At the June 28 Mt. Diablo school board meeting, Superintendent Steven Lawrence asked trustees for authorization to fill the following nine positions over the summer:
- one elementary school principal position,
- four Student Services Coordinators,
- two Necessary Small School administrator positions,
- Assistant Director of Categoricals and School Support, and
- Director English Learner Services.
“So, that candidates can be selected and under contract prior to August 1, for the above stated positions, it is requested that the Board authorize the Superintendent to enter into contracts with selected candidates,” the agenda report stated.
That evening, Lawrence announced that Valley View Middle School Vice Principal Joe Berry had resigned. He asked trustees to grant him the authority to also fill this position, as well as one high school vice principal position that remained unfilled at that time.
The board amended its motion to include the additional two positions, granting Lawrence authority to “enter into contracts for the above stated positions prior to the Aug. 9 board meeting.”
For the Aug. 9 board meeting, the agenda report stated: “On June 28, 2011, the Board gave the Superintendent authorization to enter into contracts with selected Administrative candidates prior to the August 9 Board meeting. The following candidates accepted positions and are being brought forward for introduction to the Board:”
However, Lawrence’s appointments included three positions that were not included in the list authorized by the board in June:
Two program specialists and one middle school vice principal.
Five of the positions filled were on the June list, while six of the originally listed positions remained unfilled.
Here’s a rundown of the appointments announced Aug. 9:
Principal, Valley View Middle School – Ean Ainsworth (former Riverview MS vice principal)
Administrator, Necessary Small High School – Rachelle Buckner
Administrator, Necessary Small High School/Vice Principal – Brook Penca
Program Specialist, Special Education – Berry Murray
Program Specialist/Extended Year, Special Education – Carolyn Patton
Principal, Sequoia Elementary School – David Franklin
Vice Principal, Middle School – Eric Wood
Vice Principal, Clayton Valley High School – Lorne Barbosa.
Here’s a video of the appointments, which includes more information about the backgrounds of the new administrators: http://qik.com/video/43120435
The following positions listed June 28 remain unfilled:
- four student services coordinators
- one director of English learner services
- one assistant director of categoricals and school support.
I asked Julie Braun-Martin, assistant superintendent of personnel services, why Lawrence appointed three positions that weren’t listed on the June 28 agenda.
“I believe that he had the authority to make appointments during the month of July and he outlined the ones that he knew about,” she said.
The district is still interviewing for the unfilled positions, she added.
Do you agree that the June 28 board action included positions not listed in the agenda report or motion?