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Negotiations between teachers and district proceeding well

Alternating graduation days, successful negotiation sessions, and the need for more paraeducators were three of the topics broached during the public comment session of the Plumas Unified School District governing board meeting Oct. 12.

The board listens to public comment, but does not respond as the items are not agendized.

First up was Portola High School senior Dylan Dodson who addressed the fact that all four school district high schools historically graduate on the same night, forcing family and friends to choose which ceremony to attend when they had multiple graduates. He suggested that the school district consider staggering graduation nights.

Plumas County Teacher Association President Darryl Hutchins addressed the board next.  He mentioned a couple of topics, but focused on negotiations between the teachers and the district.

“We had negotiations on Oct. 6 and Kristy (Warren) said ‘positive progress was made’ … what she wasn’t able to say is that it was wonderful,” Hutchins said. “The PCTA negotiating relationship this year is outstanding.” He said that the most difficult issues had been settled and there were only a few more issues to tackle during the November session.

He lauded the relationship that is being built by the new superintendent Bill Roderick and assistant superintendent Kristy Warren.

The third speaker, parent Kathy Wickman, discussed the need for more para educators in the schools. She cited low pay as one of the barriers to obtaining more staff in this area.  She said the lack of para educators results in less opportunities for special education students.

Recognition

Each month, the district rotates student recognition among the four school sites. This month, the meeting was held in Portola. C. Roy Carmichael Principal Melissa Leal recognized sixth-grader Aaron Gallup and Portola High School Principal Sara Sheridan recognized junior Axel Juarez. Sheridan also introduced Celeste Juniga-Sanchez as the student representative to the school board.

Other items

The school board approved updated regulations as required by the state, as well as the annual audit.

The board also approved numerous service contracts including one that brings a vocational class to Quincy High School for bicycle repair.

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