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MDUSD special education Community Advisory Committee to meet Tuesday

By Theresa Harrington
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at 10:28 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school district’s special education Community Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday.

The district appears to have inadvertently posted this committee’s agenda as an attachment to the Bay Point Master Plan meeting notice (although it is unrelated and takes place the following day):

Since most people would not look for it there, I am posting it below:

DATE: March 6, 2012
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
PLACE: Dent Center – Board Room

1. Call to Order 7:00

2. Introductions (7:02 – 7:05)
Please notify the audience during introductions if you are recording the meeting
Please let us know if this is your first time attending a CAC meeting.

3. Adoption of Minutes – February 7, 2012 (7:05 – 7:10)

4. Presentations – Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program – Barbara Scott (7:10 – 7:45)
Foster Youth Services – Funding is in Jeopardy – James Wogan

5. Chairperson’s Report – Lorrie Davis (7:45 – 7:50)

5.1 Nominating Committee for 2012-13 Officers

6. You Make A Difference Awards – Hilary Shen (7:50 – 7:55)

7. Old Business (7:55 – 8:15)

7.1 Assistant Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Mildred D. Browne

7.2 Board of Education Report – Lynne Dennler

7.3 Board of Education Comments – Dorothy Weisenberger/Lorrie Davis

7.4 Parent Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li

7.5 Budget Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li

7.6 Equity Advisory Team Report – Dorothy Weisenberger

7.7 EL Master Plan Task Force – Morena Grimaldi


8. New Business (8:25 – 8:45)

8.1 Strategic Plan – Lorrie/Felicia Stuckey-Smith

8.2 QIAT Committee – Christian Patz

8.3 Nurses’ Report – Nancy Dobra

8.4 Extended School Year – Carolyn Patton

8.5 Parent Liaison – Hilary Shen

8.6 Sub-Committee Updates
Parent & Community Education Committee – Julie Nibblett
Membership & Publicity Committee – Vi Ibarra
Legislative Committee – Denise Lambert
Blog Committee – Autumn Green

9. Public Comment (8:45 – 8:55)
Public comment is an opportunity to share concerns and comments with the CAC. In the interest of time, speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each with a total of fifteen (15) minutes for all speakers. Please respect student and personnel privacy. CAC members and district staff might not be able to respond to individual concerns in this forum, but will take your contact information and follow-up with you.

10. Information Items/Announcements/Adjournment (8:55 – 9:00)


At the last school board meeting, Trustee Gary Eberhart said that all committees that include trustee liaisons should have links to agendas and minutes available on the district’s home page. He said the information is accessible, but not easily.

I actually don’t believe agendas and minutes for the CAC or PAC are posted at all on the district’s website. And it is impossible to link to agendas and minutes for the Bond Oversight Committee because the Measure C website doesn’t include distinct URLs for separate items.

Do you think agendas for the CAC, PAC, BAC, Bond Oversight Committee and other comnmittees such as the Facilities Subcommittee, should be posted online with easy access from the district’s home page?

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22 Responses to “MDUSD special education Community Advisory Committee to meet Tuesday”

  1. g Says:

    Yes, they should all be available and easy to find.

    I am happy to hear that after 17+ years on the Board, as we again near an election season, Gary is showing signs of “getting it”.

    No matter how short the district says it is on money and staff, this is the 21st century–they MUST be required to post comprehensive records, and keep at least the basics up-to-date on the website, and accessible to all.

    If you go to the site and enter a search-word, hardly anything comes up newer than 2009. That is inexcusable considering the fortune that is routinely being spent on new records management software and data management equipment, not to mention the pay to in-house staff and outside IT consultants.

    The students at Mt. Diablo High could do a better job of running the District site!

  2. MoMx3 Says:

    I have heard rumors that Gary will not be re-running. Any truth?

  3. Denise Lambert Says:

    Thank you for posting!

  4. Hell Freezing Over Says:

    Yes, i agree with G.  All information should be up to date, available within the timeframes indicated (i.e.: comprehensive and complete minutes posted within x days after a meeting is held, action items documented with target completion dates and assigned responsible staff, current contact lists with email addresses and unit phone number with up to date recordings, etc.) AND easily found on the district website.

    Simply putting up a nice panoramic of Mt. Diablo and sticking a bunch of dead links with out of date contacts and disconnected ot unmanned phone lines on the front of a website is an incredibly poor and embarrasing excuse for “one of the largest districts in the state”.  

    Look at this example of how to provide information to a district’s parents and community.

  5. Hell Freezing Over Says:

    * Embarrassing

  6. MDUSD Board Watcher Says:

    I have heard the rumor that Gary and Sherry will not be running in November. I suspect this has something to do with the committee being organized to run a “Don’t re-elect Gary and Sherry” campaign.

    If they do run it should be an interesting election season as they not only have to run against other candidates but against this anti-Gary & Sherry group.

  7. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here’s an update on what happened at the Feb. 22 board meeting:

  8. **anon Says:

    @ #5: yes, it is embarrassing, and it’s also disrespectful to community members

    @ #6: yes, there is a strong and intelligent committee already organized to run a “Don’t re-elect Gary and Sherry” campaign. However, add to that list: “Don’t elect Brian Lawrence”.

  9. **anon Says:

    @ #5: yes, it is embarrassing, and it’s also disrespectful to community members

    @ #6: yes, there is a strong and intelligent committee already organized to run a “Don’t re-elect Gary and Sherry” campaign. However, add to that list: “Don’t elect Brian Lawrence”.

    Then, pop goes the weasel…out goes Steven Lawrence and Greg Rolen

  10. Brian Lawrence Says:

    Is the PAC taking place tonight? It is listed on the District website, but last night at the CAC meeting several people said it was cancelled.


  11. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Brian: I received notice from the district that the meeting has been canceled. Not sure why they haven’t updated the district website.

  12. Brian Lawrence Says:

    Thanks Theresa.

  13. anon** Says:

    @TH (#11): it’s Lawrence’s “shift the focus” strategy that caused the PAC Mfg to be cancelled. Otherwise, he’d have to focus on parents’ current concerns.

  14. Doctor J Says:

    I wonder if Lawrence is in Sacramento tonight to wine and dine Torlakson to make sure the Mount QEIA waiver passes tomorrow ? Check his expense report next month !

  15. Doctor J Says:

    Live webcast this morning starting at 8.30 am of State Board of Education. MDHS QEIA waiver to be considered — Lawrence is expected to make an appearance. Watch it live ! See what a quality Board meeting looks like !

  16. Theresa Harrington Says:

    SBE is beginning to consider waivers.

  17. anon Says:

    Waivers passed unanimously. This is a great outcome for the students at MDHS. Excellent work by the MDUSD staff and superintendent.

  18. Doctor J Says:

    The waiver passage was a joke: Jen Sachs spoke for PUSD just before Lawrence got up — none of the Board members seemed to have a clue that the factual statements by MDUSD directly contradicted Jen Sachs version of events and MDUSD blamed the need for the waivers on Jen Sachs ! I hope MDUSD meets the conditions CDE imposed on them !

  19. anon Says:

    Dr J. You seem like you want the district to fail. Your comments certainly support that theory. Its too bad that all of the effort that goes into trying to ensure that the district fails couldn’t be put to good for the students. That is what we all should be working diligently on. The students at MDHS desperately need support and I am glad that the superintendent did what was necessary to help with that. I am not interested in nit picking the past. The future is what is important and that future is brighter because of the efforts of the MDUSD staff. Thank you.

  20. Theresa Harrington Says:

    The CAC is soliciting photos of students with special needs for its Legislative Action Day photo books to be distributed May 10:

  21. Doctor J Says:

    @Anon#19, I want the District to succeed, but abhor dishonesty in whatever form it takes. Getting the waiver approved on a false set of facts is not right. They should have admitted the truth, fallen on their sword, and let the chips fall where they may. I believe the SBE will be embarrassed to see how the wool was pulled over their eyes.

  22. anon** Says:

    I desperately want MDUSD to succeed and am happy for students who will benefit from the waiver being passed – but to blame it on previous staff members is deplorable. The morale of teachers is so low-you can feel it. Teachers and principals have no faith because Lawrence does exactly to them what he did before the sbe-blame others. And if I remember correctly, someone in the Dent gave up their vacation to advocate for a waiver with cde because last-minute Lawrence wasn’t doing his job in supervising MDHS. It’s his total lack of integrity that has left teachers and staff members feeling so depressed and desperate; the best have left (including. Mrs. Sachs and Lawrence blames her for his lack of supervision) and we now have CVCHS. Lawrence and his good sol’s boys need to go. Teachers and every staff member need a leader with integrity.

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