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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE I will take fond memories to my new endeavor It is with mixed feelings that I inform you that I have been selected as the sole finalist in a superintendent search process. Pending an upcoming Board Meeting, I will accept their offer and subsequent appointment. It has been an honor to work with you, the students, educators, community members and families of Plumas County during the last three school years. I will take many fond memories to my new endeavor. I am grateful for the support from educational partners locally and in the region, business WHERE I STAND county and non-profit service ........................................... organizations, linking our MICHELINE MIGLIS FORMER SUPERINTENDENT PLUMAS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT organizations, and community-allied agencies that have helped to position our schools for success in the 21st century. The Plumas Unified School District has made substantial progress: the vision, mission, goals and values were rewritten and adopted. We have formalized a number of collaborative relationships and work plans with various mutual resources to benefit children and families. Our schools and classrooms are progressively transitioning to the California Standards. We have implemented and practiced state of the art security plans. We have made our presence and frontier dilemmas known to decision-makers at the state level. A visit by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, honorable Tom Torlakson, generated tremendous positive interest in place-based learning and our intervention programs. Quincy Elementary School earned the prestige of California Distinguished School. Student Services Coordinators are in each community and have become a model upon which other districts in California are beginning to develop interventions and implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. Visual and performing arts have expanded. CTE offerings have been enhanced. Systems district-wide have improved steadily and continue to be analyzed and adapted for value-added effects. I can enumerate even more tremendous successes accomplished by everyone working together with synergy and intentionality. My time as your superintendent has been extremely fulfilling. I will always remember your support and your commitment to doing what is best for children even when it required questioning what we have always done and in the face of healthy and spirited censure. I am overcome by many thoughts and emotions- excitement for what lies ahead for the children of the district and sadness for departing from personally and professionally extraordinary relationships, Most of all I am filled with appreciativeness, hope and optimism. With my very singular thankfulness to the PUSD trustees and in particular, the governing board that appointed me in October, 2012, I have fond and enduring recollections that are indelibly sealed in my heart and mind. You will always be See Miglis, page 8B Foster parenting, is a noble calling, can prevent more trauma I don't recall a time here when our need for foster parents was more critical than it is right now. It wasn't so long ago that the number of foster parents we had in the county was adequate to provide emergency and longer-term shelter. People were willing to take abused, neglected and traumatized children. But that just isn't the case anymore. Over the past couple of years, while our need for foster homes has stayed fairly constant, the number of homes has declined considerably. When we don't have sufficient foster homes available, a number of things can happen in abused and WHERE I STAND away from their community .................................................. and schools just adds to the ELLIOTT SMART DIRECTOR PLUMAS COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT neglected children's lives. None of them are good. When the number of foster homes isn't adequate, it can result in children being placed out of our county. That puts them far away from friends, supportive relatives, their school and other positive influences that are critical to any child's success. That impact is prbfound for a foster child. Being placed far trauma that child has already experienced as a result of being removed from his or her parent. Child Protective Services currently has children placed in Redding, Susanville and Marysville. None of us here at Social Services likes the thought of children placed so far away. But without more foster families, that will likely continue tobe the tough reality. When the number of foster homes isn't enough to meet the needs of children we have to protect, it can result in siblings being placed in different homes. We've had circumstances in our county recently in which siblings had to be split up at least on a temporary basis until we could find a home that could take all of the siblings. We try to avoid it but sometimes we have no other option. Seeing siblings be separated is gut-wrenching. Here again, separating siblings who've already been removed from their home can just add to the trauma that already exists. Those siblings bonds can be critical to their healing. But without more foster family homes separation is likely to continue to happen. When the number of foster family homes isn't enough for the need, children will sometimes get placed in a group home. Group homes are a more restrictive setting than a foster family home and a setting where there are greater challenges to a child's success. We've learned that if children can't be with their family, a family setting in a foster home is the next best thing for their well-being. We need more foster family homes. It is a noble calling, and we recognize it is not an easy one. Not everyone can take responsibility for someone else's child. Nor is it just anyone who can accept the possibility that the stay in foster care for an abused child could be short lived or last for as long as a year, or longer. Children who've lived in abusive and neglectful homes can Come with a host of issues that need attention. These can include unmet medical or dental needs or appointments with a mental health counselor who is helping them work through their trauma. Still, these children need people in their lives willing to take a chance on them and show care and compassion. We need foster parents that are See Smart, page 8B LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather : Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m.; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmcdonald@plumasnews.mm. Thanks On Memorial Day, you can thank a veteran for every breath of freedom you take. My wife and I were out having breakfast on Mother's Day. At the end of my meala young waiter approached me and asked if I was the writer he had been following in the newspaper. I was a little shy at saying yes, because I never know what's coming next. Several people have approached me with that same question but this was an unusual event. It came clearly out of nowhere; I was caught by surprise. Well, I cautiously said, yes indeed, I am that (self-described) writer. He had such a serious look on his face and the celebrity attention he gave me was a bit embarrassing. I then joked thoughtfully, asking if he needed an apology for something I had written. He put me at ease, stating that he had come back from the war in Afghanistan, and had been reading my published letters in the paper. I immediately thanked him for being a fan and I thanked him for his service to our country. I was so stunned by his sincerity, it touched me to the core. Never before had a perfect stranger captured my attention the way this young man had. What he didn't know was the wonderful gift he had given me. I had been questioning my "purpose" in life; as we all do at some point. My curiosity for "purpose" had started earlier in that week and melted away with that young man's inquiry. I hope he reads this letter. Once again a veteran unselfishly gave, without knowing the faceless people who have benefited from their kindness, sacrifice and service to country. He's a success in my eyes, even before he begins his helicopter training. Hooah! Trent Saxton Lake Davis If it ain't broke Our supervisors in favor of the state of Jefferson should not rush to call a vote on the issue. It gives the impression that they fear further debate could possibly weaken their position, which might also aean they are not secure in their own beliefs. A rushing to judgment, without hearing all arguments, is not the way that democracy should work. In regard to making the huge step of creating a new entity whose outcome is far from totally understood, I am reminded of the comment our Egyptian guide made while my wife and I were touring the antiquities of Egypt. It was something like, "Better the devil you know than the one you don't." I am also reminded of"If it ain't broke, don't fkX it." Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Wonderful production I wasn't really surprised to see so much local talent performing together the night I went to see "Into the Woods." Our community is well blessed by artists and musicians. Although not surprised, I was thoroughly enchanted and delighted by this production. From the smallest role to the largest, from the director to the stage crew -- there was amazing support and skill. The orchestra was wonderful and the coordination between the musicians and the cast was seemingly flawless. Thank you to all who worked so hard to capture the true essence of this profound story. Linda Margaretic Quincy Applaud FRC Science 101 On Saturday, May 9, the students of Feather River College Science 101, under the direction of Dr. Darla DeRuiter, conducted an interesting and informative tour of a site right on the edge of Quincy's downtown. The site was Dellinger's Pond. Dr. DeRuiter is clearly using the pond and the animal life as an effective source of learning as was planned when the DeUinger family donated the site to the college in 1971 shortly after the opening of the institution. The students who participated were friendly, articulate and informative about the history of the pond and its flora and fauna. They pointed out what was native and what was invasive and other scientific information. To add to the occasion, there was a very nice table of refreshments. People from the community attending the tour contributed to a discussion as to how the pond could become an interesting attraction in the area. It would be of special interest to birders. It would be a nature walk for almost anyone and a special opportunity for those not able to do our more strenuous mountain trails. With the existing walking path and the addition of information boards and perhaps even permanently installed binoculars, it could be an interesting attraction for both locals and visitors to the community. Its value is not just scientific; it is an area cloistered from houses and cars. One can walk the short path and just enjoy the beauty of the birds and the blooming lily pads. Thank you to Dr. DeRuiter and the students of Science 101. Norberta and Marvin Schmidt Quincy State of Jefferson To suggest that we in Northern California have any representation is a complete lie. We have six representatives to the Legislature in Sacramento. Sacramento and the south People have 114 representatives. Why do our supervisors in Plumas County defend the state of California and refuse the declaration for the state of Jefferson? Fay Almond Chester Quick response There was a fire in our Greenville neighborhood on Hillside Drive and the sheriff and our volunteer firemen showed up immediately, making sure residents were all right and the fire was suppressed. The speed and competence of their work was reassuring. Organizations we may take for granted in an emergency suddenly represent hope and aid, and the response to the 911 call could not have been better. We'd like to thank all involved. Nancy Lund Greenville We aren't sneaking around The lodging providers who attended the Board of Supervisors meetings in early spring 2012 to try and fight to keep some funding for marketing our businesses, chambers and all the people impacted by that industry in our communities were told "we don't have the money and you need to support yourselves." So we are trying and the best option, and the one used by 90 other areas in California, was to implement a tourism business improvement district. In order for this to be successful, the lodging providers would add a 3 percent assessment to each room charge (like they do everywhere else we travel) which would generate a pool of money that could be used to market our areas and rebuild some community capacity to develop reasons for people to want to visit or perhaps move here. We started our investigation/outreach into what a TBID was in June 2012 by asking two chambers for their feedback and possible support for the effort. One said too much work and the other didn't bother to reply. We continued to investigate the process over the course of another year, got support from Feather River College and managed to get Civitas (the developers of the legislation and contractors) to come up to Plumas County and do three public presentations: one each in Chester/Lake Almanor, Graeagle and Quincy last year and outreach continued to assess the viability of success for this project. Articles in the paper, numerous calls, one-on-one contacts and emails were sent to the majority of lodging providers in the county. Civitas presented the concept of setting up a TBID to the BOS in January 2015 and we received its blessing to "continue the process. So, to say that we have been sneaking around is just not true. Valerie Nellor Quincy Changes Changes in America over the last 50 years: Life's dreams were achieved through hard work, sacrifice and taking responsibility for our mistakes and triumphs. Today, the world owes our children equality and success whether they earned it or not. Churches and civic organizations cared for the But if the government didn't institute taxes and social laws that discriminate between straights and others, we'd all be better off. Minorities and poorer people have faced more aged, assisted the needy and' iii challenge s than others.' looked out for Our neighbors' 'But forcing Native kids. Now the government wants to dictate our conscience and compassion. Women entered the workforce and faced disadvantages in the one-on-one battle with men. Progress is being made, but the cure is in the family structure, not wage laws. Until men have babies and learn to vacuum that's not going to change. We kept our medical concerns to ourselves and no one begged others to supply birth control pills. The cause and cure of out-of-wedlock children was handled in the family and was not the government's business. Those with a different sexual orientation were silent and when found out were often ostracized. Some people will never learn and you cannot legislate personal opinion. Americans onto reservations and herding minorities and the poor into intercity ghettos created generations of poverty and inequality. Schools taught critical thinking, objective analysis and intellectual and knowledgeable debate. Today, we resort to name calling, race and class baiting and often plain old deception. Disreputable and shady politicians have always existed, but most at least tried to hide their character flaws. Today, the more corrupt and dishonest the politician, the more the masses revere them. Obama's decrees have nearly transformed America from a democratic republic to a monarchy. Her Majesty, Hillary Clinton, is waiting in the wings. Lynn Desjardin Portola LL[L _ 1 I I [ lllllllll L I I I L Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS- 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofphmas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofphmas.com PRESIDENT- Boraek Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact/ U.S. SENATOR- Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TTYfrDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR- Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563. 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, IST DIST. - l}oug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. www.LaMalfa.Honse.gov.; Facebook.com/RepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, C A 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. -Ted Gaines, State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center: 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225- 3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, IST DIST. - Brian lhhle, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR- Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. i It LI x LL L ..........