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Feather River Bulletin 6A Wednesday, May 9, 2012 WEALTH, from page 1A "We went to the Plumas County Fire Chief's Associa- tion, and let them decide what everybody needed to meet the narrow-band mandate," Grant said. "This, Representatives from some of Plumas County's fire and health departments receive more than $80,000 worth of equipment from the sheriff's office in this Monday, April 30, photo. From left: Tina Venable, Plumas County Public Health; Steve Waldeck and Bill Carlson, Eastern Plumas Health Care; Frank Carey, Quincy fire; Sheriff Greg Hagwood; Jim Hamblin, Indian Valley fire; Gary Castagnetti, Plumas Eureka fire; Steve Tolen, Plumas District Hospital; and Brian Verhalen, Graeagle fire. Photo by Dan McDonald (equipment) helps meet the needs. This is what is required to get everybody ready for narrow-band. The 'wants' are something we will try to deal with down the road. "And then Steve (Tolen), through the Emergency Medical Care Council, and Tina (Venable), came up with the idea about the ventila- tors," he said. "It doesn't look like it should cost that much. But it's really expensive." The beneficiaries of equip- ment from the grant include Prattville fire, Long Valley fire, Eastern P!umas Rural fire, Quincy fire, Greenville fire, Greenhorn fire, Sierra Valley fire, Bucks Lake fire, city of Portola, Eastern Plumas Health Care, Plumas District Hospital, Seneca Healthcare District and Plumas County Public Health Agency. REPORTS: Each q:ommittee raised unique ideas From page 1A wouldn't want another com- munity telling us what to do." The committee did wonder, "Why weren't best practices used?" and "What hit is the district taking? What is the strategy for balancing the budget?" Board member Bret Cook asked how the board could help the committee. Callahan said she thought being able to meet outside of the Brown Act would help. For example, meeting the act's requirements had made it difficult to schedule dis- cussion of charter school options. Taking turns, members of the Quincy committee were next to the podium, where they reiterated their major recommendations: close Pioneer Elementary School, consolidate K-6 at Quincy Elementary School and leave the special day preschool at Feather River College for now. Trustee Bob Tuerck praised their report as "very useful and objective," while Cook called it "highly read- able and well organized ... This (process) got us where we needed to be. Reading this (report), I really understood the issues." The quest ion of how much it would cost to replace the aged boiler at Quincy Elementary School re- emerged, with discussion centering on the likelihood of PUSD qualifying for "extreme hardship" money from the state. Facilities director David Putnam said he though it was unlikely. "If we have money in the bank, they'll want us to put it up." Trustee Sonja Anderson asked how much the special day program was costing the district. No one had the information immediately available, so Tuerck asked that it be added to the frequently asked questions portion of the district's web- site ( Committee member Leslie Edlund pointed out that depending on enrollment the special day preschool could go into an unused classroom at QES. Traci Holt, chairwoman of the Chester committee, presented that community's report. Cook noted that Chester's report contained real "out- side-the-box thinking" and much-fieeded brainstorming. "Every committee brought something different to the table," he said. Tuerck asked Holt to clarify some discrepancies between survey results and i llllllm • Fertilizing " | - Free Estimates- : Pruning 1 - Competitive Rates - Weed Eating  | • Spring Clean-up " " 283-2921. Bob jo.00, PUTTING aalMERIC.ANS BACK TO WORK ONE YARD AT A TIME Plumas00t00 DISTRICT HOSPITAL Susan Brown - Registered Nurse Susan has = been extremely supportive to the Perinatal Services manager and the department by continuously involving herself in unit activities and process improvement projects. She continues to monitor the infant hearing screening program for the state and she has volunteered to keep track of statistics on one of our perinata[ core measures. I believe that her positive attitude and continued contributions are evidence of the type of exemplary employees needed on our team here at PDH. Congratulations Susan Brownl • Piumas District Hospital Employee of the Month of MarCh  2012 the report's narrative. Holt said the survey was taken early in the process when emotions were running high; the narrative, which included the committee's recommen- dations, "reflects where we ended up." For example, community attitudes about charter schools shifted during the process. "That's what happens when you have data," noted committee member Gina Pixler. Tuerck asked about the recommendation to stop in- town busing in Chester. Com- mittee member Wes Scott said the bus went by his house and it was empty or al- most empty. Holt pointed out that kindergartners don't have busing now and clari- fied that the recommendation was just for in-town busing. Kest Porter and Sue Weber gave the report for the Indian Valley committee, probably the most anticipated of the reports since Indian Valley has the most on the line with the proposed closure of Greenville High School. Weber told the board, "The uncertainty has to stop." She noted that Indian Valley had 150 students in 1993. Today, if PUSD partnered with Plumas Charter School, there would be 150 students. "We've stabilized," she said, and urged the board to think long-term. Porter said partnering with the charter school on a blended program would work for students, whether college bound or voc-tech, by provid- ing a "spectrum of options"; for the district because it is fiscally responsible; and for the community because kids should be educated in their community. Music teacher Jim Norman, also a member of the commit- tee, spoke eloquently about the possibility of healing wounds by bringing the • Pavers • Bark • Sand School board chairman Chris Russell swears in Betty Moura, of East Quincy, as the board's newest member Wednesday, May 2. Moura fills the seat vacated by Brad Baker on an interim basis. The seat will be open in the November election. Now retired, Moura was the Ioncjtime assistant to the superintendent for PUSD. In her interview before the board, Moura said she wanted to see "quality education for K-12 in each community." Photo by Delaine Fragnoli two sets of students back to- gether. "It would re-establlsh a sense of community," he said. ::t Weber was very clear abou.t the amount of work it would take to get a PUSD- PCS partnership under way for •the 2012-13 school year. Tuerck said, although he found the idea "very innova- tive" and the committee's report "addressed some con- cerns I had about a charter option," he too was worried about the timeframe and logistics. That is one reason the committee recommended PUSD and PCS share the ex- pense of hiring a transition TOP SOIL • Retaining Walls • Trucking • Flagstone For your bulk landscaping needs - • Manure • Deco Rock • Utility Rock 00mberline Mateda!s • We Deliver 1050 Hwy 36, Chester - near the diversion canal 258-7754 or 258-7714 LIc, #691840 coordinator for the first year of the partnership. The board and committee also discussed the specter of students who try to jump back and forth between PUSD and PCS to avoid certain assignments, like the senior project currently required by PUSD but not PCS. To deal with this, the committee recommended a council of teachers and administrators who would serve as gatekeepers, vetting students who wanted to take an elective in the other program or move between programs. Weber gave the example of a student who had already moved from GHS to PCS and back before she and GHS Principal Jim Lake said "no more." "He learned the way to deal with things is not to run." Throughout their presenta- tion Porter and Weber emphasized the need to do what was right for kids. School board trustees are expected to act on the recom- mendations at their regular board meeting tonight, May 9, at 4:45 p.m., in the gymnasi- um at Chester Elementary School, 158 Aspen St. For a breakdown of the committees' recommenda- tions, see he Citizens Guide to School Closure in the May 2 issue of your local newspa- per or visit For the complete reports, visit Driveway Slurry Sealing Hot Melted Crack Filling LEWIS P. BECK JR. 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