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14A Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000 Closing: six teachers cut Continued from page 1 have to adjust and make some very hard decisions." Owens pointed out that although he's the County Superintendent of Schools, each school district in Lassen County has its own governing board and super- intendent and makes its own decisions about its schools. Owens said his office is responsible for the district's budget. Owens said his office was concerned when the dis- trict's reserves dropped below the 4 percent required by law. But Owens said the districts met that require- ment when they filed their first interim budget in December. Francine Tyree, Fort Sage's superintendent, said when she took the district helm in June, the county told her she had to cut $260,000 from the budget. Tyree said the district was carrying the same number of teachers as they did when enrollment was more than 500 students even though current enrollment is only 368. "we're probably going to have to lay off six teachers," Tyree said. "That's one-quar- ter of our teaching staff. It's a very hard hit." Tyree said consultants advised the district to close the school in Doyle eight years ago, but the trustees decided not to do that. "In hindsight, that might have been a prudent deci- sion," Tyree said, "but trustees didn't want to lay off any teachers at that time. If we would have cut staff as the population went down, this wouldn't have been such a jolt. We're looking athalf a million dollars in cuts in two years. I'm sure the current situation is very difficult for board members who are long-term members of the community. It pains them, to do this, and I'm sure they're not taking it lightly." Tyree said many of the tustees are.members of families who have lived in the south county for genera- tions. She said two trustees attended the district's schools from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Although only. one trustee has a child attnding a dis- trict school, the children of four trustees attended the district's schools and several trustees have grandchildren enrolled at the schools. Tyree said the district is already taking steps to bring its budget in line. First the district cut its supplies bud- get by 10 percent. The prin- cipals at each school received weekly copies of their bud- gets so they could control the cuts made at their sites. "Everyone is having to do more with less," Tyree said. "We've gotten incredible NEW MEDICAL FASHIONS AT UPTOWN UNIFORMS Changes made for Doyle clinic Dr. Paul Holmes, M.D., Medical Director of Northeastern Rural Health Clinics, has announced some changes at Doyle Family Practice. Melody French, FNP, and Lee Brooks, FNP, have joined the Doyle Family Practice team of health care providers. French has been a nurse practitioner for 18 years, and has a wide range of experience in health care. She will be available at the Doyle clinic on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Brooks has been a nurse practitioner for five years, and has been seeing patients at the Doyle clinic since May. He will be available at the Doyle clinic on Mondays and Tuesdays. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition, Dr. Holmes and Dr. Chris Morgan will continue to see patients in Doyle on Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, or to make an appointment, call Doyle Family Practice at 82%2104. understanding from the staff, although I'm sure" there was panic in every- one's heart. But every sav- ings from these cuts adds up. We've got the cooperation of the staff and the parents. The people in this part of the county have been wonderful. They're very supportive." Tyree said seniority will determine which teachers will be cut, with the most senior teachers retaining their jobs. She hoped the dis- Francine Tyree Concern for students trict could find a way to cut only four positions instead of six. The superintendent said the district plans to create a new junior/senior high school when the middle school clos- es, and they plan to visit similar county schools in Chester and Westwood. Tyree said current staffing at the high school puts only 10.4 students in each class- room, which she said was an "inefficient use of the teach- er's time." While the high school has only 104 students, it must maintain at least 10 teachers in order to qualify for some special funding pro- grams. The district would not give up its state number for the closed middle school, and Tyree said she hoped it could reopen in the future.-.,. Plans call for the schl..in Doyle to service kinder garten through second-grade students, Sierra Primary would handle third through sixth graders. Seventh and eighth graders would then attend the new junior/senior high school. But Tyree said she has a special concern for those sixth and seventh graders who are losing a school of their own. "My concern is for the mid- dle school kids," Tyree said. "They're literally in the mid- dle. We know how to treat the little guys, and we know how to treat the little guys. But the middle school stu- dents are going from little to big and I think they need a place of their own while they make that transition. They need to establish their own identity. I don't want to see the middle school go, and I hope we can reopen it as soon as possible." Tyree said seventh- and eighth-grade social studies and language arts students would have their own class- room. She said physical edu- cation and agriculture class- es, for which middle school students are bused to the high school, already have their own classrooms. The superintendent also said freshman and sophomore students at the new junior/senior high school would have their own classes for electives and science classes. "We're facing some very difficult decisions," Tyree said, "but I think we're going to make it." ARE YOU PAYING MORE TAXES THAN YOU HAVE TO? Have You BOUGHT OR SOLD A HOME? RECENTLY RETIRED? DWOtLCED OR MARRIED? HAD A NEW CItlLD? STARTED A BUSINESS? CASHED IN AN IRA OR 401K? STOP WORRYING/ HAVE YOUR TAXES PREPARED BY A PROFESSIONAL ¥! : q" ' RIEFFREt:N-,¥OUR OWN BACKYARD. * " TOM BOWER, CPA • Income tax preparation • Individuals, Parmership • Corporations, Trusts • Electronic Filing • Direct Deposit 328 MAIN ST. CHESTER 258-ACPA • 258,2272 The World's Most Comfortable Scrubs ...because a little comfort means a lot Fashion & Accessories For Men & Women THE NEWEST STYLES IN FUN PRINTS Suns • Moons • Jungle • Floral Teddy Bears South Western D.C. Dot Corn TOP LINES BY BARCO LANDAU u P,00O.WT,.,oUN, F.ORMS STORE HOURS: M-F 9 AM - 5 PM • SAT 10-3 PM   Lay-A-Way OPEN CREDIT ACCOUNT TODAY, From page one Man o' snow Lassen Lamn recent pve a Leavitt Lake family opportunity to build a very impressive sAowman. left with the sltowman York and Troy Glidden. Chris I the family about four buikhg the snowman two weeks ago as snow kept She said 1/2, helped the bottom the snowman. family to help roll the smaller snow up on the ones to cerfal with the rubb raft hat. ::::: :+::: : eEurniture  : : • Curtains • Electronics * Knick • Appliances ° Books • Antiques - Records • Kitchenware   ° Clothing -• Houseware ...... }/ • Shoes • Lolmchbles ° Jewelry • CostumeS • And Much More... 10 Corner of Cottage & S. Gay St." $1 i EARN THE BIG Save At Your LOCALLY OWNED Credit Union MOttltt "---We-- 14A Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000 Closing: six teachers cut Continued from page 1 have to adjust and make some very hard decisions." Owens pointed out that although he's the County Superintendent of Schools, each school district in Lassen County has its own governing board and super- intendent and makes its own decisions about its schools. Owens said his office is responsible for the district's budget. Owens said his office was concerned when the dis- trict's reserves dropped below the 4 percent required by law. But Owens said the districts met that require- ment when they filed their first interim budget in December. Francine Tyree, Fort Sage's superintendent, said when she took the district helm in June, the county told her she had to cut $260,000 from the budget. Tyree said the district was carrying the same number of teachers as they did when enrollment was more than 500 students even though current enrollment is only 368. "we're probably going to have to lay off six teachers," Tyree said. "That's one-quar- ter of our teaching staff. It's a very hard hit." Tyree said consultants advised the district to close the school in Doyle eight years ago, but the trustees decided not to do that. "In hindsight, that might have been a prudent deci- sion," Tyree said, "but trustees didn't want to lay off any teachers at that time. If we would have cut staff as the population went down, this wouldn't have been such a jolt. We're looking athalf a million dollars in cuts in two years. I'm sure the current situation is very difficult for board members who are long-term members of the community. It pains them, to do this, and I'm sure they're not taking it lightly." Tyree said many of the tustees are.members of families who have lived in the south county for genera- tions. She said two trustees attended the district's schools from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Although only. one trustee has a child attnding a dis- trict school, the children of four trustees attended the district's schools and several trustees have grandchildren enrolled at the schools. Tyree said the district is already taking steps to bring its budget in line. First the district cut its supplies bud- get by 10 percent. The prin- cipals at each school received weekly copies of their bud- gets so they could control the cuts made at their sites. "Everyone is having to do more with less," Tyree said. "We've gotten incredible NEW MEDICAL FASHIONS AT UPTOWN UNIFORMS Changes made for Doyle clinic Dr. Paul Holmes, M.D., Medical Director of Northeastern Rural Health Clinics, has announced some changes at Doyle Family Practice. Melody French, FNP, and Lee Brooks, FNP, have joined the Doyle Family Practice team of health care providers. French has been a nurse practitioner for 18 years, and has a wide range of experience in health care. She will be available at the Doyle clinic on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Brooks has been a nurse practitioner for five years, and has been seeing patients at the Doyle clinic since May. He will be available at the Doyle clinic on Mondays and Tuesdays. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition, Dr. Holmes and Dr. Chris Morgan will continue to see patients in Doyle on Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, or to make an appointment, call Doyle Family Practice at 82%2104. understanding from the staff, although I'm sure" there was panic in every- one's heart. But every sav- ings from these cuts adds up. We've got the cooperation of the staff and the parents. The people in this part of the county have been wonderful. They're very supportive." Tyree said seniority will determine which teachers will be cut, with the most senior teachers retaining their jobs. She hoped the dis- Francine Tyree Concern for students trict could find a way to cut only four positions instead of six. The superintendent said the district plans to create a new junior/senior high school when the middle school clos- es, and they plan to visit similar county schools in Chester and Westwood. Tyree said current staffing at the high school puts only 10.4 students in each class- room, which she said was an "inefficient use of the teach- er's time." While the high school has only 104 students, it must maintain at least 10 teachers in order to qualify for some special funding pro- grams. The district would not give up its state number for the closed middle school, and Tyree said she hoped it could reopen in the future.-.,. Plans call for the schl..in Doyle to service kinder garten through second-grade students, Sierra Primary would handle third through sixth graders. Seventh and eighth graders would then attend the new junior/senior high school. But Tyree said she has a special concern for those sixth and seventh graders who are losing a school of their own. "My concern is for the mid- dle school kids," Tyree said. "They're literally in the mid- dle. We know how to treat the little guys, and we know how to treat the little guys. But the middle school stu- dents are going from little to big and I think they need a place of their own while they make that transition. They need to establish their own identity. I don't want to see the middle school go, and I hope we can reopen it as soon as possible." Tyree said seventh- and eighth-grade social studies and language arts students would have their own class- room. She said physical edu- cation and agriculture class- es, for which middle school students are bused to the high school, already have their own classrooms. The superintendent also said freshman and sophomore students at the new junior/senior high school would have their own classes for electives and science classes. "We're facing some very difficult decisions," Tyree said, "but I think we're going to make it." ARE YOU PAYING MORE TAXES THAN YOU HAVE TO? Have You BOUGHT OR SOLD A HOME? RECENTLY RETIRED? DWOtLCED OR MARRIED? HAD A NEW CItlLD? STARTED A BUSINESS? CASHED IN AN IRA OR 401K? STOP WORRYING/ HAVE YOUR TAXES PREPARED BY A PROFESSIONAL ¥! : q" ' RIEFFREt:N-,¥OUR OWN BACKYARD. * " TOM BOWER, CPA • Income tax preparation • Individuals, Parmership • Corporations, Trusts • Electronic Filing • Direct Deposit 328 MAIN ST. CHESTER 258-ACPA • 258,2272 The World's Most Comfortable Scrubs ...because a little comfort means a lot Fashion & Accessories For Men & Women THE NEWEST STYLES IN FUN PRINTS Suns • Moons • Jungle • Floral Teddy Bears South Western D.C. Dot Corn TOP LINES BY BARCO LANDAU u P,00O.WT,.,oUN, F.ORMS STORE HOURS: M-F 9 AM - 5 PM • SAT 10-3 PM   Lay-A-Way OPEN CREDIT ACCOUNT TODAY, From page one Man o' snow Lassen Lamn recent pve a Leavitt Lake family opportunity to build a very impressive sAowman. left with the sltowman York and Troy Glidden. Chris I the family about four buikhg the snowman two weeks ago as snow kept She said 1/2, helped the bottom the snowman. family to help roll the smaller snow up on the ones to cerfal with the rubb raft hat. ::::: :+::: : eEurniture  : : • Curtains • Electronics * Knick • Appliances ° Books • Antiques - Records • Kitchenware   ° Clothing -• Houseware ...... }/ • Shoes • Lolmchbles ° Jewelry • CostumeS • And Much More... 10 Corner of Cottage & S. Gay St." $1 i EARN THE BIG Save At Your LOCALLY OWNED Credit Union MOttltt