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County Board of Education to hear Clayton Valley High School charter appeal Dec. 7

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 12:11 pm in Contra Costa County Board of Education, Contra Costa County Office of Education, Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

Expecting a large crowd, the Contra Costa County Board of Education has changed its meeting place to the Pleasant Hill Elementary multiuse room Dec. 7, when it will hear the Clayton Valley High School charter appeal.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the school, located at 2097 Oak Park Blvd. in Pleasant Hill.

The County Office of Education has not yet posted the agenda: http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/supe/board.html.

Normally, the county does not upload the agenda packet to its website. However, the public is entitled to request copies of agenda materials by calling 942-3380 or visiting the County Office of Education at 77 Santa Barbara Road in Pleasant Hill.

The board secretary told me this will be a public hearing, where trustees will listen to public comment. Trustees don’t expect to make a decision on the appeal until Jan. 11, she said. Therefore, she does not expect a staff report to be issued Dec. 7, but she does expect a staff recommendation for the Jan. 11 meeting.

The Mt. Diablo school district’s Parent Advisory Council will meet the same evening from 7-9 p.m. at the district office, 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord: http://www.mdusd.org/Lists/UpcomingEvents/DispForm.aspx?ID=217&RootFolder=%2FLists%2FUpcomingEvents.

The Mt. Diablo school board denied the charter conversion petition in a 4-1 vote, based on a staff recommendation that determined petitioners did not meet financial requirements: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=4670&mtgId=311.

Do you think the County Board of Education should approve the charter conversion?

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  • CVCHS Supporter

    I’ll be there!

  • Wait a Minute

    Should be a slam dunk.

  • Wendy Lack

    Q: “Do you think the County BOE should approve the charter conversion?”

    A: Unequivocally, yes.

  • Doctor J

    Rumor is that both Eberhart and Lawrence will speak — one for the Board majority and one for staff. This may prompt Hansen to also speak to “set the record straight” and outline how she was discriminated against. Go to page 824 of the Appeal package to read of the Eberhart/Lawrence shennanigans in creating a moving target — memo Nov 13, 2011 of CVCHS to the County refuting the district’s positions. The appeal package attaches an unsigned copy of the “resolution” that was not passed, and attaches a copy of the Board minutes showing the two motions that were made. Interesting that the Board did not make any findings except just to deny the charter. I guarantee you that the CCC BOE will NOT like the Eberhart/Lawrrence backstabbing of Cheryl Hansen and the CVCHS petition.

  • Wendy Lack

    On a side note, this report by The Center on Reinventing Public Education regarding unionization of charter schools might be of interest to readers of this blog:

    http://www.crpe.org/cs/crpe/view/csr_pubs/473

  • Theresa Harrington

    Deb Cooksey has confirmed that she and Bryan Richards will explain to the County Board of Education on Wednesday why the charter petition was denied.

  • School Teacher

    Is there a time limit for the speakers at the CCCBOE meeting? If their (the District’s) explanations for why the petition was denied end up requiring a significant amount of time, I would hope supporters will get an equal amount of time for rebuttal. Couldn’t they just submit a letter explaining their reasons? They haven’t changed from what they said previously, right?

  • Theresa Harrington

    The agenda states that petitioners and the district will each get 15 minutes to speak. The public will get 2 minutes each to speak.
    Neither Deb Cooksey nor Pat Middendorf were aware that the county had posted the entire petition packet before I spoke to them.
    “We’re not used to this,” Middendorf said, referring to the level of transparency at the county level.
    Here’s the agenda: http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/supe/11mtgs/ag111207.pdf
    Here’s the packet:
    http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/supe/11mtgs/CVCHSCountyAppealPacket111511(PCM).pdf
    Deb Cooksey said she believes the board adopted the resolution to deny, including the factual findings (even though Cheryl Hansen didn’t specifically include that in her motion).

  • Doctor J

    I want CFO Bryan Richards to explain why in 7 months he could not produce the ACTUAL costs of operation of CVHS — I think the CCC BOE won’t let him off with more bullsh$t answers. Tell us the truth Bryan — you claim to be a CFO — you must know the answers. Deb Cooksey is clearly the architecht of the CVCHS opposition. She has created the moving target — really a great strategy that is near impossible to attack since it always is moving. She comes from the Oakland District where she was the Mengle of transparency — truly the destroying angel of truth. When the state took over the Oakland District, the first move was the door hitting her on her way out. So. Cal, then Oakland, now MDUSD — what a track record.

  • Just J

    When you read Marshall’s response to the budget it is clear that the district was wrong. I really hope the county board can see through this. I have never heard them so I don’t
    Know what to expect. Theresa, G, or Dr. J. Do you know anything about them?

  • Doctor J

    @ Just J, I think the BOE bios are posted on line. Generally they are a fair minded bunch, but sometimes led astray by staff some of whom have local educational bias. They also know they just got blasted by the State BOE on the Synergy Charter in Pittsburg, and if they watched the replay of the hearing, they will be in favor of the CVCHS charter. The reasoning of the State BOE favors charters, and much of the Synergy charter dealt with the same issues raised by the Cooksey Derailment Team.

  • Theresa Harrington

    FYI, the CAC plans to discuss the charter tonight. Was anyone on the charter committee invited to attend?
    Also, here’s my story about the charter appeal: http://www.contracostatimes.com/twitter/ci_19475738

    Pat Middendorf said she had no idea the CAC was planning to discuss the charter tonight: http://bit.ly/w3vML8

    Also FYI, the agenda packet includes two letters sent to the board (which are not posted online): one from CVHS parent Kristi Bucholtz in favor of the charter and one from Anna Rikkelman, a “choice” school parent, who opposes the charter.

  • Theresa Harrington

    There will be an education funding Town Hall in Lafayette tonight: http://bit.ly/v5WrGE
    Wonder if anyone will ask about charter funding. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier plans to attend.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here is more information about the CVHS charter appeal meeting tomorrow at Pleasant Hill Elementary School: http://bit.ly/tJ1n8S