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Squaw charters up for approval tonight by TTUSD

ABHUTCHISON, Sierra Sun

The Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees is set to approve or deny the proposed Olympic Valley charter schools at tonight’s regular meeting, which begins at 6:30.

For the past month, the board has been reviewing the charter applications based on a set of state mandated criteria necessary for approval.

“The board will speak on their analysis at the board meeting,” TTUSD Superintendent Pat Gemma said. “They will give their analysis and come to their conclusions before voting.”

Since the Dec. 16 board meeting, district staff and board members have received proposed budgets for Sierra Preparatory School, a Kindergarten through 6th-grade full-day and year-round charter, and Pacific Crest Academy, a seventh through 12th-grade year-round charter. Concern over how the charters could operate as full-day schools with limited funds from the state was brought up at last month’s meeting.

According to the proposed three year budgets for both schools, the charters would maintain a positive balance through the 2002-2003 school year.

“In general, they’re keeping close to the budget,” Gemma said. “The question becomes, how they could keep affording it. If the board moves forward with approving the charters, we will sit down and have a lengthy discussion about the budgets.”

A public hearing regarding the Tahoe-Truckee Education Association and school district’s negotiations proposal for the 1999-2000 school year will be at 7:45 p.m. The contractual agreement between the two organizations allows each to re-open two articles of the agreement for the school year. The four issues up for discussion are leaves, transfers/reassignments, staff development buy-back program and class size.

Both parties will also be meeting to bargain a salary schedule consistent with the agreement reached between the association and the district in 1998. The public is invited to comment on these proposals at tonight’s meeting.Written comments may be sent to: Board of Trustees, c/o Jim Abbott, Assistant Superintendent, 11839 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161.

Other agenda items include:

– Discussion on a technology vision action plan

– Discussion on watershed education in the school district

– Discussion on elective study revision

– Discussion of district goals and objectives

– Approval of vehicle purchase

– Adoption of a 6th-grade history /social science text

– Approval of a half-time grant writer position

TTUSD regular school board meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m., as opposed to the former meeting time of 6 p.m.


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