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MDUSD internal administrative transfers revealed

By Theresa Harrington
Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at 9:41 am in Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Theresa Harrington.

Since no announcement was made at Tuesday’s board meeting regarding internal administrative transfers, I contacted Julie Braun-Martin, assistant superintendent of personnel services, to find out what assignments have been made so far.

Here’s what she told me in an e-mail:

Terry McCormick (former Oak Grove MS principal) is assigned to Pleasant Hill Middle School.

Cindy Matteoni (former principal of Sequoia Elementary in Pleasant Hill) is scheduled to be at Mountain View Elementary in Concord.

April Bush (former Glenbrook MS principal) is assigned to Foothill MS in Walnut Creek.

Toby Montez (former Meadow Homes Elementary principal) will supervise El Monte Elementary in Concord while Principal Christina Boman is out on a leave.

I also asked her to specify where the vice principals appointed June 14 will be working.

“Assignments can still be adjusted over the summer,” she wrote.

Tentative assignments are:

Jose Espinosa: vice principal at Clayton Valley HS in Concord

Aline Lee: vice principal at College Park HS in Pleasant Hill

Julene Robert: vice principal at Concord HS

Julie Park: vice principal at Mt. Diablo HS in Concord

Lawrence intends to fill the following positions over the summer:

One more high school vice principal

Principal of Valley View Middle School in Pleasant Hill

Principal of Sequoia Elementary in Pleasant Hill

Four high school student services coordinators (to replace those who were promoted to vice principals)

Two Necessary Small School administrator positions — at the Gateway School and Nueva Vista/TLC/Summit

Assistant Director of Categoricals and School Support in the SASS Dept.

Director English Learner Services

Do you think district officials should announce internal administrative appointments at board meetings?

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  • Flippin’ Tired

    As long as the staff and families at the sites know about the change, is it that big a deal? Seems the district is damned if it do, damned if it don’t, when it comes to releasing information. If they tell, they’re second-guessed and villified. If they don’t, they’re accused of hiding something.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Last year, the district released a comprehensive list of openings that it was seeking to fill: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=2752&mtgId=271.
    This year, no such list was released. Since each opening or appointment at a school can have a ripple effect on the rest of the district, it would be helpful for the entire community to be informed about transfers.

  • g

    Instead of publishing all openings, could it be that (like Sue Brothers) certain people are being “recruited” from a “friends” list?

  • anon

    What about Sara Diehli (sp?) the Principal from Holbrook?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Dieli has taken a leave of absence: http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/38943ee0-f83e-487f-9d29-0e7bb0364073.pdf.
    She told me she wasn’t ready to take on a principal position at another school to try to “recreate what we had at Holbrook.”
    Instead, she said she may take a break and teach for a while.

  • Doctor J

    You have never reported what happened to former Ayers Principal Spoogmai Habibi. Can you share ?

  • g

    Big shakeups seem to be going around-are you still with us Theresa?

  • Joan

    Why don’t they just post the info on the district website? I don’t see why it makes any difference if they announce it at a meeting or not.

  • Theresa Harrington

    g: Yes, thanks for asking. As you have likely heard, we lost editorial managers Kevin Keane and Pete Wevurski today: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18384602
    Joan: Yes, posting the information on the district website would also make sense and prevent rumors from circulating unnecessarily.

  • not happy

    Its good to know. Hope that you all found out about the assistants being cut. They could choose to leave the district all together or take 3 hours with no benefits.If you take another job you can loose your senority. Why hire more VPs and student services staff when they could train from within and let someone who lost everything continue to live?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Student services coordinators and vice principals need masters degrees and cannot simply be trained from within. However, several student services coordinators have been promoted to vice principals and many vice principals have been promoted to principals.
    Dr. J: I don’t know what happened to the former Ayers principal. I have searched district agendas back to January and don’t see any mention of a resignation, retirement or leave of absence.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Superintendent Steven Lawrence’s former district, from which newly appointed Clayton Valley HS Principal Sue Brothers is transferring, is also undergoing a shakeup: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/03/3744364/west-sac-school-board-chief-leads.html#storylink=misearch.
    However, that shakeup appears to be led by the school board instead of the superintendent.

  • CVHS Mom

    anyone find out what happened with Jennifer Sachs?

  • Doctor J

    Interesting that Sue Brothers and the West Sac Board President per the Sac Bee have different stories about why various school district officials were re-assigned — nevertheless she made a sudden exit to take a significantly lower paying job. Do the math.

  • g

    What jumped out at me in that article: “District officials have fired or reassigned six employees who didn’t meet expectations.”

    =Sue Brothers.

  • Another MDUSD Mom

    What stands out to me is this paragraph:
    “Even the new superintendent, Dayton Gilleland, is not immune. The school board hired him in the summer of 2010 with the provision that he meet 28 measurable objectives, including dramatically improving academic scores and graduation rates and maintaining a balanced budget.”
    Sounds like the West Sacramento board was disappointed in the performance of their prior Superintendent. What are the measurable objectives that our Board has asked of our new Superintendent? That IS the Board’s main job, right? Wouldn’t it be great if those measuable objective were tied to a District endorsed/embraced strategic plan?

  • Theresa Harrington

    CVHS Mom: Jennifer Sachs has accepted a position in the Pittsburg school district.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Dr. J: I contacted Julie Braun-Martin to find out what happened to former Ayers Principal Spoogmai Habibi.
    Here’s her e-mailed response: “Ms. Habibi will be working at El Dorado Middle School.”
    She didn’t specify Habibi’s new position.

  • Doctor J

    Every MDUSD answer raises more questions — why wasn’t this transfer included in her prior email to you about district transfers ? Something suspicious here about an unhappy former C&I employee involuntarily transfered to be an elementary Principal.

  • Theresa Harrington

    I don’t know why this information hasn’t been shared sooner. And I still don’t know what Habibi’s new position is.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Braun-Martin just informed me in an e-mail that Habibi is a Student Services Coordinator at El Dorado MS.

  • Doctor J

    That is a “shut-your-mouth” job and wait for retirement job. Habibi was a C&I admininstrator, then an an unwilling elementary principal, and now has a cush job as Student Services Coordinator in order to keep quiet. I suspect she was one of the potential legal cases on the last agenda. She played her cards right.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Out of respect for Student Services Coordinators, I disagree that this is a “cush” job. As I’m finding in my research regarding the loss of guidance counselors, Student Services Coordinators are responsible for scheduling as well as intervening with struggling students. With the influx of Glenbrook students at El Dorado, this will be a very challenging job. (Not to mention the loss of SIG funding that was providing counseling services and academic interventions for at-risk Glenbrook students.)

  • Wary One

    Student Services Coordinators are supposed to have a Pupil Personnel Services credential. According to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Ms. Habibi has Science teaching credential and Preliminary Administrative Services credential. So, what exactly qualifies her to be a SSC? This raises more questions than answers about her downward transfer.

    I agree that SSC positions are crucial to schools, though at least at some district schools their hours have been cut. At the district school in which I teach the SSC is a 60% position and students often must wait and wait for schedule changes, etc. to be completed. Given the reduced hours and no reduction in duties, SSCs are not “cush” jobs in MDUSD – unless it was designed to be one to prevent possible legal action or other unpleasantness for the district.

  • Theresa Harrington

    According to an e-mail from Julie Braun-Martin, a Student Services Coordinator can have “either a pupil service or an administrative” credential.

  • Doctor J

    For the kids sake, lets hope she does a great job.

  • Theresa Harrington

    She? Has the position been filled already?