Grand jury releases new reports
The Nevada County Civil Grand Jury has released several new reports in the last two weeks.
The grand jury released a report on charter schools in western Nevada County, conducting a review of the 14 schools that have charter in the area.
“Even after several decades in existence, charter schools still remain a mystery to many in California, including here in Nevada County,” the report stated. “Many individuals are not aware that charter schools are public schools. Charter schools have been freed of many requirements and regulations. In return for more flexible scholastic requirements, charter schools are expected to achieve specific academic results within three to five years.”
The report was issued to clarify confusion surrounding the purpose, structure and funding of the county’s charter schools and to provide the public with basic information about each specific charter school, highlighting the similarities and differences among the sites.
The grand jury also released a report on the county’s library system, concluding that the public should recognize the outstanding leadership and enthusiasm of the county librarian. Also, the public should continue to use the excellent resources and free programs provided by the Nevada County libraries and should recognize the contributions of Friends of the Library and the library staff.
This year, the grand jury has issued several critical reports, including one on the Mystic Mine Community Services District, an independent special district responsible for public road maintenance services in the areas of Mystic Mine Road in unincorporated Nevada County.
Its most scathing report was on the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District board of directors, which it said has fallen “woefully short in (its) roles and responsibilities. The grand jury said the seven-member board collectively and individually engaged in secrecy and attempting to conceal key operational and personnel decisions, along with an exhaustive list of other examples of outright malfeasance.
For information on the reports, go online at http://nevadacountycourts.com/cgi/dba/gjreport/db.cgi?uid=default&sb=11&so=descend&switch=2&view_records=1&term=2012-2013&category=.
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