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MDUSD Bond Oversight Committee to discuss annual report tonight

By Theresa Harrington
Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 5:54 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school district’s Bond Oversight Committee will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss its annual report to the board.

Since there is no direct link to the agenda on the district’s website and it doesn’t appear on the district’s home page, I am posting the agenda below:

“Mt. Diablo Unified School District
2010 Measure C Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee Special Meeting
Thursday, April 19, 2012
1936 Carlotta Drive
Board Room, Dent Center

7:00 p.m.

 Call to order

 Public Comment

 Annual Report to the Board of Education”

Since it is impossible to link to the draft annual report, I am posting the content below, which appears in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. Please note that it covers the year 2010-11, so it refers to things that have already happened (as of now) in the future tense.

“2010 Measure C
Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee
Annual Report to the Board of Education
October 11, 2011

Education Code Section 15280(b) requires that the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee must issue an annual report of the result of its activities.

2010 Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee
• CBOC membership approved by the Board of Education on August 10, 2010
• All seven (7) mandated chairs filled
• Three (3) resignations since formation but all have been filled through recruitment and subsequent Board action
• CBOC has met six(6) times since formation. All meetings posted per Ralph M. Brown Act.
• Financial/Performance Audit conducted

Bond Sales
• August 2010:
Series A: $50,456,475
Series B: $59,540,000
• April 2011
Series C: $3,517,200.40
Series D: $7,252,552.71

• Program has encumbered $92.2 million in contracts and administration costs as well as $5.06 million in change orders and
$3.78 in additional Board approved projects.
• As of July 31, 2011 we have expended approximately $26.4 million on construction and design services
• Projects tracking on budget

• All Increment 1 and 2 sites have erected structures
• All comprehensive HS’s, Cambridge, Monte Gardens, and Dent Center have PV
• Interconnections in progress
• Increment 3 sites in design
• Commissioning of completed sites to begin this fall
• All Increment 1 and 2 sites are on schedule to have PV installed by 1/1/12

• Phase 1 sites have been submitted to DSA (LVAC, Mt. Diablo ES, Valley View MS, Sequoia ES, Ayers ES, Foothill MS, Sun Terrace ES)
• Equipment Pre-Purchase RFP to be issued in October
• Phase 2 site engineering/deign to commence in November, 2011

• Assessments complete
• Engineering/Design has started

• RFP for Architectural services for Increment 1 sites tentatively planned for issuance by December 2011

Irrigation Program
• The Irrigation Program has been scoped and will be scheduled to go to construction pending completion of additional pre-design assessment”

Please note that this meeting will likely begin before the meeting regarding the proposed property tax increase has concluded at Monte Gardens Elementary, next door. That meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-use room at 3841 Larkspur Drive in Concord.

Although Superintendent Steven Lawrence has claimed that the district originally estimated the solar budget to be $111.8 million, there is no evidence of this or any other project budget in the annual report. The district has, however, commonly estimated the total solar project cost at $93 million.

The annual report also does not specify the projects that were ostensibly paid for with the Series C Qualified School Construction Bonds. According to the bond documents:

“The District intends to apply the net proceeds of the Bonds to construct new classrooms at College Park High School and Concord High School, to renovate the swimming pools at College Park High School and Mt. Diablo High School and to undertake repairs to the multi-use facilities at certain District elementary schools.
[In addition, the District intends to deposit a portion of the proceeds of the Series D Bonds into the Debt Service Fund to pay a portion of the interest on the Bonds through _______, 2011.]”

Are you satisfied with the level of detail in the draft annual report?

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40 Responses to “MDUSD Bond Oversight Committee to discuss annual report tonight”

  1. Doctor J Says:

    Failure to post the agenda 72 hours in advance on the Website is a violation of the Brown Act.

  2. Doctor J Says:


  3. Anon Says:

    So glad to hear Sherry wants to extend the contract of a person that is failing at his job! SHERRY its time to listen to the people and get rid of him!

  4. Anon Says:

    Someone just called me and told me that her kids special education teacher said that ALL bussing is being discontinued by the State and any Special Ed student that is in a placement other than the home school will have to move back to the home school.
    Has anyone heard this. I believe it is in violation of IEP’s and Federal Law.

  5. g Says:

    Let’s discuss the fact that there is a one page addition on the ISOM report on the Board Agenda Item 16.4. The presentation on April 2 under Issuance Options (1) points out 2012 CIBS only, and 2015 sales of CIBS and CABS.

    Being presented to the Board is an April 16 EXTRA PAGE version that shows if we stay on the “Current Issuance Schedule”, in order to maintain $60/, ALL SALES PLANNED in 2012,15,26 ARE CABS.

    Neither of these presentations match with Lawrences fine letter to the good folks of the District.

    And then, there is the Survey….

  6. g Says:

    Does anybody out there hear any fiddle music yet?

  7. Doctor J Says:

    @G, I can smell the figurative smoke and see the imaginary flames which are drowning out the fiddle music.

  8. MDUSD Board Watcher Says:

    I suspect Gary and Sherry see the writing on the wall and have decided to go scorched earth on the district.

    Just shows you what kind of people they are that they would do this to our kids.

  9. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Interesting that Mildred Browne’s contract is not being recommended for extension.

    It looks like they will hire FCMAT to study the bussing issue:

    Someone has drafted a new bylaw regarding censuring trustees:

  10. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Clayton resident Ernie DeTrinidad and Bay Point resident Debra Mason both told me today that they intend to run for election to the board in November.

  11. The Observer Says:

    Congrats to Ernie and Debra for deciding to run for the board.The more candidates the better and the good news is those who win won’t have to work with Eberhart and Whitmarsh on the board. The two incumbents need to go…although Sherry has already confided to insiders at Dent that she doesn’t intend to run again but Gary already is running. He’s inserting himself everywhere trying to justify his hefty health benefits, stipend, and “solar certificate”. North Concord and Clayton are not hotbeds of enthusiasm and support for Gary and his shafting of MDEA isn’t going to win him many votes. He should save himself the trouble of being voted out and just go look for another job……he could run for supervisor again, that went so well for him the last time

    The contract extensions aimed primarily at Lawrence, Richards, and Rolen are payoffs for being with the program that Eberhart and Whitmarsh have promoted so tirelessly, along with Mayo, the past two years. From thecschool closure fiasco, charter denial conspiracy, bond money shortfalls,, and blocking any implementation of a strategic plan, the board majority has done its work in driving down the credibility of the
    district. So, their lapdogs, including Sue Brothers in a soon to be released featured role, are going to be rewarded on the public dime? The new board will have to pay a hefty price to buy these people out.

    The “censure” bylaw proposal was drawn up by Eberhart, Whitmarsh, and Lawrence as a threat to anyone who dares question the board majority. It’s clearly aimed at one board member but, in reading the part on violating board bylaws, Eberhart and Whitmarsh have put themselves in the same position as the man who invented the guillotine and died on it himself.

    As that famous newsman said, it’s time to say ” I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore”. Our children and community deserve better than what we have now.

  12. Anon Says:

    Well, I hope that Mildred Browne will be gone at the end of this year and they hire someone that is clear on Special Education!

    I don’t like the idea that we need to spend money to get a report on SP. Ed. bussing but clearly Rolen and Richards are not capable to do this. They have proved this over and over again.

    Theresa, Do you know anything about the teo people that say they are running? The sooner we get to know who they are and what they stand for the better.

  13. Doctor J Says:

    Unfortunately I predicted months ago that the contract extensions would be coming — but not this early. Two factors moved the timetable forward: [1] its likely MDUSD will take another beating on the API scores to be released in at the end of August, and if so there will be a groundswell from the new candidates calling for the ouster of Lawrence, Lock, and the SASS Dept [Lawrence’s invention]; [2] Eberhart and Whitmarsh need the loyalty of Lawrence to protect their actions through the 2014 election when Gary will again seek “higher office”. Since Sherry is not running for re-election she is providing cover for Gary.

  14. Doctor J Says:

    The payment for the FCMAT report on bussing is unclear: what “one time carryover” and what “donation fund” ?

  15. Anon Says:

    Previously only federal court judges have lifetime appointments but now MDUSD top administrators have been added to that esteemed status. There is a difference though because presidential appointments are more diverse than MDUSD leaders. Is it PC to ask for hispanic leaders in a district with a large hispanic population and recent EL audit?

    Another problem is the administrator’s pay which Sherry proposes to extend. Dent Center’s lack of leadership caused the CVHS charter and in turn caused approx 5% loss of district ADA. Other public employees have ongoing pay cuts because of the economy. Any contract should cut Dent Center pay by 5%.

  16. Anon Says:

    Censure Language – What hypocracy!
    Extending contracts before the election – Just wrong!

    To Observer #11 – ”I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore. Our children and community deserve better than what we have now.”

  17. Doctor J Says:

    @Anon#15 Read carefully — each contract has compounded annual pay increases since their start. In Sacramento where Lawrence did not get the job, that new Supt’s salary for a 47,000 student district dropped from $261k to $225k, and since MDUSD will soon become a 31,000 student district [down nearly 2000 from this year] one would expect salaries to be cut across the board. Not so ! In exchange, Lawrence recommended that Board medical benefits NOT be cut as suggested by Trustee Hansen. Next step: Lawrence, backed by Eberhart and Whitmarsh, will cut a sweetheart deal with MDEA and the other unions perhaps as early as Monday — it would be almost unfathomable politically to try to cut teachers and support staff, while lining their own pockets. The FCMAT bussing report is just a smoke screen to justify cutting out ALL bus services to all children. I guarantee you one thing — the Director of Transportation will find a way to have his own children’s transportation paid for by the district while most other families will lose their district transportation. I call that a conflict of interest.

  18. Anon Says:

    Thanks to Lame Duck Sherry! The next Board will have to pay big time to get rid of these administrators, like Eberhart paid off McHenry. And meanwhile they talk about bankruptcy, MDEA is at impasse, and kids are crammed in classrooms . . .

  19. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Anon, I have already posted a statement from candidate Brian Lawrence. I interviewed Ernie DeTrinidad yesterday, but haven’t had a chance to talk to Debra Mason yet about why she’s running.
    DeTrinidad, who is Hispanic, said the district’s leadership should reflect the student population, which is 40 percent Hispanic. He has been active in the site council at Mt. Diablo Elementary, DELAC and the EL Master Plan. He says the district needs leadership that can effectively communicate with the public. He also questions the large amount of money the district spends on translators, saying some staff members or community members may be willing to provide services at a lower cost, or even for free.
    However, he said there are “bright spots” in the district, including many hard-working teachers and administrators. He praised Jeanne Duarte-Armas, Rose Lock and Lynne Dennler for their work on the EL Master Plan. He also said he has seen Cheryl Hansen get “beat up” at board meetings. He said the district should have collaborated with CVHS instead of shutting it out. He said he will be at Monday’s meeting and may speak in support of the EL Master Plan.
    Mason has been very active in the Bay Point Community’s recreation district. I believe that she used to oversee the garden at Riverview MS, but lost her position when the rec district shifted responsibility for the after-school program to the district. Mason ran unsuccessfully in the past. I have seen her at several meetings recently, including the tax rate increase info meeting in Bay Point and the BOC meeting last night, where she confirmed to me that she intends to run.
    So far, neither Trustee Gary Eberhart nor Board President Sherry Whitmarsh has indicated to me whether they intend to seek re-election.
    At last night’s BOC meeting, Hansen was seated at the table and Eberhart arrived late. He did not challenge her as he reportedly had in the past. Instead, he also sat at the table.

  20. Doctor J Says:

    Wonder if Gary’s late arrival was because he was “working on” the Board Agenda ? Oh wait, he’s not the Board President or Vice-President. Wouldn’t that be 3 Board Members collaborating together on the Agenda behind closed doors ? I wonder what changes will happen to the posted agenda and backup documents today ? Make your copies quick !

  21. Theresa Harrington Says:

    It’s possible that Eberhart could have been attending the tax increase info meeting at Monte Gardens next door (although I don’t know, since I wasn’t able to get to that meeting and I heard only three members of the public were there). Also, the agenda was posted before the BOC meeting began, according to an email I received from the superintendent’s secretary.
    Other items of note in the agenda include the retirement of Valle Verde Principal Rhys Miller and action to be taken in closed session on two lawsuits. If votes are taken, those actions should be reported out in open session.

  22. Doctor J Says:

    What do you know about those two lawsuits ? Have they ever been reported before ?

  23. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Not to my knowledge.

  24. Doctor J Says:

    Nothing on Agenda about appointment of Board member representatives to various Board committees. Greg Rolen was supposed to resolve these issues with Cheryl Hansen — did he ? What happened to the voter poll requested by Eberhart ? Was it commissioned, taken and received ?

  25. Doctor J Says:

    Toiletgate erupts again. Two Williams complaints for TWO schools on the crappy conditions of the boys bathrooms. First complaint filed on February 7 — College Park High — filed by an employee of Contra Costa Office of Education ! Second Complaint February 14 for Mount filed by Anonymous — most likely a student. Both complaints found to be legitimate by Jeff McDaniel — McDaniel pointing the finger at Kate McClatchy at Mount for locking the restrooms due to “vandalism” — not permitted by law. Wonder why Jeff McDaniel was “asked” to send a memo to Rose Lock at SASS ?

  26. Brian Lawrence Says:

    The new Board should make the decision on long-term contract extensions.

  27. MDUSD Board Watcher Says:

    Brian Lawrence is correct. This should be the sole purveiw of the new board.

    “In my opinion” this is being pushed through because Lawrence has the dirt on Whitmarsh and Eberhart, most likely related to Chevron and the solar project.

    Kinda makes one wonder what kind of “benefits” they received.

  28. g Says:

    Who – in the real world – gets their contract renewed, without any negotiating, well more than a year before the current contract expires?

    This would be uncalled for even if they were well liked, exemplary employees, in a shining, progressive district–scratch that– even if Just One of them were well liked, ….

  29. Doctor J Says:

    Pushed ? How about jammed down our throats ! I am adding a third factor to my prior two reasons listed in #13: Two factors moved the timetable forward: [1] its likely MDUSD will take another beating on the API scores to be released in at the end of August, and if so there will be a groundswell from the new candidates calling for the ouster of Lawrence, Lock, and the SASS Dept [Lawrence’s invention]; [2] Eberhart and Whitmarsh need the loyalty of Lawrence to protect their actions through the 2014 election when Gary will again seek “higher office”. Since Sherry is not running for re-election she is providing cover for Gary. [3] Impending denial of CDE “Waiver” in early May for CVCHS ADA payments, which will again show the short-sightedness of Lawrence, Eberhart, and gang in opposing the CVCHS Charter instead of having a plan to properly fund high schools in MDUSD. Recent astounding enrollment numbers at CVCHS demonstrate the faith of the public in the school and further demonstrate the disgust over the management of MDUSD, soon to drop to the 31,000 enrollment strata. Yet, the Board to consider contract extensions with annual compounding raises ? How could they even entertain the thought of that ? Sherry ‘s strings are being pulled by her Geppetto.

  30. Anon Says:

    MDUSD is ringing like the City of Bell. Will The Times Editorial board chime in?

  31. Doctor J Says:

    I predict MDUSD’s enrollment for 2012-13 will be 31,857, showing a loss of about 2,140 students from CVHS and trending enrollment declines. Lawrence will now decide to push hard the Transitional Kindergarten to try and get enrollment over 32,000. Another “Day Late, Dollar Short” for Lawrence as most parents had to make decisions in January to enroll their children in Pre-school.

  32. Theresa Harrington Says:

    In contrast to MDUSD, the Walnut Creek School District is handing out pay raises:

  33. Theresa Harrington Says:

    CC Times editorial board says voters should reject tax measures by Moraga and WCCUSD, saying districts are piling on costs to homeowners, who are are already paying a lot toward schools:

  34. Doctor J Says:

    Noticably absent from the agenda, is the Board mandated progress report that was supposed to be instituted starting this month. Why isn’t Lawrence getting his staff to get this done ?

  35. Theresa Harrington Says:

    SunPower execs will be on hand to chat at solar dedication on May 1 at Northgate HS:

  36. LindaL Says:

    Was this a mass email invatation? Is the President coming? The Governor?

  37. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I believe it was sent to the press. However, I did not receive it, even though I am the education reporter at the Times who covers the Mt. Diablo district.
    Instead, someone else was kind enough to forward it to me.

  38. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Kudos to the district for posting the BOC Powerpoint before the Monday meeting:

  39. Doctor J Says:

    @#38 This is the “annual report” ? Are you kidding me ? Where is the vote on the report ? No signatures. I would question the statement that all meetings posted according to Brown Act — since Jan 1, 2012 NOT all meeting agendas have been posted on website 72 hours in advance, and not all agendas were proper under Brown Act. All the replacement members approved by the Board ?

  40. Theresa Harrington Says:

    It turns out the “Turn on the Sun” event is invitation-only, according to the SunPower publicist. Apparently, SunPower wants to manage the crowd, so the general public is not invited.

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