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Lassen County Times Westwood PinePress Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 9B Ruth Ellis Staff Writer The Lassen Union High School District Board of 'Trustees put $8,500 of its developer fees" in order to provide water and electricity to a Regional Occupation Program shop building on Credence High School's cam- pus. ,Alternative Education Principal Brett Mitchell asked for a portion of the developer fees during a Tuesday, Oct. 9 board meet- ing, after Chief Financial Officer Debbie Fry reported the district's developer fee balance is $217,057.03. A 300-foot trench was dug last week in order to connect water and electricity from the utility building, located on the far west side of the cam- pus, to the shop. Under the instruction of Buzz Burt, students in the Lassen County Office of Education Regional Occupation Program Construction Trades class started building the srhop dur- ing the summer. However, in good con- science and because of the length of the ditch, Mitchell said the students shouldn't do the work. The shop, will be used for some storage and a ROP labo- ratory facility, with no more than 15 minutes of instruc- tion being conducted in the building Businesses in the commu- nity have donated time and materials for the project, dis- cretionary funds have already been used and Credence High School's associated student body agreed to give $900 out of its own money to purchase supplies for the roof. "I would very strongly support funding the trenching project. " Karen Bradbury - Board trustee Board.: trustee Karen Bradbury said she .=.was ,:impresseda/ ae student body was giving $900 out of their ownmoney to put a roof on the building. "They do not have that much money," she said, ' nd I would very strongly support funding the trenching pro- ject." As a condition of approv- ing a new buildifig, fees are levied on developers or other agencies. Fry said each school has to adopt developer fees and the Lassen County Office of Education collects the money and theri distributesit. County schools receive 65 percent of the fees and the LUHSD receives 65 percent of the fees. The district's current devel- oper.fees are $2.63 per square foot for a residential building and $.42 cents per square foot for a commercial building. Fry said, in 2006-2007, the district began with a balance of $212,519.31 and collected $153,656.05 in developer fees. The district earned $8,142.65 in interest and spent $157,260.98, on improvements or expansions to current buildings. The money can only .be used for school Construction or reconstruction of class- room space. Mitchell said he needs about $15,000 more to com- plete the project. If anyone in the communi- ty would like to donate money or supplies to the project, call 257-5566. ROP class Even though students did not dig the utility trench, Mitchell said they will still learn how to run wires from the electrical panel to the outlet and will learn how to install plumbing. "It's been a very rich expe- rience for those kids," Mitchell said of the construc- tion trades class. He said:the students has been done with 100 percent student labor and the stu- dent are proud of the build- ing and excited about finish- ing it: The ROP class is a statewide program where stu- dents learn skills including construction and landscaping and learn how to use tools including lawn mowers, skill saws and painting'. In a June interview, Butt said. he doesn't teach just framing, but emploYability and`how to deal with a boss So when the students leave the class they can get a job. In the past, students built the foot- ball field house and did the receive School credit and the . brickwork on the bleachers at program is a good way to Lassen High School's Arnold earn credits and catch up or Field. Burt said students also get ahead, Regional Occupational Program student Tommy Chanley nails boards into the roof onto a shop building, which is being constructed on at Credence High School. Also pictured is student Eric Maine. Photo by Ruth Ellis innln II DISH Network satellite TV - more channels, less money, free equipment upgrades, about time. America's Top 100 Over lOO Channels/ e 100% all-digital packages and picture I Includes: 1 I D! 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