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School News Wednesday Nov 7 2001 6A m m m ing this school year. Though there's grounds to dissolve it. ful in'pub!ic education."parents were unhappy with there is a five-year agree- But no one anticipates theOne of the directors of the the changes the school dis- Charter School ment, a new memorandum demise of the charter school, charter school, Jerry Holland, trict made to its independent year of a five- must be signed each year. The School district superinten- likewise sees his school as of- study program. The charter with the changes in this year's under- dent Dennis Williams said he feringa choice, school made it possible for School Dis- standing pertain to atten-is pleased with the choice the "We're just another alterna- parents to continue home plans for many dance reporting and the dis- charter school offers, tive," Holland said. "We fill a schooling their children with- tribution of timber receipts. "The original rationale was niche in the educational com- out many of the regulations the school board's When the initial five-yearto offer parents choices,"munity." they disliked in the school dis- school board agreement concludes at theWilliams said. "Parents It's a niche that was espe- trictprogram. a memo- end of the 2002-2003 school should have choices because cially needed four years ago, While the charter school is Understanding be.year, it will automatically be not every student is success- when many home schooling filling a niche, Williams two entities cover- renewed for five years unless would still like to see some of school's 150 students return to Plumas Unified classrooms. "Competition is healthy," Williams said. "I want to im- prove PUSD to a point where people want to come back." Williams said he knows the district "will never get all of the students," however, for various reasons, including re- ligious issues. m bad news Unified special edu- 'gram. The bad areas of concern with 228 instances of noncom- view with the school boardin the state," and was told, pliance. The good news: There during its October meeting. "No, yours isn't that bad." could have been 40,000 in- Concerned when he read But he has six months to stances of noncompliance, the review, Pindell said he make it better. The school district's direc- called the state to ask "if this The state review is designed tor of special education, Jim was one of the worst reviews to ensure that students with Pindell, discussed the state re- that the pro- teachers with strategies that By Dobea Coates years. work, and it "ties into what Managing Editor While many developments teachers learn in college One new classroom per in the eastern portion of the experienced teach- now." year--that's what officials county are geared for season- The Peer Assistance Re- predict will be needed toal residents, Murphy and thanks to view (PAR) is for experienced house students in PortolaWade believe this develop- Offered by the teachers. It's a new program, schools soon. ment will appeal to year- School Dis- negotiated with the PlumasPortola's city administra- round residents with chil- County Teachers Association, tor, Jim Murphy, and the dren. Peggy and Dariel Gar- Teacher Support scheduled to be implemented city's planner, David Wade, her, the developers of Gold (BTSA) is de- in June of 2002. met with the school board last Mountain, have undertaken new teachers The program will assign month to discuss potential this project--in part to pro- It pairs each mentoring teachers to those growth in the area. vide affordable housing for a mentor and who have been referred to the A new development, includ- their Gold Mountain employ- With a stipend program on the basis of a ingagolfcourse, a retirement ees. materials, poor evaluation, but it will al- complex, single-family homes Murphy said they were eight teachers so be available on a voluntary and apartments, is scheduled alerting the school district in the second basis for teachers who simply to be constructed soon, with now so school officials could want to improve their class- the first home estimated to be plan for the additional stu- the district's room skills, ready for occupancy in two dents. said School district superinten- is "very ef- dent Dennis Williams hopes ltistics indicate that the program will extend ent of all new beyond referrals of struggling e1 / it Within five teachers. "I want to make this "Vu> Percent of the a broader application," he stay past said. "I want teachers to use qV'urdg, "P Jo tfu this for staff development and to offer those who participate a stipend." . "..y give $220,000 School With its ener- school dis- that it's con- Den- said that the re- 18 per- replacing effi- by asking to monitor said it's the district ,erve, or it for the energy sav- said the dis- [ Water heater energy man- Ls at school light-sensi- or outdoor op- three of the Belden, 7 a.m.-5 delays gewer line 1/2 mile Quincy, 7 a.m.- tl de- ;houlder 3.5- 49/70 7-9. be- P.m. Five- clean- miles of 7-9. 8:30 de- on Main 11- de- miles JUnction Nov. Control .~ de- In addition, Williams said he will encourage teachers to participate in "Flex Your Power," an energy grant pro- gram, to increase energy con- servation education in the classroom. School board member Jonathan Kusel said it's im- portant to involve the stu- dents. 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