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Trade Show See page 13 Business 132 years serving the community ( Ii00ALE 1879 Published weeklu since 1R 7q l0 ,::,:,:,:***:*x***:* ALL FOR ADC 980 1" [ oMgL-[OWN PAPERS 217  COTA ST (....i SHEL..TOI'4 A 98584--2263 { I II,l,,I,,I,,hl,h,l,,I,,l,,I,l,,hl'll'"'ll .... II1,,,!,1,1,1 W,- Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Volume CXXXII, Issue Number 43 50 Cents Architect chosenfor MeasureG projects By Roberta Lyons The Cloverdale Unified School District board of trustees has ap- proved the recommendation of the Measure G committee to hire the Architectural firm of TLCD of San- ta Rosa to design the new improve- ments at the local district schools. The district's construction man- ager, Mark Van Pelt reported that the committee had narrowed the proposals down to three firms, but using a point system, TLCD came out higher than the rest, although all firms were very good. The committee's lists of projects still hasn't been released, although Van Pelt said many priorities have "floated to the top and are ready to be reviewed by the architects." He also explained that before any construction starts it must be shown that all sites are handi- capped compliant with the latest Americans with Disabilities Act law and all fire alarms must be up- graded. He didn't think this was going to be a huge issue since inten- sive work at the schools was done about 10 years ago and issues like fire alarms and access compliance were addressed then. Access issues are subject to constant change, however, he warned. Measure G is a $17 million bond measure approved by voters to up- date and improve Cloverdale's schools, including installation of so- lar energy to reduce district utility costs. Bussing still an issue Superintendent Claudia Frands- en gave her report which included an update on the district's District English Learner Advisory Commit- tee (DELAC) and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). These are committees required by the State because of the high level of English learners in Cloverdale schools. Frandsen said that the main issue EVERYONE WAS CELEBRATING at the Wednesday, Oct. 19, CUSD board of trustees meeting over the finalization of the Kleiser Park beautification program. From left in back, Superintendent of Schools, Claudia Frandsen; Joan Tillman, Cloverdale Rotary; Karen Shimizu, project manager for the City of Cloverdale; Dianna MacDonald, President of the CUSD board of,trustees; Karen Scalabrini and Gene Lile, CUSD board members; and in front, board members Joanne Argyces and Dick Johnson. .many priorities have "'floated to the top and are ready to be reviewed by the architects.'" brought up at each meeting (DELAC is the district committee, ELAC is the site committee) was the lack of bussing. "Bussing is incredibly important to them. We need to remember that we lose ADA every time a student doesn't come to school. Jefferson is the most affected. It impacts stu- dent learning," she stressed. It was agreed that looking at the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) loss, compared with the cost of bus- sing should be considered. It was also agreed that some transporta- tion alternatives should be looked at, but board member Karen Scala- brini warned not to raise anybody's hopes that bussing may be re- turned. "They need to understand that it is their responsibility to get their kids to school. We are not the only district that has either reduced or eliminated bussing," she noted. It appears that school attendance is holding at about 95 percent based on a report generated by the district office. Total enrollment in the dis- trict's four schools is 1,449 and Av- erage Daily Attendance (ADA) is 1,383. "00";00nnualChristmas ' Wish Program sign- up underway The Christmas Wish Program is once again being coordinated to help local low income families with toys for their children this Christ- mas. Sign-up will be held on Thurs- day, Nov. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. Children 10 years and younger will be eligible for this program, and only 200 ap- plications will be accepted. Fami- lies must be residents of Cloverdale. Families must bring their 2010 tax return to provide proof of need. Bilingual helpers will be available to assist with the forms. Parents should take the time to talk with their children about their three wishes for Christmas gifts, and make sure that their wishes are reasonably priced. -Cary Fraser Kleiser Park final approval done and construction starts By Roberta Lyons The final approval was given by the Cloverdale Unified School Dis- trict's board of trustees Wednes- day, Oct. 19, for the three-way agreement between the City of Clo- verdale, the Cloverdale Rotary Club, and the school district regard- ing the operation of Kleiser Park. The Kleiser Park Construction and Improvement Agreement, al- ready approved by the Rotary and the city, was unanimously ap- proved at the the monthly board meeting. The purpose of the agree- ment is to "identify the roles and responsibilities for the Kleiser Park Beautification Project," explained Karen Shimizu who has been the city's liaison with the district and the Rotary for this project. Cloverdale resident Joan Tillman was beaming at the Wednesday night meeting, noting that she came up with the idea about four years ago. It started out as a simple plan to beautiful the old park, which was long ago donated to the city for a school site, then eventually trans- ferred to CUSD. Atone point in his- tory a Cloverdale school was located on the property. It was a little more complicated than Tillman had originally thought it would be, especially giv- en that it is school property, but through the cooperation of both the school district and the city, and hard work of Rotary Club members and community volunteers, the project has become a reality. Finally, after negotiating with the district, which is not able to spend any money on the project, the agreement has been finalized and a ground breaking is planned for Thursday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. at the site, which is next to the United Church of Cloverdale on North Cloverdale Blvd. near the CUSD district office and Cloverdale High School. The project will use an existing well to irrigate new landscaping, and numerous trees and shrubs will be planted and picnic tables and benches installed along with path- ways and a patio area to display commemorative bricks. The district is spending some money on refur- bishing the well which could also be used to water the football field which will save the district money in the long run. The money for the well is coming from the Measure G construction bond. Funding for the park has reached $90,000. A Rotary Club fundraiser where commemorative bricks were sold brought in $55,000 along with $10,000 from the Tour de Vine bike tour and $10,000 from the Rotary Foundation; the city contributed $10,000 from its Quimby Act funds which are specifically ear-marked for parks and park improvement. Huge amounts of in-kind work has been donated by community members, including Melissa Cox who did the landscaping plan, Pre- ston Addison of Karma Dog Con- struction who wilt be the project manager, Don Bums, who installed the irrigation and Bob Andersen Backhoe and Excavating. Local art- ist Marge Gray created a water col- or rendition of the future look of the park as well. The district will continue to own the property and maintain it at the level it always has. The funds will be used for the refurbishing and beautification of the grounds. There will be no on-site parking and the district is not obligated to provide parking for the facilities. Members of the public are per- mitted to use the facilities as a pub- lic park on weekdays, anytime before or after the school day when the facilities are not in use by the district; weekends anytime from 7 a.m. to dusk; and during summer vacation and all non-weekend days when school is not in session any- time from 7 a.m. to dusk. The district will post signs at the facilities stating the rules for use of the facilities. Basically the district will have the sole discretion to deny access to the facilities during school hours and during all school-related or district sponsored events or functions. The Cloverdale Lions Club Halloween Costume Party is this Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go towards the club's Cloverdale High School Scholarship Fund. This year guest will be dancing to music performed by the popular Poyntlyss Sistars. In addition there will be a dinner buffet prepared by Piacere Ristorante Italiano, Hamburger Ranch and BBQ, La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, The Lions Kitchen Kings, Zini's Diner, The Owl Cafe and Patti & Friends. Like last year, there will be costume contests with cash prizes and a freeze dance contest. "Last year guests and the club had a great time and we wanted to do it again. This year will be even better with the addition of the Poyntlyss Sistars," said chairperson Ray Pesce. The club has also added a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased from any Lions Club member, Cloverdale Food Center, Cloverdale Automotive, The Owl Cafe, Roux Auto Body, the Citrus Fair and Ace Hardware. Come and support the Cloverdale Lions Club. They, in turn, support youth and community programs in Cloverdale all year long. ERIC LIDDELL AND THREE YEAR OLD AARON con- gratulate Shannon on her first complete half mara- thon this past Sunday. There will be more photos and results from the event in next week's Reveille. THE CLOVERDALE HARVEST MARATHON also In- cluded a Fun 5K Walk/Run. Sonoma County Fourth District Supervisor Mike McGulre and his wife Erika get ready to start the 5K walk/run. SHO \>K,