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District leader give up part of salary

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Diane Scheerhorn announced Tuesday that she will give up 5 percent of next year’s salary to the general fund.

The money equates to $6,000. It includes half of her yearly mileage, monthly stipends and relinquishing five days of pay.

“I wish to give this donation sincerely and from my heart to the district,” Scheerhorn said during her report at the Lake Tahoe Unified School District meeting. “These are difficult times for our school district and this was an opportunity for the district leader to be able to give back in a meaningful way.”

Scheerhorn displayed a basket which will be placed at the district office for other employees to sacrifice portions of their salary or provide donations. The district is facing tough times in the midst of a seemingly unstoppable declining enrollment phenomenon and a state budget crisis.

Tuesday’s meeting was in stark contrast to the last time the board met when approximately 350 people turned out to listen to details of the $2.7 million in cuts for next school year. At most, there were 11 audience members this week.

Steve Morales, district facilities manager, reported on a contract being signed for AT&T to construct a cellular antenna post at South Tahoe Middle School. The phone company submitted plans to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and construction will likely begin this summer.

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The antenna cable will be inside a light tower surrounding the track. The district will receive $1,600 monthly.

Morales also noted upcoming fund-raising efforts by STMS teachers to improve the track behind the school. Costs range from $15,000 to repair the ailing track to $450,000 for replacing it and $1.3 million for a synthetic track.