Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Proposed Facility
We are petitioning the Nevada County Board of Education stating:
We, residents of Nevada County, CA, advise our County Board of Education to invest their budgetary funding into our students' education and not into funding a study or investing in new County Office of Education administrative offices.
Nevada County schools have experienced declining enrollment since the downturn in our economy in 2007. Today, we have half the students in our county schools we once had and our students are testing poorly. High school enrollment stands at what it was before Bear River was built, and we have seen many schools actually close.
In light of our enrollment situation, the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, is proposing a new facility for administrative offices. The current complex on Ridge Road and Nevada City Hwy is paid for, as is the Terry McAteer Complex with the warm water pool. Other programs under the County Office of Education are located at Sierra College, Juvenile Hall, and Park Avenue School. Additionally, the COE leases a facility on New Mohawk Road that houses the Charter Schools Business Services.
This idea of a new administrative facility was first introduced in 2013 and has been promoted on and off since. The proposal was first to combine the six sites into one facility, however, when challenged on this concept it has variously been proposed to combine either four sites or just the New Mohawk Road and Ridge Road sites.
To this end, an action item was placed on Wednesday November 12th's Board of Education meeting agenda stating:
Shall the Nevada County Board of Education approve a proposal from School Services of California OR Total School Solutions to conduct a Facilities Study?
We have started an online petition for our county residents to voice their opinion on whether this is an appropriate use of our students' education funds. The study alone is projected to cost at least $10,000. plus expenses.
If you agree that education funding belongs in our children's classrooms and the County Board of Education and Superintendent Hermansen should abandon the proposal of new facilities for administrators please sign our online petition!
We will present it at their next meeting!
BTW - Check the Highlight section for updates!
(Featured image is current County Office of Education Complex)