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@A Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 Feather River Bulletin COLLEGE, from page 7A to Butte, Lassen or Truckee Meadows three times a week, which all of us can attest to that these are not fun drives in winter. But they're doing it because they cannot fred classes that suit their needs to take on campus. And these aren't esoteric classes. These are math classes, English classes, these are basics that they're traveling to other places for." McNett said he thinks FRC does an excellent job of recruiting local students from throughout the county. "We have 202 first-year California students at FRC so far this year and of those, 66 are from Plumas County. That's an exceptional number; it used to be that we had trouble recruiting people to come to Plumas County and go to FRC. I don't believe that's the case anymore." McNett cited extensive outreach efforts by the college to all communities countywide. McNett explained that "embedded" programs and services with outreach specialist counselors, like the Outward Bound program, help the college to contact students and show them what FRC has to offer. He added, "We are reaching out to those kids. They need all the help they can get and they're getting it from FRC." What do you consider to be your major contributions to the FRC Board of Trustees? As the incumbent, McNett talked about his commitment to Plumas County and said, "I spent 30 years in the mill up in Chester and I have a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering. I think those qualifications help me in working with the board. I have a different perspective than say, somebody who has a doctorate in education. I'm an approachable person. People will sit down with me, and if we disagree, we'll talk about the situation and how we might approach that." He mentioned his strong feelings about the college, various programs he is committed to both within and outside of the athletic departments, and talked about what FRC contributes to the community. "We have over 300 student athletes out there," he explained. "I've made it really clear on the board that as long as our emphasis continues to be on the "student" part of our student-athletes that they'll have my support. So we are emphasizing the importance of these students getting their education. Last spring, we had 160 student-athletes who were recognized for earning over 3.0 GPAs. I'm proud to be part of a school that does that." If elected, what do you consider will be your major contribution to the FRC Board? Challenging McNett for the Area 4 trustee' seat, Garcia said, "I think first and foremost, my experience with community colleges lends me to say the following. I would love to see a great integration of students, teachers and staff all working with dignity and respect. If my legacy was part of bringing that to the college, that would be wonderful." She also focused on one of her top issues about bringing accountability and transparency to the board. "It is so vital in our institutions that the president of a college and the board have some checks and balances on each other," Garcia explained. "I also want to work diligently on the housing crisis for the students. I haven't worked there for three years and I still get calls from the students whether it be for letters of recommendation or calls for support saying they can't take it and they have to leave, 'Thank you for helping me stay longer.' I want to make it so those calls of desperation no longer happen." At that point in the forum, Supervisor Simpson asked Garcia, "So Margaret, you had something about the president of the college making a power grab. Can you explain what you were concerned about?" Garcia replied by explaining her understanding of recent efforts by FRC President Dr. Kevin Trutna to bring a procedural issue before the board of trustees for a policy vote. "He was not able to get this passed in the academic senate and would like to make it so that the public can no longer bring things directly to the board," Garcia said. "I fred it really disturbing colleges only work if there is consensus, if classified staffhave a voice, if teachers have a voice, if students have a voice and the board does. There is a collective of voices (to be heard) and that's how big decisions are supposed to be made. I want us all as community members, who may or may not take classes, to be able to bring things to the board." McNett responded, "I'm sorry folks, this is misinformation. Our board policies are based on the Education Code. If it has some ing to do with and is, germane to the operation of the college, then it can come before the board as an agenda item. There's a process tt has to go through. Anybody at the beginning (of the board meetings) can make a public comment." The process requires a written justification for denying access, McNett said, which allows the trustees to overturn that denial ff they so choose. "So, we're not talking about a power grab at all," McNett stated. REQUEST FOR BIDS Plumas County Social Services is accepting bids for: One mid- to full-size SUV AND One All-wheel drive (AWD) Mini-Van. Bid Close Date: Oct. 19, 2018, at 5 p.m. For complete details, visit: http://countyofplu mas.com/bids.aspx "That authority does not rest totally with the president of the college. Actually, the bottom line is with the board. So it's not a case of unilaterally deciding what's going to be heard and what's not going to be heard. It's simply not true and not the case." Offered a moment to rebut, Garcia said, "It absolutely is the cpse. The academic senate would not have fought this so hard ff they did not think it was important to fight. And I agree with Guy in one respect that the board and the president are separate. But if you have a board that only votes behind whatever the president says, then you don't have that separation. That's what's concerning me, that currently there is no separation." McNett then discussed the FRC governance structure with 24 separate committees that debate issues in their particular areas, eventually moving issues to the president's cabinet for a recommendation to the board. "So it's not as though there isn't transparency there," he said. "You've had people who were involved in that process all the way through. Now you might not have all those people in agreement, but it's still up to the board to make a decision." Over the years, sports have increased versus core academics. Do you see that as a problem or is it balanced enough? Garcia said she did not think sports are detrimental to FRC and the success of each program has to do with the coaches working with instructional staff and how well they promote academics. She said that when coaches instill academic standards, students do well in their classes. "I would like to see a unified approach to student-athlete education," Garcia noted and touched upon issues related to remedial education (for all groups of students). "This is at the expense of higher-achieving students who leave to take higher-level courses that are not offered at the college." McNett said the California Community College system has begun cutting back significantly on remedialprograms, so there aren't as many remedial math and English classes anymore, but cautioned the public to remember that community colleges have an open enrollment system. "Not every student arrives prepared for the level of work, but we still have to serve all of our students," he said and added that FRC's mission includes raising students' skills to be able to do college-level work. "I'd like to add that we have to be able to continue to draw people into our area and sports is an important part of that," McNett also said. "We had a pitcher who got picked up by the Cleveland Indians. He got his start at FRC, though that's an anomaly. But for instance, volleyball players go on and get scholarships to four-year schools so the sport is a way they can continue their education and do something fun. As long as we continue to stay focused on the student part of our student-athletes, and have 160 kids earning 3.0 GPAs or higher, we'll do just fine." Featuring Dr. Jeff Kepple & Natalie (Kepple) Hagwood Join us for a fun family concert Saturday night, October 20th! At 6 pm a free dinner starts (while supplies last) The concert benefitting the Northern California Fire Victims begins at 7 pm The music flowing from Jeff's heart dr!ves a genre-bendinlg acgustic repe~oire of folk, j.azz and sacrea composk,ons reminaing us ox now we snould ~.reazeacn omer - w!tn respect ana grace in our tones, with rhythm and timing in our woras as we race oack mwara oeauty. IPI ke Ch Baptist Church 1 checks payable to: PO Box 559 Chester, CA 96020 memo: Disaster relief For more information feel free to call Chester Baptist Church at 258-23@4 210 Myrtle Street, Chester, CA Victoria Metcalf Assistant Editor vmetcalf@plumasnews.com Members of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Two representatives of Plumas Rural Services Domestic Violence Services were available Tuesday, Oct. 9, to read a proclamation to the board and seek supervisors' official approval. Tamara Atkins-Carpenter, legal advocate, read the proclamation, while Program Coordinator Elizabeth Page answered questions from supervisors. "Thank you for work you do," said Supervisor Lori Simpson. "I know it's very important." While Supervisor Sherrie Thrall seconded that, she asked the two women if more events could be done outside Quincy. "i noticed activities in Quincy and domestic violence knows no physical boundaries." Thrall went on to say that she's aware of people in the Chester/Lake Almanor area who couldn't come all the way to Quincy to participate in activities such as the recent Color Run with pets that was held. Thrall added that some of the people she has in mind don't have transportation. Page agreed with Thrall's suggestion and said her program would make an effort to do more in other communities. The facts In the past 12 months (October 2017 to October 2018), 122 clients have been served by PRS Domestic Violence Services, said Atkins-Carpenter. "Notably, there are many more who have not come forward to seek help," she said. One in every three teenagers is involved in domestic violence, according to statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. One in every four women and one in every six men will experience it during their lifetime, according to the recent proclamation. Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year, Atkins-Carpenter said According to the proclamation, domestic violence violates an individual's privacy and dignity, security and humanity, due to systematic use of physical, emotional, , sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse, including to children; pets and the elderly, Atkins-Carpenter noted. "Domestic violence is widespread and is devastating to society as a whole," she stated. And the problem isn't confined to one particular group or groups of people. It crosses all economic, racial, gender, educational, religious and societal barriers and is sustained by societal indifference. As an aside, Page said that more men are willing to report a partner who is abusive. The stigma that men should put up with being abused is changing, she added. "The survivors of violence should have access to medical and legal services, counseling, safe housing and other supportive services so that they can escape the cycle of abuse," Atkins-Carpenter said. Local programs such as the one at PRS, are backed by state coalitions, national organizations and nationwide efforts by other agencies. These groups are committed to increasing public awareness of domestic violence. It is prevalent throughout society and the only way to eliminate domestic violence is through education and prevention efforts. "It is important to recognize the compassion and dedication of the individuals who provide services to victims of domestic violence and work to increase public understanding of this significant problem," Atkins-Carpenter said. Following the proclamation reading, Supervisor Michael Sanchez said, "Don't forget the schools," as the two women outlined their services and activities. Page said they include their tear-off sheets in bathrooms in the schools -- much like the do in other agencies and facilities, including some businesses -- but she added they could branch out a little better. Simpson agreed saying that relationships teens' form can be very abusive. "We are in the schools, just at a different level," Page said. Page added that her program also offers the 52-week batterers' intervention program through the courts. PUSD Continues to Solicit Applicants for its Measure B Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee The Plumas Unified School District is accepting applications for its Measure B Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. The committee's mission is to review expenditures to ensure they are within the scope of the measure and inform the public on the progress of bond-supported school construction projects. This is a Board-approved advisory committee, which meets quarterly. The committee needs applicants who represent the following: Business organization representing the business community located within the district Senior citizens' organization Bona fide taxpayers' organization - VACANCY Parent or guardian of student currently enrolled in the District - VACANCY Parent-teacher organization such as Parent Teacher Association or Schoolsite council (must also be a parent or guardian of a student currently enrolled in the District) Member of the community at-large Committee members serve a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms. Interested residents of the district are encouraged to complete and return an application. Bond Oversight Committee applications may be obtained by visiting our website: http://www.pcoe.kl 2.ca.us/pages/Plumas Unified, at the district office located at 1446 E. Main Street, Quincy or by calling 530-283-6500 ext. 5214. Applications will be accepted until all seats are filled. The Board will approve committee appointments from the pool of applications submitted. i i