School, city issues discussed during school committee

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Lincoln and school district representatives met Monday morning during the city’s school committee to discuss issues that affect each entity. One topic was Twelve Bridges Library funding, specifically in regard to how much Sierra College would pay next year for its portion of the library. Funding for the library is split between Sierra College, the Western Placer Unified School District and the city of Lincoln, according to Lincoln’s Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Anna Jatczak. The city pays for 60 percent of the library at $327,609; the school district pays for 15 percent at $62,240; and Sierra College pays for 25 percent at $102,245, according to Jatczak. Jatczak said Monday that the city has received half the funding Sierra College owes this year for the library and that the college has “indicated they could only pay half of their share.” “Moving forward, there is a good indicator they will cut more of that,” Lincoln City Manager Jim Estep said. “What do we do with a library where only our two entities can fund it?” Western Placer Unified School District superintendent Scott Leaman suggested a meeting between the three entities in January. “We need to meet with them in January and say, ‘What is your budget assumption’ so we can plan to try and keep it (the library) open,” Leaman said. The return of a full-time school resource officer to Lincoln High School was also discussed during the meeting. Estep said school resource officer Steve Krueger “had been out due to an injury” and is currently on light duty. “He is on the road to recovery and by sometime in January will be fully able to do what is needed to do,” Estep said. Leaman said Krueger is back at the school parttime and he should be back to fulltime in January. “We set aside money in our budget to do that and I’d like to get some sort of presence on campus by January,” Leaman said. Traffic conditions at schools during start and end times was a subject brought up by City Councilman Tom Cosgrove, who said a resident e-mailed him with concerns about the “activities of parents” dropping their children off for school. Cosgrove said the “driving behaviors (of parents) put kids at risk,” and gave examples of double parking and making u-turns in the middle of streets after dropping their children off. Other concerns included excessive driving speeds. “My question is how can we and the school district work together to help inform folks around schools that what they are doing is putting their and other kids at risk,” Cosgrove said. “One idea is coordinating an effort at school locations to hand out fliers reminding them about safety.” Cosgrove suggested having Citizens on Patrol volunteers in uniform at school sites. “I know anywhere I go, seeing a uniform changes my behavior,” Cosgrove said. Since there aren’t enough volunteers to be at every school, Estep said, “specific schools” experiencing traffic issues would need to be chosen for volunteer presence. “I will talk to principals to see who is perceiving this as an issue,” Leaman said. The city’s school committee meets on an as-needed basis, according to city clerk Pat Avila. The next public meeting is 9 a.m. Feb. 6 at City Hall.