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MDUSD to hold community meeting regarding Bay Point master plan

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 11:26 am in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school district will hold a community meeting Monday to discuss plans for schools in Bay Point.

Here is the meeting notice:

“Community Meeting Agenda

COMMUNITY MEETING: MASTER PLANNING FOR BAY POINT SCHOOLS

MARCH 5, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 PM
RIVERVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL MULTI-USE ROOM

Mt. Diablo Unified School District is hosting a community meeting at 7:00 pm on March 5, 2012 to present and discuss information related to the master planning for all District schools and sites in the Bay Point community. The District is in the process of collecting information for a draft master plan on how to utilize the Bay Point sites to best meet the educational needs of the students in the community. At this meeting the District will share information about the master planning exercise and will solicit ideas and information from parents, caregivers and community members regarding the use of these schools and the educational programs supported at the Bay Point schools. Besides determining optimal use for the various school sites in Bay Point, the community and district will need to collaborate to determine on how to fund the master plan recommendations.

For questions regarding the March 5th meeting please contact Pete Pedersen at 925-682-8000 ext.85610.

REUNIÓN DE LA COMUNIDAD: PLAN MAESTRO PARA LAS ESCUELAS DE BAY POINT

5 de MARZO de 2012
7:00 – 9:00 PM
RIVERVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL
SALÓN DE MULTIUSO

El Distrito Escolar Unificado Mt. Diablo está patrocinando una reunión de la comunidad a las 7:00 pm el 5 de marzo de 2012 para presentar y discutir información relacionada al plan maestro de todas las escuelas y locales del Distrito en la comunidad de Bay Point. El Distrito está en proceso de obtener información para un borrador del plan maestro sobre cómo utilizar las escuelas de Bay Point para que puedan llenar mejor las necesidades educativas de los estudiantes de la comunidad. En esta reunión, el Distrito compartirá información sobre el ejercicio del planeamiento maestro y solicitará ideas e información de parte de los padres, cuidadores, y miembros de la comunidad respecto al uso de estas escuelas y los programas educativos apoyados en las escuelas de Bay Point. Además de determinar el uso óptimo para las distintas escuelas en Bay Point, la comunidad y el Distrito tendrán que colaborar para determinar la forma de financiar las recomendaciones del plan maestro.

Si tienen preguntas respecto a la reunión del 5 de marzo, por favor contacten a Pete Pedersen al 925-682-8000 ext.85610.”

During the school closure discussions, district officials expressed the need to expand schools in Bay Point for the growing population in East County. These discussions included ideas such as building a new high school, converting Riverview MS into a 7-12 school and/or expanding elementary schools to grades K-6.

Although the $348 million 2010 Measure C ballot language did not mention anything about building a new school, it did include school improvements. The board approved a study of Bay Point school facilities using Measure C funds, even though that study was not listed in the ballot measure project list.

Do you think the district should build or expand schools in Bay Point? If so, how should the district fund these projects?

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  • Doctor J

    @ G#100: “Grandpa Jack” ? You are referring to the “Don” of the Schreder family, are you ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    I received an email from Bryan Richards at 2:53 p.m. Tuesday with a copy of his budget Powerpoint from the Feb. 27 meeting and an assurance that it would be posted on the district’s website “shortly.”
    Transportation cuts are referenced on pages 4, 5 and 8, with the final note: “District is looking at boundary and route adjustments to try to control transportation costs as funding declines and fuel costs are rising”: http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/b7dd15f1-70da-4f03-927d-a5108a744da3.pdf
    However, this Powerpoint, posted more than a week after the meeting, was presented for information only. Trustees have not voted on transportation cuts.

  • Doctor J

    How will Lawrence deal with MDUSD Administrative Regulation 3541: Routes and Bus Stops
    The Superintendent or designee shall design transportation routes and stops to promote the safety of students and maximum efficiency in the use of buses.
    Students who reside beyond the minimum transportation distances listed below shall be eligible for transportation service to the school of their attendance area:
    1. For elementary school students:
    Grades K-5: 1 1/4 miles
    2. For students attending a middle school:
    Grades 6-8: 3 miles
    3. For students attending a four-year high school:
    Grades 9-12: 7 miles

    With all three elementary schools tightly congregated, the radius is pretty small.

  • Theresa Harrington

    It’s possible the district may propose increasing the cost to parents.

  • Doctor J

    What’s going to happen with all of those new buses just purchased ? Mothball fleet in Suisun Bay ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    The district could try to sell them. Apparently there is a market for used buses.

  • Hell Freezing Over

    So, what will the district do with all those brand new buses?

    What does the district use the new buses (and for that matter the old buses) now?

  • g

    Sorry, I don’t think the district can just sell them. Certainly not for what we paid.

    At least 19 of them were bought out of Ohio on credit. If I understand correctly, we borrowed enough money to pay cash for the 19 buses, but, we didn’t pay cash for them.

    Instead, we put the cash into the bank, and will take seven years to pay off the loan PLUS INTEREST, and pay off the buses PLUS INTEREST. Un-huh.

    Then, the other 10 purchased out of Sacramento, I’ll say, supposedly–I don’t know if anyone has actually seen them–where is the actual purchase contract? :) ) just a few months ago was done with a $1.7 million dollar BAAQMD Grant. BAAQMD may want to go check out the parking lot. We don’t want to have to pay that grant back like we’ve had to on SIG etc. where we wasted the opportunity.

  • Theresa Harrington

    FYI, I have uploaded some video clips from the Bay Point meeting to my YouTube account: http://www.youtube.com/user/TunedToTheresa
    I will try to do a blog post with links later, including video from my Qik account: http://qik.com/tharrington
    The Qik recordings were made first, followed by the YouTube recordings.