South Tahoe schools aim for June parcel tax election |

South Tahoe schools aim for June parcel tax election

William Ferchland

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District board has until Feb. 8 to configure the structure of a parcel tax for a June 7 election date that was targeted during a meeting Tuesday night.

The board delayed a March election to conduct a public survey and provide more breathing room for public education. The district contends a parcel tax is needed to revive and keep programs and staff for local California-side schools.

It requires two-thirds voter approval to pass. Measure L, the district’s first attempt at a parcel tax, failed in April with only 55 percent voter approval.

Consultant Terry Price will likely be tapped to put together a survey in early January. Price, out of Santa Rosa, worked on the campaign for Measure L.

A $120 annual tax was proposed but struck down earlier this month. The board wanted to wait to find a survey company to question the public on what annual amount would be embraced.

Parents stuffed and spilled into the lobby with supporters of a proposed charter school aimed to open next September. A formal request was made for the board to review the charter, which was submitted to the district Nov. 12 and available for public viewing there.

A parent distributed sheets of blue paper that read “Lake Tahoe Community Academy,” raised as a sign to the board of power in numbers.

A public hearing, likely at the multi-purpose room at South Tahoe Middle School to hold an expected large turnout, will be held Dec. 14. A decision by the board whether to approve the charter will be made no later than Feb. 1.

In addition, the board will begin its statewide hunt for a permanent superintendent to replace Interim Superintendent Lorraine Garcy in January with the selection of a search firm.

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