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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, March 31, 2010 13A Teachers, parents question PUSD's direction Mona Hill Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com Another parade of speakers posed questions to the Plumas Unified School Dis- trict about its future in the face of budget shortfalls and declining enrollment during the public comment portion of its regular board meeting March 9 in Portola. Greenville High School's Dan Brown led off with questions about funding for the school's natural resources program. The program was funded by a four-year grant from the state's Special Secondary Education Program. In its final year, the pro- gram has received only $30,000 this year from the approximately $91,000 in state funds available. The state paid $82,000 this school year and approxi- mately $9,000 remained from the 2008 - 2009 school year. Brown asked, "Whose idea was it to take money from a struggling school that has a promising, successful pro- gram? Is it an administrative or a policy decision?" Superintendent Glenn Harris asked Director of Business Yvonne Bales to explain what he and board president Brad Baker termed "the discrepancy." Bales addressed the $9,000 carryover first. She said last year the state allowed dis- tricts to "sweep" remaining Tier III money, earmarked for specific programs, into the unrestricted general fund -- in this case $9,000. Once moved into the general fund, the district may spend the funds at its discretion: it is no longer required to spend the money for its original purpose. With regard to the $82,000, the state paid $40,000 in arrears, for the 2008 - 2009 school year, which will go to Tier III funds. Bales main- tained that, as a reimburse- ment for expenses already incurred, the money could be used to fund any program. The remaining $42,000 is part of this year's Tier III funds. Bales said at the be- ginning of the year district administrators decided which programs would be supported with Tier III money. Bales said anticipated mid- year state cuts and take backs, estimated at 15 percent, reduced the $42,000 to approximately $36,000. At that point, Tier III funding was still insufficient to fund all programs and the natural resources program was further reduced to $30,000. Harris and Baker thanked Bales for clearing up the discrepancy. Piers Strailey, bargaining chairman for Plumas County Teachers Association, also questioned the board with a Socratic series of questions about the problems schools face and the solutions the district board seems to be applying. Strailey observed that with limited advanced classes, the best possible grade point average a PUSD graduate can achieve is 4.05, attending Quincy High School. He also cited the district's stated goal: 100 percent of its graduates would be eligible to attend Harvard University if they chose to do so. Choosing a more likely scenario, Strailey referenced average GPAs for freshmen entering U.C. Berkeley, 4.15, and UCLA, 4.16. Teachers and parents re- peatedly asked the PUSD board for collaboration in the decision-making process, pointing out to the board that as the district eliminates course sections, students and parents are voting with their feet -- leaving district schools to pursue other education options. The next item on the agenda was discussion with the PCTA executive board regarding proposed layoffs. Assistant Superintendent Bruce Williams opened the discussion by explaining the anticipated 1.17 full- time equivalent personnel to be lard off, in addition to the 5.83 FTE layoff at the Plumas County Office of Education. The district layoffs will affect two people: the .17 FTE reflects.cancellation of a Feather River College-funded office management class. Williams said the 1.0 FTE is to create a "bump" vacancy for departing Green- ville High School principal Laura Blesse to return to teaching. The move is based on legal requirements; the currently least senior teacher will be laid off to preserve Blesse's seniority without giving her preferential treat- ment over teachers with more seniority. Williams said there would be many opportunities for rehire, given 17 teachers will retire from PUSD at the end of the year. For PCOE, rehire will depend on funding and enrollment. Harris said the county intends to rehire as many PCOE teachers as possible once the figures become clearer. Because of notification requirements and an unclear state budget, the superintendent wanted to be conservative. Following closed session, Kest Porter, PUSD curricu- lum director, reported Blesse had taken several actions to address community con- cerns. In addition to adding zero and eighth periods for math remediation, the campus has been op6ned from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, with an administrator on site from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blesse will meet monthly with parents to discuss parents' issues and possible action. The GHS counselor has be- gun meeting with all seniors and will continue until all students and parents have had opportunities to discuss available education options. Thirty-five students, of approximately 100, have been identified as academically struggling. They have been assigned one-on-one staff tutors to meet with during the lunch period. Students who fail to complete assignments will be assigned lunch detention. Staff has been instructed to provide prompt, specific feed- back on assignments within 72 hours. Larger projects will be allowed more time. Staff will also be in the halls during passing times to develop more interaction and better relationships with students. Seven students using Nova Net or in study hall were offered FRC online classes. Porter said after receiving the music appreciation syllabus, they declined the class. Two students asked for his- tory classes, but unspecified difficulties with instructor- authorized access prevented enrollment. The students were then offered a Santa Clara County Office of Educa- tion online course but declined to participate for unknown reasons. Williams announced the 2010 - 2011 administrative reshuffle, prompted in part by Porter's retirement at the end of the year. Tori Willits will reduce her principalship at Taylorsville Elementary School to .2 FTE. She will increase her re- sponsibilities as director of special education to 1.0 FTE; take on curriculum and in- struction responsibilities; and assist with mentoring Brian Johnson, currently vice principal at Chester and Greenville high schools. At CHS, Johnson will decrease .1 FTE and take on principalship at Greenville and Taylorsville elementary schools at slightly over half time, .6 FTE: As result of the shift, the half-time vice principal position at GHS will be eliminated. Blesse's position as prin- cipal at GHS is currently being recruited as a full-time position. Williams will become principal for both Quincy elementary school campuses and retain his responsibility for certificated personnel. Terry Oestreich will add responsibility for classified personnel to her duties as director of ROP/alternative education. COMMUNITY CORNER COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, April 1 AA, noon, 260 County Hospita Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Women's Support Group, Every Thurs., 1-2 p.m., Plumas Crisis Center, 591 Main St., Quincy Call 283-5515. AI-Anon, 5:30 p.m., United 4" Methodist Church, upstairs in backl For fatqlies & friends of al- coholics. Women's Circle, 6-7:30 p.m., PRS offices, 711 E. Main, Quincy, 283-0866. NA, 7 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Troop 130, 7 p.m., Church of Je- sus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 283-3953. Cub Scout Pack 151, various times & locations. Dave Saltel, (916) 425-9489; Inez Robbins, 283-1568. Lions Club, 1st & 3rd Thursdays, noon at Moon's, Quincy. Call 283-0495 Plumas District Hospital Volun- teers, 1st Thurs., St. John's Parish Hall, noon. 283-0474 for info. Second Horizon Club, Veteran's Hall, 1 p.m. 1st & 3rd Thurs. Feather River Grange, Feather River Grange Hall in Quincy, 1st Thurs., 6:30 p.m. potluck, meet- ing follows. Call 283-2782 or 283-2930. Plumas County Fish & Game Commission, Vets Hall, 7 p.m., 1st Thurs., April - Dec. Meeting of the Moms play- group. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Episco- pal Church, Lawrence St. 1st & 3rd Thurs. Call Pare Becwar, Women's Mountain Passages, 283-0859 for info. Friday, April 2 AA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy.. Emotions Anonymous, 7 p.m., 711 E. Main St., (formerly Drug & Alcohol building, Cemetery Hill, Quincy), 3rd floor conference rm. For all ages struggling with their emotions. For more info: Janae Hutchins, 530-638-5911, janae- hutchins@hotmail.com. First meet- ing Feb. 19. Coffee & cookies. AA, 8 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. NARFE, Feather River Chapter No. 2236. 1st Fri., noon, Moun- tain View Manor Community Room, 116 Circle Dr., Quincy. Catered lunch. Federal employ- ees, spouses, guests, welcome. Richard Kielhorn, 283-1669, Dick Castaldini 283-1349, or Greg Margason 283-0686. Saturday, April 3 NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex- Orchard House. Quincy. AA, 8 p.m. 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Dukes of Plumas Cribbage Gang. Meet 10:30 a.m., start play 11 a.m. 1st, 2nd, 4th Satur- days at Mt. Tomba, Cromberg; 3rd Saturdays at Coyote Bar & Grill, Graeagle. Animal Adoptions. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Plumas County Animal Shelter, Quincy. Arts, Crafts, & Collectibles, every Saturday, Quincy Grange Hall, 55 Main St. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors welcom6. Call 283-1940. Sunday, April 4 NA, 7 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House, Quincy. Trap Shoot, sponsored by Quin- cy Sport Shooting Assoc., Gopher Today's Weather  ., % ,, Highs In the upper IhOwl. Hlgltl In Iho*mL  In nul, Highl k the  ul 4 l I  I 4 Imd Io lows In the lOW 30s. 30S lind lows In theupper 201. Iol In the low 30L I V/gt" 410l  II*VS pn Ire ml130L pfl the mid 30s. s=. surma su,r s I  su I S=,..  I Sun Sum 6:49AM 7:27PM 6:48AM 7:IPM 16:416AM 7"IIPM 15:44AM 7:30PM 6:43AM 7:$1PM Area Cities r Er Anaheim 62 46  Modlto Bakemleld 52 43 rln Mow ,rsow 57 , windy MOemaW Blye 71 51 windy Nm Chk:o 53 39 ndn Costa Mesa 62 50 rain PIdmdile El C.,entro 68 52  Eureka 47 41 n Fresno 55 43rain RMmle Los Angel e2 47 rain S&mmemo National Cltlee lql :lif.iil lq,,. AtSant 74 44 munny Botoe SO 44 rmn t.An Chlcgo  52 wlndy Mklml Dallas 84 O0 windy Mi Denwr 68 45 pt lUllly NOW YOI =====:,l S7 43 n  57 42 mln 58 61 windy  Fmnclloo 54 43 rlin 58 44 rain ,Tn JoN . 44 rain 60 a ndn Snt Bzdm 58 45 rain (14 47 Rdn Sto(n 57 42 rain 511 41  Suuwgle 39 23 In shower 80 41 Ilunny Ta 32 20 snw 42 n V/ 54 41  t 111 nllilillll/  |lli ..... Phoenix 70 82 windy 82 47 mn m Fnumixoo 54 43 mkl 77 58 m=t zunny m 50 58 rain 75 411  8L Loull 77 58 windy 58 48 plmny Wuhlngton, DC 69 49 ptsunny Hill site, 11 a.m., weather permit- ting. Call 283-1145. Every other Sun. Monday, April 5 Spanish Peak Lumber #2 Restoration Project, meets each Mon. & Wed., 9 a.m., Art Barn, Plumas/Sierra Fairgrounds. Call 283-6320 or 283-1978 for inf0: NA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex - Orchard House, Quincy. Rotary Club, Mineral Building, fairgrounds, noon. Call 283- 2127. Boy Scout Troop 151, Mon., 6 p.m. Scoutmaster Rob Robinette, 283-0858 for location. Duplicate Bridge. Every Mon- day, 6:30 p.m., Resource Center, Blairsden, corner of hwys 70 and 89. Call Ruth Bright, 836-1454 or Jackie Lucky, 836-2232. AA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church in Quincy, upstairs at the back 282 Jackson. Tuesday, April 6 PRS-WIC, Supplemental food & nutrition education for children under 5 & pregnant-nursing women. Every Tues., 10 a.m., Quincy. 283-4093 or (800) WIC- 4093. Board of Supervisors, 10 a.m., Courthouse, Quincy, 1st 4 Tues. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex - Orchard House, Quincy. Soroptimist International of Quincy, Moon's, noon, JoAnne Prince, 283-3302. Overeaters Anonymous meet- ing, 5:15 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House, Quincy. NA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. California Women in Timber, Plumas Cafe (subject to change), Quincy, 1st & 3rd Tues., 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 Spanish Peak Lumber #2 Restoration Project, meets each Mon. & Wed, 9 a.m., Art Barn, Plumas/Sierra Fairgrounds. Cal 283-6320 or 283-1978 for info. Library preschool story time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toastmaster's International, American Valley Chapter. Every Wed., 12-1 p.m., Plumas Bank Credit Administration Confer- ence Room, 32 Central Ave., Quincy. For more info, contact Jacky Madarang, 530-927-9959. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex- Orchard House, Quincy. Senior lunch, Blairsden, noon, Mohawk Community Resource 8:43 p.m. .. ''--['-., 1.4 --" 1.4 3/24   2:10a,m,  1.S 12:33 p.m. 3/9 _ au,.e. 1_ 3/9 V:L2:m. 5:29 p.m..  .  A.A ,j,.- - -  t--1  3:40 a.m. 3/,8 /I "e :lam" 1.6 3/20  Chi:-_"  Ouin . ePortola } 4 I t ..J' ,-' Nckee'Xi.al M a g n it u d 4:29 a.m.  I #Carson City o, 3,,, W.) Regional 10 0 0 Previous week 11 5 2 The number of earthquakes declined form the previous week, falling by nearly 50 percent and to its lowest level in eight weeks. The intensity of seismicity relaxed substantially as well as no activity mea- sured in the M 2.0 range. Activity last week produced seven quakes registering M 2.0 or stronger, including two in the M 3.0 range. The earthquake swarm southwest of Lake Almanor and near Humbug Valley relaxed considerably, producing only two minor tremors. The largest of two quakes east of Redding near Palos Cedro measured M 1.7 and the strongest of a pair of tem- blors just south of the Shasta-Tehama County line near Dales registered M 1.6. "[wo quakes measuring M 1.5 and M 1.4 were detected northwest of Lassen Peak near Table Mountain. Both happened on the 19th and were centered at about three miles below the surface. A quake measuring M 1.6 happened in the Greenhorn Ranch subdivision. Center. Call 836-0446 for reser- vations. Quincy Community Supper, 6 p.m. every Wed, United Methodist Church. Free. Women's Circle, 6-8 p.m. every Wed, 586 Jackson St., Quincy. AA, 7 p.m., upstairs in back, Methodist Church; 282 Jackson St., Quincy. Dutch Treat Lunch Group, every 1st Wed, 11:30 a.m. For in- fo, Mary Weddle at jmwed- dle@earthlink.net or Mary June German, 283-4805. Quincy Caregivers Support Group, every 1st & 3rd Wed., 2- 3:30 p.m., "Back Room," Dunn's Coffee. People caring for loved ones with long-term illnesses wel- come. For more info, 283-0891. Gastric Bypass & Lapband Surgery support group, 1st Wed., Curves, Hwy 70, E. Quin- cy, 6:30 p.m. For more info, Can- di Miller, 283-2911. International Order of Rain- bow Girls, 7 p.m., Masonic CHURCHES Calvary Chapel of Quincy 283-4463, 2335 East Main St.,Quincy Center for Spiritual Living, 283-9690, 304 Lawrence & Church St., www.cslquincy.org. Christian Life Fellowship, 283-0345, 317 First St., E. Quincy. Christ the King Episcopal Church, 283-1608, 545 Lawrence St., Quincy. Church of Christ 283-1191, 152 E. Jackson St., Quincy. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 283-2170, 55 Bellamy Ln, Quincy. Community United Methodist, 283- 1740, 282 Jackson St., Quincy, www.psln.com/methodist. First Baptist, 283-1160, 74 Reese St., Quincy. Meadow Valley Community Church, 283-4259, 48 Cemetery Rd, Meadow Valley, office: 353 Jackson St, #100, Quincy Our Savior Lutheran, 283-2546. Church & High Sts., Quincy. Seventh-Day Adventist, 310-2042 or 283-3092, 233 Pine St., Quincy. Springs of Hope Christian Fellow- ship, Pete, 283-1613, or John, 927- 7626, 59 Bell Ln., Quincy. St. John's Catholic Church, 283- 0890, 176 Lawrence St., Quincy. Starlight Missionary Baptist, 283- 1505, 171 Redburg Ave., Quincy. Truth Tabernacle of Quincy, 260- 8006, 2205 East Main St., Quincy. Temple, 1st & 3rd Wed. Sober Sisters, 1st & 3rd Wed., 270 County Hospital Rd., Ste. 128 in Quincy from 5:30-7 p.m. To change information on this calendar page, please call Eva a t the Feather River Bulletin: 530-283-0800 or email esmall@plumasnews.com. If you live in Quincy, and would be interested in taking over the service Ron Trumbo's been providing every Monday morning (below), please call Eva at The Feather River Bulletin 283-0800 LAST WEEK'S TEMPERATURES Date High Low Precip. Mar. 22 64 32 -- Mar. 23 67 25 -- Mar. 24 65 28 -- Mar. 25 46 34 .33 Mar. 26 56 33 .13 Mar. 27 67 29 -- Mar. 28 64 31 -- 38 inches of snow to date and 28.2 inches precipitation to date. Compiled by Ron Trumbo LAKE LEVELS Lake Almanor *Elevation 1"Current 4,483.68 1 Year Ago 4,480.91 Lake Almanor **Capacity tCurrent 875,842 1 Year Ago 832,841 Bucks Lake *Elevation 1"Current 5,132.36 1 Year Ago 5,140.04 Bucks Lake **Capacity 1"Current 63,640 1 Year Ago 75,960 ,,e gockP' Advanced Geologic Exploration, Inc. Scientists of the Earth TM 180 Main St. P.O. Box 1956 * Chester CA * 96020 (530) 258-4228 BB See an archive of past earthquake reports at advancedqeo/oqic.com BB *Elevation above sea level in ft. **Storage in acre ft. fMar. 28, 2010 Apr. 06, 2009