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Mt. Diablo school board appoints four administrators, reschedules next meeting

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 5:00 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Theresa Harrington.

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.

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  • Doctor J

    Interesting the Board pulled the “Personnel Director” — it wouldn’t have made it to the calendar unless they had a recommended candidate. The Board has asked to know who the candidates are prior to the posting of the agenda, and so presumably it is all set to go when posted. So was it an “outside” candidate who wasn’t told about the cut backs in benefits and furlough days until after the offer ? Was it an “inside candidate” and the Board objected to the “musical chairs” ? Or some other reason. I always find it interesting the Board demands to know the names ahead of time but they are withheld from the public until the meeting.

  • tharrington

    Yes, it would seem that the public should be entitled to that information when the board gets it.
    Also, it would be nice if the agenda would always list the site where the administrator will be appointed and the amount the person will be paid.
    In addition, the contracts should spell out better how the payments are being calculated.
    For example, Carol Snow’s contract states that she’ll make $70,000 to coach and mentor teachers at Oak Grove Middle School, but also states that she’s getting paid $7,000 monthly between July 1 and June 30. It doesn’t say which months she is working.
    And under frequency and duration of service, it states: “1.0 = 5 days a week.” Does this mean she’s working one hour or one day, five days a week?
    In comparison, Snow was paid $56,000 in 2009-10 and about $52,553 in 2008-09 for similar work at Oak Grove Middle School. How are these pay rates determined?

  • Linda L

    Is the program manager for Measure C part of Pete Pederson’s $10,000,000 team or is the position in addition to Pederson’s group?

  • tharrington

    The two assistant program manager positions were approved Aug. 10, according to the district.

  • Realia

    I believe the “1.0 = 5 days a week” means it’s a full time position. I hope Oak Grove is able to improve in many ways with the additional oversight, unless the job will simply be crunching numbers. It’s also good to see Pete Pederson involved with the solar project; he has an excellent reputation on school sites for his professionalism, experience, and knowledge.