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4A Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Feather River Bulletin PUSD0 from page 1A First, last, best and final Several speakers took issue with the district's negotiation team for its "first, last, best and final offer" presented earlier in the month during salary negotiations. They said the district needs to learn the definition of negotiation -- which involves the "four C's" that the district touts in its new 21st-century learning strategy: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. One speaker said county teachers have seen just a 1 percent raise over the,past eight years. Ron Logan, Plumas County Teachers Association president, contends that the district is sitting on a reserve that is more than $5 million above its own bottom line. "I question the need for more than twice the reserve the board approved," he said. "We need to serye today's students today -- to BIDS, from page 1A Deer Creek Resources, $56,899 Plumas Geo Hydrology, $34,00o California Indian Environmental Alliance, $18,860 Sierra Institute, $5,000 Thrall said that a competitive process might have resulted in "better spend today's funds today." Logan said the first, last, best and final offer was unacceptable. Negotiators were expected to return to the table today, March 19. The PUSD board could not respond to the public comments. Biomass boiler update "The big news is we've received a $350,000 grant to build a chip plant in Crescent Mills from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy," Mikailah McKee, Renewable Energy/Biomass Utilization Program lead for the Sierra Institute on Community and Environment told the board. .McKee reviewed the October 2013 biomass feasibility study presentation given to the board regarding biomass heating options for the Portola High School. One of the options involved partnering with Eastern Plumas Health Care. All of the options would provide a cost savings of up service for a better price." Supervisor Lori Simpson understood Thrall's concerns, but said that she and others had pressured Wilson to complete this process quickly. "It wouldn't have taken that much longer in the scheme of things," Thrall said, and added that the board needs to competitively offer these opportunities to to $1 million over a 30-year period -- the lifespan of the biomass system. McKee said she needs an answer, one way or the other, by the April board meeting. Second interim budget Director of Business Services Yvonne Bales said the second interim budget looks good. Revenue is projected to be significantly higher due to higher property taxes, contributions from Plumas Charter School and other sources. She said $562,000 in increased' revenues combined with $130,000 in decreased expenditures results in an overall p ojected $56,000 deficit spending outcome, far better than the $1.4 million deficit projected. Bales gave a presentation on the new Local Control Funding Formula that, among other things, will produce a net result of increased responsibility for FEATHE ER PoStal Service: USPS (No. 188-55@) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. .Office is open Mon. through Fd., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. HOW to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Emaih mail@plumasnews.com Website: plumasnews.cem Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, t945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Daedlines. Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.;.classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! TO sfibectiha: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to subscriptions@plumasnews.com Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Poslmastor: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. receive public funds. Supervisor Jon Kennedy said that he had the same questions that Thrall had. "It could be that every single one of these would get it," Kennedy said of the contracts that had been awarded, but he agreed it was necessary to issue requests for proposals and qualifications. "That little step is very important and should have been done," he said. "Is there any possibility of getting it done so we can have a clear conscience?" Wilson admitted that he wasn't familiar with the process, but Public Works Director Bob Perreault estimated it would take 60 to 90 days, and offered to assist Wilson. PUSD to fund Plumas Charter School. Local Control Accountability Plan Superintendent Miglis gave a report on another new plan -- the Local Control Accountability Plan. The plan is not business as usual. It involves funding formulas and changes, a new role in accountability, Common Core implementation, stakeholder participation (parents, staff) and assessment: The LCAP focuses on eight priorities: basic services, school climate, student achievement, student engagement, other student outcomes, parental involvement, course access and implementations of common core standards. She said the plan is aligned with the local budget and must be ready by July 1. For more information on materials presented at the board, go to the district,s website, pcoe.kl2.ca.us. The next regular board meeting is set for April 10, 5 p.m. at C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School in Portola. Ron Logan, president of the Plumas County Teachers Association, addresses the school board regarding the loss of opportunity class sections on the county side. Logan said the classes help not only the students actually learning in the classes but the entire school population, which benefits by allowing all students the best opportunity to learn in classrooms geared to their individual abilities. Superintendent Micheline Miglis explained that the sections would be moved over to the district side and that she trusted her teachers on site to use the resources appropriately. Photo by Laura Beaton Q, from page 1A Sunday: " Fundraising service, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Courthouse Caf6. Feather River College equine studies students serve breakfast, lunch; all tips go toward field trips. For information, to donate: Crystal Anderson, 283-0202, ext. 272. Tuesday: Fundraising dinner, Moon's. Feather River College equine studies students make pizza, salad, bread for patrons; includes musical coffee, hot tea. Tickets $20; entertainment. Proceeds seating limited. For support field trips. For information, tickets: Plumas information, to donate: County Museum, 283-6320. Crystal Anderson, 283-0202, ext. 272. Dinner With a Doctor, doors open6 p.m., St. John's Hall on Wednesday, March 26: Lawrence Street. Community 18th annual Women's History education forum presented by Luncheon, begins promptly at Plumas District Hospital noon, Mineral Building at features general/vascular Plumas-Sierra County surgeon Dr. Lawrence Milne. Fairgrounds. Presented by $10/person, includes healthy Plumas County Museum, meal. Question-and-answer Plumas National Forest. session follows. 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