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Portola Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 11A 5 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 Staff Writer Iwestmoreland@plumasnews.com Now that the recent Measure B bond for Plumas Unified School District has passed, with up to $50 million in funds available to PUSD by voter approval, meetings are kicking off to encourage community discourse on prioritization of projects in local schools. The f st meeting was held Dec. 5 at the Portola Jr./Sr. High School library, and while lightly attended, discussion was lively. "I want to welcome you all to this meeting to discuss the priorities that the school district will be focusing on with the funding from Measure B," PUSD Superintendent Terry Oestreich said to the group. "I had hoped for a larger group, however this is a good reason for second round of .... meetings." After a brief review of projects completed utilizing the funds from Measure A, passed in 2002, Oestreich broke the room into small focus groups to discuss projects that need attention at C. Roy Carmichael and Portola High schools. The three types of projects were listed: School Site, 21st Century Learning, and Safety and Security. School site projects are related to interior and exterior issues such as upgrading electrical systems and upgrading main access doors to federal ADA standards. Twenty-first Century Learning pertains to needs in classrooms, such as installing CO2 sensors/HVAC unit ventilators at PHS and re-paving the playground area at CRC. Safety and Security covers needs surrounding the safety of students and teachers on campus, including upgrading exterior lighting and possibly purchasing and installing fencing to enclose the CRC campus. As attendees looked over the projects that needed prioritization, they were given stickers to indicate the five items that they felt were the top priorities in the local schools, including rooffmg and electrical at CRC, fire doors in the CRC kitchen, outlets for technology at PHS. and replacing portable classroom units at CRC. Oestreich will take the feedback to the district office, as well as meeting with staff at each school site for additional input based on the feedback from the first meeting in Portola and feedback from similar meetings in Chester, Greenville and Quincy. The next meeting that will be held to further discuss the needs and priorities of the schools in Portola will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Portola High School library. For more information, call the PUSD off.lee at 283-6500, ext. 5238. The old and new members of the Plumas Unified School District board pose Dec 7. From left: Traci Joleen Cline (District 1), Leslie Edlund (District 2), Dave Keller (District 4) and Dwight Pierson (DiStrict 3). This 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 th~ 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 distric should not ask the Plumas Charter School to do anything that the other schools in the Holt (District 5), photograph was 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 miUion 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. 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 New health curriculum elect to remove their student dates. Snacks and drinks In conformance with the from the classroom duringwill be provided. California Healthy Youth whatever lessons they ........................ i Act passed in'January 2016, choose. Removal requires Chestor High School Libraryi the district is selecting a submitting a written request Wednesday, Dec. 14 curriculum that will provide to the district. comprehensive sexual Greenville High School health and HIV prevention Measure B meetings Library Wednesday Jan. 4 education to middle school The district has begun and high school students, holding a series of public Chester High School Library Parents-guardians will be meetings throughout the Thursday Jan. 5 notified ahead of time that county to get people's their student will be opinions on how money Portola High School Library receiving this information from Measure B should be Tuesday Jan. 10 and will be allowed to view spent. teaching materials prior to These meetings will take Quincy High School Library instruction, place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Wednesday Jan. 11 Thank you, voters! PUSD Bond Measure Approved Thank you, on behalf ofPlumas Unified School District (PUSD) and its Governing 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. Plumas Unified District invites you to a "ect Z I 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