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MDUSD Parent Advisory Council to meet tonight

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 9:24 am in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school district’s Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council will meet tonight. Since the district doesn’t post the agenda online, I am posting it below:


Wednesday, February 1, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Board Room, MDUSD Dent Center

Welcome and Introductions

English Learner Master Plan

Strategic Plan


This meeting is open to the public. I have heard that the English Learner Master Plan presentation will be the same Powerpoint that was presented at the Jan. 23 board meeting.

In the past, the PAC agenda has included other questions at the end. This agenda, on the other hand, does not seem to invite members to bring up anything that isn’t already on the agenda.

Note that the Contra Costa County Board of Education plans to discuss the CVCHS MOU at 6 p.m. tonight at the County Office of Education.

Do you think the district should include Public Comment in its Parent Advisory Council meetings?

FEB. 3 UPDATE: Here is a link to the Budget PowerPoint presented by the superintendent:

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19 Responses to “MDUSD Parent Advisory Council to meet tonight”

  1. g Says:

    Theresa, until Dec 09, at least some PAC minutes were published. If they are still published, I cannot find them. Is there a link that I am missing. I would like a list of who the members are, to find which schools are represented.

  2. vindex Says:

    Good question Theresa. I do not believe public comments are needed in this forum. By definition the Parent committee is the public and should be representing us. If they don’t then we advocate for them to replaced.

  3. Theresa Harrington Says:

    g: I don’t think they are posted online, although hard copies are usually distributed at the meetings. I believe that every school in the district is entitled to send a site council representative, but not all of them show up.
    Here are the names on the distribution list (but their schools are not listed). There are 40 names, so it looks like not all schools have reps (but most do). There are 28 elementary schools, nine middle schools and six comprehensive high schools in the district.
    PAC distribution list: Ann Rekoske Orso; Carla Biven; Carla Ludwig; Carlee Smith; Cathy Boer; Cathy Myers; Cindy Rubin; Dorothy Weisenberger; Elena Munoz; Faye Mettler; Gloria and Francisco Rios; Irene Caban; Janet Sheehy; Jill Newquist; Joanna Sibley; John Pamer; John Parker; Julie Newquist; Kathy Kritscher; Kathy Stone; Leanne Hamaji; Linda Law; Linda Locke; Marquisha Williams; Mary Caldwell; Mary Padilla; Megan Madahar; Melissa Corbeil; Michele Blake; Moira Anwar; Natalie Fassio; Nathan Andresen; Paul Bayley; Peter Kane; Rene Garcia; Rick Ramacier; Sue Noack; Tamara Helfer; Teresa Dowd; Tricia Tamura-Li.

  4. Doctor J Says:

    AR 1220 says:
    “The following citizen advisory committees shall comply with open meeting, notice and public participation requirements of law (the Brown Act):
    (cf. 9320 – Meetings and Notices)
    (cf. 9321 – Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)
    (cf. 9321.1 – Closed Session Actions and Reports)
    (cf. 9323 – Meeting Conduct)
    1. Advisory committees established pursuant to Education Code 56190-56194 related to special education
    (cf. 0430 – Comprehensive Local Plan for Special Education)
    2. Advisory committees established pursuant to Education Code 8070 related to career technical education
    (cf. 6178 – Vocational Education)
    3. Other committees created by formal Board action
    (cf. 9130 – Board Committees)”

    Since the Parent Advisory Council was established by formal Board Action years ago, it seems that it should be complying with the Brown Act, including minutes.

    have you noticed that in the last two years since Steven Lawrence arrived, minutes of Board meetings and other committees have become less frequent and less informative.

  5. Theresa Harrington Says:

    This is in stark contrast to the extremely detailed minutes of the County Board of Education, which devoted about 10 single-spaced pages to the CVHS charter approval hearing:

  6. Doctor J Says:

    Remember Lawrence’s “Annual Cycle of Inquiry” adopted in Sept 2010 with his “Goals & Objectives” ? In January we were supposed to hear at a Board meeting: “Student Achievement and School Support(SASS) Division will provide midterm report to the Board on progress towards meeting District Goals and Objectives.
    Board and Superintendent will review and update Goals and Objectives forthe upcoming year that will drive the Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan and the Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA.)”

    Not a single word on either of these subjects !

    So what is supposed to happen for February ?
    “A draft of the District’s Goals and Objectives will be shared with all administrators, the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), District English Advisory Committee (DELAC), and the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for input.
    A Board study session may be scheduled to discuss the input gathered from the various committees, departments, and school sites.
    The Board will adopt the updated Goals and Objectives for the upcoming school year.”

    I guess someone should be asking TONIGHT at the PAC, where the new draft of Goals and Objectives is, right ?

    Oh, and there is more — under “Site Responsibilities” for February:
    “Principals will share the draft of the Goals and
    Objectives with School Site Council and English
    Language Advisory Councils (ELAC) for feedback.”

    Gary and Sherry, its election year. Are you going to hold Steven Lawrence to “his word” and Board adopted policy Lawrence recommended ???

    Well, since the District isn’t anywhere close to meeting any of the Goals and Objectives after Lawrence’s TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY, why mention this stuff ?

  7. Doctor J Says:

    Any reports from last night’s PAC or the CVCHS MOU ?

  8. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to either meeting. FYI, our Richmond reporter is leaving for another job soon and I have been told I will be responsible for following WCCUSD more closely until a freelancer is hired. This may mean I won’t be able to follow MDUSD as closely as I have been.
    However, I did get an update from Dan Reynolds regarding the MDHS vote of No Confidence response and hope to post an update today.

  9. Doctor J Says:

    Amazing that two Board agendas popped up this morning — one for a 5pm today closed session today for the General Counsel evaluation. Gee, I don’t recall it being there last night. Pretty hard for the public to have proper notice should any want to participate in Public Comment. And of course, the long awaited Saturday Board workshop. I thought it might have been cancelled when it didn’t meet the 72 hour notice deadline. Of course the irony is that this afternoon will be the “evaluation of General Counsel”, the person responsible for ensuring the Brown Act is complied with. Unfortunately, Rolen doesn’t probably know it yet, but the Brown Act was amended effective January 1, 2012 and some of it has to do with notice: “The California Legislature enacted several changes to The Brown Act in 2011 that may affect your agency. The significant amendments, effective on January 1, 2012, are as follows:

    Agenda Posting and Special Meetings (AB 1344): AB 1344 amends two sections of the Act – 54954.2 and 54956 – regarding the posting of agendas and prohibiting the calling of a special meeting to discuss compensation matters.

    AB 1344 requires any legislative body or its presiding officer to post an agenda for each regular or special meeting on the local agency’s Internet Web site, if the local agency has one, in addition to the other agenda notice requirements. Further, AB 1344 prohibits any legislative body from conducting a special meeting to discuss the salary, salary schedule or other form of compensation for any local agency executive, unless the purpose of the special meeting is to discuss the local agency’s budget.”

  10. g Says:

    Theresa; I hope they find their own local voice very soon for West County. We need you here.

    Every other school oriented Blog site in the District has gone silent (Strange-ly, all within a couple of months of each other). It seems Gary and Sherry couldn’t take the heat of tough questions once they got their majority, even with other bloggers like Ginsburg and Claycord firmly tucked in under Gary’s “good-buddy” wing. MDUSD PARENTS Blog and MDUSD VOICE apparently have either graduated out or simply lost interest, or maybe they got all they needed out of blogging once they got the board majority that they wanted.

    Whatever the reasons–they’re all gone….

  11. Doctor J Says:

    Psst … Greg, I guess your evaluation needs to get postponed from this afternoon since it was not posted timely on the internet. And I guess that also means no more “changes or additions” to the on line Agendas within the 72 hour time.
    Here is the reference in case you have been so busy tied up in Small Claims Court.

  12. Doctor J Says:

    AB 1344 also limits compensation of agency executives — and it appears that it applies to not just the Supt but all department heads which would include all of the Asst. Supt’s, Directors, Principals and maybe more. This is significant because they all have clauses that have automatic % increases to match MDEA increases, and these clauses now appear to be banned by AB 1344.
    3511.2. On or after January 1, 2012, any contract executed or renewed between a local agency and a local agency executive shall not provide for the following:
    (a) An automatic renewal of a contract that provides for an automatic increase in the level of compensation that exceeds a cost-of-living adjustment.

  13. g Says:

    Dr. J; You’re correct. They did not make the required timeline for proper Notice, but it was on the Agenda when I looked last night at 10:09. However, neither meeting was there the previous evening when I looked at 9:19.

    Of course we know that no executive needs to be “reviewed” every month or two as they have supposedly done with Lawrence and Rolen this past several months, but it is an opportunity for Gary/Sherry to get in some quiet back room strategy building and schmoozing under the guise of job-talk.

  14. g Says:

    Theresa, going back to the PAC list. It seems to me that teachers in the District have a forum through the union, and site councils. Community members have the Board meetings and various other committees. Your list, and a published “sign in sheet” include people who may teach, but do not live in the district as well as people who do not have children in the district any longer.

    It is great that they want to stay informed, just as I do, but exactly who is currently the “Advisory Committee” that has the floor and might sway opinion with the Superintendent? The District doesn’t seem to want to publish -anything- concerning the Committee. Can you ask for a “current” list?

    A current list of the Budget Advisory Committee would also be appreciated.

  15. Doctor J Says:

    G: I wonder if the CC Times got their copy by the 5:00pm deadline last evening ?
    I guess we all will be watching to see what time Monday’s agenda goes up tonight — what happens if members of the public cry foul — will they have to have the meeting another time ?
    The multiple oral evaluations — always for information and not action — are ruses. When is that annual written evaluation by each Board member going to take place ? BP 2140 We are now in year three of his tenure.

  16. Theresa Harrington Says:

    G: Here the list from the Sept. 7 mins (but I assume this only includes those who were present):
    Cathy Boer, YVHS; Irene Caban, Sun Terrace Elem.; Natalie Fassio, Ayers Elem; Rene Garcia, Westwood Elem.; Linda Locke, Northgate HS; Cathy Myers, Diablo View MS and CVHS; Julie Newquist, Sequoia Elem.; Sue Noak, Strandwood Elem.; John Pamer, Silverwood Elem.; John Parker, MDHS; Francisco Rios, Cambridge Elem.; Cindy Rubin, CPHS; Joanna Sibley, Valle Verde Elem.; Tricia Tamura-Li, CAC; Marquisha Williams, Bel Air Elem.
    Here is a list of the current BAC members:

    Dr. J: I received no official notice from the district regarding tonight’s special meeting to evaluate General Counsel Greg Rolen:
    However, Board President Sherry Whitmarsh mentioned to me a few days ago that the board planned to either meet Feb. 2 or Feb. 7 for the evaluation, but she didn’t have her calendar with her. The superintendent’s secretary told me the special agenda was posted Monday on the Electronic School Board site.

    Rolen continues to maintain the district was right to appeal the Fardella case. I plan to do an updated blog post about the continuing disagreement between the district and the Fardella family about who was right in that case.

  17. g Says:

    Thanks, Theresa.

  18. Theresa Harrington Says:

    You’re welcome.

    And now, for something completely different: Do you think it’s possible to create peaceful schools? Here’s a blog post about a conference trying to do that:

  19. Doctor J Says:

    Did anyone see the Supt’s Powerpoint at the PAC on the Budget issues ?

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