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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009 7B REVIEW, from page 6B to finish out the final year of Bergstrand's term. She added the supervisors would put an item on the next supervisors' meeting agenda to accept the resigna- tion and discuss their options in dealing with the one-year vacancy. Terry Bergstrand The board formally accepted Bergstrand's letter of retire- ment, and discussed the process of appointing his re- placement at a meeting Sept. 1. County Counsel James Reichle advised the super- visors that they had the authority to appoint a new sheriff to take over the post Dec. 31, when the retirement goes into effect, or later if they wished. He added the undersheriff would automatically be given all powers of the sheriff upon that date if the board took no action. Acting Undersheriff Greg Hagwood has already announced his candidacy for the sheriff's position in the June 2010 election. But at the supervisors' Dec. 15 meeting, Thrall said Bergstrand had e-mailed her that he; wanted to return to work for another year. County Counsel James Reichle said the board, as the agency that accepted the sherifffs retirement notice in August, could decide to re- scind their acceptance of the retirement if it chose, but that Bergstrand would no longer be the sheriff as of midnight Dec. 30 if the board chose not to act. The board chose not to act, but the supervisors also post- poned appointing an interim sheriff, in case Bergstrand decided to challenge their re- fusal to consider rescinding his resignation. PUSD records 30 percent decline in enrollment At a Plumas Unified School District board meeting Sept. 9, Superintendent Glenn Harris presented figures that showed a downward trend in enrollment throughout the district. Harris compared this year's figures for each school to last year's, and nearly every school had a significant drop in attendance. Compared to last year, the Indian Valley area (including Greenville, Taylorsville and Indian Valley schools) had a 10 percent enrollment decrease, from 308 to 277 students. The Chester area (including Chester and Almanor schools) fell 12 per- cent from last year, from 512 to 452--the largest reduction in the district. Portola's attendance fell 8 percent, from 691 to 622. Quincy suffered the least, with a 3 percent loss of students, from 750 to 724. The downward trend over the last seven years is even more alarming. When the dis- trict totals are compared with those in 2002, there is an overall loss of more than 30 percent--down from 3,065 to 2,075. Harris warned Quincy had yet to feel the effect of the small-log mill closure. Be- cause parents who lost their jobs in that closure will see an endto their unemploy- ment benefits by the middle of this school year, and be- cause it's unlikely that they'll find other suitable local em- ployment in the current eco- nomic climate, it's expected they'll have to move out of the area. This, Harris predicted, will lead to a further dive in stu- dent enrollment at the mid- point and at the end of this school year. Dust settles after shootout at the LAFCo corral After years of public discontent, the Local Agency Formation Commission managed to oust controver- sial executive director John Gullixson. But it was not a pretty process. It cost the city and county (which means, ultimately, the taxpayers) $142,590 over and above the normal LAFCo budget. Costs incurred dur- ing the process of removing Gullixson included: hiring an interim CEO, a forensic audi- tor, an attorney and, finally, a permanent CEO. The dust-up pit_ted LAFCo chairman Robert Meacher against eastern Plumas com- missioners Bill Kennedy, John Larrieu and Terry Swofford~ whom Meacher characterized as "eastside cowboys." According to Swofford, the commissioners gave Gullix- son his 90-day notice, because even though the CEO's contract was due to expire in July 2009, if the commission didn't give him the appro- priate notice, the contract would automatically extend for another year. In Meacher's version, the three commissioners didn't know about the 90-day rule, and when they found out and gave Gullixson notice, it was about 80 days from the end of Robert Meacher his contract, Legally, Gullix- son's contract could automat- ically continue for another year if he wanted it to. Meacher reasoned they had already told "their cronies" they'd gotten rid of Gullix- son. Rather than wait for another year to have a rea- sonable transition without tremendous cost, they re- fused to admit their mistake and forged ahead. Meacher turned his sights Bill Kennedy on the supervisors next. "Why wasn't the Board of Supervisors concerned? We argue over $5,000. Why wasn't there a big discus- sion? ... They keep saying it's water under the bridge. It's already happened, but I've been telling them since February." For her part, Sherrie Thrall, chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors, was un- apologetic about the county's handling of the LAFCo situa- tion: "I hate to see the county put so much money out (its half is approximately $76,500, with Portola paying an equal share), but the end result will be' worth it," she said, citing the grand jury's scathing LAFCo report as evidence. All parties eventually reached a settlement agree- ment, announced publicly for the first time at the Portola City Council meeting Nov. 28. Under the agreement, Gul- lixson received $35,835.36, representing five months of salary and benefits, and $9,914.31 for accrued vacation leave. The settlement con~verted what started out as a non- renewal of Gullixson's con- tract into a voluntary resi~- nation for the purposes of retirement. The agreement also re- quired Gullixson to withdraw a government claim he filed in July alleging he was im- properly terminated by Plumas LAFCo. Much of the rest of the agreement was given over to promises by all parties not to sue one another. All parties also agreed not to talk to the press, issue press releases or otherwise publici~ze the settlement agreement. By the Board of Supervisors meeting Dec. 15, Swofford was reporting that things at the commission were "improving quite a bit," and Meacher concurred that things were "going smoothly." Feather River College marks 40 years A very small article Aug. 22, 1968, in the Feather River Bulletin actually signaled the start of something big. Though only one paragraph, See Review, page IOB PLUMAS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OPENING DAY ATTENDANCE: AUG. 24, 2009 School Greenville Elem. Taylorsville Elem. Greenville High Indian Valley High INDIAN V. AREA Chester Elem. ~hester High Almanor High , CHESTER AREA 2008 12007 119 114 43 51 146 156 0 0 277 308 321 208 243 241 " 239 262 257~ 5 7 4 452 512 502 Pioneer Elem. .171 166 269 Quincy Elem. 224 231 230 Quincy High 329 353 242 Sierra High OUINCY AREA 724 750 741 C Roy Carmichael 317 344 370 Feather R. Middle Portola High 299 341 372 Jim Beckwourth 6 6 10 PORTOLA AREA 662 691 752 TOTALS 2075 2261 2316 2009 113 43 121 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Diff.'08 vs'09 114 126 126 133 154 (6) 51 57 50 55 53 0 156 165 180 201 211 (25) 0 0 0 4 5 0 321 348 356 393 423 (31) 285 258 301 .... 335 ....... 349 ........... (35) '302 329 317. ~ 323 311 (23) 1 0~ 10 14 12' 15 ...... (2) 597 597 632 670 675 (60) 221 253 134 207 211 5 300 250 311 232 243 (7) 288 379 496 444 528 (24) 0 0 0 5 19 0 809 882 941 888 1001 (26) 398 442 480 400 401 (27) 0 0 0 244 24 421 449 453 303 1319 (42) 6 9 9 9 5 0 825 900 942 956 966 (69) 2552 2727 2871 2907 3065 (186) Cocktails At 7:00, Dining At 8:00, Dancing At io:oo Dinner .Menu Chei:'s appetizer l ab9 spinach, Crater Lake bl.e cheese, hard e&g, clr cran[ erries, balsamic vinaigi-ette ancJ prosciutto powder. Or oastecl butternut 5quash anti rec[ curr.9 pur4e, toasted hazelnuts, and sage cream. ZncJ Spaghetti with braisecl local T Kanch bee[, pork, pep'pers, onions'and tomatoes, truFl:lecl I='ecorino cheese. Or G o8ch/with local Sierra Fares Lamb rag , Gra a Fada o cheese Or lle l I"lawaiian ,._.~worclfish, [[Dungeness crab anti chive mashecl potatoes, caper beurre blanc. Or [='an ~oasted [:'ork -renc[erloin, roasted {:ingerhng potatoes, arugula, pinenut anc[ currant so~Crito. 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