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Clayton Valley HS charter committee responds to district questions

By Theresa Harrington
Sunday, August 28th, 2011 at 6:13 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Clayton Valley HS charter conversion committee met with district officials on Aug. 10 to share information. After that meeting, the conversion committee sent the district responses to questions asked.

Clayton Mayor David Shuey sent me the following information, which was sent to the district, to post in response to the charter Q&A provided by the district.

“August 25, 2011

Deborah A. Cooksey
Associate General Council
Mt Diablo Unified School District
1936 Carlotta Drive
Concord, CA 04519-1397

Re: Clayton Valley Charter High School Steering Committee – Response document from meeting with Superintendents Council on August 10, 2011.

ATTENDANCE

District Representatives
Deborah Cooksey – Associate General Council
Julie Braun Martin – Personnel
Mildred Brown – Special Ed
Rose Lock – Instruction
Bryan Richards – Finance

CVCHS Steering Committee Representatives
Neil McChesney – Co Lead Petitioner
Pat Middendorf – Co Lead Petitioner
Alison Bacigalupo
Dylan Perreira
Cate Sundling

CVCHS Consultants
Nick Driver – California Charter Schools Association
Paul Minney – MYM Law Firm
Marshall Mayote – ExED

Submitted by: Clayton Valley Charter High School Steering Committee

GOVERNANCE

These questions primarily came from Deb Cooksey and included the following:

1. Who will initially operate the school?

The election for the initial Governing Board is currently underway. Candidate applications for teacher, classified and parent representatives will be accepted through August 25th. Those applications will then be published for review by the different constituencies. The actual election will be held on September 1st at the Clayton Valley High School MUR beginning at 3:00pm and extending until 7 pm. Representatives from the different voting groups will be on hand to verify which group each voter belongs in. These representatives will then count all votes and verify who, from each group, was elected to the governing board.

The elected members of the governing board will then review all applicants for appointed positions. Upon interviewing applicants, the board will appoint the requisite number of representatives. As per our draft by laws, this will help ensure that the Board retains members that are committed to the mission and vision of the school, have direct familiarity with CVHS history and goals and/or experience in education, strategic planning, staff development, board relations,
financial management and organizational leadership.

2. Are there now “draft” by laws indicating the question of the parent representative election process?

An emailed copy of the correct version of the CVCHS bylaws was sent to Deb Cooksey on Sunday, August 21, 2011. Deb Cooksey sent back email verification that she had received them the following day.

3. What is the amount of insurance the Charter School will secure?

CVCHS has committed to and budgeted for an insurance policy with $5 million/$25 million coverage. This is higher than the amount requested by MDUSD. Page 127 of the Charter document outlines the extent of coverage and, as stated, is subject to recommendations and negotiations with MDUSD.

4. Was the Charter document available to teachers prior to signing? At what point was it available?

From the beginning of the process, draft versions had been available for faculty and staff to review, comment on and add to. At least 10 draft versions were sent out to faculty and staff during this process. Different elements of the document were initially drafted by groups of faculty and staff familiar with specific areas. As the draft versions got bigger, it moved to the S-drive available to all faculty and staff on campus two weeks prior to completion. The final version of the document was available to all faculty and staff the week of June 6th. The final document was delivered to District offices on June 8th and was available online thereafter. It has been published on the CVCHS website and Facebook.

Additionally, several local blogs and the Contra Costa Times published websites where the document could be accessed.

5. How will parents have a meaningful role in the decision-making of the school?

Parents have been an integral part of this process since the beginning meetings.

At the first meeting there were 5 parents or future parents in attendance. The perspective of the parents and perception within the community has been an ongoing conversation of the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee has held numerous informational meetings to help educate the parent community about the conversion of Clayton Valley High School both on and off campus, during the afternoon and in the evenings in an effort to reach the largest number of people possible.

Our Governing Board composition consists of two (2) parents which are elected positions as well as two appointed community members who will likely be parents of CV students. Each of the Standing Committees will consist of parents, students, teachers and others that may be interested or have knowledge of individual committee duties.

There has been a clear indication on the part of the parent community, that this is something they are excited about. As a long-time parent volunteer, it is obvious from the emails, conversations and offers to help and volunteer that parents and the broader community feel strongly about this change and are willing to put in the work necessary to make it successful.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

These questions primarily came from Mildred Brown.

1. There are a large number of children in the CV attendance area that are in nonpublic school placements, how will they be handled?

The steering committee does not have access to how many students or what type of placements they are in at this time. Mildred stated that she would make that information available, including the number of students and what type of facility. The charter will handle all placements the same way as they are handled now by the district. This will not change once the school becomes a charter.

Consistent with our charter language we stated that we will stay as a school of the district for the first year of the charter. According to the California State Ed Code a charter school must notify their current SELPA one year in advance (by June 30) of their intended exit. Since Mt Diablo is their own SELPA the charter will have to seek membership in another SELPA. Again according to CA ED code the charter must apply to the new SELPA one year in advance. Since that date has passed before the charter will be approved it must stay in the current SELPA as a school of the district in regards to special education students. This is stated in pages 36-48 of the Charter Petition.

Through an MOU the district will agree to deliver all special education services to the charter school and in exchange the district will retain the full amount of AB602 special education funding that it receives from the state and may also require the charter to pay a fair share of the encroachment fee.

During the first year the charter will be able to gather appropriate information to make a decision on whether to apply for membership in another SELPA and become its own local education agency (LEA). It is typical for the conversion charter high schools in CA to stay a school of the district the first year and to then seek autonomy for special education services the following year or two.

Mildred stated she will provide to the charter committee a copy of the MOU the district has with Eagle Peak Montessori School.

2. How will due process and litigation be handled?

The committee referred to page 41 of the charter. Again the Charter will establish in a MOU with the district how this will be handled.

3. Be specific when describing how expulsions will be handled, interim placements pending expulsions and what happens after an expulsion.The committee referred to pages 105-115 of the charter. Step by step expulsion procedures for special education students and non-special education students are explained in detail in this section. While the charter does not state specifically which particular placements will be considered for interim time periods pending expulsion, it does state the procedures for when to use alternative placements and outlines the use of a rehabilitation plans for readmission.

Mildred stated that the district has an agreement with the county regarding post expulsion placements and that she would provide the committee with a copy so that we would be able to explore which alternative placements to use.

4. Will the Lottery be consistent with the transfer policy and MDUSD timeline for that process?

The committee agreed that it would be in the best interest of all parties involved to parallel the district timelines with the charters to accommodate transfers in or out of the charter.

5. Will specialized health services like scoliosis screening be provided? What vendors would we use?

This is referenced on page 85 of the charter. We will also develop a list of vendors to consider if we choose to use independent contractors for campus and building maintenance, landscaping, custodial services, food services, and campus security.

INSTRUCTIONAL

These questions primarily came from Rose Lock and included the
following:

1. When will the full curriculum and catalog of courses be
developed?

In order to make the transition more manageable and successful, we will use our current course catalog and curriculum offerings as a baseline to be modified and supplemented over time. Once the Governing Board and Standing Committees, representing all stakeholders are in place, new courses/programs will be researched, analyzed, developed and implemented over time.

During the planning year (2011-2012) we are going to investigate and research calendar and scheduling options that will allow us to offer more remediation and enrichment programs to our students. We also plan on adding our freshman transition program in Summer 2012 before our Fall 2012 opening.

We will constantly be evaluating our courses and curriculum for overall effectiveness and to ensure that they are meeting the needs of all of our students.

2. How will teaching and learning be monitored? Dylan responded to this question and Nick Driver mentioned the fact that they have a ‘data director’ program that charter schools use.

Learning will be monitored formally and informally through the use of formative and summative assessments both in the individual classroom, with-in subject PLCs, and as a school PLC to monitor the effectives of our curriculum, teachers, interventions, and enrichment strategies. To help us track and analyze our data we will be implementing a student data management system after completing research on several systems including, Edusoft, OARS, and Data Director. The California Charter Schools Association offers a customized version of Data Director that we will are very interested in investigating further. We will also examine data visualization software, such as Tableau, as an additional possible tool to be able to effectively analyze, interpret, and communicate our data.

3. What strategies will be used to address diverse learning needs?

At this point, Deb indicated that they are looking for a little more specificity; they are not able to put their arms around a lot of these issues. We mentioned the process for developing the charter, the collaborative process with all the different stakeholders, the timelines, the due diligence and that through the MOU and conditions of approval we could address certain data points and check ins.

In order to address the diverse learning needs of our students, we will continue to research and develop effective differentiation strategies and support programs for all of our students. For example, teachers will continue to attend professional development conferences that promote effective differentiation strategies, such as Kate Kinsella workshops.

We have already begun designing several summer programs to better support some of our struggling students. A freshman transition program that will help students enter high school more prepared and a student remediation program to help students develop and practice deficient skills necessary for success in high school. We also plan on developing and
offering more tutoring and peer assistance programs for students who want or need more support.

In addition, we are investigating ways to design, and better track, individual student learning and performance plans for all of our students, so performance problems can hopefully be diagnosed and remedied more quickly and effectively.

PERSONNEL

These questions primarily came from Julie Braun Martin and included the following:

1. When will the current employees of the School District make a final decision to stay or go with the Charter School? She indicated they would need this information no later than February 2012 so the School district can do layoffs if they are going to have excess teaching capacity.

2. Deb indicated that they would not recommend any bumping rights back to the School District and pretty much wouldn’t allow leaves of absence for anybody who wants to work at the Charter School (noting that they don’t allow a leave of absence for anybody who wants to work elsewhere).

We understand that the District will need to assess employee capacity for the 2012-2013 school year. We will inform the District no later than the beginning of February 2012 which employees at Clayton Valley High School will elect to stay with the Charter School and which employees will seek a transfer within the District. We acknowledge that, in the same manner any District employee can not use a leave of absence to
work a similar job in another district, MDUSD leaves of absence can not be used by employees who elect to become employees of the Charter School. CVCHS employees will have no guaranteed right to return to work within MDUSD.

3. They asked questions about the collective bargaining process and whether the charter school would have a separate collective bargaining agreement and whether there would be any inter-relationship between the School and the District in the collective bargaining agreement.

CVCHS teachers will be part of the MDEA bargaining unit but with a separate agreement. CVCHS will work with MDUSD, or other authorizing body, in seeking advice and guidance regarding contract negotiation. While satisfactory evaluations are requisite to continued employment with CVCHS, no employee of CVCHS will be fired without cause or due process.

4. They asked about the seniority and tenure rights of charter school employees and for clarity regarding how that will work at the charter school.

For teachers already at CVHS who elect to continue with CVCHS, seniority will be based on the years currently held with MDUSD. Seniority for newly hired teachers will be based on decisions made at contract negotiation. Teacher pay will initially be based on the current MDUSD step scale.

FINANCE”
[Since this document includes charts that I can't cut and paste into my blog, here is a link to the document: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/document-preview.aspx?doc_id=92425607]

The committee also provided the district with insurance information and copies of the 579 emails Shuey received in support of the charter, which I am not attaching to this blog.

Do you believe the district’s charter Q&A accurately reflects the answers provided by the charter committee?

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  • Doctor J

    It is super ironic and flabergasting that Mildred Browne and Rose Lock would question the Charter about disproportionality and lack of equity plus needs of diverse learners when for years now they have been the authors of policies and proceedures in MDUSD that have led the State to sanction the district for no improvement, identify six schools as the worst in the state, and then withhold SIG funds for non-compliance with the promises of the district. They have been part of the failures and have the unmitigated gall to question the Charter — unbelieveable. The State even hired Dr. Mary Bacon, a renowned expert, and she was frustrated with the lack of direction, commitment, work ethic and follow through of the Assistant Supt’s of MDUSD. MDUSD administrators have no right to question the Charter about issues that MDUSD not only has not solved, but has made worse, under the guise of suggesting the Charter is not prepared. Read the Norm Gold report on ELL and what a horrible job MDUSD has done. Read the SIG applications about how poor their performances have been. Mildred Browne and Rose Lock have been part of the problem, not the solution. But they know how to kiss the potentate’s ring.

  • g

    “Deb” sounds just about as dense as Rolen. As I pointed out on the last thread, if they agreed as recently as 2008 to allow Opportunity Leaves for teachers going to Eagle Peak, they can’t very well just flat-out disallow it now at CV.

    Theresa, in July they pulled that quickie meeting to give Superintendent and General Counsel their annual reviews. Any way we can see the records of what went on with that?

  • Doctor J

    @G, Another irony that the Board gave Lawrence “carte blanche” to hire during July because the Board would not be meeting, and suddenly the Board meets at the end of July to for performance reviews of the Supt. and General Counsel. I am not as sure as you are that they were scheduled reviews. Since there have been several reviews over the last year, I am wondering if the Board uses them to discuss issues in closed session that otherwise should be discussed in open session ?

  • g

    When you call a “special meeting”, and only have to publish it 24 hrs in advance, and hold it an hour before the “regular meetings” usually are held, it means they did not want the public to attend or be able to speak.

    So, when I looked on the site at 4pm the previous day to see if there was a meeting posted, and there wasn’t, I, like everyone else, believed their announced plan to NOT hold a meeting in July was sound.

    Of course they discussed other things! But you can bet it will never show on minutes or anything else.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here’s a report that shows how MDUSD stacked up against the state’s 29 other largest districts in terms of summer school offerings: http://bit.ly/nq1gXy
    I wasn’t aware the district offered summer school for middle schoolers. Perhaps this is the ACES after-school program?
    Before budget cuts a few years ago, the district used to offer a fabulous GATE summer program. The board has since also cut funding for its Markham environmental science program and the fifth-grade Browlee Delta water science program.

  • Doctor J

    @Theresa, the real issue is whether MDUSD kept its promises under the SIG grants to provide summer school offerings — MDUSD was PAID $$$$ for those promises — did they keep their SIG promises ? If not, why shouldn’t the Feds and the State demand the money back ? BTW, has the district submitted its “corrective action” SIG application yet for year 2 ?

  • Just J

    The Summer school is very interesting. I know a few kids that failed 2 or more classes in Middle School that were not offered summer school. Now they are in remadiation classes instead of having electives.

  • Doctor J

    @G #4 “As a general matter, the Brown Act provides for special meetings to permit the legislative body to address “time-sensitive issues” that “must be addressed before the next regularly scheduled meeting.” Frazer v. Dixon Unified School Dist., 18 Cal. App. 4th 781 , 790 n.12 (1993).” “The “use of “special meetings” to evade the agenda and public participation requirements that apply to ‘regular meetings’ … may well violate state open meeting laws.” Frazer, 18 Cal. App. 4th at 790 n.12.” “If you feel that that there has been a violation of the Brown Act, you may want to consider taking legal action to either nullify action taken at the special meeting, or to compel the local agency to comply with the Brown Act in the future. Either a citizen or the district attorney may sue to compel the local agency to comply with the Brown Act; obtain a ruling that a particular practice of the local agency violates the Brown Act; or obtain a ruling that the local agency is violating the free speech rights of one or more of its members in seeking to silence that member. Gov’t Code section 54960(a).
    Please note, however, that the Brown Act imposes fairly strict requirements on the enforcement of the Brown Act, including deadlines for taking certain necessary actions. You might find the information on FAC’s web site at http://www.firstamendmentcoalition.org/category/resources/access-to-meetings/ useful for proceeding.”
    I found these quotes on the http://www.firstamendmentcoalition.org website.

    So what was so time sensitive about an unplanned performance review of the Supt and General Counsel ?

  • Anon

    I paid big time on summer tutoring and had no idea summer school was offered!!!!

  • 4Students

    Earlier I checked Bay Area Council web site that recommends education policy and watched the 56-minute video “Waiting for California’s Superman” a discussion with Jerry Weast, Tom Torlakson and Darrell Steinberg on April 12. http://www.bayareacouncil.org/bay_area_council_education.php

    Torlakson talks about how summer school has been cut which we’ve seen. And starting at 41 minutes, he says in California “every child has a success plan that’s designed by the teachers” depending on computer availability, which sure sounds like online classes. Which as a MDUSD parent was news to me!

    Jerry Weast makes a lot of sense, at 43 minutes: “Learning in the 21st Century is gonna be anytime, anywhere, anyplace, any device. The kids are walking around with devices in their pocket right now that can do marvelous things and we’re not even tapping into it.”

    Torlakson said California’s going the wrong direction. No kidding!

  • 4Students

    Most important, Jerry Weast said at 11 minutes, to raise achievement “You have to have the right people, you have to have the right plan, you have to be persistent over time, and you have to build capacity to initiate and execute on that plan.” Repeating the word plan. So what the heck ever happened to the MDUSD Strategic Plan?

  • Doctor J

    Strategic Plan ?? Ha, ha. Gary through Sherry derailed it into a dog and pony show not to show its face — it really lacks the elements of buy in of a Strategic Plan of ALL stakeholders, something Gary cannot control. What you really want to read is Lawrence’s “Goals and Objectives” for 2010-2011 found at http://www.mdusd.org/boe/Documents/district-goals10-11.pdf
    We already have the STAR tests out and the API scores will be released on Wednesday. If it wasn’t about so many children failing because of poor leadership and lack of direction, reading the Goals and Objectives from a year ago and comparing them with the results would be a comedy of the first order. As Theresa reported, many other East Bay districts made improvements — not MDUSD. But that is consistent with Lawrence’s track record and the Board knew it when they hired him.

  • 4Students

    Doc J,
    I like how you remember children. Everything should center on the children. But not in MDUSD. So going back, the 2009 Grand Jury report recommended “That Board members be required to attend training or continuing education programs to learn and understand their role and financial responsibilities” and its recommendations be adopted immediately. Finally in 2011 the Board and Superintendent met with a CSBA consultant who told them to develop a strategic plan immediately. Repeat immediately. Gary thinks he can steer the ship without a rudder. No wonder we’re going down!

    I hate to give up hope that Gary will zap into reality to save this district. That the next Board agenda will have the Strategic Plan, and the 2011 Grand Jury report recommendation “The Board should develop a written process addressing discussion of the financial consequences of taxing measures in a public forum and share their proposal with the public in the next 180 days,” and will inform all the current Board members and the public about the NPC corporation status. I know I’m a dreamer…

  • Theresa Harrington

    I apologize for my delay in answering your question about the strategic plan. The board has agreed to hold a study session about it from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26.

    Regarding board member’s responsibilities, trustees unanimously agreed to appoint Board President Gary Eberhart as their representative to the Contra Costa County School Boards Association. Eberhart said this group wants to become more robust and relevant.

    “For example, one of the things we took an active role in was extending the Tdap deadline,” he said. “The California School Boards Association took an active role. Contra Costa County is really driving to make the California School Boards Association much more relevant at the state level.”

  • Doctor J

    I think Linda Mayo is the only current Board member who has completed the CSBA Board Member training. In 17 years, Gary has not completed it yet he gets appointed as the MDUSD representative. August has been a month of ironies.

  • 4Students

    Theresa,
    Thanks because this information is not available to the public unless we sit through every Bored meeting. There’s some hope as the children prepare for school tomorrow.

  • Doctor J

    The District website on “Strategic Planning” (appropriately its at the bottom of the list on the left hand side) lists no such meeting. http://www.mdusd.org/Community/Pages/StrategicPlanDates.aspx

  • Theresa Harrington

    4Students, I had been meaning to do a quick recap, but have gotten sidetracked with all the test score releases.

    The board also had an interesting discussion about changing the meeting date to Monday, Wednesday or Thursday starting in January. The board calendar will be set in December.

    No decision was made. The superintendent said he would check in with Lynne Dennler and bring it back as an information item. Cheryl Hansen said she would like the agendas to be released sooner than Friday evening.

  • Theresa Harrington

    I appreciate MDUSD Board Watcher’s attempt to help me embed video. I have also talked to our internal online producers about the problem.

    Since I haven’t resolved it yet and there is interest in the strategic planning discussion, here is the link to the video: http://qik.com/video/43627429

  • Theresa Harrington

    4Students: Regarding online education, Denise Rugani told me the district used an online program to tutor students who needed help passing the California High School Exit Exam.

    By the way, Denise Rugani has been hired as the assistant superintendent for Human Resources in the Liberty Union High School District. That’s three SASS members who have left this year: Rugani, Sachs and Hoellwarth.

  • Doctor J

    @Theresa #20 Splash 1 Splash 2 Splash 3. Oh, the sounds of abandoning a sinking ship.

  • Theresa Harrington

    SASS agreed to be evaluated based on student progress. We’ll see how well MDUSD did in meeting its goals later this week…

  • 4Students

    That’s a shame. Denise Rugani brought great ideas and initiative. Losing her is a sign of real trouble. But online classes for CAHSEE is not enough. Online learning should be integrated and used by high school teachers as a tool for “every child’s success plan” and for differentiation, as Torlakson seems to believe is already happening.

  • 4Students

    Theresa,
    Your video is great and reassuring that Gary says this is important. The camera was fairly stable but reminded me of Lynne Dennler’s cruise. Maybe soon the district will set up to get board meetings online for public access.

  • 4Students

    Anticipating API scores tomorrow, Jerry Weast provided more words of wisdom
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/exit-interview-moco-superintendent-jerry-d-weast-on-lessons-learned/2011/03/07/AFh6RxvC_story_1.html

    “Certainly you have to talk about the achievement gap, or people will think you don’t notice. But a more important gap is high expectations for all. That’s the conundrum you fall into: If you just concentrate on closing the achievement gap, people think you’re going to lower the bar. If you concentrate on just excellence, people think that you are going to leave bunches behind.

    So we came up with a phrase — raise the bar and close the gap.

    You can’t do this at the expense of your high-end kids that metabolize quick, who had good language skills when they came to school, whose parents give them extra training and support, stuff like that. You cannot, cannot. That’s a lesson for every superintendent. Do not leave those kids behind. They need a push just as much as anybody.”

  • Theresa Harrington

    4Students: My main goal in videotaping portions of the meeting is to provide a recording of the audio. I am also typing on my laptop while I videotape, so I often can’t really pay attention to what the video looks like. And, when I videotape, I can’t tweet, so it’s a balance I’m trying to strike.

    I agree it would be wonderful if the district would videotape meetings and archive them for the public online. Sherry Whitmarsh said one of the reasons she wants to change the meeting night is so people can attend Walnut Creek, Clayton or Concord City Council meetings — which are held on Tuesday nights. But, these cities all provide recordings of their meetings online. So, even if you miss the meeting, you can see what happened.

    As I have previously stated, I believe the knowledge and technology necessary to provide this service exists in the district. The Digital Safari program at Mt. Diablo HS prides itself on preparing entrepreneurial business plans and providing hands-on experience to students with real-life applications. Videotaping meetings and uploading them to a website for public access would be a pretty simple project for those students, I would think. If the district contracted with them for the service, they could even make a little money for their program.

  • 4Students

    Yes, we’ve been impressed with your juggling abilities! The cruise comment was just a little humor in the morning ;)
    We’re still waiting, waiting, waiting for MDUSD to get meeting videos online. You’re so right about tying into high school programs for real-life applications. The value of academy programs, business partnerships, giving relevance and excitement to education was a main topic of the Weast-Torlakson-Steinberg conference panel. When our leaders agree then maybe MDUSD should follow!

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here’s a video of Rep. George Miller praising an MDHS academy program’s hands-on learning during his recent education Town Hall meeting: http://qik.com/video/43660552

  • 4Students

    It’s what you’d call a no-brainer. Instead of students getting lectured and bored, they get to interact which develops the thinking skills necessary that any employer would want. But on the BAC video at 21 minutes, Jerry Weast said businesses must get involved and “treat the school system like your most important client.” MDUSD is not maximizing business partnerships. John Muir Walnut Creek takes volunteers from AUHSD and SRVUSD, but not from MDUSD except for a YVHS Academy. Northgate is a few blocks away but students, like NHS Sports Medicine Academy or CVHS Public Service Academy, cannot even volunteer there.
    http://www.johnmuirhealth.com/get-involved/volunteer-services/high-school-student-volunteering/high-school-student-volunteering-walnut-creek-campus.html

  • Theresa Harrington

    I believe that strengthening business partnerships is part of the district’s strategic plan.

    At the Town Hall meeting, Rep. Miller said: “If you want to improve your home value, fix the school down the street.”

    His point was that it could be more cost-effective to invest in school programs than in a kitchen remodel.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here is the charter committee’s rebuttal of the district’s Q&A: http://bit.ly/qYHS1b

  • Doctor J

    Interesting that MDUSD has known for a week or two that SASS Director of Secondary Denise Rugani would be leaving in early September, and it became public last Thursday night at the Liberty Union Board Meeting, and yet still as of today there is no posting of a job opening for the position on Edjoin.org. I wonder why ? It appears that Denise’s “premature” departure caught Lawrence by surprise, and since he just appointed his sidekick Sue Brothers to quash the mutiny at CVHS, appointing her now to a SASS Directorship would be a little premature. Stay tuned. Lawrence has to figure out a way to keep that job open for several months until SB has some time in the district because it is a segue for her to become an Asst Supt.

  • CV Parent Here

    Doctor J, why would you be “flabbergasted” that District administrators would meet with CV charter representatives to learn if their plans meet the requirements for charter school approval? It sounds like they are just doing their job. I’d be “flabbergasted” if they didn’t ask any questions. Not only does the District have the right to question charter school reps about their plans, they have the legal responsibility to do so as the agency that will grant approval or disapproval.

  • Doctor J

    @CVP #33 You misquote me. I said in part: “It is super ironic and flabergasting that Mildred Browne and Rose Lock would question the Charter about disproportionality and lack of equity plus needs of diverse learners when for years now they have been the authors of policies and proceedures in MDUSD that have led the State to sanction the district for no improvement, identify six schools as the worst in the state, and then withhold SIG funds for non-compliance with the promises of the district. They have been part of the failures and have the unmitigated gall to question the Charter — unbelieveable. ” See the rest of the post under #1 above. Correction to your post. The District staff does not grant or deny approval — the Board of Education does. As far as I recall the Board of Educuation NEVER voted to have staff investigate the charter proposal — if I am wrong, perhaps you can direct me to the agenda “action” item.

  • 4Students

    The MDUSD web site for Parent Advisory Council has no Minutes since December 2009, and no meeting dates after June 2011. Is it a problem with my computer, or typical MDUSD M.O.?
    http://www.mdusd.org/superintendent/Pages/ParentAdvisoryCouncil.aspx

  • Doctor J

    Theresa #19 I watched the video of setting the SP meeting on 9/26. While the methods so far don’t really qualify for the title of Strategic Plan, I am more impressed than I was before, and it sounds at least so far, as the best thing to date, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do better. Hopefully we will get something that we can build upon.