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6A Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Delaine Fragnoli "We did not consider AP A-G requirements. Managing Editor training as a skill," Williams Williams explained that dfragnoli@plumasnews.comsaid. this produced more class The district did. however, sections than a.straight 35:1 How Plumas Unified School consider Reading Recovery ratio would produce. The District and th'e Plumas training as a special skill, result was class sizes that County Office of Education Asked later why the two ranged from 18:1 at Chester will handle teacher layoffs trainings were treated differ- High School to 25:1 at Portola was a top topic of discussion ently, Williams said RR re- High School. at the school board meeting quires more in the way of certi- " Williams wrote, "The March 15. fication and continuing educa- nature of high school classes Bruce Williams, in his role tion. "AP and RR teachers is that each one will have a as director of Haman Re- are both special and both different size, and a student's sources, led off the discussion provide critical services to the day will include classes that with a handout that walked district. The difference is in are larger and classes that are through the district's process, the training required for certi- smaller than-these averages. frequently asked questions, fication. The training for AP Music and PE classes usually applicable parts of the educa- is five days in the summer, exceed 35:1, and vocational tion code and the district's The training for RR is five courses are usually in the contract with the Plumas days in the summer, and 32 teens. Sometimes 'bottle- County Teachers Association. evening trainings during the necks' in the master schedule One topic of concern was ensuing school year. During result in larger classes, the future availability of the training year, RR teach- particularly in graduation Advanced Placement (AP) ers must provide RR services requirements." courses. In his FAQs, to four students for 30 min- Greenville High School Williams said that of the 18 utes per day, five days per teacher Travis Rubke asked current AP teachers in the week, under the supervision Williams why the district district, two were being laid of a RR teacher leader. After used the 35:l ratio. off and one was being bumped they are certified, RR teachers Williams looked to Superin- to an elementary school. He must attend six continuing tendent Glenn Harris for noted that the district could contact trainings per year help. Harris said the district train additional AP teachers to keep their certification considered 30, 35 and 40 and by sending them to summer current." decided to ask the principals training institutes, to do 35. When pressed on this issue Class size "But 30:1 could substantially from the floor by Quincy Class size was another change the outlook for any one High School teacher Ron topic of concern. The district school," Rubke said. Logan, Williams said, "There used a 35:1 student-to-teacher "Yes," Harris replied. are 15 AP qualified teachers ratio in projections for next Later, during the pffblic teaching m the Plumas year's staffing. Williams said comment portion of the County schools." in his handout that highPUSD meeting, Logan, one "Do you plan to maintain school principals were in- of several teachers in the AP classes?" Logan asked, structed to build their master audience sporting bright pink "We have a plan to make a schedules with a maximum of shirts that read, "How can plan~" Williams replied. 35 students m any given students get ahead when He was asked if a teacher class, a significant increase teachers are left behind," withlower seniority but with from this year's 25:1. Princi- orchestrated an audience AP training could be rehired pals were also directed participation exercise to ahead of a teacher with more to maintain all pre-collegiate demonstrate what 35 kids in a seniority but no AP training, requirements, referred to as classroom would look like. Breaking it down: TEACHER LAYOFFS 75 Number of teachers who received a notice Prior to June 30: School layoff board can rescind a 38.67 Full-time equivalents (32.5 PUSD and 6.17 PCOE) June 30: Layoffs take effect 23Number of teachers bumped to another After June 30: Board can re-hire laid-off assignment but not reduced employees 52 Number of teachers whose employment The criteria will be reduced or eliminated --Seniority 24 Number of teachers whose employment --Qualifications: Includes credentials and will be reduced, but who will not be completely special training Laid off --Certificated em ployees who provide certain 28Numbe r of teachers who will be completely kinds of services will be "skipped," or not laid laid off (some of these currently work part- off: special education teachers, nurses and time) Reading Recovery fa.culty. 44 Number of teachers who received a notice --No less-senior employee will be retained to who req uested a layoff hearing perform a service that a more-senior, laid-off employee is qualified to perform. The process On or before March 15: Initial layoff notices sent Before May 7: Layoff hearings take place On or before May 15: Final layoff notices sent Class ratios for 2012-13 (projected) QHS -- 22:1 CHS --- 1B:1 PHS -- 25:1 GHS (current) -- 14:1 Two assistants used a tape measure to mark off the size of a classroom. Logan had 25, then 35 "students" from the audience occupy the space with their chairs. Logan pointed out that moving from 25 to 35 students in a class- room represented a 40 per- cent increase in class size. Correlation Quincy attorney Michael Jackson asked Williams if the board decides against certain school closures, wouldn't that change the number of teachers the district needs to lay off?. Williams said it depended. In the case of GHS, it would depend on the configuration the board chose. Several times during the meeting, Williams emphasized that the layoffs were due to a number of factors, including the pro- posed school closures and consolidations, the district's declining student enrollment and the district's financial situation. He repeated several times that the layoffs were a result of a "reduction in services." Jeff Cunan, another Quincy attorney and father of three school-age boys, told Williams that according to the way he read the applic- able section of education code the district needed to show a correlation between the reduction in services and number of layoffs. He urged the board to do everything possible to re- duce the number of layoffs. "Reduce it down to just teachers and students and a slate in a grove," he said. erson spea Jason Theobald meeting held Wednesday, Plumas County Office of Edu- StaffWriter March 14, in the Chester cation (PCOE) Superintendent Junior-Senior High School Glenn Harris. The purpose for cafeteria, the committee has been, and Following her receipt of aPrior to Anderson taking remains, to provide the school notice to recall at the last the floor, the chairwoman of board with a recommendation Plumas Unified School Dis-the Chester 7-11 Committee, regarding possible school clo- trict (PUSD) board of trustees Traci Holt, stressed that the sures and/or consolidations. meeting, District 5 trustee 7-11committ~e'di~ not initiate The recallinitiative happened Sonja Anderson spoke during the recall pr6c~ss for Ander. outsideofthe Chester commit- the public comment portion of son, for fb"rnier District 2 tee and did not involve any the Chester 7-11 Committeetrustee Brad Baker or for act ion on its part. LOOKWHAT ELSE YOU GErl recall comm FREE INCLUDED WITH YOUR PREMIUM MOVIE DISH SUBSCRIPTION CHANNELS for 3 months. I for 3 months. o ....... ss~ [ ~ I~ ,'~,~III~I~ BLOCKBttSTI~ ~H~ ONE D~C aT A I~E, $1 0/MO VALUE. I ~ ~:'::'> "":>" Anderson, addressing the committee and audience alike, first thanked the 7-11 commit- tee members. "Your dedication and work will help the children in PUSD," Anderson said. "We need your help finding the best solutions possible." The board, according to Anderson, is counting on the recommendations provided by each of the four 7-11 commit- tees; no decision has been reached. There are recommen- dations on the table, but the board is waiting until they have received the reports from the 7-11 committees be- fore making the final decision. Anderson pleaded in her statement that the community give the board the time to make the right decision, just as the board granted more time to the 7-11 committees to make the best recommenda- tion possible. "I admit that there have been flaws in this process. Flaws that have hindered this process. Flaws that I did not see or realize until after the fact, and for that I apologize," Anderson said. The board, according to An- derson, meant for the 7-11 process to be a positive and productive outlet for the com- munities. She was saddened, however, that the process had become so negative, and that the negativity is hindering what needs to be done. "What has taken place in the past few days is personal. I am a person," Anderson said, referring to the recall notice nng she received March 8. "Pointing fingers at this time is very unhealthy," she added.. As a board member, Ander- son told the audience that she is privy to confidential infor- mation that gives direction to many of the board decisions. She is also grante6two perks, the first of whichis a $20 per month stipend to attend the district's monthly meeting. Should she miss the meeting, she does not receive the stipend. The second perk is the option of obtaining health in- surance through the district. 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View baskets, purchase tickets at Carey Candy, Great Northern, Pangaea, Forest Stationers, Little People/Toy Store, Gray's Flower Garden, Pizza Factory. Soup for the Journey, 6 p.m., Pangaea Cafe and Pub. Fund- raiser for Bread for the Jour- ney Feather River volunteer micro-grant program. Dinner, music, handmade pottery bowl included. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at door; on sale at Quincy Natural Foods; limited to 50. For information: Katie Bagby, 283-1296, Sunday, April 1: Spring Fling with Quincy Merchants, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., downtown. Quincy Merchants host new event offering specials, giveaways, music, food, refreshments. For infor- mation: Ashley Stevenson, 283-0940. Cribbage Tournament Fund- raiser for KQNY, 3 - 6 p.m., Main Street Sports Bar & Lounge at 395 Main St. Friendly cribbage competition to support local community radio station. For information: Saturday, March 31: Stacy Huffmon, 283-9788. 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