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Tahoe Truckee school district may face lawsuit

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District could face a lawsuit in regard to the North Shore reconfiguration plan.Mary K. Jones, an attorney with Attorney Services in Truckee, sent a June 25 letter to the districtandamp;#8217;s legal representation, San Francisco law firm Miller, Brown andamp; Dannis, asking the school board to stop the reconfiguration or face a possible legal challenge.Jones declined to identify her clients when she spoke to the Sun Thursday, but said she would provide a statement Monday, July 27. She declined to comment for this story. Attorneys for Miller, Brown andamp; Dannis were unavailable for comment as of press time Thursday.The reconfiguration re-designates both the Kings Beach and Tahoe Lake elementary schools from a K-5 format to a K-3 format. Kings Beach becomes a Spanish-language immersion only school, while Tahoe Lake becomes an English-language only school. North Tahoe Middle School becomes a 4-8 site after previously housing grades 6-8.The letter states the board acted without consideration for the environment.Specifically, the letter alleges the board andamp;#8220;failed to address the environment prior to making its decision to approve the North Shore Reconfiguration Project as required by CEQA and (The National Environmental Protection Act).andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;This failure to consider the environmental effects of busing students to different school, as wells as additional drive miles by teachers, parents and support staff, prior to making itsandamp;#8217; decision is an abuse of discretion,andamp;#8221; Jones states in the letter.According to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, district parents contacted the environmental group with concerns about the reconfiguration this spring. In a letter forwarded to the Sun by TRPA spokesman Dennis Oliver, the agency counseled parents that andamp;#8220;requiring an already financially challenged school district to undergo potentially costly environmental review at this time is unlikely to address these more burdensome questions of declining enrollment and insufficient funding for public education.andamp;#8221;The TRPA said it is focused on andamp;#8220;broad, long-range planning initiatives that promise to ultimately achieve environmental standards while enhancing communities which can support strong schools,andamp;#8221; in their response to parents.Pointing out her clients want to avoid a legal challenge at the districtandamp;#8217;s expense, the letter provides a solution for the district.andamp;#8220;They ask the board repeal the decision approving the North Shore Reconfiguration Project to preserve the status quo until such time as a proper environmental assessment can be done,andamp;#8221; the letter reads. andamp;#8220;As part of a settlement my clients would agree to andamp;#8216;non-disclosureandamp;#8217; and discretely allow TTUSD to take credit for repealing its decision after consideration of its actions to, andamp;#8216;promote unity in the community.andamp;#8217;andamp;#8221;

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