Adult education program finds home in Quincy

Adult Education services for Plumas County will have a new home this summer when interior improvements are completed at 501 Main St. in Quincy. The site will offer GED testing and other services including coaching and classroom spaces. Photo by Roni Java

The Plumas Unified School District’s Governing Board of Trustees voted 3-0 on March 18 to move forward with a lease agreement on property in downtown Quincy that will serve the region’s adult education program.

In a special meeting held at the County Office of Education, Trustees Leslie Edlund, president of the school board, Dwight Pierson and Dave Keller approved a recommendation from staff to lease an estimated 2,350 square feet downstairs within 501 Main Street.

The vote supports vital countywide needs for the Feather River Adult Education Consortium (FRAEC) of which PUSD is one partner and acts as the fiscal agent.

The four-year lease takes effect approximately July 1 for $2,500 a month and funds will come from the county’s Adult Education Block Grant.

The new site will provide classroom space with room for testing and coaching as part of the services offered to earn General Equivalency Diplomas (GED), High School Equivalency Tests (HiSET), a PUSD Adult Education Diploma and the National External Diploma Program (NEDP).

Currently, clients need to travel to Chico and elsewhere to complete some of their testing needs.

“This is a good, central location for our students with access to public transportation and resources,” said Michelle Abramson, PUSD’s community resource coordinator with oversight for adult education services for the district.

The vote included approval of a refundable $10,000 deposit to hold the space while improvements are made to the commercial property.

The landlord for the site, Pathfinder Properties LLC on Chandler Road, will upgrade the bathroom to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards and retile the ceiling. New interior walls and doors will be built to create classroom spaces and new lighting and carpet will also be installed. In addition, the break room area counter and kitchen sink will be updated and a new heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system will be installed.

PUSD anticipates the work will be completed by July 1 or possibly earlier and the adult education program will move in and begin paying rent when the facility is ready.

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