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MT. DIABLO 2.3, Plus an EberBlog

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 at 6:00 am in Schools.

Northgate High, Walnut Creek For those of you following the debate over the possible secession of six Mt. Diablo schools, here’s the latest:

Trouble is brewing over the inclusion/exclusion of The Crossings, a Concord neighborhood whose children attend Walnut Creek’s highly ranked Northgate High and Foothill Middle School. The “transfer of territory” petition drafted by Ruth Carver, the parent and attorney leading the charge, excluded the Crossings, while one of her two maps included the neighborhood. (Hang on a sec, while we slap our foreheads. Northgate attendance areas have always been a point of contention. We’re talking years of angry confrontations over border lines for the Carriage Square, Lime Ridge, Crystyl Ranch and Crossings areas. And they didn’t double check the maps?! Oh man.) Needless to say, the mood at a recent Crossings neighborhood homeowners association meeting was intense. Carver was brave to put in an appearance, we’ll give her that.

Meanwhile, Gary Eberhart and Paul Strange, the two Mt. Diablo trustees who have called for superintendent Gary McHenry’s resignation, have launched a blog of their own. We’re calling it the EberBlog (or maybe the EberStrangeBlog) because the real name, MDUSD-Mt. Diablo Unified School District Blog, is boring. Aw, c’mon, you thought so too. Their latest posts have focused on the secession movement (Strange, who lives in Crystyl Ranch, is opposed, in case you wondered), the state budget crisis, and a return of the district’s financial oversight of its $286 million budget to assistant superintendent Dick Nicoll, where Eberhart and Strange say it should have stayed in the first place.

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  1. AJ Says:

    I believe that any schools with good standing in order to save their reputations should try to part from the reputation ruining MDUSD. Teachers who are leaving the district are now beginning to be questioned about why they chose MDUSD to work. Their educations are being questioned as a result of their employment at the MDUSD schools.

    Despite this there are good schools within the school district that are/ will be going downhill if they fail at their attempts to part from MDUSD. The most important factor being teacher retention and district practices toward teachers and their employment.

    With the current tax base decreasing what will they do now? MDUSD has already cut all the way upto the teachers and students. No, I will not support a tax increase for a district that treats teachers and students so poorly but still retains the same managment.

    I want to see a “UNDER NEW MANAGMENT” sign posted at the district office!

  2. Beth Says:

    Don’t be ridiculous and cut the drama. If you want to do something constructive, why don’t you get off your computer and get your butt out and campaign for a parcel tax.

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