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Mt. Diablo district parents complain about special education bus problems

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 1:24 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district, special education.

Since school started Aug. 30 in the Mt. Diablo district, hundreds of parents of special education students have complained that their children have been stranded with no bus, dropped off at the wrong address, or have missed class time because buses were late.

The school board voted last year to begin transporting all special education students on district buses this year to save money, by discontinuing a contract with Durham Transportation through the Contra Costa County Office of Education. But the plan has not been well-executed, district officials and parents say.

Several parents and special education assistants discussed the problems during a Community Advisory Committee meeting last Monday, where they expected to receive an update on the district’s transportation system.

But Mildred Browne, superintendent of special education, told the group that the administrator in charge of busing had taken an abrupt 30-day medical leave of absence, which she found out about just two hours before the meeting. She said she had received more than a 100 phone calls a day complaining about busing problems.

Here is a link to video of that discussion: http://qik.com/video/44239715.

Parents expressed frustration at the lack of information they received.

“The situation is pretty dire,” said parent Wendy Citron. “Parents don’t know who’s picking up their kids.”

Brown agreed that the system wasn’t working.

“It’s a huge concern that we don’t know who’s going to be over the department for a month,” Browne said.

Even Superintendent Steven Lawrence couldn’t answer that question, she said.

“I just think that at this point there are so many holes in the system that we all need to sit down and perhaps have a conversation about what triage and concerns need to be addressed first,” Browne said. “We have several different scenarios. We have students that are getting to school, but they are getting to school late. We have students that aren’t getting to school at all and they’re also not getting picked up. We have some students that are getting to school, but it may not be the right school.”

Other students, she said, are spending long periods of time on the bus before or after school. She suggested that the district might want to first address students who aren’t being picked up at all.

“I don’t know how to do routing or bus transportation,” Browne said. “So, I don’t have that information.”

One parent said her son relied on bus assistants, which Durham provided, to maintain order between students on the bus. The district hasn’t provided an assistant on his new bus and he was concerned about his safety while riding with another student, she said.

Citron said her daughter was almost dropped off at her home when no one was there, instead of at the address she had provided to the district.

“I don’t know that the board knows how critical these issues are,” she said.

Browne said board members had been informed and that she would meet with Lawrence Tuesday to discuss the issues.

Committee Chairwoman Lorrie Davis said she was disappointed that neither Board President Gary Eberhart nor Trustee Lynne Dennler — who are the board liaisons to the committee — were at the meeting. Trustee Linda Mayo attended and said she was aware of the problems.

Parent Mike Mayo (no relation to Linda Mayo) said his son was left at school every day the previous week. He also spoke to the school board about the bus problems Tuesday.

At the Teacher of the Year awards dinner on Thursday, I asked Linda Mayo, Superintendent Steven Lawrence and trustee Cheryl Hansen about the problems.

Hansen said she had received several e-mails from parents.

“I’ve had quite a bit of horror stories,” she said, adding that Lawrence was tackling the issue.

Lawrence said some of the problems stemmed from new students who arrived in August and some bus drivers taking on new routes. He said principals were given information about the routes Thursday.

“We’re busing 2,200 kids,” he said.

Most are in special education and some are “overflowed” to other campuses because of overcrowding at their neighborhood schools. The district also buses some children who would normally attend poor-performing schools to other campuses, according to No Child Left Behind.

“Most are being transported properly,” he said.

Mayo said district staff was working to remedy the problems.

“I do know that more children were picked up today,” she said.

Do you agree with the board’s decision to discontinue its contract with Durham Transportation?

SEPT. 22 UPDATE: As I noted in my previous blog post about special education, we cannot name special education children either by name or by association and any comments that do that are being edited or deleted.

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  • Just J

    The District should have never discontinued the contract! They were obviously not ready to handle the very special cargo. Didn’t we give Rolan a huge raise to oversee transportation or was it just to handle the cancelling of the contract? If so why does he not know what is going on. I guess that was a waste of time, money and brain space.

    Mildred Brown and Steven Lawrence are not capable of dealing with Special Education Children. I am not sure why Mildred got an award last lear. The quotes here almost sound as if it is not that big of a problem. I would be ashamed and crawl under a rock if I were them. Really some kids are late, some never make it to class, some never get picked up, some get dropped off at the wrong place, some feel unsafe on the bus……No need to continue listing the failures of the District.

    The Board was aware of the situation and the two key people that are supposed to be there did not show up! How dare they. I hope they do not run again. This is should be criminal Child neglect. We as parents and handed over our very precious children to you and we are supposed to trust you to do what is right.

    Mr. Lawrence, Ms. Borwne and Mr. Rolan I think you need reminding that your paychecks and retirement come from public money. That means you have a HUGE job to protect the public. The State has already given you grades of D’s and F’s when serving our children. This has been going on for years. You should be ashamed.

    And people wonder why CV wants to go Charter! Here is one HUGE example! I am so sick of MDUSD! Oh yea and you add in no text books….my lord what are you people doing. We need to band together to stop this BS that they keep handing us.

    I remember not to long ago that I was in an bad accident and had to take a 30 day leave to recover. My boss was able to put a temp on my desk and business went on as usual. My reports were all there and anyone could pick them up and know what was happening on my desk. Why do we not hold the employees of MDUSD to the same standard? Really only one person had access to the reports? Those reports were not shared with the Super. of Special Ed? or Mr. Lawrence? OH I AM SOOOOOOOOOO MAD!!!!!!

  • g

    Would you cancel the contract for a pool lifeguard and ask the janitor to keep an eye on your kids without even knowing if he can swim?

  • Doctor J

    Putting Special Ed children in taxis with no background checks ?? Which genius thought of that ? Yes, Greg Rolen got a $27,000 Gang of Five raise to supervise Jeff McDaniel. I wonder why McDaniel “suddenly” had to go out on “emergency leave” right the middle of a crisis that has been on going for two years and everyone was surprised by it ? Lawrence sure put Mildred in a hot spot and he didn’t have the guts to show up and take responsbility as the CEO of MDUSD. The pickle that Lawrence has put principals in is that the principals cannot authorize overtime to protect the unsupervised special ed children. Someone should call CPS and report the school personnel before a child is hurt or worse. McDaniel and Rolen couldn’t even replace the Delta View trees — what makes anyone think they can schedule 2200 special education children riding buses 5 days a week.

  • g

    “She said she had received more than a 100 phone calls a day complaining about busing problems”

    And so she……..what? Thought maybe she would wait till it was 200 a day before she got involved. Or did she simply say “Ain’t my job” until someone ordered her to go to the meeting and take the flack for Rolen.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Browne clarified that the special ed children are not riding in Taxi’s. They are riding in vans under a transportation contract with Pawar, which apparently does some sort of driver background check and training.
    But if the district needed to hire Pawar, it’s unclear why it didn’t just stick with Durham, which most parents appeared to be happy with.

  • Doctor J

    Google of Pawar: “Pawar Transportation LLC in Walnut Creek, CA is a private company which is listed under transportation. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of Less than $500,000 and employs a staff of 1 to 4.” Lets see the background checks of “each” employee.

  • Just J

    My son has been using Pawer Transportation for a private placement. This is our second school year with them. We have the same driver as last year and he is awesome. They call me when they will be late or if another driver is going to pick up due to illness.

    If it is Pawar that is not getting the kids to school on time or dropping at the wrong place then I will call the owner and ask what is going on. He is a nice man and really tries to take care of the kids.

    so now I ask….Is Pawar the main part of transportation for in-district transportation? Or is Pawar just doing the private placement?

    Why does the district not use their own bus?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Citron told me that the district contracted for many more Pawar placements this year at the last minute and that Pawar appeared to be overwhelmed, because it had never served so many students before.
    However, other parents at the CAC meeting were referring to buses, so it seems to be a combination of both. Plus, the problem with the drivers not having the right addresses is a flaw in the district’s system.
    Just J: If you do call the Pawar owner, please share what you learn. Citron said the Pawar dispatcher was very nice and tried to be helpful. The problem, she said, was with the district’s communication.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here is the Pawar contract approved by the board in June: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=4106&mtgId=304&mtgType=No

  • Just J

    I will call the owner on Monday. Before the bashing on Pawar gets out of hand I want to stress the genuine concern that the owner has with these children. He himself has been in these shoes. The Drivers all seem very safe and follow the rules of the road and keep the kids quiet and safe. They are strict on the rules of keeping your voices down and hands to yourself for the safety of all. I am pretty tough on things like this and checked out the car, owner and driver before I would let my child go with them. I have no doubt that there are flaws here and there it can’t be perfect all of time. When a situation came up it was corrected right away and they changed the policy to reflect the problem.

    From what I heard from a Special Ed assistant it was actual Buses that posed a problem. Perhaps we could get clarification from the parents that have the complaints. Then we can all begin to address the real problem.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Citron’s child is definitely now being transported by Pawar. But she is not “bashing” that company. She is questioning the Mt. Diablo district’s lack of communication with parents and Pawar.
    Last year, her child was transported by Durham, which she was very happy with, she said.

  • Theresa Harrington

    $186 per day, plus $3 per mile and “wait time.” It’s unclear what the wait time charge is: http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/760479fc-1a0f-41f1-b5d1-e4da607da90b.pdf
    Also, I have heard that at least one blind child is now expected to get on and off the bus with no assistance. In the past, assistance was given to blind children.

  • Just J

    So I just talked to a friend of mine who has busing. She has to drive her son who is special ed 15 mins. to catch a bus. She sits outside of another childs house waiting for the bus. When the bus arrives she puts him on and 2 other children get on. They then drive from the Deckinger area past my friends son school to Highlands to drop off other kids then doubles back to Silverwood. She spoke to the Driver who told her he leaves the yard at 6:15 and still can’t get the kids to school on time and the Driver is very frustrated because he feels like he can’t do his job. My friend has to do this because of work schedule she can’t take him to school herself and if she did she could only drop him off 5 mins before school. (they are on an actual bus and not a taxi) Her other child is in a Taxi from Pawar and there is no problems.)

  • Theresa Harrington

    Thanks, Just J. As Superintendent Lawrence said, hundreds of students are being bused with no problems.
    However, there are still dozens — if not hundreds — that are still experiencing problems. I don’t believe that anyone is blaming the drivers.
    The issue seems to be poor planning and communication between district personnel, parents, drivers, principals and teachers.
    Principals weren’t given transportation schedules for their students until Thursday, Sept. 15 — more than two weeks after school started.

  • 2 Cents

    Playing the devil’s advocate here…why must the district be responsible for the transportation of special education students? I am responsible for getting my children to their appropriate schools; all parents should be responsible to get their children to/from school. These are your children, get them to school.

  • Wait a minute

    Well 2 Cents you obviously don’t have special needs children.

    Anyways, this whole affair absolutely shows how out of touch the MDUSD top leadership is. I guess for Stevie Lawrence that fact that hundreds of students aren’t having bussing problems makes it all seem not such a big deal right?

    Let me tell you right now, if even one blind student is deliberately NOT BEING HELPED to get on and off the bus then that is without question a serious violation of those students’ civil rights!

    I urge those affected parents who keep getting jerked around by Lawrence, Rolen, EberMarsh and the rest of the MDUSD’s so called “leaders” to file complaints with the Federal Office of Civil Rights. The OCR will investigate and then there might actually be accountability.

    Come to think of it, American with Disabilities Acts’ (ADA) complaints should also be filed by the effected parents.

    The citizens of this district need to rise up and take back control from these incompetent and unethical people and the sooner the better for the sake of the children who are being denied their rights.

  • g

    Just J; If you chose to, could you, or your friends with special needs children, walk into District offices and say: “There’s a very expensive Non Public School 45 miles from here that offers a special Asperger//Emotional/Psych program that is different from anything we have in MDUSD, and I want the District to pay the full expense for my child to go there, including round trip daily limo transportation.” The cost is in the area of $8,000.00 every month for one child. What do you think the District would say to you?

    Well, the point is that there are a number of well positioned people who can, and do manage exactly that, (some because they work for the District!) and all while Special Ed assistants and departments are being cut back for the average folks at MDUSD for lack of funds.

    I’m a big fan of free school busing for any kid that is forced, for whatever reason, to attend school miles out of his own neighborhood. I’m a big fan of getting absolutely all the help you can for special needs kids. But taxpayer funds should be meted out in fairness — not in favor of insiders who could afford to pay the bill themselves.

  • Theresa Harrington

    This December 2010 memo shows that the district does consider whether students have “ligitious parents” or those who are “working with an advocate” when it makes decisions about how much money to spend on services for students: http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/f39803db-162d-4de6-a00d-8c4b91115240.pdf

  • g

    You bet they do Theresa, and while I don’t think kids are being physically endangered due to public school neglect, there are many kids getting just the very-very barest of their IEP necessities and who will, because of a very unbalanced distribution of funds, progress at a minimum pace.

    Obviously some kids are going to cost more to care for.
    I simply do not think we should pay extra to send any kids to ‘better’ or ‘favorite’ or ‘private’ schools. As harsh as it may seem, if the child were gravely ill they would go to the facility covered by their particular insurance. If the parents wanted them to get the care from Sloan Kettering instead of Kaiser they would have to pay for that difference themselves, not insist that you and I pay for the ‘upgrade’.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Browne said the standard for sending children to nonpublic schools is changing based on whether mental health needs are related to academics.
    She gave an example of a true case in which a teenage girl stripped at school, but did well academically.
    If problems are not related to academics, the district isn’t required to send them to nonpublic schools, she said.
    “It’s a transition year in terms of students with IEPs that indicate they have mental health services and concerns,” she said, explaining that the SELPA discussed “medical necessity” compared to “educational necessity.” She said school districts are only responsible for educational necessity.
    In the case of the girl who was stripping, a district was asked to pay for residential treatment. But, since the stripping was deemed to be “social maladjustment,” which didn’t affect her ability to learn in the classroom, the district didn’t have to pay for nonpublic placement after all.
    “So, that’s the issues and conditions we’ll have to sort through,” she said, “because, in the old model, we probably would have thought the student needed to be an AB3632 student.”

  • Flippin’ Tired

    Theresa @15, please understand that the teachers and principals have NO SAY in bussing issues. Pickup/Dropoff times are dictated by Transportation and Special Ed. In fact, my kids’ school start time was changed several years back so that Transportation could be accommodated.

  • Just J

    G: As a parent you can’t just march into the District and demand private placemtnt. I can tell you that it is a fight to just get the basics. At least from my point. I advocate for children with Learning Disabilities. I have am working with a child in middle school that was identifird in 1st grade on as being far behind in reading and math. He has been tested at the Elm. School and the middle school and they say he is not withing the Discrepancy duidelines they use. I should point out that that method has not been used for years in the Federal guidelines. This child is so far behind in reading he cant read his assignment in his text book. He failed many classes last year but was still advanced. The parents had him tested outside with a reputable person who the district uses and guess what? He is qualified. Now the question is what are they going to do about it? Nothing but pass him on. The sad part is the district owns the Language program that he needs and uses outside of school with a tutor and they refuse to use it.

    For me. I agree with you. As a parent I am very pleased that my child is now learing to read and write. A tax payer I am so pissed that they refuse to use a program that they own. The cost of sending my child to school could teach 100 kids to read.

    I am advocating for 2 other students one with reading issues and one on the Autisim spectrum. The needs of each child is individule and educational not medical.

    Theresa, The District is right with the educational vs medical. It is the Districts responsibility to educate special need children it is the parent who is responsible for medical needs of the child. It is a fine line that needs to be walked.

    You all know I am very critical of the district. But we need to give credit where credit is due.

    What the district needs to do is change the policy of early identification of kids who are LD and educate them in house. and the ones with medical issues monitor them to make sure there is no danger to other kids and work with the parents to keep everyone safe.

  • District Mom

    My child (private placement) has been transported by Pawar for over 2 years now. We have never had any problems. I have the driver’s cell phone number, so I can communicate directly with him if there are ever any issues.

    On the flip side, 3 years ago, my child was being transported by the district busing system and our driver suffered from migraines and would often be late and at least once a week, she would not show up at all. The transportation department would not even be aware that she called in sick until I called to find out why she was a no-show. The Mt. Diablo transportation department was a huge mess, and it obviously has not gotten any better.

  • teacher, bus waiter

    The Sped. teachers at our school have waited with students 1 1/2 hours+ on 3 days and at least 35 minutes on most of the other days since school started. Although our (donated) time could be used for classroom preparation, who else is going to make sure the students are safe while they wait, then finally board the bus? If Durham solves this problem, let’s revisit the extra bus support.

  • Doctor J

    @FT Paul #22. Get a copy of Lawrence’s latest memo to correct your post. All principals are being required to adjust the schedules of the SEA’s — not increase them, but reduced their classroom time to spend waiting with the children at the bus stop so they will not be unattended. What a great use of resources. LOL. Even though Greg Rolen has not been able to effectively solve the bussing problems for two years, Lawrence is powerless and inept at managing this problem. The Board hires and fires Rolen, but Rolen is smart enough that he has secret files on each of the Board members, just like Hoover used to do in the FBI. Knowledge is power.

  • Theresa Harrington

    FT: Yes, Browne said she has heard complaints not only from parents — but from principals and teachers as well — because they were not given the information they needed from the district about students’ transportation schedules and routes.
    It was very clear that principals were not involved in the special education busing planning discussions.

  • g

    Not being involved with Private Placement myself, I can only guess that at the price Pawar (and any other carrier) charges the District for “single ride” transporting of that particular population, there is not a big timing problem there.

    The issue I am bringing up is the disproportionate tuition and transport spending for Special Private Placement in general. The law regarding Private School Placement states: “The amount of federal money that must be spent on these students is LIMITED TO ONLY A PROPORTIONATE SHARE (based on the number of these students there are in the district compared to the total number of students with disabilities there are in the district ) of the federal dollars received by the district.”
    It goes on to say that it is OK for the District to spend additional State funds for Private Placement.

    It is my contention, however, that it is NOT OK to spend a disproportionate share of local funds on Private Placement tuition or transportation.

    Children whose parents don’t fully understand their rights, and who are considered to have “only” mild to moderate disabilities are maybe being left in the dust education wise, and will far more likely end up graduating only through “Transition” or simply ageing out, while very bright children whose main handicap may be more in the nature of “emotional/psychological” are getting a disproportionate amount of Public money for what I see as a Private medical problem.

    Due to some really wanky bookkeeping, it is very difficult (maybe impossible) to break out and locate the actual percentage of “all” funds the District is spending to send certain children to certain Private schools (some out of the County–some out of the State). I have no complaints with Private Placement within the District’s boundaries.

    That is the crux of my complaint.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Now that county mental health is no longer responsible for paying for nonpublic placements, the district appears to be planning to scrutinize these more carefully, with an eye toward trying to serve some of these students within the district.
    The board has definitely given the district a mandate to cut special education costs. But, at the CAC meeting, district staff and parents talked about how difficult it is to fill 3-hour special education assistant and substitute positions, in the wake of the board’s decision to layoff some assistants and cut the hours of others.
    Some parents said they felt like they were getting hit with sort of a double-whammy, faced with inconsistent special education assistants as well as busing problems.
    Many special education students, they said, need consistency to thrive.

  • Doctor J

    @TH#29 The inconsistency is even worse than you describe with the habitual tardiness of the busses described by Teacher #25. The 3 hour SEA’s should not be spending over half their shift waiting for busses to appear. Lawrence made matters worse now because the SEA’s have been submitting “overtime” and the schools have been passing it onto Transportation. McDaniel had no budget for overtime for late drivers and so you can imagine the tug-of-war that started. Lawrence’s mandate prohibits Principals from authorizing shifts of longer than 3 hours, and says instead the Principals must “adjust” the start and stop times of the 3 hour SEA’s — how ridiculous. I think its amazing an SEA would even work a 3 hour shift — you can hardly pay the gasoline to and from for only 3 hours a day. Theresa, all children need consistency, but those who have special challenges really are hit hard with inconsistencies. But Mildred is not blameless either. A year ago she knew at the Board meeting the night before school started that the bussing was a disaster, kept silent, refused to warn the principals, refused to alert the parents, and then all year avoided any attempts to raise the issues with the Supt perhaps because she was afraid of retaliation. Eberhart and Lawrence orchestrated this plan with others. In fact, I think this was the main topic at the Buttercup that night. And putting Rolen in oversight over bussing goes right back to the $27,000 Gang of Five raise he got.

  • g

    When Rolen ran for Assembly District 15 in 2000 he said his goals were:
    To raise California’s public schools above the national average.
    To protect the public from the proliferation of gun violence.
    To implement regional transportation solutions.

    Maybe he’s trying to punish us for not voting for him.

  • Theresa Harrington

    FYI, I have just posted the 2010 Measure C Bond Oversight Committee meeting agenda: http://bit.ly/n6y5B6

  • mighty heididog

    I have been a school bus driver for over 10 years & have driven special ed., including autistic, both high functioning & low functioning, severely emotionally disturbed kids, regular ed. students, physically disabled, etc. I’ve worked for 5 different school transportation companies in 2 different states.
    @2 cents: The reason the district is responsible for transporting these students is because it’s a federal law! We all know that some parents are not able to take their kids to school. The law makes allowances for that. And rightly so. School bus drivers in this state must go through rigorous training that includes the proper way to secure a wheelchair, how to handle student management issues, dealing with children with disabilities, & a huge number of compliance laws. Is it even legal for Pawar to be transporting these students without this training except through private placement? With the previous transportation company, the drivers were familiar with the students & each of their individual behaviors, medical issues, characteristics(ie: they needed to be home right away to take medication, seizures, disrobing, biting, etc.)The drivers were familiar with their parents, teachers, schedules, even their babysitters & friends. That equals better customer service. Many of these kids cannot handle unexpected changes in their routine very well. It is my understanding that Mt. Diablo had to buy a number of new buses & hire new drivers at an unknown cost to accommodate taking these special ed. kids on. And to not help a blind child on & off the bus?!?!?! Come on! That’s just common courtesy! My son takes the city bus but I would be so upset with any company that was entrusted with the safety of my son & treated that trust with such disregard.

  • Mike M

    @2 Cents #16 – Why do Special Ed students receive district bussing? 1- Special Ed students are assigned by the district to classrooms that ‘best meet their needs’ and are often NOT their home school. We have not changed our residence, but my son has been assigned to: Shadelands, El Monte, Hidden Valley, Silverwood, El Monte. He has never been assigned to our home school.
    2- I suspect that, as most parents do, when you “get your child to school” you simply drop them off on the street or in the parking lot near/in front of the school. General ed students are fully capable of walking down the street and/or around the corner at both pick-up and drop-off times to & from their rides to school. Most Special Ed students simply cannot manage that same task. Once at school, gen ed students can be counted on to wait patiently for the campus to open and students are allowed on campus. Again, Special Ed students cannot manage that task.

    So, while I can, and do, arrange carpool for an older son, I cannot make those arrangements for my Special Ed son because he is incapable of handling the task.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here is the story that will appear in tomorrow’s Contra Costa Times regarding the district’s busing problems: http://bit.ly/o9NPM3

  • Doctor J

    A little discrepency at Dent — Mildred getting 100 complaints a day and Greg Rolen says they weren’t getting any. Which is the truth ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Rolen said the district didn’t have any transportation dept. complaints today. However, the bus driver I interviewed disputed that.
    Rolen didn’t dispute that the special education dept. received numerous complaints in the past. He merely stated that he wasn’t sure how many complaints were received.
    Here is a link to a new blog post that includes bus driver concerns and Rolen’s response to the issues: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2011/09/19/bus-driver-speaks-out-about-special-ed-transportation-problems/

  • Wait a minute

    NOTE: This comment was edited for privacy reasons.

    I think we have all seen enough here. Greg Rolen has to go…

    This is made especially egregious considering that Rolen engineered a $27,000 raise for himself to oversee transportation and the disaster that he has wrought for the 2 years that he has been in charge.

    Then he has the gall to lie about and understate about the large number of complaints being recieved and assure us that he is “working” on a solution. Really!

    Something that should also be mentioned is Gary literally “throws another under the bus” a subordinate who is on “leave” in a blatant attempt to deflect the blame that Rolen as leader should be taking.

    Combine this with the fact that as “General Counsel” Rolen is subbing out virtually all the real legal work including sending district lawyer Deb Cooksey to to “negotiate” (i.e.-Stall) the charter people.

    Also of significance is Rolen’s naked attempt to stiff and charge Alicia Minyen’s lawful request for documents as part of her oversight duties on Measure C.

    Shameful and probably illegal, I hope someone makes a complaint to the State Bar against Rolen because in the real world he would be long gone from the MDUSD.

  • Wait a minute

    So Greg Rolen has complained to the Contra Costa Times.

    So he wants to try and pretend he is a victim!

    Lets see what tactic he tries to use to deflect the blame he has as the manager in charge of transportation for the 4 children Dr J. points out were driven to the wrong school?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Greg Rolen has not complained to the Contra Costa Times.

  • Doctor J

    I don’t think Rolen complained either. Someone on the Board complained. Lets leave the identity of the innocent children out of it. But lets identify the guilty adults.

  • Wait a minute

    OK, sorry Theresa and Mr. Rolen. I took it that the reader who contacted the CC Times was Greg Rolen.

  • Hank Hartgraves

    I feel I need to comment about this issue. my son has CP and is in a wheelchair. he is transported by the district. Pick-up s not a problem, drop off is. He gets out of school at 2:20pm and does not arrive home until 3:45-4:00pm. One hour and twenty five is too much time to spend on a bus when your seven years old, in a wheelchair, and have fine motor issues, which can affect bladder control.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Hank: Have you asked the district to change this situation? What has the response been?