By RUSSELL JONES
The Otter Valley Unified Union school board will meet on Wednesday, June 5, at 6:15 p.m. at the Neshobe Elementary School to hear an updated report from the Planning Task Force.
The Task Force has been working for 18 months and consists of board and community members. They were asked by the school board to develop a five- to 10-year plan that would account for the district’s changing demographics — primarily the projected decrease in students and the numbers of students at each school — and keep education costs affordable.
A survey of more than 500 residents along with focus groups and working meetings that included more community members have taken place over the past year. Most recently, the task force brought a group of community members, parents and elected officials together and presented a first draft of the plan to discuss and work out proposed solutions. A month later, the task force is ready to present that revised plan to the board.