Sale of land on LTUSD agenda |

Sale of land on LTUSD agenda

The $450,000 sale of 4 acres of land belonging to Lake Tahoe Unified School District to El Dorado County for a juvenile hall will be voted on tonight at a school board meeting.

The county has already approved the purchase and the district is expected to agree on it as well. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an environmental report that accepted the project.

After tonight’s vote, the next step is to find a contractor for a May groundbreaking.

If the sale is approved, LTUSD would be required to funnel the $450,000 into a special account used primarily for school maintenance.

The nearly $9 million hall will sit on land behind South Tahoe Middle School and next to El Dorado County Jail. It will be the South Lake Tahoe supplement to an aging and overcrowded juvenile hall in Placerville.

The 26,058-square-foot building will have facilities ranging from minimum to maximum security for various offenders. Besides retaining young criminals, rehabilitation programs will be instituted.

In other board news:

n In her superintendent’s report, Diane Scheerhorn will provide a time line for staff, parent and community input regarding district cost-cutting and an update on data-gathering.

The time line comes from preliminary work with parent-teacher association presidents on Friday. This month the district is collecting data regarding costs, the necessity of school programs and other options to save or make money during a time of declining enrollment and money loss. The district is down about 200 students this year compared to last. The decrease means a financial loss of roughly $1 million from state funding next year.

In December and January, the district will look at narrowing options to finalize the 2003-04 budget by May.

The data-gathering process will include input from principals, teachers, parents and community members, Scheerhorn said.

n The board will vote on an addition to the technology plan in order to apply for the School Renovation Technology Grant.

Additions include an increased collaboration effort with Lake Tahoe Community College and the Family Resource Center for adult literacy and possibly expanding the computer lab at the Family Resource Center and other items.

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