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Chester Progressive Wednesday, March 10, 2010 17A School board retreat features in-depth reports Mona Hill Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com purpose in attending was to follow up on Travis Rubke's remarks at the Feb. 9 board meeting. Gimple said he thought a reserve was prudent; however, along with that re- serve he said there had to be an investment strategy to go with it. "It looks like Travis' idea of a full-time administrator would be about 1.1 percent or 1.2 percent of a $9 million reserve. What could be done with maybe a 3 or 4 percent investment in the environ- ment in the schools, espe- cially if there were really in- novative things done to sup- plement the regular curricu- lum already available?" Gimple said. He cited examples of ways to address student needs, in- cluding "leveraging" Feath- er River College classes; us- ing consultants and volun- teers to minimize employee expenses; and increasing In- ternet classes. Gimple said everyone un- derstands competitive ath- letics are important for school morale and communi- ty pride. He said countywide academic competitions could achieve the same im- proved morale and commu- nity support; increase stu- dent performance; and act as a "stop-loss" to declining en- roUment. Among the ideas Gimple suggested were countywide science fairs, math contests and debate teams. He said students' desire to win would ensure increased study time and better stu- dent outcomes overall. Superintendent Glenn Harris commended Gimple on his solid ideas and com- pared it to studies that show correlations between stu- dents' extracurricular activ- ities and improved academic performance. "Districts have a tendency when budget times are tough to look at things to cut, and the history has been over a number years here that a lot of things have been cut from opportunities for kids. So you have kids that would love to be engaged in other activities, but those opportu- nities aren't there," said Harris. He continued to outline other ideas and thanked Gimple for his volunteer ac- tivities with the science fair in Greenville. With that, directors launched their status re- ports to the board. Yvonne Bales led off with a history of the district as a basic aid district, segueing into ear- marks on the district's re- serve fund. (See related sto- ry elsewhere in this paper.) As each of the directors began her update, she in- variably complimented the team approach and project mentality that has breathed life into their planning meet- ings; citing again and again that changes Harris has made encouraged them to Plumas Unified School District's board of trustees met recently at the home of board president Brad Baker with the superintendent's cabinet -- directors of the district's various depart- ments -- for in-depth reports on the district's 2009-10 fi- nances; projected 2010-11 revenue cuts and the atten- dant restructuring; as well as a report on a recent staff visit to South Lake Tahoe Unified School District. Greenville resident Bill Gimple also attended the meeting to address board members. As he recognized Gimple, Baker informed Gimple of his position at the meeting, "Let me explain your status, sir. You are not a guest in my home. You are not an invitee in my home. I hope you clearly understand that. You have a legal right to be here. You do not have a legal right to insult or abuse any member of any organi- zation that is sitting here. If you do such a thing, I will personally rule you out of order and invite you to leave. "One way or the other if you choose to go down that path, you will be leaving. Do you understand me?" Upon Gimple's confirma- tion that he understood, Baker permitted him to proceed. Gimple said his RALLY, from page 16A Peterson, Megan Peterson, Gage Rupert, Justin Schlueter, Henry Scott, Paul Scott, Kalynn Sherod, Jake Simms, Tarrah Stelzriede, Curtis Stevens, Jocelyn Still- well, Morgan Strate, Annie Sylvester, Lane Thomason, Halley Venegas, Jeremiah White, Hailey ,Wilkinson, Kelsey Wilkinson, Logan Wil- son and Cortney Working. iTune music card drawing winners included Gage Ru- pert, Logan Wilson, Brittany Hernandez, Joe Dumlao, Claire Bryant and Annie Sylvester. Feb. 26 iTune music card drawing winners included Gage Rupert, Logan Wilson, Brittany Hernandez, Joe Dumlao, Claire Bryant and Annie Sylvester. Brittany Hernandez, Bailey Hitt, Logan Hitt, Allison House, Ashlee House, Kelly Hovland, Lily Kenyon, Luke Kinsey, Chelsea Major, Allysha Mattingly, Brittany Mattingly, Aron McCulloch, Desiray Mockles, Kevin Mockles, Ryan Newell, Noel Nicholson, Austin Olah, Julie . , ;k3i ', . .- Toward the end of 1945 home to... speak their minds; provided more structure and flow; and provided for plan imple- mentation; as well as provid- ed a true leadership team. Moving on to administra- tive staffing proposals for 2010 - 11, the department heads presented reshuffle scenarios. Vice Superinten- dent Bruce Williams, Direc- tor of Special Education Tori Willits, Director of Business Yvonne Bales, Director of ROP Terry Oestreich, Tech- nology Supervisor Ken Capistrand and Grant Coor- dinator Cathy Rahmeyer all favored an increased admin- istrative presence at Greenville High School. They also offered sugges- tions as to how to achieve that goal, including relocat- ing some district offices to Greenville; providing one central office for all Indian Valley schools; or reassign- ing oversight responsibili- ties to create funding for a full-time GHS principal. Initially, Curriculum Di- rector Kest Porter said the numbers at GHS did not sup- port additional site adminis- trator time. However, as the other department heads ref- erenced his stint in Greenville, he seemed to rec- ognize the validity of their arguments. Nearly all of the discus- sion was among district of- fice staff. Except for Greenville trustee Jonathan Kusel and Chester trustee Sonja Anderson, there was little input from the board. Kusel repeatedly stressed the need to address the lead- ership problems in Greenville, saying 10 per- cent of the students take up 90 percent of staff time. He added there was an obliga- tion to deal with what is needed in Greenville in spite of optimal staffing. Anderson wondered about combining the Greenville el- ementary and high school campuses to provide for a more central access point in- stead of maintaining sepa- rate offices at each campus. She also asked if the special education program could be run out of Greenville as well, pointing out Willits al- ready is principal at Tay- lorsville Elementary. After a report on a PUSD staff visit to South Lake Tahoe Unified School District, Harris asked for feedback from board members. Kusel thanked PUSD di- rectors for the comprehen- sive information presented, but said he was disappointed by the lack of opportunity to discuss the information with fellow trustees. Lynne Peterson Brittney Schander Pharmacy Technician (PTCB Certified) Meggan Schumacher Pharmacy Technician in training Do you have a drive-thru and does it work? Yes. On the back side of the store we have a two lane drive-thru. Unlike other pharmacies, in our drive-thru you can actually see who you are talking to. It is very quick and convenient. Whether you are a parent with a young child that fell asleep in the car and you do not want to wake them up or you are an elderly patient and it is hard for you to walk, the drive-thru is very convenient and meets the needs of any and all of our patients. Do you contact the patient when their medication is ready? Yes. We have a very advanced computer system what will e-mail and text the patient the moment the prescription is completed. The text message feature is new and we are getting tremendous feedback from our patients...it is very practical and helpful! Our computer system will also call the patient 48 hours after the prescription is filled with an automated message to let them know that their prescription is completed. I am traveling out of town, what do I do with my prescription? Normally when you arrive wherever you might be traveling, you would have to call a pharmacy and ask them to transfer your prescription. At Walgreens all of the pharmacies are on the same computer system so your information is available at all Walgreens and your prescriptions can be filled without ever calling you hometown Walgreens. Traveling has never been easier because Walgreens has almost 7,000 pharmacies nationwide! 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