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4A Wednesday, Jan. 21,2015 Chester Progressive CPUD, from page 1A the board on several topics in the public comment portion been converted to digitalof the meeting. format by director Scott it "Is it true you haven't can be updated to reflect the signed a new contract with modernization of the St. Andrew's Academy and policies," he added, that the rent is only $400?" Waterman said another she asked. priority is corrections "Renting for $400 is like identified during a California giving public money away -- Public Employees it's not good stewardship," Retirement System audit: she said. "The corrections go back to She then commented that the pay scales that were not the amount was perhaps updated after the board made sufficient for the rental of the a change to the fire fighters' little house that is part of the hours. The updates we areold fi_re station property. doing now are a result of the She cautioned the board to audit," he said. be careful of a hint of conflict "Our amounts were correctof interest and said, "You but changes to formulas and don't want the same problem data entry were needed. In you had before." the past, a lot of data entries She said she felt the made by previous general discussion of the contract manager Bill Turner were and rental rate should be incorrect and resulted in the part of a public meeting and district being freed, asked theboard to place the "Our data is correct now as discussion on the February to employees, formulas and meeting agenda. their retirement accounts. Scott responded to Office manager Cheryl Williams' request with "we'll Johnson has received see." training for data entry." New and due revenue Public comment Waterman advised the Chester resident Shirley board that the district is still Williams actively engagedwaiting for money owed from the California Office of Emergency Services. "OES owes money to cover the cost of wages for district firefighters sent to Siskiyou County, Northern Lassen County and other fire incidents," Waterman said. While he didn't quote a figure he did say, "It is a substantial amount." A boon to the district is the receipt of a $7,000 county grant. Waterman said Plumas County hospitals were the original recipients of the funds and that the funds were not fully utilized by those organizations. "A determination was made by the Plumas County Public Health Agency to share the balance among agencies that operate ambulances," he said. The funds are from the California Health and Human Services Agency's Ground Emergency Medical Transportation Fee-For-Service Supplemental Reimbursement program. Waterman said CPUD ground emergency medical transportation funds would FOSTERS, from page 1A And more of those are what the county needs. re-entry begins gradually, While the child protective evolving from supervised to services division of social nonsupervised visits, and services removes children from one-night sleepovers to from unsafe homes and two nights to full-time, monitors them, it's local But when Lucie begins foster agencies that provide caring for a child as a the new living situations. toddler and has him or her Mountain Circle and for a year, the transition Environmental Alternatives isn't easy. are the two local foster "When they don't want to family agencies that serve go, it's frustrating and Plumas County. heartbreaking," she said. Mohawk encourages those It doesn't always work and interested in becoming children have been returned foster parents to obtain to Lucie's care. more information from her Others are successfully department or one x)f the reunited with their parents agencies. "They will talk and Lucie sees them around about the training, the home town, or visits "with them on requirements, all that's a more regular basis. involved in becoming a While in her care, the foster parent," she said. children refer to Lucie and "Not everyone can take care Steve as "grandma" and of someone else's child." "grandpa." While the average "I try so hard to assure the placement is eight months to parents that I'm not a year, the county also needs competing with them," she emergency placements of up said. "That's why we don't to a few days. let the children call us "We need more families, 'mom' or 'dad.'" but those that we do have Her philosophy seems to are absolutely wonderful," work. Recently she received Yalung said. a call from a parent who Yalung has been a social said, "Thank you for worker for the past four providing a safe home for years, after retiring from a my child." 36-year career with Pacific Serving Chester & Lake Almanor Postal service: USPS (No.102-980.) Periodicals postage paid at Chester, CA. Published: Every Wednesday moming by Feather Publishing Co. Inc. Office location and hours: 135 Main St. #C. Mailing address: RO. Box 557, Chester, CA 96020. Office is open Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gas and Electric Co. "I started driving the kids and I really liked the work," he said. Mohawk has been in social work for the past two decades and has watched the programs evolve to provide more support for children and their foster parents. For example there is now funding to help teens with extracurricular items such as sports equipment, and youth can remain in the system until they are 21. But for Lucie, there isn't a time limit. "They will always be part of my family," she said. be used to purchase ambulance equipment and supplies. "We will purchase some of the more expensive supplies that are difficult to obtain and afford, those that are used infrequently like an IV kit that medical transport helicopter staff ask to use when the ambulance delivers a patient," he said. He said helicopter medical staff are encouraged to use their own equipment because, unlike CPUD, medical helicopters can receive reimbursement from Medi-Cal. "It is a big assistance to us to be able to access to this type of equipment because we will need it eventually," he added. 2015 elections Getting ahead of the curve, Waterman advised the board that the two-year terms of Wes Scott and Garn Pringle will expire this year. "My purpose is just kind of a memory jog to let you know of your need to file. This also lets the public know the district may have board vacancies and the opportunity for others to file and run for office," Waterman said. The directors sitting on the CPUD board are divided between three four-year terms and two two-year ternis. Waterman's extended contract with the district is set to expire July 1. February agenda A variety of topics from the Jan. 13 agenda were postponed until the Feb. 10 meeting. During this meeting certified public accountant Clay Singleton will present the outcomes of the 2013-14 fiscal year audit. The directors will discuss and possibly take action on the district's new credit card usage and control policy; the general manager job description; updates to the personnel and operations manual; and the conference room rental and rates policy. CPUD district meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the headquarters building on Airport Road. Members of the public are welcome to attend. PUSD, from page 1A serious hardship to the school district's costs repairing facilities. "(O)ur shortfall is due to the extraordinary costs of facility upkeep, repair, and renovations. Until such time as we can reduce these expenses, meeting the mandates of Education Code 41372 poses a serious hardship to (PUSD)," states the letter accompanying the request. This was not the first year PUSD fell short of the state-mandated 55 percent. Last year, the scltool district filed the same exemption form, having spent 50.82 percent. This year's deficiency amount totaled $1.48 million. The prior year, the deficiency amount was $792,893. Ron Logan, the president of the Plumas County Teachers Association, addressed the board on the growing deficiency during the public o portion of the meeting. "It appears we are going in the wrong direction," Logan said. "I couldn't help but think, if we had a little more in the classroom-- an option for students, some alternative -- that a few students that are going to fail and repeat the semester would have passed." Afte addressing the deficiency difference between last year and this year, Logan made a plea to the board. "I encourage you to look for every possible way to spend as much as you can in the classroom." New positions During an agenda item on staff'mg, PUSD Superintendent Micheline Miglis recommended to the board it maintain the staffing levels of certificated teaching and administration currently in place. Exceptions would be staff in temporary status, Title 1 and site-funded staff and long-term substitutes. Furthermore, Miglis recommended eliminating combination split classes at Indian Valley Elementary School and Quincy Elementary School. This would require hiring additional teachers. Miglis also recommended making the music teacher positions in Portola and Chester full time, as the ones in Quincy and Greenville hlready are. The last recommendation was to implement three opportunity sections at Quincy Junior-Senior High School and IVES. "This has nothing to do with meeting Ed Code 41372 and everything to do with teaching and learning in a Common Core world. This is what,s right and best for our children," Miglis told the board. After several questions and quite a bit of deliberation, the board unanimously accepted Miglis' recommendations. Capitol Advisors Group The board agreed to form a subcommittee to handle the consulting and advocacy agreement between PUSD and Capitol Advisors Group LLC. The agreement has been discussed since the advisor group presented its services to the board during the Oct. 9, 2014, meeting. The hope from the board in entering into a contract with the group is to get more funds for facility repairs, upkeep and construction. The advisors group proposed preparing eligibility forms for various sources of funding. Capitol Advisors Group sent an agreement to the district asking for a one-year contract. PUSD board members edited the contract to end June 30. In both edits, the cost for Capitol Advisors Group's services is $3,000 per month plus travel expenses not to exceed $1,000 per month. Either party can terminate the agreement with 30 days notice. The day earlier, Capitol Advisors Group emailed the school board members rejecting the edits. "I'm a little concerned we aren't on the same page yet," said Edlund. "I want to make sure we're speaking the same language." Director Chris Russell expressed the need to sign an agreement before funding opportunities vanish. "If this leads to shovel-ready projects, it'll be worth it. We keep throwing money into these facilities and it's killing us," Russell said. Board members concurred they wanted to partner with the group, but were not ready to accept the terms of the original contract. "They are willing to work with us," Miglis told the board. "I hope that you would trust me to sit down with my team and work out the details." 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