Trustees to discuss charter school |

Trustees to discuss charter school

by Maggie O'Neill, Tribune News Service

The Douglas County School District will discuss revoking the charter for Sierra Tahoe Academy at its Tuesday meeting.

The academy notified the school board Sept. 12 that the charter school would be unable to open by the charter’s March 2002 expiration date. An application for the Sierra Crest Academy has been submitted to the Department of Education in the meantime.

In other business, trustees will:

n Hear Douglas County School Board Business Service Manager Rick Kester discuss the enrollment increase of 191 students in Douglas County. The increase of students means more than $600,000 will be added to this year’s budget.

Much of the growth is at the first-grade level at Gardnerville and Jacks Valley elementary schools and in the middle school level at Pau-Wa Lu and Carson Valley middle schools.

“It’s a good thing to be growing,” Kester said. “Most of (the new revenues) will be spent on teachers.”

n Hear Douglas County testing administrator Janice Florey give a presentation on alternative schools.

Presently, there are nearly 70 students in the three alternate schools in the district.

n A four-phase action plan for signage, intersection improvements and landscaping along Highway 88 will be presented to the board by a Nevada Department of Transportation representative.

The Douglas County commissioners prioritized adding intersections and roundabouts at their Wednesday meeting.

“The county put a plan together at the meeting (last week),” Superintendent John Soderman said. “Basically they want to move the timeline along as quickly as possible.”

Included in the plan is a request for more than $1.3 million dollars for funding for intersection improvements. This will include a traffic light at the intersection of Mottsville-Waterloo Lane and Highway 88 and a roundabout at the intersection of County Road-Mahogany Drive and Highway 88.

New signs will direct drivers to the Ranchos, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, and possibly the Carson Valley Swim Center, Douglas High School and other public facilities.

Landscaping enhancements include modification of the blacktop island at highways 395 and 88.

Landscaping and signage costs are not included in the capital improvement estimate of $1.3 million. These projects would be implemented with available funding. The changes at various intersections along Highway 88 could potentially reach $1.5 to $2 million.

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