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WednesdaMay 2, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter SCHOOL BOARD CONSIDERS CLOSURES TONIGHT Who: Plumas Unified School District/Plumas County Office of Education board of trustees When: Wednesday,.May 2, 4:30 p.m. Where: Quincy Elementary School cafeteria, 246 Alder St. in Quincy What: Special board meeting. Agenda includes workshop on the four 7-11 committee re- ports; board will also appoint a replacement for the seat vacated by Brad Baker: Bob Tuerck RO. Box 148 Quincy, CA 95971 283-0406 Board member contact information: Sonja Anderson 3693 Fir Lane Lake Almanor, CA 96137 596-3794 Chris Russell, Chairman 148 West Plumas Portola, CA 96122 832-1125 305-5894 (cell) crussell@pcoe.kl Bret Cook RO. Box 425 Greenville, CA 95947 284-1529 bcook@pcoe.kl NEXT WEEK Who: Plumas Unified School District/Plumas Courity Office of Education board of trustees When: Wednesday, May 9, 4:45 p.m. Where: Chester Elementary School cafeteria, 158 Aspen St. in Chester What: Regular board meeting. Trustees expected to vote on school closure recommenda- tions. More information: Facility committee and district recommendations Pioneer Elementary Quincy Elementar'y Both Pioneer Elementary School and Quincy Elementary School are approximately 60 years old. The Quincy 7-11 Committee found the physical condition of each site to be adequate. Pioneer has a capacity of 350 students; Quincy's capacity is 400. Current combined enrollment for the two schools is 366 students. Photos by Delaine Fragnoli Green "lle High hool School district administrators have recommended closing Greenville High School and busing ninth- through 12th-graders to Chester High School. The Indian Valley 7-11 Committee recommends keeping the school open and working on a partnership with Plumas Charter School. Photo by Alicia Knadler Taylorsville Elementary A subcommittee of the Indian Valley 7-11 Committee wants to keep Taylorsville Elementary School open. The parents club has raised more than $10,000 to support the cause. The subcommittee also wants PUSD to consider moving the district office to Taylorsville. Photo by Aiicia Knadler Facilities Advisory Committee recommendations The Facilities Advisory Committee had 15 members including community members, teachers and administrators, appointed by the district. The committee met 12 times in 12 months to formulate recommendations on how the district could repurpose its facilities. Members considered closing schools, combining schools, modernizing, cutting costs and selling district property. --The board should adopt the three-phase model the committee designed: Phase I: two schools,,one elementary and one high school, within each high-school atten- dance area. Phase II: local one-school option (K-12); Could be K-12 at one facility or an integrated 9-12 dependent charter school as part of K-12 school. Phase III: elementary school within each geographic area with centralized high school(s). A centralized high school is one that would serve more than one geographic area. District would provide transportation. Offering a hy- brid/dependent-independent charter school serving grades nine - 12 would be an option. The committee noted that different areas of the county could be in different phases simultaneously. --The board should recognize that all geographical areas are in the first phase for the beginningof the 2012-13 school year. --In Indian Valley, consolidate Taylorsville Elementary School into Greenville Elemen- tary School. rain Quincy, consolidate Pioneer Elementary School into Quincy Elementary School. --In Chester and Portola, implement cost-cutting measures, which could include mothballing or selling unoccupied buildings. See District, last page of guide TIMELINE,