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City budget wins national award

Pleasant Hill City Hall recently received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2013 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association. The award recognizes the city's commitment to meeting the highest principles of budgeting. In order to qualify for the award, City Hall officials and staff had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective presentation that assess how well the city budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications document. Budgets must be proficient in all four of those categories along with 14 mandatory criteria to receive the award. For budgets beginning in 2013, only 1,424 in the U.S. and Canada were selected to receive the recognition. Pictured with the award are (from left) city accountant Amy Johnson, Mayor John VanGorkom, finance director Shelby Teufel and City Administrator Mark Randall. The Government Finance Officers Association is a professional association serving the needs of more than 18,000 appointed and elected loca;, state and provencial government officials.

School closing policy outlined

...With snow and bitterly cold temperatures arriving earlier than usual this year, the Pleasant Hill R-3 School District reminds parents of its policy for calling off classes when inclement weather threatens.
...The R-3 School District encompasses approximately 75 square miles and during inclement weather, road conditions usually vary widely from one area to another.
...This sometimes makes for a difficult decision for the school administration on whether to close or delay school.
...The decision is based on current road conditions and weather forecasts, and is usually made by 5:30 a.m.
...In some circumstances there is also the possibility of early dismissals or even late starts.
...Parents are asked to have contingency plans developed with their children in advance for these types of situations.
...As soon as a decision is made that alters the regular school day, the R-3 District will contact television stations.
...R-3 staff members and families with children in Pleasant Hill schools will also be notified immediately of school closings or delays by a recorded phone service. Parents are urged to provide schools with updated information on any phone numbers that change throughout the year.
...Please note that school closing information will not appear on the district website.
...On questionable days when school is not canceled, attendance must still be taken and the R-3 administration encourages parents to use their best judgment in deciding if they should bring their children to a bus stop or school.
...The school also encourage inexperienced school age drivers to ride with adults or on the bus when the weather is bad.
...The school says these situations disrupt family schedules and they appreciate parents' patience during severe weather conditions.
..."We recognize the importance of having children in school on a regular schedule with quality learning time," a school spokesman said, "but our top concern is always the safety of students and staff."
...Dismissals for unexpected circumstances are normally made up the end of the school year.

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