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14A Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Feather River Bulletin SCHOOLS, from page 1A Harris also indicated a committee of district offi- cials, employee groups, school site officials and com- munity members would con- sider long-range enrollment projections, as well as the enrollment history, going back 10 years, and current enrollment figures. Other considerations in- clude the county's General Plan, the housing market, census data, facility status, fiscal impacts and the status of school funding. The committee is to begin its work immediately and to provide recommendations to the superintendent of schools and the board by January or February 2011. If the facilities committee recommends closures, the board will appoint a closure committee to follow the state's strictly prescribed procedures. Although relying on much of the basic information pre- viously gathered from the fa- cilities evaluation, the state- mandated district advisory committee would include seven to 11 members repre- sentative of all district stakeholders as well as indi- viduals with expertise in en- vironmental impact, legal contracts, building codes and land use planning. The state requires the board to consider the impact of closures on community schools, current capacity and future school growth, transportations costs and considerations as well as special programs and indi- vidual school academic per- formance ranking. In closing his presenta- tion, Harris outlined the next steps, which would in- clude establishing a district advisory committee by re- convening the District Facil- ities Master Plan Committee to explore school closure and to set a timeline for meetings, community input and report to the board by April 30, 2011. At that point, the board would take action on the ad- visory committee's recom- mendations. Community Advisory Committee In his time-shortened Superintendent's Report, Harris told the board the grade seven-12 education committee has formed and its next meeting would be May 16. In a follow-up telephone conversation, Harris said the 16-member committee in- "cludes representatives of each community from ser- vice or community clubs, students, faculty and each high school principal. Har- ris facilitates the committee meetings and Terry Oestre- ich, director of alternative education, is also involved. Harris said the purpose of the committee is to assist in development of the district's curriculum for grades seven through 12. The committee wili start the process by identifying expected outcomes for grad- uating students and how to meet those expectations. Harris said the task would help sustain school vitality through additional classes to meet requirements for stu- dents attending California colleges and university. He added the district would release money from the general fund to imple- ment the added sections, buying time for the facilities review. Faculty contract Bruce Williams, assistant superintendent for person- nel, reported a tentative agreement in contract nego- tiations with the Plumas County Teachers Associa- tion. The agreement covers the period beginning July 1, 2009 and ends June 30, 2011. Teachers will receive a 1 percent increase in their current salaries and a 2.9 percent increase per employ- ee for step and column (based on longevity and qualifications) over the pre- vious year. In addition, teachers will receive a 1 percent increase in statutory benefits such as retirement, workers' com- pensation, etc. and a 9.9 per- cent increase in their dis- trict health and welfare plan. Per employee, that translates to a $1,088 in- crease or 5.8 percent. The district's total cost of the increase to salaries and benefits rises from $9.55 mil- lion to $9.762 million. In the first year, the dis- trict will pay out an addi- tional $210,345 from its con- troversial special reserve fund and slightly less in sub- sequent years. The fund has been reserved for one-time expenses; however, Harris and Business Director Yvonne Bales agreed the cost of the increase would be offset by savings realized from retirements at the up- per ends of the pay scale. The teachers also won con- cessions from the district re- garding performance review procedures. Layoffs and reductions As the meeting wound down to action items, the board approved the termina- tion of .17 certificated em- ployees. Reductions in classified services, such as instruc- tional aides, reading aides, transportation, library and cafeteria services, hit nearly every campus. 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State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, totaling $206,312, available for any "educa- tional purpose" were used to offset revenue losses in the district's after-school pro- gram and avoid a reduction in services. Greenville High School's Natural Resources Program received $8,900 previously cut from the program's funds. The funds were re- stored at the instigation of then-principal Laura Blesse and supported with presen- tations from teachers Dan Brown and Laurie Wann and current principal Tore Willits. Brown and Wann asked for a total of $75,000 for school years 2010 - 11 and 2011 - 12. In response, Harris asked the pair to prioritize program needs for each year. When the two could not provide a prioritized budget because of the interdepen- dent nature of the program, Willits identified the most critical needs. The most pressing chal- lenge the program faces is to secure enough funding to be- come self-sustaining in fu- ture years:  N " ''  " " '"  ........... 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