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Page 2 Feather River Bulletin Year 2001 In" Review year: Chester Elementary, Chester High School, C. Roy Carmichael Elementary, Greenville Elementary and Quincy High School. That's because those schools achieved their target set by the state. The targets Each school is assigned an Academic Performance Index (API). According to Delaine Eastin, California's superin- tendent of public instruction, the API is assigned "to mea- sure the academic perfor- mance and progress of the schools." Based on the school's per- formance on the Stanford 9 (the state's annual standard- ized test), each school receives an API. Eventually, other criteria will be consid- ered in the API: attendance, graduation rates, and the high school exit exam results. A school's API can range from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000. The state has set 800 as the goal for schools. Until schools receive an API of 800, each year, they will receive a target to edge nearer to the goal. Only Quincy Elementary School has reached the 800 goal, but most other Plumas County Schools reached their target. The exceptions were Pioneer Elementary School and Portola High School. Pioneer Elementary dropped 31 points, and Portola High School stayed exactly the same from 1999 to 2000. Those schools that achieve their target earn money. It was supposed to be $150 per student, but the state under- estimated the number of schools which would be eligi- ble. So, this year, the schools will receive $65 per student. Superintendent Dennis Williams expects the alloca- tions to be received in about a month. The funds will be spent at the discretion of the school site councils. Jan. 31 Violent criminal offenses | to yours. Hope your Holidays are merry and bright! Plumas Motor Supply Radio Shack \ + "H@e's hoping your hSli i y has all the trimmings! May you be surrounded by the light and love of Christmas. :i: :i ii:!i Monolith Music Bill Fuller plunged sharply in 2000, marking the second straight year that violence has dropped in Plumas County. According ton year-end report, the number of violent ,incidents fell from 283 in~ I to 194 in 20(D--a 46 percefil%l decline. This contributed to a two- year decline of 60 percent in violent crimes. Plumas County Sheriff Len Gardner said the decline can be attributed, at least in part, to the department's proactive approach to law enforcement. "We've got more people on the str~et," Gardner said, referring to an increase in the number of deputies. For several years, the department experienced per- sohnel turnover and a short- age in street personnel. But, the department was able to ease those problems earlier this year--thanks in part to a salary increase-- resulting in more law enforce- ment personnel. In addition, the department also stepped up its efforts to recruit new deputies from Plumas County--a strategy that Gardner believes will result in long-term stability for his agency. Two communities in partic- ular-Quincy and the Indian Valley area--have seen large decreases in crime in recent years. The number of violent offenses fell in the Indian Valley area to 35 in 2000 after 50 were documented in 1999. In comparison, there were 83 violent offenses in 1998 and 119 in 1997. Quincy has seen similar declines during the same period of time. In 1997, the number of vio- lent offenses peaked at 120, falling to 105 in 1998 and to 95 in 1999. But, in 2000, the number of violent crimes fell to 52 in the Quincy area. Deputy District Attorney Jeff Cunan said law enforce- ment in conjunction with the prosecution of offenders has played a role in the decline. On the prosecution side, stability inside the district attoi'ney's office, combined with the consistency in the sentencing of offenders, has been a contributing factor, Cunan said. Violent offenses in the other two communities-- Portola and Chester--have fallen, as well. But, the declines have not been as dramatic, year-end statistics indicate. After violent offenses peaked in Chester in 1997 with 49 incidents, the commu- nity has seen a steady decline in recent years. Incidents declined in 1998 (45), 1999 (43) and 2000 (37). In Portola, the number of :( Photo by Dave The Feather River College equestrian program received a new arrival FHdlay, 2. No, not a new horse, but a one-yeor-eld camel. Accordingto Instructor Mills, the camel was brought in tQ offer an opportunity for students to about riding the animal. The camel cannot be ridden for at least another ing it additional time to develop. It was provided by Plumas County i Joy, right. violent offenses, which shot up to 87 in 1999, fell to 68 inci- dents. That is the lowest number of reported violent offenses in the community since 1996, when there were 67 docu- mented incidents. One of the areas of violent offense is rape, which saw a countywide decline After 33 cases in 1999--the most ever in the county's his- tory--there were only nine in 2000. Specifically, Quincy fell from 10 in 1999. and four in 1998, to zero in 2000. Similarly: the Indian Valley area saw a decline in sexual assaults from four to zero. Chester's incidents declined from six to three Only the Portola area increased in 2000. doubling its 1999 figure of three to six. Feb. 7- Declaring that he should be paid as much as the county's legal counsel. District Attorney James Reichle has asked the Plumas County Board of Supervisors to boost his pay to $91,152 a year. Reichle was scheduled to appear yesterday in front of the supervisors to make the request. Reichle's request is prompt- ed, at least in part, by the board's decision in December to give County Counsel Rob Shulman a 13.7 percent raise, increasing his pay from about $80,200 to the $91,152 figure that Reichle is now seeking. The board's two newest members, Ken Nelson and B.J. Pearson, who were sworn into office a month ago after winning in the November general election, were not supervisors at the time. "Upon a review of the responsibilities of the county counsel and the district attor- ney; it is apparent that the salaries should, at the very least, be equal," Reichle said. Reichle noted that he is responsible for supervising 24 employees and overseeing an annual budget of nearl million. Shulman, on the hand, supervises two ees and oversees a about $265,000. Reichle also said his has a larger workload Shulman's. The district cutes crimes, conducts duties of the public trator, oversees adult court, conducts juve~ delinquency matters, child support and le~ advises the grand jury. Feather River Disposal We thank you for your kind patronage. yN May glad tidings find you wherever you go! Susanville & Quincy Offices We know our ~ ~re ~zltb M! the great people we've bad the l~el- le~ to work ~tb title.year. We feel pro~! to serve m~i be apart o] tl~ ~i co~mnity. Merry Christmas aml many tl~.S! Re/Max Almanor Properties Dennis, Russ, Ed & Mar-lene Thank you for a great o year. We hope to serve you m 2002 Capitol Club a u:2e Ss o ers! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year D We wish you all the best in the coming year. Thank you for your continued support.