Superintendent Cindy Rinne is stepping down at the end of the school year at Dunsmuir Elementary and trustees announced last week that principal Babara Ulbrich has been hired to fill that part-time position.

Superintendent Cindy Rinne is stepping down at the end of the school year at Dunsmuir Elementary and trustees announced last week that principal Babara Ulbrich has been hired to fill that part-time position.

“It’s common for one person to serve as principal/superintendent in small schools,” said Ulbrich.

The board voted unanimously 4-0, with Matt Lattanzio absent, to approve an employment agreement with Ulbrich. Approved terms of the 2012-2013 contract include a salary of $85,380, which breaks down to $70,380 for her pay as principal and $15,000 as part-superintendent.

Ulbrich agreed to work without district insurance contributions and to assume the position of SITE Council Coordinator, which is a liaison with Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, an educational networking and training organization.

She also agreed to disallow any work on campus by her husband, Richard, even as a volunteer, because of conflict of interest. She will be required to work 190 school days, 10 beyond the student school calendar.

Ulbrich said on the phone Sunday that the board approached her with the offer to serve as principal/superintendent. “With Cindy’s and staff’s encouragement, I said I would,” she stated.

Ulbrich replaced departing school principal Kale Riccomini for the 2011-2012 year.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” she declared. “I’m confident and comfortable because I have the support of the board and staff. Cindy has made it clear I can call her anytime. She is always there for you.”

Rinne will return to campus in the fall as librarian, and as scorekeeper for volleyball and basketball games played on the floor bearing her name, according to Ulbrich. In recognition of her dedication to the school in general and sports in particular, Cindy Rinne Court was dedicated in 2006.

DES finances in the black
The board also approved the 2011-2012 First Interim Report on Criteria and Standards which, as presented by office manager Meegan Forrest, showed the school to be in good financial health.

“We’re good for next year, and two years after that,” she pronounced. Forrest explained that means the state has recognized that the school can meet its financial obligations and has issued a positive certification for the Dunsmuir Elementary School District.

“This is projected for a worse case scenario,” she said. This includes the loss of the Forest Reserve Fund and state budget cuts, called “triggers” 1 and 2, which means failure of the state to realize $4 billion in revenues expected by Dec. 15 last year.

Forrest reported that this will result in one staff layoff for the 2012-2013 school year.
Another employee has accepted early retirement, she said.

Forrest presented a graph of cash reserves projected to dwindle over the next few years. The bar representing 2012-2013 showed about $630,000 in reserves, which dropped to about $520,000 for 2013-2014. By the 2014-2015 year, the amount was projected to drop below $300,000.

Forrest also passed out a report on the state budget from School Services of California. It cited the governor’s proposal to increase education funding, but warned that the money would be available only if a ballot measure to increase state sales tax is approved by the voters this November.

Other board actions
The Dunsmuir Elementary School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously last week to approve:

•?Payment of $200 stipends each to teachers who attended Professional Development Training on advanced laptop skills Dec. 15. According to staff, the money will come from technology grant funds.
•?The emergency closure of the school Dec. 22, due to breakout of the norovirus that sickened about 60 percent of the student body.
•?Resolution 11/12-08, to lay off one certificated staff member and offer early retirement to another, to reduce services for the 2012-2013 school year.

The next meeting of the DES board will convene Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.