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Trustees hear about plan update

Monday, March 9, 2015 —Susanville School District Superintendent Jason Waddell shared an update on the Local Control Accountability Plan update during the Wednesday, Feb. 18 board of trustees meeting.

The accountability plan is under the Local Control Formula Funding, which was adopted by California, and has all schools in the state comply and focus spending on eight identified goals. The change in funding has been called one of the most drastic changes in funding in 40 years, according to the district website.

During the meeting, Waddell shared about school climate and parent involvement, which were two categories the district has to focus on in the plan.

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District discusses new charter school

Sunday, March 8, 2015 —Lassen Union High School District staff are exploring the possibility of starting a new charter school, different than the ones already offered in the community.

Daedalus Academy, named after a Greek god who was a skillful craftsman and artist, will focus on project-based, hands-on learning education.

Students will have regular attendance on campus each day, along with frequent learning adventures in natural and other settings.

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Utility discusses power outage

Sunday, March 8, 2015 —A portion of the Tuesday, Feb. 24 Lassen Municipal Utility District meeting focused on the early February power outage caused by a windstorm.

“As you’re fully aware, we had that outage that lasted to the last customer for over a week. It went from a Friday to a Friday before we got Eagle Lake, the last customer on,” said electric operations manager David Folce.

Folce also noted there may be some customers still without power since there are some summer residents who have not been to the area.

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Susanville School District warned, commended

Saturday, March 7, 2015 — The Susanville School District received a warning for its first interim report but was also commended for sound fiscal practices.

“I feel comfortable with where we’re at and what we’re seeing … We always look at it very cautiously and approach things with the utmost care. I don’t anticipate any problems,” said Jason Waddell, superintendent.

The first interim report submitted to the county office is used to determine whether the district is complying with state standards and criteria and it lets the county office decide if the projected budget will allow the district to meet financial obligations.

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Devastated Area in park now open to public

Saturday, March 7, 2015 — Visitors can now drive to the Devastated Area, 10 miles from the north entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park beyond the Devastated Area visitors will find snow depths of two to three feet and excellent spring-like skiing conditions, stated acting park superintendent Steve Gibbons. We hope many of our local snow enthusiasts will come to the park and enjoy skiing, snowshoeing and snow play.

For those visitors who would enjoy an easy walk with excellent views of Lassen Peak, the 1.8-mile trail around Manzanita Lake is snow-free and offers many opportunities to view wildlife taking advantage of the spring-like weather.

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