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IOA Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Harris recall proceeds; Baker's seat to be filled Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com Efforts to recall Glenn Har- ris, superintendent of the Plumas County Office of Edu- cation, are proceeding. Plumas County Clerk- Recorder Kathy Williams certified the petition to recall Harris Monday, March 26, so proponents can begin collect- ing signatures. According to Williams, they will need the signatures of 2,548 valid registered vot- ers. They have 120 days, or no later than July 24, to gath- er the signatures. The Committee to Recall Glenn Harris expects to start circulating petitions this week. Members will host booths at various public places in Quincy, Indian Valley, Chester, Graeagle and Portola. The committee alleges that Harris has created an envi- ronment of fear and intimi- dation among administra- tors, teachers and other em- ployees; has allowed an in- complete and incompetent fa- cilities and budget study 'to be used as a basis for deci- sion-making; is allowing a public process on school clo- sures to proceed that does not allow access to financial and other pertinent informa- tion and that is disrespectful of community members' time and work; is repeatedly mis- representing the budget to the board and public; and is failing to care for all students of the county and ensuring that their educational needs are met. 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Plumas County Clerk- Recorder Kathy Williams said last week that the tim- ing was such that the recall might be consolidated with the November general elec- tion. That would save PCOE some money, since a stand- alone election is usually more expensive to conduct. Efforts to recall board member Sonja Anderson ap- pear to have reached an im- passe. Although she was served a notice of intent to recall at the March 8 board meeting, recall proponents have not followed through by publishing the notice. Meanwhile PCOE and Plumas Unified School Dis- trict are soliciting applicants to fill the seat of Brad Baker, who quit the board during the March 8 meeting after re- ceiving a notice of intent to recall. A public notice to that effect appears elsewhere in today's paper. The move puts to rest ru- mors that Baker would some- how hold onto his seat. "Ac- ceptance of Brad Baker's res- ignation by County Superin- tendent" appears as an infor- mation/discussion item on the agenda for the PCOE meeting tonight, March 28. "Accept resignation of Brad Baker" appears as an action item on the PUSD agenda. The PUSD meeting follows the PCOE meeting. Applicants interested in filling Baker's seat must re- side in the East Quincy atten- dance area. Applications are due to the superintendent's office by noon April 19. Ap- plication packets and addi- tional information are avail- able at the district office in Quincy, 50 Church St., or by calling the superintendent's office at 283-6500, ext. 217. Continued evaluation of Harris appears as a closed session item on both the PCOE and PUSD agendas. Another item of note on the PUSD agenda is a public hearing on the potential clo- sure or consolidation of Indi- an Valley schools. The PCOE meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. PUSD is sched- uled to begin at 5 p.m., or whenever PCOE concludes. The meeting is in the Greenville Elementary School cafeteria, 225 Grand St. Agendas are available at pcoe.k12.ca.us. LAYOFF, from page 1A The insecurity and insta- bility that results from con- stant reshuffling of assign- ments wears on teachers. "Yearly changes in teaching assignments prevent the de- velopment of high quality curriculum," wrote one. Aleece Bequette-Oravetz, an English teacher at QHS who did not receive a layoff notice, wrote, "As a parent- teacher, the impact of mas- sive layoffs and shuffling of assignments is horribly clear: another year of teachers scrambling to 'get through the day' with no time for ef- fective planning for diverse, engaging lessons." "One barrier to quality work is not knowing from one year to the next what (if anything) I will be teaching," wrote another. "I continually put time and energy into building curriculum, only to never use it again (or use it several years later)." A Quincy High teacher echoed that feeling when she wrote, "One of the greatest barriers is the awareness that what I build this year will possibly be lost next year." "Job positions or duties change dramatically. School work sites change repeatedly. All of this is very draining as it is difficult to establish and run any new programs. It's as if the rug is repeatedly being pulled out from under us. This undermines our confi- dence in our school district," said one teacher. But teachers aren't just worried about delivering quality education to their stu- dents; they're also worried about the kind of education their own children are receiv- ing. A QHS teacher who re- ceived a layoff notice said she was "concerned that our school system will be devas- tated to the point that our family will be forced to leave the area in order to ensure that our two young children receive a high-quality educa- tion." Another said she was "thinking not only of myself and my personal goals, but al- so of the future of my chU- dren's education .... I want my own children to have elec- tives that not only give them a creative change from core classes but also offer them a chance to develop skills that will be beneficial personally and professionally." One of the key concerns about the quality of educa- tion in Plumas schools is the proposed 35:1 student-to- teacher ratio for the next school year. "A ratio of 35 (or 40) to 1 will result in more struggling students and that is unacceptable in my opin- ion," said one survey respon- dent. "Classes of 35 will change me from an instructor to a be- havioral moderator," wrote another. "The one thing that drains me is having four preps .... The idea of consolidating and giving teachers even more preps seems crazy," said an- other. Teachers are also con- cerned that the widespread reshuffling of staff will affect PUBLIC NOTICES Estate of Richard Dale Jacobs NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE of Richard Dale Jecobs, decedent Case Number PR12-00004 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contin- gent creditors, and persons who may other- wise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: Richard Dale Jecobs A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: Sharon Lynne Borba in the Superior Court of Calitomia, County of Plumas. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that: Sharon Lynne Borba be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to admin- ister the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The inde- pendent administration authority will be grant- ed unless an interested person files an objec- tion to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: May 14, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., at the Superior Court of California, County of Plumas, Room 104, Dept. 2, Courthouse, 520 Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the peti- tion, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person' or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Ken Baker, Baker and Farris, 1430 East Avenue, Suite 2-B, Chaco, CA 95926, 530-898-1488, SBN: 55433. Endorsed March 20, 2012 Deborah Norrie, Clerk of the Court By P. Marchetti, Deputy Clerk. Published FRB March 28, April 4, 11,2012 Proposed name change SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF PLUMAS 520 Mai n St., Quincy, CA 95971 Petition of Charlotte Rae Koptanhafer for change of name ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case Number: CV12-00068 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Charlotte Ree Koplanhafer filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Charlotte Ree Koptenhafer to Proposed name: Charlotte Rae Nolan. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons inter- ested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the rea- sons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filedl the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: May 14, 2012 Time: 9:30 a.m., Dept. Two, Room 120. The address of the court is same as noted above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date sel for hearing on the petition in the following news- paper of general circulation, printed in this county: Feather River Bulletin. Date: March 13, 2012. Is/Janet Hilde, Judge of the Superior Court. Filed: March 13, 2012 Deborah Norde, Clerk of the Court, By C. Youens, Deputy Clerk Published FRB March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 2012 Legal Notice for Decision Notice Notice of Decision, Upper Dotta Canyon Resloralion Project, Rumas National Forest, Beckwourth Ranger District, Plumas County As the responsible official, District Ranger Dab Bumpus signed a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on March 21, 2012 approving the Upper Dotta Canyon Restoration Project, The selected alternative will treat approximately 47 acres of National Forest System lands using the Pond and Plug meadow restoration technique, install a cattle guard on the 24N23 Road, and install one off-channel water trough and solar pump. The activities authorized in this deci- sion will compliment planned meadow restoration activities on 206 acres of adjacent privately owned land, resulting in the accom- plishment of 253 acres of meadow restoration and 2.9 miles of stream channel restoration. The project area is approximately seven air miles northeast of Portola, California, and is Sections 25, 26, and 36 of T24N, R14E. The 253 acre project area is located on National Forest System lands and privately owned lands in the Red Clover Creek Hydrologic Unit Code 6 (HUC6) watershed. Copies of the Environmental Assessment and Decision Notice/FONSI are available at the Beckwourth Ranger Station, 23 Mohawk Rd., Blairsden, CA 96103, (530) 836-2575,. or on the Plumas National Forest website under Land and Resources Management tab. Decision Subject to Appeal This decision is subject to administrative review (appeal) pursuant Io 36 CFR Part 215. The appeal must be filed (regular mail, fax, emaU, hand-delivery, or express delivery) with the Appeal Deciding Officer at: Earl W. Ford, Forest Supervisor, USDA Forest Service, Forest Supervisor's Office, P.O. Box 11500 Quincy, CA 95971. Appeals may be submitted by FAX (530) 283-7746 or by hand delivery to the Supervisor's Office at 159 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA 95971. The office busi- hess hours for those submitting hand-deliv- ered appeals are: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Electronic appeals must be submitted in a for- mat such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to appeals-pacificeouthwest-plumas @ fs,fed, us [Subject: Upper Dotta Canyon Restoration Project EA]. In cases where no identifiable name is attached to an electronic message, a verificalion of identity will be required. A scanned signature is one way to provide ver- ification. Appeals, including attachments, must be filed within 45 days from the publication date of this notice in the Feather River Bulletin, Portola Reporter, and Indian Valley Record, the newspapers of record. Attachments received after the 45 day appeal period will not be considered. The publication in the Feather River Bulletin, Portola Reporter, and Indian Valley Record, newspapers of record, is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an appeal. Those wishing to appeal this decision should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. Individuals or organizations who submitted comments during the comment period speci- fied at 215.6 may appeal this decision. The notice of appeal must meet the appeal con- tent requirements at 36 CFR 215.14. Implementation If no appeals are filed within the 45 day time period, implementation of the decision may occur on, but not before, 5 business days from the close of the appeal filing period. When appeals are filed, implementation may occur on, bul not before, the 15th business day following the date of the last appeal dis- position. Published FRB, PR, IVR March 28, 2012 Belden Town festivals headng NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING APPLICATION OF BELDEN TOWN RESORT MUSIC FESTIVALS (THE BOUNCE, FRACTALIZE) The Plumas County Board of Supervisors will be holding a public hearing on the following matter on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 10:15 a.m. in the Board of Supervisor Room 308, Courthouse, Quincy, California. Pursuant to Ordinance 02-967 regarding "Outdoor Festivals," application has been received from Beldan Town Resort for two outdoor music festivals: The Bounce- June 15-17, 2012 Fractalize - July 6-8, 2012 The Board will take public input and com- ments about this event, and conditions appro- priate for the permit. For further information on the above hearing please contact: the Clerk of the Board at (530) 283-6170. Written comments should be mailed to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, California 95971. Published FRB March 28, 2012 Special Vacancy Notice The Quincy Community Services District has a vacancy on the Board of Directors. Persons interested in applying for the vacant position are requested to submit a letter of interest to the Board Secretary, Katie Gay, at 900 Spanish Creek Road, Quincy, CA 95971- 9393 by Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:00 a.rn. The remaining four District Board Members plan t0 fill the vacancy by appointment within 60 days. In compliance with the Maddy Appointive Registry, this appointment can be made on or after April 12, 2012. A candidate for the Board of Directors shall be a voter of the District. The person appoint- ed shall hold office until the general district election in November 2013, and thereafter until the person elected at that election to fill the vacancy has been qualified. The person elected to fill the vacancy shall fill the balance of the unexpired term: 2015. Date Posted: March 19, 2012 Signed: Katie Gay Title: Board Secretary Published FRB March 28, April 4, 11, 2012 collegial relationships. "I find the most joy by developing a long-lasting, meaningful rela- tionship with my colleagues and students," said QHS teacher and coach Michael Woodlee, who received a lay- off notice. Some teachers expressed so much respect and solidarity with their peers that they said they were willing to take cuts themselves. "I'll do what it takes to keep them," said QHS art teacher Danielle De- Boever, "even if that means reducing my position." An elementary teachel: said she was "willing to have less 'work days to help the cause." No confidence The teachers' comments clearly show why they voted no confidence in Superinten- dent Glenn Harris. One teacher said simply, "My im- pression of the current ad- ministration is that the M.O. is to keep everyone 'off bal- ance' so that their agenda is more easily implemented." Another wrote, "I don't trust superintendent and question decisions he has made for PUSD. Believe his top-down management style is a barrier for all in the dis- trict. His way or no way-- lit- tle consensus building be- tween him and teachers and ff it is done I'don't belie,e it because he has bd6ken trust." One teacher turned what she called "Harris' creed" on him: "Is it necessary to dis- rupt teachers, students and communities? Is it true to say there have been no discus- sions to close GHS, then less than two years later recom- mend to close it? Is it kind to hire new teachers then lay them off two years later?" "Input from certificated staff is not given the respect it deserves. Some sites dis- courage open discussion of is- sues at site staffmeetings. Su- perintendent Harris does not encourage open discussion at adman meetings," wrote a teacher. One teacher touched on the oft-mentioned climate of fear and intimidation in the dis- trict. "As a probationary teacher my fear is to have a target on my back. The level of resentment by district of- face against QHS teachers is tough; I'm afraid of being la- beled and ostracized." Effects on community Educators say they fear what the ripple effects of the mass layoffs will mean for the larger community. "I am Con- cerned with the long-term outlook for a young profes- sional in our communities," said music teacher Tanner Johns, who received a layoff notice. "Our communities and our schools must do a better job of finding a way to attract and retain young fata- l.lies who will stay and sus- tain our schools and keep our communities alive." Although the school board can rescind layoffnotices pri- or to June 30 and can re-hire laid-0ff employees after June 30, that may be too late for some teachers, like Johns, who can't afford to gamble on whether they'll have a job next year. Losing young, quality teachers may be one of the longest-felt effects of the mass layoffs. Human resource di- rector Bruce Williams said at the March 15 board meeting that hiring the teachers who were in the lowest third on the seniority scale was "the best thing" he had done in his 10 years as personnel director for the district.