AM News Wednesday, 10.02.13
Truant elementary students cost North Coast school
districts more than $20 million.
Nearly a quarter of Lake County elementary students skipped school last year,— one of the highest rates in the state, costing districts $416 per pupil.
Sonoma County's truancy rate is 12 percent — one of the lowest in the state. But the 5,000 truant students
cost county schools $14 million last year.
With a 14 percent truancy rate, Mendocino county
schools lost $4 million in state education funds.
Studies indicate that chronically truant students —
those that miss at least 10 percent of the school year — are more likely to drop out of high school and to
end up jobless or turn to crime.
State law defines truants as those who are absent or
tardy more than 30 minutes without a valid excuse
three times in a school year.
Lake County's high truancy rate is exacerbated by
economic factors, especially in rural areas, since low income students have higher rates of truancy.
Shrinking budgets have also contributed to districts
cutting truancy reduction programs, Lake County is
down to just one truancy officer from three officers
two years ago.
The report highlights three districts in Mendocino
County, Willits , Laytonville and Round Valley that
have lost $500,000 collectively for the past two years
as a result of chronic absenteeism.
In Lakeport Heights, construction equipment began
tearing down red tagged houses because of the landslide there.
The Spivey home on Lancaster Road split in half and fell into a hole that resulted from a landslide, the
cause of which is the subject of 45 lawsuits by
residents against the county.
All together, seven structures are red-tagged and about half the residents in the 29-home subdivision left based on voluntary evacuation notices the county issued.
Late this summer, Community Development Dept. Director Rick Coel told the board that he was
pursuing the abatement of two structures – the Spivey home and a nearby duplex which would make recontouring the soil – part of the process to winterize the landslide area – an easier task.
Coleman Construction has until Oct. 15 to remove the structures, do the soil contouring and cover the slide area above Hill Road with plastic. The county's goal
is to keep the landslide area dry and prevent the
ground movement from starting again.
The property owners maintain that the county's water system was responsible for causing the landslide.
The Mendocino County BURN BAN was LIFTED yesterday at 12:01 am.
The 2013 Fire Season has not yet been declared
closed, so burn permits are still required. Residents
who obtained a CalFire Burn Permit last spring are
advised to check the dates on their Burn Permit to
ensure it is still valid. Burning Permits can be
obtained at CalFire’s Howard Forest Headquarters, in Boonville, Covelo, Fort Bragg,
Hopland,; Laytonville ; Leggett,; Point Arena, and
The League of Women Voters of Mendocino County will hold a public forum for Mendocino Coast
Recreation and Park District candidates at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 in the C.V. Starr Community Center, Fort Bragg.
The Mendocino Women’s Political Coalition, the
AAUW of Ukiah and the Ukiah Daily Journal will hold a public forum for Ukiah
Fire Protection District, Millview County Water District; Mendocino Russian River Flood Control and Water
Improvement District; and Ukiah Unified School
District on October 15 at 6 pm at the Ukiah Civic
Polls will be open Tuesday, November 5 when voters cast ballots to fill seats on boards of special districts
and school districts.
Measure I (Little Lake Fire Protection District) seeks approval to create a tax of $14 per unit to construct a
new replacement Fire Station in Willits.