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,4, :~ Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 El mtqm first adopted in 1992 to pro- justified an increase to $1.72 public last week. The report went on to say: vide adequate school facili- per square foot for residen- Michael Paoli & Associates"Many of the residential a continuing ties for the school district's tialconstruction, discovered that, while newunits, however, are being enrollment, the students. According to stateIn the ensuing years, the - homes were being built, constructed for vacation pur- put an end to statute, a developer fee can school board was given an school enrollment wasn't in- poses or for retirees or empty and a million be levied on residential and annual report to justify con- creasing, nesters (middle age persons year. commercial construction totinuing the fees. But in Feb- The report stated that, af- with grown children)." Unified School fund new buildings and mod- ruary of this year, Quincyter conferring with the coun- It was determined that the of Trustees ernizationprojects, land owner Jack Scheer ty's planning staff and the school facilities that exist effective Nov. The fees were originally asked the school board to district's staff, the conclusion now are adequate for the lag an in-depth $1.65 per square foot for resi- abolish all developer fees. His was drawn that "substantial number of students enrolled advice from legaldential and 27 cents per demand prompted the schoolresidential development ac- and would be for the foresee- square foot for commercialboard to ask for a study--the tivity will likely continue in able future. The report rec- fees were construction. A 1994 study results of which were madethe foreseeable future." ommended suspending col- lection of the development fees. "However, ff conditions change in the district with re- spect to enrollment trends, economic and demographic conditions and development activity, the issue of develop- ment fees should be revisit- ed." The school district's attor- neys concurred and recom- mended that the school board ff m, pngo father was ar- Week in the death who died after I injuries in an as- to Sgt. Jere- complaint Plumas County ,'s office, is charged Micah Aric One count of mur- of assault- force to legal papers County Supe- poten - [go to prison for life. investigations the sheriffs de- ,a aid the 5-month. to Indian after he was 11. child arrived at he was not I. support tech- 're used on the he was flown to Center, placed on life died the next revealed suffered head in- v enforcement offi- Du- the interview, in- learned that assault- said. Stigation was a the sher- and the dis- set at $I mil- who will by defense at- Prouty. r appeared Friday, Plumas County but the de- page 18A Photo by Detxa Corns Members of Quincy High School's FFA Club took first place in opening and closing eeremonie4 during a re- cent competition. Team members, standing from left: Amber Beck, Sofia O'Conmdl, Amber Stevens, Stofany Bakker, Emily Vukich and Lacey Roach. Kneeling are Shonna Anderson, left, an FFA member who video. taped the competition, and teacher Danleile Brndfleld. gg uuncy By Debra Coates club's officers to conduct lot of discipline," Bradfleld petition was back in 1994. Managing Editor the opening and closing of a said. As well as the team win, Six members of Quincy meeting. Each officer has She said that the most dif- Emily Vuklch received the High School's FFA organi- an individual role, as well ficult part is for the officers outstanding treasurer zation took first place in a as portions that require act- to "synchronize their me- award, and Amber Beck Nov. 6 competition in ing in unison, tions." won the outstanding re- Wheatland. Their first FFA adviser Danielle The Quincy team compet- perteraward. place award was presented Bradfield said that the offi- ed against seven other The other winning team for opening and closing cer. cers practiced Monday teamsin the most advanced members were: Sofia emonies, evenings and during school division of the competition. O'Connell, Amber Stevens, The opening and closing nutrition breaks for theThe last time that Quincy Stefany Bakker and Lacey competition requires the competition. "It requires a took first place in this com- Roach. m I fl m @ Nnttm Managing Editor Now there are five--five candidates for District 5 su- pervisor. The two latest to join the fray for the Seat be- ing vacated by Don Clark are Theresa McElwain and Ralph Wittick. McElwain is a Cromberg resident who describes her- self as an "honest, hard- working businesswoman." She said she entered the race because she "may not be able to change the world, but I can make part of it better." Wittick is a part-time Real- tor who resides in Graeagle. The 30-year resident said he had been thinking about seeking the office "for a long time," because he believes there are areas he should be active in. For example, Wlttlck said he has long bothered by the unsolved Keddle mur- ders. If elected, he would es- tablish a reward fund, using $10,000 of his own money, and spend his first year's take-home pay to hire an in. vestigator. "I believe this case could be solved," Wittick said. But whether he's elected or not, Wltttck said, thepeople of District 5 will be well served. "There are some good people running and I will support them ff they are elected." The other candidates are: Graeagle resident Ken Barnard, and Quincy resi- dents Janet "JEW' Hedrlck and Kathy Price. Barnard is a tax consul- rant, while Hedrick manages the Town Hall Theatre, and Price is a nurse practitioner. District 3 supervisor Bill Dennison, as of yet, is not be- ing challenged in his bid to retain his position. Other positions that are yet unopposed in the March primary are Auditor Mike Tedrtck and Assessor Chuck Leonhardt. Dennis Williams See F-we, page 16A ... ' Early holiday deadgnes Nov. 20 Nov. 21 Nov. 21 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 ,tdv tt ng 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 26, as normal By Debra Coates district's director of person- raise offer was based on a Managing Editor " nel and its chief negotiator, survey of 12 comparable Plumas County teachers has a different opinion, school districts. Williams want a 6 percent raise. The "You have to look at the said the school district's goal Plumas Unified School Dis- whole picture," Williams was to be in the top third for trict offered 1 percent. The said. "Last year we gave an compensation. two sides are now at an ira- 11 percent raise. This year we The survey revealed that passe, are offering to pay more of PUSD was fourth out of the 12 During the school board's Nov. 13 meeting, teacher as- sociation president Steve Cokor addressed the impasse. "The availability of money is not a problem," Cokor said. "We are being told that we are only worthy of 1 percent. Steve C0ker With the increased cost of PCTA president our health insurance, that's a negative raise." Cokor said he was disap-the health insurance costsschooldistricts, which placed pointed that the adversarial than the contract requires, the district in the top third. relationship between theWe've also offered an early Williams said he believes the school district and the teach- retirement package and pro- 1 percent increase will keep ers continues, posed language that would the district there. "The test scores go up, but make it easier for teachers to Williams said he was disap- our compensation goes advance on their salary pointed that the teachers de- down," Cokor said. schedule." cided to declare an impasse. Bruce Williams, the school Williams said the 1 percent "We believe it is prema- ture," Williams said. Now, the California Public Employee Relations Board will review the teachers' im. passe declaration, and either order the teachers and school district back to the bargain. ing table, or assign a media. for to help reach an agree- ment. Cokor made his remarks during the early part of the school board meeting. Later, the school board members learned that developer fees, which supplied approximate. ly $750,000 annually to the school district, would be abolished. Additionally, an. other $250,000 already collect. ed may have to be refunded. "I'm disappointed that Mr. Cokor had to leave so early," school board trustee Kathy Price said. "We just lost $I million we budgeted for this year."