By Theresa Harrington
Besides approving a $65.6 million solar contract with SunPower at their Tuesday meeting, Mt. Diablo school district trustees also appointed four administrators.
Gretchen Jacobs will take the helm as Principal of Sun Terrace Elementary School in Concord. She said she is loooking forward to continuing the school’s Professional Learning Community focused on student learning.
Sheryl Sweeney, who previously worked as a a data and technical coach at Oak Grove Middle School in Concord, was appointed as a program specialist for the campus. She said she also looks forward to continuing work with the school’s Professional Learning Community, as well as data-driven decision-making on the campus.
In addition, trustees appointed Mitchell Stark and Timothy Cody as assistant project program managers for Measure C.
They didn’t appoint a personnel director, as planned. That item was removed from the agenda, to be returned at a later date.
Board President Paul Strange announced that the planned Nov. 9 board meeting will be rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 17. He didn’t give a reason for the change.
However, the district must give workers a 45-day notice if they will be laid-off or have their hours reduced. Trustees were originally expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal to lay off about 20 maintenance workers and reduce the hours of more than 40 clerical workers.
If trustees were to vote on layoffs Nov. 9, employees could be let go on Christmas Eve. Voting Nov. 17 would push a possible layoff date to Jan. 1.
UPDATE: Here’s the reason for the changed date, according to an e-mail from Superintendent Steven Lawrence:
“Because of how late the State adopted their budget, the fiscal department has not had adequate time to prepare our budget for the November 9th meeting,” he wrote. “Therefore, we are moving the meeting back one week.”
Also, I have learned from the district that the assistant project program managers for Measure C will each earn between $83,835 and $101,898.