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Sierra Foothill may go vocational, give space to nonprofits

Sierra Foothill High School could become a vocational school and open its doors to nonprofit groups, the high school district superintendent said Thursday.

The school is on Park Avenue off South Auburn Street in Grass Valley.



Sierra Foothill, the largest alternative school in western Nevada County with about 170 students, would offer classes to prepare high school students for careers in serving the senior community, said Joe Boeckx, superintendent of the Nevada Joint Union High School District.




Transforming the high school into a vocational school has been discussed for years, Boeckx added.

The high school district could also sign an agreement with Grass Valley to offer space to nonprofit groups, he said. The high school would then serve as an “intergenerational center.”

Senior residents could come to the school for recreation and art classes during the day, he said, and the school would train students to help the senior community.

“I think it’s pretty exciting,” he said.

Schools need to serve the community, he said. “We’re a senior county.”

A draft agreement between the high school district and Grass Valley could be prepared during the next 60 days, said Sandy Jacobson, city parks and recreation coordinator.

School and city officials met with representatives of nonprofit organizations to discuss the future plans Thursday. “It’s got great potential,” Jacobson said.

Present at the meeting were representatives of the Gold Country Community Center, the Senior Citizens Foundation of Western Nevada County, and the Nevada County Arts Council.

The Gold Country Community Center is a nonprofit organization that wants to build a community center for all ages. The Senior Citizens Foundation operates the senior center on McCourtney Road.

Bette Worth, executive director of the foundation, said her organization, which will lose its lease at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in 2007, is always looking for satellite space. “We’re busting at the seams,” said Worth, who was present at the meeting.


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