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MDUSD special ed Community Advisory Committee to receive transportation update tonight

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 1:50 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school district’s special education Community Advisory Committee will receive a transportation update from special education administrator Carolyn Patton tonight, according to the agenda. In addition, Chairwoman Lorrie Davis will report on goal planning for the group.

Here’s the complete agenda for the meeting, which will be held at the district office, 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord:

DATE: September 4, 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

3. Adoption of Minutes – May 1, 2012 (7:05 – 7:10)

4. Transportation Update – Carolyn Patton (7:10 – 7:40)

5. Chairperson’s Report – CAC Goal Planning: Lorrie Davis (7:40 – 8:05)


6. Old Business (8:15 – 8:35)

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

6.2 Board of Education Report – Lynne Dennler and/or Gary Eberhart

6.3 Board of Education Comments – Lisa Huynh

6.4 Parent Advisory Committee Report

6.5 Budget Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li

6.6 Equity Advisory Team – Dorothy Weisenberger

7. New Business (8:35 – 8:45)

7.1 Assist. Technology & Alternative Augmentative Communication – Christian Patz

7.2 Extended School Year – Samantha Espinosa

7.3 Parent Liaison – Hilary Shen

8. 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 may not be able to respond to individual concerns in this forum, but will take your contact information and follow-up with you.

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


There is no mention of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team transportation or special education reports. However, it appears that Patton expects to devote 30 minutes to the transportation update, so hopefully she will inform the CAC about when the FCMAT reports will be finalized and when the parent meetings will be held.

Anyone with questions or comments is invited to attend and speak during the agenda items, or at the end of the meeting, if you wish to discuss something not on the agenda.

Also noteworthy is the fact that Mildred Browne is still expected to deliver the assistant superintendent’s report, even though an interim assistant superintendent has already been appointed.

Here is an email message I received from Julie Braun-Martin over the weekend regarding Browne’s upcoming leave of absence:

“Once there is a final action on the matter, Dr. Browne’s leave authorization will appear on the Board agenda. We are not putting her on leave now, because she’s acting in her capacity until the interim assistant superintendent starts.”

What aspects of special education transportation do you think Patton should address in her update?

SEPT: 20 UPDATE: I have received the following CAC update from chairwoman Lorrie Davis in an email, but the post does not yet show up on the CAC blog:

MDUSD Transportation Update #2

Update #2 September 20, 2012
Dr. Lawrence has informed us that the decision to “cluster” is a managerial decision; therefore, board approval is not required. He stated the decision will be made by Transportation (department) and the board will be informed of the decision. I personally think board policy has to be approved by the board of education. We were also told that the parent meetings will be to INFORM parents of decisions, not gather parent input. I find these statements very disturbing. Parents – please contact your board members and provide your input. Here is the link to the board members names and contact info.

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