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MDUSD Parent Advisory Council to discuss bullying, homework and other issues tonight

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 at 4:41 pm in Mt. Diablo school district.

Parents interested in finding out what’s going on in the Mt. Diablo district can meet with Superintendent Steven Lawrence tonight to discuss a variety of issues.

Here’s the agenda for the Parent Advisory Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the district office. All parents are welcome.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 7:00 p.m.
Board Room, MDUSD Dent Center

I. Welcome and Introductions

II. Bullying, School Climate, Foster Youth, HOPE – James Wogan

III. Budget – Steven Lawrence

IV. Homework Policy – Rose Lock

V. Other

Next meeting – Wednesday, November 2, 2011”

Although this meeting is listed on the district’s website under “upcoming meetings,” the district does not post the agenda or minutes.

Do you think the district should post the Parent Advisory Council agenda and minutes online?

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10 Responses to “MDUSD Parent Advisory Council to discuss bullying, homework and other issues tonight”

  1. Anonn Says:

    Do they ever post minutes for this meeting?

  2. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I don’t believe so.
    The minutes from the previous meeting are distributed to those who attend the meeting.

  3. Just J Says:

    Yes they should. I would not know about most of this stuff if it wasn’t for your web site.

  4. Anonn Says:

    anything interesting tonight theresa

  5. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Yes, it was very interesting. I videotaped portions of the meeting, which I hope to post links to later.
    James Wogan gave a presentation about bullying and school climate, which focused on various positive behavior programs. He passed out a packet of information that included lists of trainings that various schools had received. Some parents were surprised to see that their schools had received training, even though they weren’t aware of any anti-bullying programs on campus.
    Some campuses have trained conflict resolution managers, while other schools call them “peacemakers.” There are different programs for elementary, middle and high school.
    Superintendent Steven Lawrence gave a budget update, stressing that the district won’t need to make budget cuts, even if the state trigger is pulled, as long as teachers agree to seven furlough days (five school days and two staff days).
    Also, Rose Lock presented the homework policy, which schools are still evaluating, I believe. She stressed that new teachers should be made aware of it and that new principals should also become familiar with it.
    The policy provides guidance for how much homework students at different grade levels should be assigned.
    The next Parent Advisory Committee meeting will be Nov. 2.
    Trustees Linda Mayo, Lynne Dennler and Sherry Whitmarsh attended.

  6. Anonn Says:

    oh yawn….. thanks for reporting back.

  7. Kelly St. Germain Says:

    Yes, I think the agenda should be posted on the district site. Curious though, if it is not posted, how are you able to get it? I’d like to be able to do same.

  8. Kelly St. Germain Says:

    Oh, and do you by chance, know the agenda for this evening that you can share, please?

  9. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Yes, I will post it shortly in a separate blog, but here is what it contains:
    Wednesday, February 1, 2012 7:00 p.m.
    Board Room, MDUSD Dent Center
    Welcome and Introductions
    EL Master Plan
    Strategic Plan

  10. Theresa Harrington Says:

    You can get on the email distribution list by calling the Superintendent’s Executive Secretary at 682-8000 ext. 4000. It is emailed to all members of the council.
    If you attend the meeting, perhaps you could suggest that it be posted online. Also, the agenda does not include public comment, so it’s unclear whether parents who are not members of the council are invited to speak or ask questions. However, it is a public meeting, which anyone can attend.
    Here is the link to my PAC agenda blog post:

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