The Mt. Diablo school board expects to appoint up to four principals, discuss high school graduation requirements and review the accomplishments of the Student Achievement and School Support (SASS) Department tonight.
Here is the link to the complete agenda for the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the district office:
Here are some highlights from the consent calendar, which will not be discussed unless a board member requests that they be pulled and acted on separately:
Item 9.10: Award of Design Services Contract For Refurbishment/Modification of Existing Auto/Metal Shop at Northgate High School-’Project Lead The Way’ Engineering Pathway — a fully inclusive ‘not to exceed’ contract for $18,900.00 be awarded to PHd Architects: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5294&mtgId=343
Item 9.11: Award of Professional Services Contract for Consulting Services Related to the the School Facility Program (SFP) in the amount of $24,500.00 (billed at the rate of $145.00 per hour) be awarded to Jack Schreder and Associates: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5296&mtgId=343
Item 9.12: Approve Independent Services Contracts with Clark Consulting and Training for services at Rio Vista Elementary — The school is continuing with the implementation of High Intensity Language Training for staff. Total $44,200.00 Funding is provided by the School Improvement Grant: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5311&mtgId=343
Item 9.13: Award of Design Services Contract for Supplemental Housing Installation at Meadow Homes Elementary — To support the implementation of the School Improvement Grant there exists a need to install four (4) supplemental/interim classrooms for the start of the 2012-2013 school year: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5341&mtgId=343
Item 9.14: Resolution Rendering Local Ordinances Inapplicable: Concord High School Marquee Project. The resolution states in part: “…the District has balanced the interests of the public, including those of the District and those of the City of Concord, and has determined that the interests of the public are best served by rendering the City’s zoning ordinances inapplicable to the Project…the City of Concord’s zoning ordinances would potentially unduly hamper, interfere with, or prohibit the Project…”: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5299&mtgId=343
Item 9.17: Approve Job Description for S3 Safety Grant Liaison: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5291&mtgId=343
This person would assist in implementing school safety policies and procedures.
Item 9.18: Memorandum of Understanding between the College Board and Mt. Diablo Unified School District to implement the California AP® Expansion (CAPE) program to increase Advanced Placement (AP) courses at Mt. Diablo and Ygancio Valley High Schools: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5365&mtgId=343
Item 9.20: It is recommended that the Board approve Phase I of the Implementation Plan for the 2012/2013 school year: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5339&mtgId=343
9.21: Award of Bid for Bid #1603 to provide Utility Infrastructure Extension at College Park High School. The lowest responsible, responsive bidder is Carone & Company, Inc., for the base bid and alternate #1 amount of $601,000.00. (Base bid $589,000.00 plus alternate #1 $12,000.00) with Measure C funds: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5351&mtgId=343
Item 9.22: Applications to Chevron for new and continued funding to implement Project Lead the Way (PLTW): Chevron has supported the implementation of Project Lead the Way Engineering at Mt. Diablo High School, Clayton Valley High School, and Riverview Middle School. Mt. Diablo High School would like to request $27,350, Concord High School would like to request $21,400, and Riverview Middle School would like to request $25,640 to support their respective PLTW Engineering programs. Funds will be used for additional PLTW modules, instructional materials and teacher training. Funding will be provided by Chevron.
9.23: Staff requests permission to submit an AT&T Aspire High School Innovation grant for Mt. Diablo High School to increase the number of participating students in an academy and expand inclusion of freshman. Proposed added components will include development of an Internship Program, Freshman Summer Bridge Program, Saturday School, and high quality professional development for teachers. The proposed “Scale Up” program goals are to 1) Personalize the learning environment and instructional process, and 2) Provide rigorous and relevant instruction and provide the skills needed to graduate/serve them after they leave school. These two goals are researched based recommendations from “What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Dropout Prevention Practice Guide” and have framed the proposed components of MDHS’ “Scale Up” program. Three academies have chosen to participate in the AT&T Aspire grant. They include Architecture Manufacturing and Engineering Academy (ACME, Digital Safari Academy (DSA) and Medical Biotechnology Academy (MBTA): http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5361&mtgId=343
9.24: Memorandum of Understanding between the California State University East Bay, East Bay Foundation and Mt. Diablo CARES After School Program to plan and develop a STEM program in the after school program: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5188&mtgId=343
9.25: Increase Contract for translating services between Advanced Interpreting Services and Mt. Diablo Unified School District – The current contract is in the amount of $83,990.00. Based on current projections, it is estimated that we will need an additional $16,000 to cover services for the remainder of the school year: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5358&mtgId=343
9.27: Approve submission of the Action for Healthy Kids grant for Mt. Diablo and Ygnacio Valley High Schools: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5362&mtgId=343
9.28 Northgate HS Measure C project list: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5409&mtgId=343
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend tonight’s meeting due to a family commitment (although it’s possible I may go late). I encourage anyone who attends or listens online to comment below.
9:30 P.M. UPDATE/LIVE BLOG: I arrived during item 17.7, which passed along with 17.8, 17.9, and 17.10. All votes were 4-0-1, which Board President Sherry Whitmarsh absent.
17.11 Increase Independent Service Contract with Community Options for Families and Youth, Inc. (COFY) for 2011-12 school year.
Passed 4-0-1 (Whitmarsh absent)
17.12 passed 4-0-1 (Whitmarsh absent)
17.13 Grad requirements: Approved staff recommendation 4-0-1 (Whitmarsh absent)
17.14 Algebra readiness: Mayo said the board had already discussed this (Must have moved up on agenda before I arrived). Info only.
17.15 Adoption of the Human Rights Education course of study
Linda Hutcherson and MDHS teacher Dan Reynolds introduced the course. Info only.
17.16 Job description for Educational Transcriber: Info only.
Three high school students may pilot this idea. Advantage is notes will be made available to students.
17.17 Procedures to hire long term substitutes: Info only
Trustee Gary Eberhart said he asked for this item to be discussed.
Julie Braun-Martin discussed items included in agenda packet.
Eberhart said he wanted to be sure that what happened recently with 13 subs (at Sun Terrace Elementary) would not happen again.
Trustee Cheryl Hansen said it sounded like the district was doing everything it could and some people are just flakes (referring to subs who break promises to work long-term).
Trustee Lynne Dennler said being a long-term sub is a thankless job. She pointed out that teachers are expected to spend 45 minutes after school creating Board Math lesson plans. She said she many subs may not want to do that.
Eberhart asked if staff knew there was a problem with the recent (Sun Terrace) sub issue, before it was brought to the board’s attention. Braun-Martin said she counted 11 subs. She said she knew there had been a lot, but didn’t realize there had been that many. However, she said the district had a stack of emails from the school regarding the sub issue.
17.18 Board Action Progress Report:
Hansen criticized the current report, saying it wasn’t meaningful. Lawrence said he would meet with Eberhart to try to improve it. Hansen said she may bring back another agenda item to try to get an accountability report like she first envisioned.
Mayo reiterated what the board had originally approved, saying the board agreed to exclude hires, food service and facilities expenditures. However, she said anyone could add an item through a board action.
18.0 Board reports
Hansen said she attended a recent event honoring retirees.
Dennler read a strongly worded statement about the need to address problems at school sites, after saying she met with teachers at two schools that received negative climate ratings in MDEA’s most recent survey. She referenced CVHS and said staff turned a blind eye before that school decided to convert to a charter. She said a positive classroom climate is essential and detailed complaints such as teachers being yelled at in front of students and being called to the office on false pretenses, then confronted by parents. She said walking on eggs does not promote a positive climate. Yet, she pointed out that the teachers also gave credit where it was due in terms of positive comments. She said the district should not try to find fault with the climate survey or the teachers. Instead, it should address the problems raised. “To avoid these problems, I think is educational malpractice,” she said.
Eberhart again asked that an item be placed on the agenda requesting that meeting agendas and minutes for all district committees be readily accessible on the district’s website home page. “Or, conversely,” he said, “it could just happen and then we wouldn’t need to put it on the agenda.”
Eberhart also discussed the past weekend, which he and Mayo spent at a CSBA conference, where they talked about how districts are dealing with finances, school climate, bullying, and support for funding measures on the November ballot. The group decided to support both tax funding measures, he said, since they couldn’t decide which one was better than the other.
Mayo said CSBA also took positions on several bills. She said the group talked about pension reform. Also, she mentioned “Teen impact driving” and urged fellow board members to speak to teens they see driving with cell phones.
The meeting adjourned around 10:30 p.m.
MAY 22 UPDATE:
Here are the people who spoke during public comment, according to the superintendent’s secretary:
CST rep Debbie Hickey regarding district positions, Jay Bedecarre regarding Kids’ Fest this weekend, Brian Lawrence regarding contract extensions for superintendent and other top administrators, bus driver Lynne Miller regarding budget cuts, a man who did not identify himself regarding window replacement at CPHS, Jean-Pierre Musac praising Sun Terrace Elementary in Concord, and Katherine Friedman expressing concerns about Sun Terrace.
Hickey spoke again under “District Organizations.”
Item 17.1: The board appointed Liane Cismowski and Kristan Martin-Meyer as elementary principals. The district is not naming the schools where they will work at this time because it is expecting more vacancies due to retirements or other moves.
Item 17.2: The board appointed Susan Massey-Clover as a special education program specialist.
Here is a link to Dennler’s complete statement, which she made during “Board Reports”: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2012/05/22/mdusd-trustee-warns-that-ignoring-school-problems-constitutes-educational-malpractice/.
MAY 23 UPDATE: Here is a link to audio of the meeting: http://www.mdusd.org/boe/Documents/audio/2012/May%2021%20Recording.mp3
And here is the link to my story about the meeting: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_20685040/mt-diablo-school-board-appoints-two-principals-trustee