Trustee Cheryl Hansen pulled item 8.14 to clarify who is responsible for supervising and evaluating principals.
Rose Lock said the directors normally do not evaluate principals. Lock is responsible for elementary and middle school principals and Supt. Lawrence supervises and evaluates high school principals. Lock said Susan Petersen is evaluating three principals.
Consent calendar and SASS job descriptions were all unanimously approved.
During public comment, one man said the school district should employ a full-time translator instead of hiring consultants.
Also, an office manager, school secretary and IMA complained that they were misled into believing that the district was facing a financial crisis when the CST union agreed to pay and hours cuts. Now that the district is negotiating with the teachers’ union for no furlough days and pay raises, they want their hours reinstated, they said.
AJ Fardella criticized the district’s decision to appeal his family’s small claims lawsuit, in which a judge found the district negligent for dropping off his daughter at the wrong stop. He said that General Counsel Greg Rolen admitted to the judge that the district was negligent.
Because I videotape during meetings, it is very difficult for me to do a live blog, despite my good intentions.
Here is the online story I just sent to my editor:
The Mt. Diablo school board on Monday unanimously approved a waiver application asking the state to forgive it for failing to meet class size requirements so that it can continue receiving more than $!.5 million a year through the Quality Education Investment Act. The state Board of Education expects to vote on the application in March or May.
Trustee Cheryl Hansen said the district should make a greater effort to inform trustees and the public when grant funding is in jeopardy. Although school and district staff have known for about a year that the school was not keeping class sizes below 27 as required, Principal Kate McClatchy didn’t inform teachers until Dec. 7.
The application says school and district administrators made errors in their calculations and misunderstood grant requirements. Still, Trustee Linda Mayo praised the school’s staff for raising test scores.
Trustee Gary Eberhart urged administrators to bring parents to the state Board of Education meeting to speak on behalf of the application, which the school site council approved Dec. 23.
Earlier in the meeting, school clerical workers complained that they were misled last year when they agreed to cut their hours and work days because district administrators said they were facing a financial crisis. Now that the midyear cuts are not as drastic as they were led to believe, they said they want their hours and days reinstated.
The district has reported it has about $38 million in reserves. This has prompted the district to rescind its original plan for seven furlough days this year, which would have cut the school year by five days.
In addition, the teachers’ union is asking for raises. Clerical workers, who said they haven’t received raises in 10 years, urged trustees to reinstate their hours before raises are given to teachers.
No one mentioned the vote of no confidence in the principal.
Do you think the state Board of Education should approve the waiver?
JAN. 10 UPDATE: Here is a link to audio of the meeting: http://www.mdusd.org/boe/Documents/January%209%20recording.mp3