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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, May 6, 2015 5A Q. from page 1A library equipment purchases, services. To help: Diann Jewett, 283-3873. Saturday: Geology of the Northern Sierra, Feather River Canyon. Sierra Institute for Community and Environment tour led by Bridget Tracy, of Feather River College. Includes handouts, tour host, transportation, morning refreshments, snacks, beverages, lunch. $50 per person. For information, reservations: Camille Swezy, 284-1022, Info@Sierralnstitute.us. Seventh annual Trojan 5K Run/Walk, registration 9 a.m., meet at Quincy High School EDsmart recently released rankings of California community colleges according to three categories: large, medium and small schools. Feather River College was ranked as the top small school in California. The main factors considered were graduation and transfer rates, first-year retention rate, cost of attendance and number of students on campus. EDsmart looked at community colleges as a way to save money before attending a four-year university and lessen the student loan burden as students are choosing a , college. According to EDsmart, "Thus, if your goal is to attend a four-year university, the name of the game is to pay attention to the graduation and transfer rate of the community college. These two rates are representative of how well a student does in school and their chances of transferring into the schools of their choice." Feather River College had both the highest graduation and transfer rate, as well as the highest first-year retention rate of all small colleges in California. "We are proud of our academic accomplishments at FRC," said FRC Superintendent/President Kevin Trutna. "One of our strengths is our small size where faculty and staff get to know students and become personally vested in their success." Other colleges ranked in [] the top five and below FRC in the small school category were College of the Siskiyous, Lake Tahoe Community College, West Hills College-Coalinga and Palo Verde College. Trutna further commented, "As an open-access institution, we accept any student who can benefit from higher education. FRC provides high-quality teaching and academic support services, so each student has the opportunity to obtain his or her own educational goal." EDsmart states, "FRC offers students an opportunity for study, relaxation, and serf-discovery, while maintaining high levels of academic rigor. With strong relationships with universities in the state and a high transfer rate, FRC is a special education experience that students are unlikely to find anywhere else." The full text of the article can be found at edsmart.org/top-c0mmunity -colleges-california. gym parking lot. QHS track team leads run along bike path to Feather River College campus. Adults $25, students $15, families $80. Proceeds benefit team. For information, to sign up: 283-1656. Bake sale, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Safeway parking lot. Sale, prize giveaway benefit Friends of Plumas County Animals. Mourning Dove Banding Project training, noon - 4 p.m., Feather River College Science Room 104. Free; volunteers get hands-on experience with wildlife. Project runs July 1 - Aug. 20. Families welcome. For information: Jessica Spalding, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 916-445-3565. Open house, 1 - 3 p.m., Dellinger's Pond. Learn about history, plans for area; input welcome. Refreshments provided. Carpool, bike, walk if possible. No dogs. In inclement weather meeting moves to Science 101 at Feather River College. For information: Coty Pettit, i 249-9498, cmpettit@frc.edu; Darla DeRuiter, 283-0202, ext. 262, dderuiter@frc.edu. Sunday: Mother's Day special, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bucks Lake Lodge at 16525 Bucks Lake Road. Brunch includes free cupcake, drink for morn. For reservationS (required): 283-2262. PARTNERSHIP, from page 1A both boards that is untrue. "We follow the same credentialing guidelines, essentially, as PUSD," she said. PCS currently has 17 teachers. Fifteen of those already have their credentials and two are completing the credential program. The charter school also hires enrichment instructors that are required to hold a bachelor's degree, but not teaching credentials. These instructors are limited to elective courses. Another myth Washburn targeted was that PCS is not an accredited school. She said that also is untrue -- PCS was first accredited in 2007 with a six-year accreditation with a three-year review and the process was repeated last school year under the same specificatfons. The last myth Washburn addressed was that PCS does not offer an academically rigorous program. "We feel like we do," she said. She said all the core academic subjects at PCS are aligned with the Common Core. There is an aide in every elementary class, adding a layer of support. Washburn then filled the boards in on the goals and progress of the school's Local Control and Accountability Plan, detailing 17 goals. Symbiotic partnership? Members from both school boards discussed the relationship between Indian Valley Academy (part of PCS) and Greenville High School. The two schools first formed a partnership three years ago. IVA and GHS share a campus, and a few courses. When the partnership began, the hope was to expand it. The more ways the two schools can utilize one another's resources, the more opportunities will become available for the students, said IVA Director Sue Weber. "The question is, are we where we want to be or are there still obstacles in the way?" asked PUSD board member Dwight Pierson. "I thought we would have more shared classes by now," commented PUSD board member Bret Cook. Washburn said there has been resistance to the partnership from a couple PUSD staffat GHS, which has made the partnership diffmult, "The real question is, how do we get rid of that fear and resentment from the PUSD side?" asked Washburn. "Before we can collaborate, we need to pull apart that onion and address those fears and resentments," added Ed Thompson, PUSD director of student performance. Washburn asked everyone in attendance how to do that -- how to figure out what those fears are and move forward. "I think we partially did today," said Pierson. "The reality is, we need this partnership to work. ! don't know what the alternative is." Aurora Westwood, director of career and technical education, said she called a charter school in Newcastle that has a similar relationship with the school district there. Westwood asked how long it took the two schools to form a healthy relationship. The answer was seven years. "I think it's a long process," said Westwood. "So we're not doing that bad." One idea discussed on how to unite the two schools was to align the master schedules. This idea has been on the table for three years. Analigned schedule would enable more shared classes between the two schools. Weber and GHS principal Travis Ross agreed to work together to create two schedules to look at -- one that aligns with IVA's six-period day and one with GHS' seven-period day. After the schedule is ironed out, both administers said they will work with their staff to "peel the onion" and address whatever problems some have with the partnership. Richard K. Stockton, CLU Chr-C, Agent Insurance Lic. #0B68653 Providing Insurance & Financial Services 65 W. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0565 Fax (530) 283-5143 www.richardstockton.us WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE Look no further. Having one special person for your car, home and life insurance lets you get clown to business with the rest of your life. It's what I do. GET TO A BETTER STATE CALL ME TODAY StateFarm Mother's Day special, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant at 875 E. Main St. Morns get 50 percent off. For information: 283-4755. Wednesday, May 13: Plumas Rapids Swim Team registration night, 5- 6:30 p.m., Plumas County Library multipurpose room. For information: Shannon Little, 927-7990. FUNDING, from page 1A development. We will be able to quantify these board-approved reductions Bales said the district when our adopted budget is cannot fmalize those finalized," she said. numbers yet and evaluate The board plans to meet their effect on next year's May 11 for a budget budget, however. workshop. Once the scope of "It is premature to the deficit is more clearly defmitively assign this realized, the board is amount to the deficit anticipated to make further reduction. 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