announcement wilt run one week in the newspaper of your choice listed below: A decision would have to be made by April 6, Selken said. Since the board isn't scheduled to meet before then, Selken hoped for an immediate decision on whether or not to proceed. Further discussion included preparing the district for new online testing and catching students and teachers up on the new technology. Another aspect the board considered is the technology that would be needed on top of creating infrastructure. Together, Selken estimated the cost to be $1.6 million. Teachers union president Ron Logan urged the board to move forward with equipping the schools with the new technology. "The improvement in technology in the last year has improved Instruction tremendously," Logan said. "But there's also a learning curve. The sooner we make this investment, the sooner teachers can get used to it." The board decided to hold off on making any decisions until it reviews the budget at the end of the month. "I wonder what we're going to lose if we go down this path," commented Edlund. "We all want what's best for the kids, but we also have a fiduciary responsibility," added director Traci Holt. Employee dismissal During closed session, the board unanimously took action to begin dismissal procedures 6oncerning a certified staff member. The staff member's identity was not released. The Plumas Health Care Foundation's Denim & Diamonds Dance Party scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has been canceled due to lackluster ticket sales. But there will be another opportunity to support the hospital foundation. The popular Starry Mountain Nights is scheduled for Aug. 22. Construction ahead Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews,com Bridges and roadways dominated much of the discussion during the Plumas Board of Supervisors March 10 meeting. Public Works' Director Bob Perreault will use $200,000 from the road department contingency fund to purchase a panel truss bridge. He said the bridge will be used as a temporary crossing during construction projects and in emergency situations. Upcoming projects include the Bailey Creek bridge replacement on County Road 322A and the Snake Lake Road bridge replacement on County Road 435 over Spanish Creek. The county would rent the structure to state and federal agencies for $3,500 per month during the course of their projects. "Will this pay for itself?." Supervisor Terry Swofford asked Perreault. "Eventually we will reach i't," Perreault responded, with regard to the $200,000 purchase price. Once the purchase price has been met, the county may no longer charge rent for the bridge. Off-highway funds The supervisors approved a grant application for three of-highway vehicle projects at the request of Public Works Director Bob Perreault: Four Corners OHV track, High Lakes trail system, and community outreach and education. Although the board voted to apply for the funds, Supervisors Lori Simpson and Sherrie Thrall questioned Perreault about the High Lakes request, which included the purchase of a $31,000 off-highway vehicle to aid in the mapping process. "What happens to the vehicle?" Thrall asked. "Does it become part of your fleet?" "This is a way to fund a new vehicle that has capabilities we don't have today," Perreault responded. He explained that the vehicle is a high-clearance "boulder There is no substitute for quality BOB RAYMOND PAINTING 836-1339 or 249-3966 brpaints.com CA Uc. #759277 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP crawler" that can maneuver over rugged terrain. It would be made available to the Sheriffs Office and Search and Rescue upon request. Thrall also questioned the use of stafftime to map the area. "ff we start chasing grants to the detriment of the work that we're supposed to be doing, that's detrimental," she said. "I support this, but I felt I needed to express that concern." Detours ahead The supervisors approved an agreement between the county and the Indian Valley Community Services District for work on Greenville's water and sewer system in advance of next year's Highway 89 improvements by Caltrans. "This is an unusual approach and it will gain statewide attention," Perreault said of the effort that involves so many different agencies -- from ' local to state and from private to public. The services district and the county will coordinate with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Frontier Communications to complete the water and sewer work, as well as the undergrounding of utilities this year. "This is good, good news," said Board Chairman Kevin Goss, who represents the area. The supervisors also approved an agreement with Caltrans that would allow for traffic to detour on a county road while construction occurs on the Hamilton Branch bridge on State Route 147.~ ........... "This ~isnot ~ausualTOy', ~ Caltrans to do this ....... statewide," Perreault said. "This is considered by Public Works to be a routine request." Caltrans will pay $185,000 to the county to compensate for wear and tear on the county road. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall asked for assurance that the $185,000 would be adequate to bring the road back to its existing standard. Deputies needed Sheriff Greg Hagwood received authorization to recruit and hire two deputies to fill vacancies created by a retirement and a resignation. CHESTERTACTICALSPORTS (Concealed Carry Weapons Class) March 21 & 22, 2015 Sat. 9 am - 5 pm ,, Sun. 10 am - 2 pm ~ Meets at the Greenville Shooting Range ~ Sunday, March 29, 2015 10 am - 2 pm Class Size is Limited To Reserve Your Space Call: mm 118-A Watson Road, Chester In Like us on Facebook