Mt. Diablo school district Superintendent Steven Lawrence has sent out the following message to families. I am posting it below, since it is not yet posted on the district’s website:
“Mt. Diablo USD News Update
Where Kids Come First
August 27, 2012
Welcome back for another exciting school year. We hope that you had a great summer and created some great memories. While school was out we have been busy hiring new employees, working on Measure C facilities projects, and providing professional growth opportunities for teachers, administrators, and classified staff members.
First, I would like to thank all of the parents, teachers, support staff members, and administrators who gave up their summer time to help us interview potential administrative and teacher candidates.
Through this community effort we hired many great new teachers, support staff members, and administrators.
Overall we hired:
16 SDC Teachers
4 Resource Specialists
3 Teacher Coaches in the areas of English Language Development and Math
3 Speech Therapists
2 Behavioral Health Specialist
6 Elementary Principals
1 Middle School Principal
1 High School Vice Principal
1 Student Services Coordinator
2 Program Specialists
We welcome these new team members to Mt. Diablo USD. We look forward to working with them to serve the children of our district.
We have completed the solar installation at 41 of our sites. The remaining 10 sites are scheduled to be completed, commissioned and fully operational by mid‐September. You can observe how much electricity is being created at each site by:
1. going to http://mdusdmeasurec.org/
2. clicking on “Schools” link in the left hand column
3. clicking on the school name
4. clicking on “solar performance”
HVAC work has been completed at Phase 1 schools: Foothill Middle School, Valley View Middle School, Ayers Elementary, Sun Terrace Elementary, Sequoia Elementary, and Mt. Diablo Elementary
Opteman fiber optic backbone has been completed at 19 sites with five additional sites to be completed by October 1, 2012
Classroom additions at Meadow Homes
Concord HS – HVAC replacement, surveillance camera installation, classroom technology enhancements, white board installation
Ygnacio Valley HS – exterior painting, girls’ locker room locker replacement, wireless internet installation, computer lab upgrades
College Park HS – stadium infrastructure improvements, interior campus drainage improvements, tennis court renovation
Mt. Diablo HS – interim housing placed, Department of State Architect approval of new science classrooms, design work for science lab up‐grades
Northgate HS – Project Lead the Way remodel of auto/metal shop, pool/classroom design team selected
Adult Learning Opportunities
As a community of professionals, the adults in the Mt. Diablo USD are committed to continuous learning to improve our skills and better serve your children. This summer, over 900 teachers, administrators, and classified staff members participated in over 5,000 hours of summer growth opportunities focusing on:
Singapore Math Strategies
Agents of Change‐iPads
Being a Writer
Board Math and Language
Systematic English Language Development
Advance Placement Course Training
Expository Reading and Writing
California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program
Public Relations and Customer Service
Response to Intervention
We would like to thank the teachers, administrators, and classified staff members who attended these powerful learning opportunities.
Again, welcome back to the 2012‐13 school year. We look forward to working with our parents, guardians, and community members to support all our students.”
It looks like this was written before Monday night’s board meeting, so it does not include the very important appointment of Kerri Mills as interim Superintendent for Pupil Services and Special Education.
It also doesn’t mention the elimination of some overflow busing approved by the board Monday night or anything about Measure C money going toward Clayton Valley Charter High projects.
Still, back-to-school is a happy time for some, nervous for others. Here’s a Storify Oakland reporter Katy Murphy compiled using tweets, photos and videos from the first day of school: http://www.insidebayarea.com/education/ci_21419643/oakland-goes-back-school?source=pkg
I would love to do a similar Storify for MDUSD. If you would like to contribute, please tweet with the hash tag #MDUSD or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you believe the district is ready to work with you to support all students?
AUG. 29 UPDATE: Here is a link to Lawrence’s welcome back phone message, which he sent out to parents last night, reminding them to expect traffic congestion: http://bit.ly/RmRumN
AUG. 30 UPDATE: Here is a link to some cute pictures of students on their first day of school at El Monte Elementary in Concord, including some 4-year-olds entering the district’s new Transitional Kindergarten program: http://www.contracostatimes.com/twitter/ci_21427319/first-day-classes-wednesday-students-mt-diablo-unified