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2A Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Indian Valley Record FINANCES, from page 1A In her written comments to the board, Cavin said she expected the district to achieve a balanced budget in the 2018-19 fiscal year. At the time of the first interim budget report in December, the district was in "qualified" status. The operating deficit was projected to balloon to more than $2 million for the next fiscal year and increase to $2.67 million for the 2017-18 school year. That deficit spending threatened to drop the general fundbalance below the state-mandated reserve of three percent by 2017-18. Cavin told the board in December, "If our second interim budget report is also qualified, we will have to do a third report. It's unlikely, but if we're not careful it could happen." The district has been careful, establishing a budget advisory committee to recommend possible cuts and a district advisory committee to assess what facilities could be designated surplus property. Superintendent Terry Oestreich said at the March meeting that the $2 million figure had been "a little overwhelming," and thanked the district's team for its hard work on the budget: Board president Leslie Edlund also thanked staff "for really taking a close look and making hard choices. Things are starting to look a little better." The district is not out of the woods yet. Facility expenses, particularly the possibility of a catastrophic event, remain a concern. The board has funded a facilities master plan and is considering a facilities bond measure. Board members delayed funding any bond preparation efforts just yet, on the advice of Oestreich. Oestreich said she had spoken with consul{ants who "recommend we don't move forward right now." The bond preparation is "a lot of work" and the district doesn't want to miss any stakeholders, she said. The decision was postponed until the end of April. Oestreich said it would still be possible to get a bond measure onto the November ballot, or the board could decide to hold off until November 2018. Another facility issue also got delayed when an expected appraisal of Taylorsville Elementary School did not materialize. Patty McCutcheon, executive assistant to the superintendent, told the board the appraiser expected to do an inspection in mid-April and have a report finished by the end of the month. The board has declared the school surplus property. By law, the Plumas Charter School has first dibs on it, and has indicated an interest in purchasing it. Both parties are awaiting the appraisal to determine a purchase price. In addition to facility costs, a number of unknowns could affect the district's budget, for better or worse, Cavin said. Those unknowns include a drop in one-time funds from the state, possible forest reserve money, expiring taxes, energy funds, declining enrollment, minimum wage increases and increasing personnel costs. "Seventy-four percent of the budget is spent on personnel--and it will be going up," Cavin said. A standing-room only crowd attends the Plumas Unified School District board meeting Wednesday, March 30, to address the question of whether Greenville High School and Indian Valley Academy should reconstitute their partnership. The meeting had to be moved from Quincy Elementary School to the district office following a power outage. Photo by Delaine Fragnoli REPRIEVE. from page 1A about it like this," Holt said. She responded directly to Washburn's comments, saying if the charter school's administration and board were ready to move on, then she questioned the level of commitment. "What if PUSD adjusts its staffing and it still doesn't work?" she asked. Holt went on to say that the board is not responsible for personnel, other than the superintendent. Board is HeartwormAwareness Month Heartworm Tests Exams (if Needed) s240o (a current exam within the last year is required to start preventative medication) disease is serious! Don't let your dog be one of 250,000 dogs infected with this fatal, but preventable condition. Call Today for an Appointment! I \ INDIAN CREEKVETERINARY CLINIC 258 Old Arlington Rd. Crescent Mills, CA 283-9318 e 535 LAWRENCE ST., QUINCY "'D, ve a Little, Save a To send a legal: To send an advertisement: member Dwight Pierson "limited rather than a reiterated that point later full-blown partnership." in the meeting, as did James Reichle, whose Edlund. grandchildren attend Indian Edlund echoed Holt, Valley schools, said it was saying she was "unrealistic" to expect to "disheartened" by the work out a new partnership viciousness, which included in time for the next school a personal threat in front of year. He encouraged the students, "hateful e-mails," board to appoint an ad hoc "unfounded and brutal committee that, "at a accusations." minimum would prevent Later, Edlund clarified IVA from moving to that although some of the Taylorsville and buy some animosity was directed at time." her, "most of the negativity Parent Jenay Cogle was toward one another." exhorted the board to let the Edlund said she saw community try one more "some potential for a new time and said she had a and improved partnership group of people committed -- in theory." to doing the needed work. Like Holt, she detected Although board members "hesitancy" on the part of have adamantly denied any Washburn and Schramel plans to shutter GHS, who were "here on behalf of several speakers expressed a parents and with lingering fear that conditions." continued declining Edlund said any enrollment would negotiations would need to eventually lead to closure. move slowly and would Earlier, Cogle voiced her require a mediator, someone concern that if the who could be "a long-term partnership ended, "I don't coach." see how to dangle enough "It will take 100 percent carrots to draw back enough commitment of all," Pierson students (from IVA to GHS). said, "which I haven't seen The carrots aren't big to date." enough." Board member Bret Cook, Reichle expressed similar who lives in Indian Valley fears. "If 100-some students and cast the lone no vote wasn't enough, then 77 isn't against ending the enough." partnership, said he still Cook said, "I still think favored some kind of the best way to preserve arrangement, perhaps a GHS is with a partnership:" County Supervisor Kevin Goss told the crowd that after years of effort, the county was getting $20 million from the state for street improvements in Greenville. "A new crosswalk leading to an empty school -- I don't want to see that." COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES OF INDIAN VALLEY GREENVILLE Sunday Service * 10 a.m. * Youth Group after Service Corner of Pine & Church streets 530-284,7076 TAYLORSVILLE Sunday Service & Children's Church School 9:30 Brunch to follow a,m, ' Corner of Nelson & Warren streets * 530-284-7956 AllAre Welcome/_______Z [ Plumasnews I There is not a gift shop like ~~s:,cen t ~ou~n:try ANTIQUES & GIFTS Please come by ... and see why. 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