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Board to vote on principal for STHS

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The new principal for South Tahoe High School will be selected Tuesday at a Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education meeting.

The decision marks an end to a monthlong process of finding a successor to Karen Ellis, who announced her retirement in March, ending seven years of being head of the school.

Various committees consisting of students, parents and district staff assisted in the hiring process. Last Tuesday board members had an open meeting at the high school’s library that doubled as a coffee and cake mixer to meet candidates.

The selection will take place in closed session. The meeting will begin Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the district office on Al Tahoe Boulevard with closed session and return to open session at 6:30 p.m.

Beginning at 11:15 a.m. the board will meet with 20 STHS seniors at Room B-9 to get their views on the district.

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n The board will vote for bus fees for next school year in an attempt to raise revenue.

The proposed fees would offset increased costs of fuel, maintenance, salaries, fringe benefits for employees and inadequate state funding, officials said.

The average annual operating cost for each bus is $53,013. The district has more than a dozen.

One pass good for a school year would cost $100 per student, the plan states. Prices would decrease if the student is eligible for the free or reduced lunch program, has siblings in the school district or if the pass is valid for a semester.

Similar sized school districts in El Dorado County have instituted or are considering transportation fees.

n Assistant Superintendent Barbara Davis will present a district plan for programs to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

n Citizens Financial Advisory Committee will provide a presentation to the board regarding the district’s budget.

n The board will vote on a date and time for a fall meeting that will address alternative education options, restructuring of grades or closing a school and future budget considerations. Board members hope to draw a large meeting of community members who will be broken up into satellite groups to address specific problems.