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iiiiiiiiiiii:iiiiiiii!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ...... i:iiiili!!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiili!ii "d all of the Indian Valley Area Vol. 82, No. 15 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-284-7800 wwllumasnews.com Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 Jackson on display T Taylorsville photographer Carole Jackson will show,her work at the Plumas County Museum in Quincy during Marh and April, w!th an opening reception March 2. See story on page 13B. Photo courtesy Plurns County Museum : 1 . , ....... ......... 5O Local woman dies in crash A Taylorsville woman was killed Sunday night in a single-vehicle accident on Arlington Road. Renee Hall, 43, died after the 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pick: up truck she was driving collided with a power pole about 8:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP reported that Hall, who was alone in the truck, was headed eastbound toward Taylorsville "well in excess" of the posted 25-mile- per-hour speed limit, when she lost control of the vehicle on a slight curve in the road. Hall's truck crossed to the left of the double yellow lines and headed toward the west- bound lane. The vehicle con- tinued to leave tire-friction marks as it crossed back over the double-yellow lines and crossed the eastbound lane. The truck ran off the south edge of Arlington Road as it was spinning around to its right. At that point, the report indicated, the pickup had left 312 feet of tire marks on the roadway before the impact with the large power pole. The left rear of Hall's truck then struck the Pacific Gas See Fatal, page 3A Board votes to approve teacher layoffs Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com Plumas Unified School Dis- trict board members voted unanimously Wednesday, Feb. 22, to lay off 32.5 full-time equivalent faculty positions in preparation for possible school closures and consolidations. Bob Tuerck, of Quincy, took a long, hard pause before casting the first "aye" in the roll call vote. After casting her "yes" vote, Sonja Anderson, of Chester, dropped her head into her hands and sobbed. When the vote was com- plete, board member Brad Baker mouthed to Superin- tendent Glenn Harris, "This sucks." Earlier, board member Bret Cook said he was "concerned about the num- ber of layoffs. I wish we had the 7-11 committee rec- ommendations now. There are too many unknowns, and loath as I am, we have to preserve flexibility." Baker agreed: "After March 15, we have no flexi- bility. None." And then he made the motion to pass the layoffs. Personnel director Bruce Williams told the board the 32.5 FTE was a "worst case" scenario as PUSD tries to close what it estimates is a $3.8 million spending gap. A number of mostly younger teachers spoke out against the layoffs, chastising the district for bringing 19 new teachers to the district just two years ago and turning around and jettisoning them. "There was no writing on the wall at all," said one. They also criticized the district for proposed class sizes as large as 35:1. "I've never even heard of that before," said one. Another called it "glorified baby- sitting." A woman from Indian Valley noted that these teachers would be taking their own children out of Plumas County schools when they left. 7-11 reports The board blessed two re- quests from the Indian Valley 7-11 committee: to pursue ways for PUSD to work with Plumas Charter School and to provide the committee with a charter school expert. Tuerck said he would like to see all the 7-11 commit- tees and the public get the charter school information. Baker agreed, "It may be viable in all communities eventually." Dave Nelson, chairman of the Portola 7-11, confirmed that his committee was interested in the infor- mation, too. Harris named a number of possibilities for an expert, including the E1 Dorado County Office of Education or various charter school associations. Traci Holt, chairwoman of the Chester 7-11, presented that committee's report, which consisted of more than 20 questions for additional information from the district. She said the district had ignored best practices guide- lines and given the commit- tees an inadequate amount of time to do their work. Holt said her committee was not See Layoffs, page 4A County set to restore services Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plumasnews.com Plumas County is another step closer to restoring state- sponsored alcohol and drug services. Public Health Director Mimi Hall told the county's Board of Supervisors the A&D program could be back in business as soon as this spring. "There has been a lot of work by a lot of people who are participating in this," Hall told the board during its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 21. The supervisors voiced their appreciation for Hall's Protestors converge Protestors from more than one Plumas County community converge Saturday, Feb. 25, in Greenville where messages included pleas to save schools and recall Plumas Unified School District Superintendent Glenn Harris. Photo by Alicia Knadler efforts. After Hall outlined the progress achieved in See Services, page 5A To subscribe to the Record, call 530-283-0800 Committee wants approval on charl:er model Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plurnasnews.com Before Plumas Charter School officials in Greenville spend more time working to help develop the combination public-charter option for Indian Valley students, they want a nod from Plumas Unified School District that this is an acceptable alterna- tive. When district administra- tion changed in the past, charter school students were no longer allowed to enroll in traditional classes offered on the public school campus. The process to meld the two programs together will be a complex yet promising one, according to more than one committee member who is looking at the possibilities. And they did receive the nod from school board trustees during a special meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22, when trustees directed Superintendent Glenn Harris to provide a specialist in charter school logistics to help the group. Committee members did not know if they would get the nod or not when they met Tuesday, Feb. 21, though they were hopeful. School Structures and Alternatives Subcommittee member Kest Porter, former principal and curriculum director, expressed his con- cern that residents think this combination option is a done deal. "It's not," he said. "This will take a lot of work and commitment from diverse interests to make it happen." "It's a potential model that See Charter, page 4A