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NORTHGATE Principal Quits

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, January 28th, 2008 at 7:48 pm in Schools.

Northgate High, Walnut Creek
Latest news for those of you following the Mt. Diablo saga – In a surprise move, the principal of Northgate High, where families are trying to secede from the Mt. Diablo school district, announced her resignation today over the school’s PA system. Martha Riley said she had intended to retire last June, but stayed on to fill 19 teacher vacancies at her school. What she didn’t say was that those vacancies were part of a mass exodus last year. Students found themselves sitting in college-prep math classes, for example, taught by substitute after substitute for months, in a school where 19 out of 66 teachers had bailed. It’s one of the factors fueling the parental outrage that led to the secession effort, in the house that Jack, er, Riley and McHenry built. Riley’s last day will be Feb. 29. Stay tuned for the next chapter in this saga…

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  1. adam sparks Says:

    How do you get more info on the secession movement?

  2. Jackie Burrell Says:

    Good question. We put in a call to Ruth Carver, who’s heading up the movement, and asked her to post information.

  3. Ruth Carver Says:

    Hi – Our web site was down for a few days last week but has been up again for many days now. Check it out at and you can sign up for ENews if you want updates. By the way, it’s not really a “secession” movement – it’s just a boundary change. Thanks! – Ruth Carver

  4. Concord Northgate Schools Parent Says:

    It’s not a boundary change. And, it would result in MDUSD losing millions of dollars, which would not be offset by MDUSD not having to educate those students. In addition to ADA funding, MDUSD would lose the property tax funding associated with those properties. The resulting fiscal impact would severely impair MDUSD’s ability to provide educational services to the remaining students in MDUSD.

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