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School board should re-examine numbers, cut expenditures

Feather Publishing
4/4/2012

In a letter to the editor a couple weeks ago an individual humorously wrote about the JK gang and an ambush at Boyle Ravine. Aside from impugning the independence and thoughtfulness of the group that launched the recall, this individual called us a bunch of vigilantes who should focus our attention on the state and allow the school superintendent and district to do its work to deal with the budget crises.

I would have thought this person would have a better understanding; he’s employed in the school district’s financial office. The district’s budget numbers tell a story quite different from what we’ve been hearing from Superintendent Glenn Harris and his administration.

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Nat Geo puts justice ahead of ratings

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer

When Plumas County’s district attorney mentioned what he was planning to do, I had a bit of a choking episode.

You probably know the kind — drinking coffee and breathing in the same motion. It wasn’t pretty.

“Wow (cough). Good luck with that! You are wasting your time,” I said as I mopped my desk with the sleeve of my sweater. “You would have a better chance winning the lottery.”

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Without teachers, students are an endangered species

Daniel Haygood
Sophomore, Quincy High School

My name is Daniel Haygood, sophomore of Quincy High School. “The” Quincy High School. The school I attend now is a Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) accredited, quality, caring school. And that’s the way I want to keep it. Along with the other 800 students of Plumas County.

Our beloved teachers are in immediate danger of losing their jobs, but we are the real victims. Over the past few years, newer teachers have made a transition into our community. They are vital to our education and growth as a school. But it is every single teacher who holds as much weight in our education as Dr. Segura and Mr. Harris themselves.

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School district shouldn’t take drastic measures, risk losing teachers

JoAnne Rotta
English teacher, Quincy High School

Dear PUSD board members:

I attended the Feb. 22 board meeting, but I had to leave early. I am thankful that I left. It is unreasonable to have a board agenda that “saves” the major issue until the end of the night. It was my understanding that the layoff vote was not announced until almost 11 p.m.

The paper ran an editorial that discussed the poorly planned agendas and the fact that attendees are held hostage waiting for news of important items. Clearly, the paper’s message was ignored.

At the previous board meeting the personnel vote regarding layoffs was carried over to the special meeting scheduled for Feb. 22. Many people attended these meetings for that particular item. I know that you do not set the agenda, but I wish that you would discuss the placement of items of public interest on future agendas.

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It's good to be back home

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
3/7/2012

On March 3, 1993, Mike Taborski hired me to be a part-time employee for the Feather River Bulletin. Now, 19 years later, he has hired me to be a part-time employee for the Portola Reporter. It’s good to be home.

Though I must admit that yesterday I was having second thoughts as I eyed the white expanse that was my driveway. About midway through shoveling the accumulated snow, my husband (who was at our home in Redding) called to say that it had been windy and he was thinking about skimming the leaves from the pool. Hmmm … leaves vs. snow … I must admit to having a brief moment of “What was I thinking?”

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