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Portola Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 11A From left, Christy Maddalena, Susan Jacobson and Michael Sanchez look over a large list of items that need attention in Portola area schools, placing stickers on the items that they chose as top priorities at the first of several meetings on prioritizing Measure B funds. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland Measure B priority meeting held in city Lauren Westmoreland doors to federal ADA standards. Staff Writer Twenty-first Century Iwestmoreland@plumasnews.com Learning pertains to needs in classrooms, such as installing Now that the recent CO2 sensors/HVAC unit Measure B bond for Plumas ventilators at PHS and Unified School District has re-paving the playground passed, with up to $50 million area at CRC. in funds available to PUSD by Safety and Security covers voter approval, meetings are needs surrounding the safety kicking off to encourageof students and teachers on community discourse on campus, including upgrading prioritization of projects in exterior lighting and possibly local schools, purchasing and installing The first meeting was held fencing to enclose the CRC Dec. 5 at the Portola Jr./Sr. campus.. High School library, andAs attendees looked over while lightly attended, the projects that needed discussion was lively, prioritization, they were "I want to welcome you all given stickers to indicate the to this meeting to discuss the five items that they felt were priorities that the school the top priorities in the local district will be focusing on schools, including roofing with the funding from and electrical at CRC, fire Measure B," PUSD doors in the CRC kitchen, Superintendent Terry outlets for technology at PHS Oestreich said to the group. "I and replacing portable had hoped for a larger group, classroom units at CRC. however this is a good reason Oestreich will take the for h second r0 d bf-" ..... feedback to the district office, meetings, ....... as well as meeting with staff After a brief review of at each school site for projects completed utilizing additional input based on the the funds from Measure A, feedback from the fin'st passed in 2002, Oestreich meeting in Portola and broke the room into small feedback from similar focus groups to discuss meetings in Chester, projects that need attention at Greenville and Quincy. C. Roy Carmichael and The next meeting that will Portola High schools, be held to further discuss the The three types of projects needs and priorities of the were listed: School Site, 21st schools in Portola will be held Century Learning, and Safety Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 5:30 to and Security, School site 7:30 p.m., at the Portola High projects are related to interior School library. and exterior issues such as For more information, call upgrading electrical systems the PUSD office at 283-6500, and upgrading main access ext. 5238. The old and new members of the Plumas Unified School District board pose Dec 7. From left: Traci Holt (District 5), Joleen Cline (Oistrict 1), Leslie Edlund (District 2), Dave Keller (District 4) and Dwight Pierson (District 3). This photograph was taken after the swearing in of new members Cline and Keller. Photos by Steve Wathen SCHOOL BOARD, from page 1A students the opportunity to participate in adventure activities at FRC. Other potential adventure opportunities include canoeing, snowshoeing, rock climbing, horseback riding and running the challenge course. The board was informed that rock climbing and horseback riding require higher insurance levels, which would be covered by individual clubs using the facilities, with no financial impact to the district. The board approved the MOU for another year. Plumas Charter update Board President Leslie Edlund felt that the latest update received from the Plumas Charter School was a "tremendous step forward," but that the board still needed "a lot more information" before she could feel comfortable. Edlund also noted that charter schools were intended to serve "low achieving" students .... :.: The rest of the Board ...... :. : agreed with the need for more clarification. Board members emphasized that they had a legal responsibility for oversight over all the schools in the district. Traci Holt noted that the board needed to be sure that education at Plumas Charter Schoolwas resulting in good student outcomes. Dwight Pierson advised that the district should not ask the Plumas Charter School to do anything that the other schools in the district weren't asked to do. Pierson noted that maximizing student achievement is the goal of every school. He suggested that the district survey graduates a few years after graduation to ascertain how well their education from the district has served them. Broadband access The district allocated $1 million to ensure that all students have access to their own digital device and access to broadband in every classroom. Julian Wells reported that most of this work has been accomplished. Wells showed pictures of the cable situation prior to the update, a rat's nest of wires and mismatched equipment, versus the state-of-the-art situation that exists today. More work remains to be done, but Wells was clearly proud of the work accomplished so far. New health curriculum In conformance with the California Healthy Youth Act passed in JanuaiT 2016; the district is selecting a curriculum that will provide comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education to middle school and high school students. Parents-guardians will be notified ahead of time that their student will be receiving this information and will be allowed to view teaching materials prior to instruction. Paul Hardy (left), founder and former executive director of the Feather River Land Trust, receives a plaque of appreciation from Rob Wade, coordinator of the Learning Landscapes Program for the district during the school board meeting Dec 7. Parents/guardians may the following schools and elect to remove their student dates. Snacks and drinks from the classroom during will be provided. whatever lessons they - ......... ..... ......... : :: i choose. Removal requires Chester Hish School Library i submitting a written quest Wednesday, Dec. 14 to the district. Greenville High School Measure B meetings Library Wednesday Jan. 4 The district has begun holding a series of public Chester High School Library meetings throughout the Thursday Jan. 5 county to get people's opinions on how money Portola High School Library from Measure B should be Tuesday Jan. 10 spent. These meetings will take Quincy High School Library place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m: at Wednesday Jan. 11 Thank you, voters! PUSD Bond Measure Approved Thank you, on behalf of Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) and its Goveming Board! We would like to send a special appreciation to everyone who participated in the bond visioning process, community forums, Bond Campaign Committee members, volunteers, financial supporters and for all the Plumas voters that gave support to this bond measure! Please join us 'for our scheduled meetings in each community identified below. Unified District invites you to a Staff will provide information regarding the projects identified for the community and gather input regarding prioritization of the projects Information/discussion 5:30 7:30 pm Snacks and drinks will be provided CHESTER Wednesday 12/14/16 High School Library GREENVILLE 'Wednesday 1/4/17 High School Library CHESTER Thursday 1/5/17 High School Library PORTOLA Tuesday 1/10/17 High School Library