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School board meetings move to Wednesdays

The Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District is now holding board meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, instead of Thursdays.

The first meeting of 2001 was to be held Wednesday, Jan. 10 at the district office in Truckee.

Board members and staff were scheduled to discuss and take action on changes in the district’s administration including new job descriptions for the following positions: director of human resources, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, coordinator of technology and district coordinator of communication and resources development.

According to TTUSD Superintendent Pat Gemma, in keeping with recommendations of the Fiscal Review Committee, the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team and board goals, staff is also recommending a new district administrator be hired.

A director of human resources will provide more focus to district-wide personnel procedures and policy, which would allow the assistant superintendent (currently Jim Abbott) to concentrate on curriculum, instruction, staff development and assessment, he said.

The estimated financial impact is $50,000 for the remainder of this year, which would come from the district’s unrestricted reserve.

The board was also expected to be asked to approve a new job description for the technology coordinator for the district, which is currently a half-time position. Staff is recommending the position be full-time to keep up with the district’s technology plan. If approved, approximately $15,000 would be allocated from unrestricted reserves for the rest of the year and the future annual cost will be paid for by Measure A (formerly Measure S) funds. If Measure A does not pass this year, the position will be eliminated.

The board has also set priority for the creation of a district-level position in resource development, grant writing and communications and will be asked for direction in revising a job description of this position. If the new position is accepted by the board, it will cost approximately $30,000 and will also come from the unrestricted reserve, Gemma said.

Other action items on the agenda included:

— Excellence in Education major grants

— Acceptance of second annual technology strategic workshop action plans

— Acceptance of the 1999-2000 audit for TTUSD

— Reassign law firm representing TTUSD in eminent domain action and two other ongoing issues

— Approve revised district English learner plan (formerly the “Bilingual Plan”)

— Board resolution to participate in Bright Schools Program

To view future TTUSD board meeting agendas online, visit the district’s Web site at:

The regular board meetings for January through December 2001 for the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District will be held at 7 p.m. at the following locations:

Jan. 10 Tahoe-Truckee School District Office

Feb. 7 Tahoe-Truckee School District Office

March 7 Tahoe-Truckee School District Office

April 4 Kings Beach Elementary School

May 2 Tahoe City (location to be announced)

June 6 Tahoe-Truckee School District Office

July 25 Tahoe-Truckee School District Office

Aug. 8 Tahoe-Truckee School District Office

Sept. 5 Tahoe-Truckee School District Office

Oct. 3 Tahoe City

Nov. 7 Kings Beach Elementary

Dec. 5 Tahoe-Truckee School District Office

Music, Art and Science class offered

A Music, Art, and Science class will be offered for three- and four-year-olds at the Truckee-Donner Recreation Park and District community center. The class, taught by Rita Whitaker-Haun and Pamela Williams, begins on Tuesday, Jan. 16 for 10 weeks from 11 a.m. to noon. Tuition costs $140 and supplies cost $33. For information, call 582-7720.

TTUSD snow day protocol

The Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District’s usual snow procedure is to assess road conditions at 4 a.m. If conditions are marginal, several agencies are contacted by Bill Jamieson, Director of TTUSD transportation department. After conferring with Caltrans, the Highway Patrol and the National Weather Service, he makes a recommendation to the district superintendent whether or not school should be held. The decision is made by 5 a.m.

On snow days, school closure status is posted on the district website by 5:30 a.m. The information will indicate school closure. The snow information page can be accessed through the district website at:

All of the local radio stations are immediately notified as well. Another way for parents to find out whether school will be held or not is to listen to any of the following stations: KWNZ, KOLO, KTHO, KHIT, KGLE, KROW, KNEW, KBUL, or the following TV stations: KOLO-RENO, and KCRA-SACRAMENTO between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. You may also call the bus garage at 582-7623.

Soroptimist International offers award

Soroptimist International of Truckee-Donner is again offering its annual $1,000 Women’s Opportunity Award to assist women who need to obtain the skills, training and education necessary to improve their employment status, and standards of living.

Applicants must be head of household, single or married, with the primary responsibility of supporting herself and her dependents, is enrolled in or attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program and has a financial need. Applications are available at Sierra High School or by contacting Virginia Donica at 584-1372. Due date for completed applications is Jan. 5, 2001.

Chartered in 1971, SI/Truckee-Donner is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas. Truckee-Donner members join with almost 100,000 Soroptimists in 119 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and children.

Tahoe-Truckee Community Adult School offers programs

Do you want to complete your high school diploma? If you’re over 18 years of age and are a California resident, call Tahoe-Truckee Community Adult School for more information at 582-7685.

For information about taking the GED, call 582-7685.

Testing dates are: Jan. 20, Feb. 3, March 3. All tests will be offered at Sierra High School in Truckee from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fee is $45 non-refundable.

Employers who have employees who want instruction in English: Free evening classes in Truckee and Kings Beach are available at the Tahoe-Truckee Community Adult School. Call 582-7685 for locations, days and times.

TTHS technology center open to public

Tahoe-Truckee High School Technology Coordinator Jim Maass has announced that the technology center will be available for public use again this year. The computer center will be open from 2:30-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Wednesday nights from 5-8 p.m.

More than 30 computer workstations have high-speed (T-1) Internet access. Also available are software programs which include the MS Office 2000 suite with word processing, spread sheets, a data base, and powerpoint. Web page design and publishing software are also available.

The technology center is located on the second floor in the west wing of the high school. For information call 582-7640.

Internet access available at Library

Residents of Nevada County can now access the Library’s catalog of holdings via the Internet. People at home, schools or offices can now view the collection of books, magazines, music CDs, audio and video tapes. etc., as well as, determine if an item is currently checked out or available. To view the Library’s online catalog go to:

If you have questions about this new service, or encounter any problems accessing the catalog, please call 265-7050.

Dining for Schools cards on sale

As part of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation’s continuing fund-raising efforts, the board has announced the return of its highly successful Dining for Schools program. Now in its seventh year, Dining for Schools cards are good for 50 percent off entrees at more than 40 participating Truckee and North Shore restaurants.

The cards cost $40 each and entitle the purchaser one 50 percent dinner entree per card each time he or she dines at a participating restaurant. The regular period dates for use of the Dining for Schools card are Sunday, April 22, 2001, through Thursday, June 14, 2001.

Additionally certain restaurants offer discounts during the extended period, which is Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, through Thursday, April 12, 2001.

Dining for Schools cards are available at all Porter’s Ski and Sports locations, Bank of the West, Safeway in Truckee and Kings Beach and Albertson’s in Tahoe City.

Placer seeks outstanding workers

The Placer County Juvenile Justice/Delinquency Prevention Commission announced that on March 30, it will recognize several citizens for their extraordinary work with children. This will be the first in what will hopefully be an annual “You Made A Difference” awards banquet.

The commission is seeking nominations of individuals who have made a difference in the lives of children. Although those who work with children are not excluded, recognition will be based upon efforts outside of employment. Citizens are encouraged to submit nominations which should include an explanation of how this person has made a difference. This nomination should be limited to 500 words and include the name, address and phone number of the nominee and the nominator. The nominations are due before Feb. 24 and should be sent the Placer County Juvenile Justice/Delinquency Prevention Commission, P.O. Box 5073 Auburn, CA 95604. The banquet will recognize five citizens at a ceremony on March 30. For more information, call Kevin Burdick at 889-0835.

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