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MDUSD Special education Community Advisory Committee meeting tonight

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 1:54 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district, special education.

The Mt. Diablo school district’s special education Community Advisory Committee will meet tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the district office.

Since the district does not post the agenda on its website, I am posting it below. The public is invited to attend and to comment about anything not on the agenda during the public comment portion of the meeting.

DATE: November 7, 2011
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
PLACE: Dent Center – Board Room

1. Call to Order 7:00

2. Introductions (7:02 – 7:05)
Please notify the audience during introductions if you are recording the meeting

3. Adoption of Minutes – October 3, 2011 (7:05 – 7:10)

4. Presentations – Seneca Glenbrook Mental Health Collaborative – Daren Dickson (7:10 – 7:40)

5. Chairperson’s Report – Lorrie Davis (7:40 – 7:50)

6. Celebration of Success Update- Hilary Shen (7:50 – 8:00)

7. Old Business (8:00 – 8:20)

7.1 Assistant Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Mildred D. Browne

7.2 Board of Education Report – Lynne Dennler

7.3 Board of Education Comments – Dorothy Weisenberger and Audra McDonald

7.4 Parent Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li

7.5 Budget Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li

7.6 Equity Advisory Team Report – Dorothy Weisenberger

7.7 EL Master Plan Task Force – Morena Grimaldi


8. New Business (8:30 – 8:45)

8.1 Nurses’ Report – Lori Oxman

8.2 Extended School Year – Carolyn Patton

8.3 Parent Liaison – Hilary Shen

8.4 Sub-Committee Updates

9. Public Comment (8:45 – 8:55)
Public comment is an opportunity to share concerns and comments with the CAC. In the interest of time, speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each with a total of fifteen (15) minutes for all speakers. Please respect student and personnel privacy. CAC members and district staff may not be able to respond to individual concerns in this forum, but will take your contact information and follow-up with you.

10. Information Items/Announcements/Adjournment (8:55 – 9:00)


There is no transportation update scheduled this month.

Do you believe that the district has resolved all of its transportation issues related to special education?

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6 Responses to “MDUSD Special education Community Advisory Committee meeting tonight”

  1. Wait a minute Says:

    Obviously the district hasn’t solved its Spc Ed transportation problems, but they do have an almost $1 Million Dollar cost overun.

    I can’t help but notice they put the public comment period at the end of the meeting so if you want to comment you have to stick around for probably 2 plus hours to excercise that right.

    I’m sure this was done deliberately to minimize public criticisms of the train-wreck that Spc Ed has become in the MDUSD.

  2. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Actually, the CAC routinely schedules public comment at the end of its meetings. However, when several parents came to discuss busing issues a few months ago, the chairwoman allowed them to speak when the transportation update was originally scheduled. (This was when Jeff McDaniel took his unexpected medial leave and did not deliver the planned report.)

  3. Doctor J Says:

    Any report on the CAC last night ?

  4. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Interesting presentation by Seneca, which serves “high need” students with behavioral issues by providing a safe, caring atmosphere and working with their parents and the community through “wrap-around” services. They have several openings and MDUSD students get preference. Mildred Browne said some students in residential programs could be placed there, saving the district money.
    During public comment, one parent said parents have not been paid their reimbursements for transporting their own children, when buses were not available. Although they are supposed to be reimbursed within 30 days, it is taking much longer.
    Many parents were also concerned about whether the CVHS charter would adequately serve special ed students. One parent said the petition on the charter website says the district would provide services the first year, but Mildred Browne said there is a new MOU, which states that the charter would use a charter SELPA.
    It is surprising that the district hasn’t posted the new MOUs on its website with tonight’s agenda.

  5. Doctor J Says:

    @th #4, The fact that parents have not been paid their reimbursements in 30 days is a RED FLAG that cash flow in MDUSD is in serious trouble. With no more available TARP loans available, how long will it be until MDUSD cannot meet payroll ? Will it be Dec or Jan or Feb ?

  6. George Lemons Says:

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