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MDUSD Parent Advisory Council to discuss budget tonight

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 9:27 am in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

Here is the agenda for tonight’s Mt. Diablo district Parent Advisory Council meeting, which I received from the superintendent’s secretary in an email this morning:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Board Room, MDUSD Dent Center

I. Welcome and Introductions

II. Budget

III. Other”

The Dent Center is at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. More information is available by calling 925-682-8000 ext. 4000.

It’s unclear whether public comment will be invited. However, special education parents who still have questions after the parent meeting held last week, could try to see if Superintendent Steven Lawrence may be open to discussing upcoming changes, especially in light of recently announced principal retirements.

Parents at Sun Terrace could also attend this meeting, if they still have questions about how their concerns are being resolved on that campus.

Here is a link to the budget materials presented to the board on Monday:

At Monday’s board meeting, trustees discussed eliminating buses for Delta View Elementary and “overflow” students as a way to cut costs:

Parents interested in this issue could also attend tonight’s meeting.

Do you agree with the proposed transportation cuts?

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56 Responses to “MDUSD Parent Advisory Council to discuss budget tonight”

  1. Doctor J Says:

    ROFLMAO: Lock, how did she get to be Asst. Supt. if she doesn’t know how to do that ? How about starting with telling the whole truth, nothing but the truth, and being open and honest instead of all of her caty answers and keeping the truth from everyone.

  2. Concerned Taxpayer Says:

    When a teacher calls in and gets a sub, the teacher gets their regular pay and the taxpayer pays up to $140 a day for the substitute. Because teachers do not receive vacation days,but feel entitled anyway, our tax dollars are drained by teacher taking vacations but calling in sick or personal necessity. There have been days at my kids schools where over 20% of teachers are out any given day. LOTS of videos being shown to our kids

  3. Theresa Harrington Says:

    On the day that I and a photographer followed Richter into the classroom when she collected her belongings, about eight students were watching a video of SpongeBob SquarePants in the dark, while the substitute sat at her desk and several students milled about outside the door, coming in and out.

  4. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here is an update on the sentencing of Andrew Cottrell, the former Diablo View MS teacher who sexually abused a former student:

  5. Anon Says:

    He got off way to easy

  6. brenda aaron Says:

    Did someone say that their are “BAD KIDS” from good homes?

    What about “BAD TEACHERS” in classrooms?
    that inflict emotional and physical damage on children.

    The disporportionate number of African-American/latino placed in special education programs,is the “Equity Team working on making sure the process is followed?

    How is it that a student’s parent was sent a letter from the District that their child would be placed at Sunrise Elem. when an IEP, and other procedures were not in place. I contacted Ms. Locke, Ms. Smith and left a message for Mr. Wogan and all have failed to address the concerns surrounding the letter dated June 8th, postmarked June 11th.

    IEP was held on June 13th. I was told that the letter was sent out “PREMATURELY” policies and procedures had not taken place as of today! ?????

    No assessments done, but Ms. Smith stated that the decision had been made, without parent being notified.
    Parent had not received the report of the behaviorist which was added later and submitted to Ms. Smith at the District ofc.

    Thia process and a lack of the implementing of policies and procedures and guidelines is indicative of the anti-bullying, student being refused to call parents about the fractured arm. Poor classroom management by untrained staff. Poor leadership and low morale by principal. “Bad teacher” behavior (Andrew Cottrell)
    Teachers afraid to speakout (Whistle-Blowers)
    Disporportionate number of students placed in Special Ed, suspended, or expelled. PP presentations to parents and programs not implemented, just non-existence. Misrpresentation of information.

    Unsafe enviroment for children to learn. If I can’t believe what you say, then how can I trust that what you say is standard policy or procedures?

    How can I trust that my rights are not infringed upon, and that the process and integrity of those involved has not been compromised?

    Ms. Locke how do you gain the confidence of the staff, students and parents, so that we feel supported?

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