In an attempt to update the community more quickly about what happens at Mt. Diablo school board meetings, I am going to try to live blog tonight.
So far, the board voted 4-1 to elect Sherry Whitmarsh as president (with Hansen voting no) and 4-0-1 to elect Linda Mayo vice president (with Mayo abstaining). Mayo nominated Whitmarsh and Dennler seconded.
The board also unanimously reappointed Superintendent Steven Lawrence as board secretary.
The board voted 3-2 to change meeting dates to Mondays (Hansen and Mayo voted against).
Board unanimously approved consent agenda, except item 10.31, which was pulled.
Student reps reported on a variety of activities.
MDHS student said the campus is losing millions of dollars in QEIA funding.
YVHS student reported school band won first place at Napa Band Review.
Mayo asked that appointments be made before public comment.
Board appointed Christian Patts administrator of related services 5-0.
Board appointed Hunt Lin program specialist special ed. 5-0.
Board appointed Budget Advisory Committee members as presented. 5-0
Mike Fine asked the board what it intends to do to improve math test scores at CVHS.
Janet Fitzpatrick spoke against cuts to IMA II positions.
Several MDHS teachers said a majority of campus teachers have voted no confidence in Principal Kate McClatchy.
Debbie Hickey of CST Local 1 spoke against cuts to her bargaining unit.
Lawrence reported on Diablo View MS developments and Wells Fargo grant of $40,000.
CFO Bryan Richards presented a budget PowerPoint and board unanimously approved a “Qualified” budget, meaning the district may not be able to pay its bills for three years.
Trustee Gary Eberhart asked Richards to create a one-page document that shows the district is not “sitting on a $43 million pot of gold.”
Board unanimously agreed to approve contract increase with Non-Public Agency, Ed Support Services, as presented.
Board unanimously approved budget allocation for Seneca Center, revised MOU.
Board unanimously agreed to contract for maintenance of district’s Measure C phone systems and voicemail as presented.
Board agreed to SunPower change order as presented (I believe Hansen voted no).
Board unanimously agreed to increase the contract/purchase order amount with Beyond the Words, Inc. for the Services of Educational Interpreters for the Deaf for School Year 2011-12.
Board did not act on CSBA nominations, since no one had approached trustees requesting to be nominated.
Board voted 4-1 to spend $2,000 on a Governance Leadership Development Workshop on Feb. 4 (Hansen voted no).
Eberhart said the rest of the items on the agenda were for information only.