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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 3A State superintendent to visit Quincy Elementary today James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com other schools, for receiving the Distinguished Schools Award. QES was selected for meeting a variety of eligibility criteria, including excellence in outdoor education and high academic performance marks. Miglis continued to correspond with Torlakson, who confirmed his visit in September. At the regular November PCOE meeting, Miglis announced the date of the state superintendent's visit. Torlakson, who was elected into his position in 2010, was recently challenged by Marshall Tuck. Torlakson narrowly beat Tuck for four more years as the state superintendent. After accepting Miglis' invitation, Torlakson asked Miglis to show him an array of what Plumas County offers in education. Given the time constraints, Miglis chose Quincy Elementary and the Greenville campus as the best bet for Torlakson. During the visit, Miglis plans to bring up some of the unique challenges the county faces in terms of education. "We experience particular socio-economic challenges from underfunding," Miglis told Feather Publishing in an interview last week. "Local Control Funding Formula has done a lot for most of California, but not so much for Plumas County." Local Control Funding Formula was enacted in 2013 and changed the way funding was distributed in the state. Since it was enacted, funding is tied to student demographics. Plumas County was called "held harmless," which ineant it didn't receive additional funding, as did other counties. Miglis said she plans to advocate for Plumas County during Torlakson's visit. One of the reasons Miglis chose the Greenville campus was to show how difficult it can be for a school with low enrollment to offer a transferable education. "Per capita, it costs more to educate a child in Plumas County than it does in the majority of the state," continued Miglis. "We have small schools, yet we continue to provide a robust curriculum." Tom Torlakson, the California state superintendent of public instruction, plans to visit two schools in Plumas County later this morning. Torlakson, who is expected to be in the county from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., will tour Quincy Elementary School and the Greenville Elementary and Junior-Senior High School campus during his visit. Plumas County Office of Education Superintendent Micheline Miglis first invited Torlakson to Plumas County last spring while attending a ceremony honoring Quincy Elementary School, among Voting underway for (:il:izen, D Isiness of year James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com The deadline to turn in nominations for the Quincy Chamber of Commerce's Business and Citizen of the Year passed Nov. 24, with four nominated in each category. For Business of the Year, The Knook, dramaworks-West End Theatre, Carey Candy Co. and Forest Stationers were all nominated. For Citizen of the Year those nominated were Melinda Rother, David Windle, Krissy Bauer and the team of John and Kitty Gay. Everyone in the community is welcome to cast a vote. Votes are due by Dec. 8. To vote, email one nominee per category to quincychamber@yahoo.com. Votes are limited to one per person. The winners will be announced at the 50th annual Wassail Bowl at the Plumas County Museum on Dec. 12, starting at 5 p.m. Business of the Year nominees The Knook was nominated for its "outstanding service Business of the Year nominations The Knock dramaworks-West End Theatre Carey Candy Co. JBE, OIL FILTER (plus Recycle Fee & Sales Tax) and incredible food." It was also noted on the nomination that the restaurant located behind Main Street Artists Gallery often helps with community events. On the nomination for dramaworks-West End Theatre, it was noted that the business serves all ages in the county. The "Sweet" program facilitated through dramaworks offers theatre education and experiences to youths in the community. Carey Candy Co. was nominated for several reasons. In addition to selling "tasty treats," the business regularly donates to fundraisers, sells tickets to county events and Citizen of the "continuously gives back to the community." Forest Stationers was nominated for two reasons, according to the form -- Bob and Cheryl Reinitz, the shop's owners. The nomination points out that both sacrifice time to help customers and even other businesses consistently. Both are active in the Quincy Merchants and were called "everyone's Secret Santas" in the nomination. Citizen of the Year nominees Melinda Rother, who works at the county clerk's office, was nominated for her kindness toward others. The nomination pointed out Richard K. Stockton, CLU ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic. #0B68653 Providing Insurance & Rnancial Services 65 W. 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