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Commission Approves Charter School Move

After over three hours of discussion and public comment, the Nevada County Planning Commission ultimately said yes to a permit for a new location for a charter school. Operators of the Yuba River Charter School, which is currently located in Nevada City, want to re-locate just west of Grass Valley on a 17-acre site on Rough and Ready Highway near Adams Avenue. The bowl-shaped location is just above Melissa Ewing’s property…

Listen to Melissa Ewing

Sharon Patterson also has neighboring property to the location. She says her area already floods in a moderate rainstorm, and is worried that conditions will worsen if the school is built…

Listen to Sharon Patterson

But most spoke to the board in favor of the re-location. Ron Charles is a seventh grade teacher at the K-through-8 school, but also lives near the proposed location. He says the construction plan would actually help mitigate potential flooding…

Listen to Ron Charles

And even a current student addressed the board. Eighth grader Lilith Gjertsen (GYERT-sen) remembers when the school was located in a nature setting off of Bittney Springs Road…

Listen to Lilith Gjertsen

Money for construction of the school would come from state Proposition 1-D funds, and the school is also paying development fees to the county. The Commission voted 4-1 yesterday in favor of the permit, with Douglas Donesky dissenting, citing traffic concerns. The issue moves on to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.

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