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Areas Since 1866 Vol. 148, No. 2 530-283,0800 Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 a toa : Tou decision "Supervisors The Feather River College athletics program is by far the largest group entry into the fair parade. Men's and women's teams representing soccer, basketball, softball and volleyball showe~l their lively school spirit. Photos by Laura Beaton Today: Kyonna Carey, Sweetheart of the Mountains first runner-up, The Boy Scouts of America are one of the first groups to parade down Main Street. Throngs of takes her duties as ambassador for the fair seriously. Carey people lined both sides of the street for the colorful fair parade that featured almost 60 entries, rode in the fair parade Aug. 16. Free substance abuse training, 12:45 - 5 p.m., Serpilio Hall at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. "Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment" training for substance use, mental healthl law enforcement, health care professionals. Arrive early to check in. Presented by California Addiction Training and Education Series, California Department of Health Care Services, Plumas County Alcohol and Drug See Q, page 6A Early deadlines All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day. This will affect the deadlines for the Sept. 3 newspaper. Deadlines for the Wednesday, Sept. 3, Plumas-Westwood editions: All display advertising and legal (public) notices, including the classified section, are due by Wednesday, Aug. 27, at noon. News releases -- including letters to the editor, births, cards of thanks and calendar events --are due by Thursday, Aug. 28, at noon. The gbituary deadline is' Friday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m. Classified reader ads are due Friday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m. To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Laura Beaton Staff Writer Bob Tuerck resigned his position on the Plumas Unified School District and County Office of Education board of directors during the Aug. 14 meeting held at Pioneer School. Tuerck read his letter of resignation with much emotion, citing the offer of a job for the California School Board Association as his reason. Tuerck said he is honored to have served on the school board and to have represented the community. He thanked his fellow board members and district staff. Tuerck has been on the board since December 2010, and has served as clerk of the board for much of that term. The attorney, who often utilized his expertise to guide policy, said his work on the PUSD board was instrumental in the job offer from Sacramento. Social services director, says department losing employees because of pay Debra Moore Staff Writer of providing child Though Social Services protection and I can't Director EUiott Smart protect children." received authorization to fill more vacant positions in his department, it's not enough. Elli0tt Smart "This is the seventh time in Social ,Services Director three years that I have been talking to you about vacancies," Smart told the services. Plumas County Board of While the issue exists Supervisors on Aug. 12. "We throughout social services, are approaching a crisis it's reached a critical level in situation in child welfare." the child welfare portion of Smart ishaving difficulty the department. recruiting and retaining "For the complexity, the employees, and he said that stress; it's not worth it," salary is the issue. Smart said. Child welfare As an example, he pointed workers must be available to a recent posting by the around the clock and work in school district for a emotionally charged counseling position, which situations. required fewer qualifications "I'm in the business of tl). an a beginning social providing child protection worker, but paid more than a supervisor receives in social See Pay, page 6A "I'm in the business His term was set to expire this November. Just one person filed papers for the position: Dwight Pierson, a retired school superintendent. Tudrck said the Aug. 14 meeting would be his last as a board member. Technology update Russ Selken, information technology director for Plumas County Office of Education, gave an educational technology update to the board. He presented a list of the team's accomplishments. First on the list is that every teacher now has a laptop. The district office's move from the historic Church Street location to the former county probation building in East Quincy provided some unexpected obstacles for the tech team. Despite that, the team accomplished network services and new server installations, wide- area network expansion and video conferencing rollout, Selken said. Federal E-Rate Program rule changes have delayed technology cabling infrastructure, he said, and anticipated funding sources may not be available under E-Rate. Consequently, Selken is looking toward a different solution for the district's technology needs, such as short-term hot spots at each school. He said he would know See PUSD, page 6A Sunrays lance through one of the area,s recent cloud formations Aug. 1/The photo was :: taken from Lee Road about 6:3Oa.m. Photo by Sandy Swisher