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Schools eye energy/recycling tech

The annual budget, November election and a reshuffling of energy and education positions are on the School Board’s meeting agenda for today.

District officials will present the preliminary 2014–15 budget and an analysis of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget revisions. Officials will ask the School Board to schedule a public hearing on June 6 to allow the community to provide additional input on the Local Control Accountability Plan.

The School Board is expected to approve the district’s final 2014–15 budget on June 26.

Board members will also discuss establishing a new energy/recycling technician who will work in the classroom as well as with other district staff.

If approved, a classified staff member would monitor the Del Norte County Unified School District’s energy education and recycling programs, according to a district staff report. The staff member would talk about energy conservation and recycling to district staff and students. Other responsibilities would include auditing all sites to make recommendations and compare and keep track of monthly utility records.

The new energy/recycling technician will also be involved in developing and coordinating districtwide outreach activities to promote on-campus recycling. He or she will be involved in the district’s budget process and search for potential grants.

If approved, the position will be a combination of two previous  part-time positions, an energy education coordinator and a coordinator for the district’s recycling program.

The district’s personnel commission will decide on a title, a salary range and the minimum qualifications required for employment.

According to the district, the position’s proposed salary is about $25,500 annually for five hours of work daily, 180 days per year.

Former Del Norte High School music teacher Christie Lynn Rust worked for the Energy Education program. The recycling program was staffed by substitutes and classified employees, according to the district staff report.

School Board officials will also discuss the Nov. 4 general election. Three seats are up for election this year. Representatives for those seats include District 1 Trustee Don McArthur, District 2 Trustee Lori Cowan and District 5 Trustee Jennifer England.

The Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees meets at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the district’s office at 301 W. Washington Blvd. in Crescent City. Agendas are available at www.delnorte.k12.ca.us.

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