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MDUSD 10-8-12

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 6:02 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school board meeting will start early tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord.

Here is the agenda:

1.0 Call to Order
1.1 President will call the meeting to order Info
2.0 Announcements
2.1 In closed session, the Board will consider the items listed on the closed session agenda. Info
3.0 Public Comment
3.1 The public may address the Board concerning items that are scheduled for discussion during closed session only. These presentations are limited to three minutes each, or a total of thirty minutes for all speakers or the three minute limit may be shortened. Speakers are not allowed to yield their time. Info
4.0 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m.
4.1 Negotiations – The Board may discuss negotiations or provide direction to its representatives regarding represented employees, pursuant to EERA (Govt. Code Section 3549.1) Agency negotiators: Julie Braun Martin and Deborah Cooksey. Agencies: MDEA, CSEA, Local One M&O, Local One CST, MDSPA, and Supervisory. Action
4.2 Readmission Action
4.3 Anticipated Litigation Info
4.4 Existing Litigation Action
5.0 Reconvene Open Session
5.1 Reconvene Open Session at 6:30 p.m. Info
6.0 Preliminary Business
6.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info
7.0 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session
7.1 Negotiations Info
7.2 Readmission Info
7.3 Anticipated Litigation Info
7.4 Existing Litigation Info
8.0 Consent Agenda
8.1 (Item #1) Items listed under Consent Agenda are considered routine and will be approved/adopted by a single motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items; however, any item may be removed from the consent agenda upon the request of any member of the Board and acted upon separately. Action
8.2 (Item #2) Minutes of the meeting of September 24, 2012 Action
8.3 (Item #3) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
8.4 (Item #4) Request to increase and decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2012-2013 school year Action
8.5 (Item #5) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
8.6 (Item #6) REVISED Classified Personnel: Increase in Hours for an Assistant to the Hearing Impaired Position Action
8.7 (Item #7) Award of Professional Services Contract for the Preparation of Updated Enrollment Projections/Demographic Analysis and Boundary Study for the Northeast Area of Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
8.8 (Item #8) Award of Design Services Contract:Interim Housing for Measure C Portable Replacement Program Action
8.9 (Item #9) Award of Design Services Contract: Stadium Improvements at Clayton Valley Charter High School Action
8.10 (Item #10) Contract Amendment: PHd Architects: Modification to Incorporate Additional Classrooms at Concord High School (Nueva Vista/Summit)and Pleasant Hill Middle School (Prospect/Horizon) Action
8.11 (Item #11) Contract Amendment: LSA Associates, Inc.: Provision of Requisite Environmental Consulting Services Related to the Revised Stadium Improvement Project at Ygnacio Valley High School Action
8.12 (Item #12) Amendment to the Bylaws of the 2002 and 2010 Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committees Action
8.13 (Item #13) Award of Bid #1618 to provide Structured Cabling, Adding Ethernet Drops in Classrooms with Fiber Optic Backbone at Secondary Schools Action
8.14 (Item #14) Professional Services Agreement For Legal Services: Measure C Facilities Improvement Program Action
8.15 (Item #15) Independent Services Contracts with John F. Kennedy University Action
8.16 (Item #16) Request to Approve Independent Services Contract for Events to the “T”, Inc. Action
8.17 (Item #17) 2012-13 Contract for Sierra Pacific Tours Action
8.18 (Item #18) 2012-13 Contract for Michaels Transportation Services Action
8.19 (Item #19) Increase purchase order with Non-Public Agency Ed. Support Services Action
8.20 (Item #20) Certificate of Adopting Resolution 12-13-14 to comply with Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008 (HEART Act) and Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008 (WRERA) Action
8.21 (Item #21) Board Action Progress Report Action
8.22 (Item #22) Proclamation of October 23 – 31, 2012 as “Red Ribbon Week” Action
9.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion
10.0 Public Comment
10.1 The public may address the Board regarding any item within the jurisdiction of the Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District that is not on this agenda. These presentation are limited to three minutes each, or a total of thirty minutes for all speakers, or the three minute limit may be shortened. If there are multiple speakers on any one subject, the public comment period may be moved to the end of the meeting. Speakers are not allowed to yield their time. Info
11.0 Communications
11.1 District Organizations – At regular Board meetings, a single spokesperson of each recognized district organization may make a brief presentation following the Consent Agenda. Items are limited to those which are informational. Info
12.0 Superintendent’s Report
12.1 Superintendent’s Report Info
13.0 Business/Action Items
13.1 Public Hearing regarding Sufficiency of Textbooks and Instructional Materials for 2012/2013 for Pupil Textbook and Instructional Materials Incentive Program and Williams Settlement Instructional Materials Funds. Action
13.2 Resolution 12/13-08 Against Proposition 32 Special Exemptions Act Action
13.3 Board Resolution in Support of Proposition 30 Action
13.4 Adoption of AP English Language Textbooks Action
13.5 Adoption of AP English Literature Textbooks Action
13.6 Strategic Plan Process – Final Steps Action
13.7 Adoption of Strategic Plan Action
13.8 Amendment to BP 2140(a) Evaluation of the Superintendent Action
13.9 Meeting Extension Action
14.0 Board Member Reports
14.1 Board reports – two minute time limit Info
15.0 Closed Session
15.1 Items not completed during the first Closed Session will be carried over to this closed session. Action
16.0 Adjournment
16.1 Adjourn Meeting”

Most notably, the board is revisiting whether to endorse Prop. 30, after no trustee made a motion to endorse it last month. The board endorsed Prop. 38 in a split vote, 3-1-1, with Hansen against and Dennler abstaining.

Also, Whitmarsh and Hansen are proposing two very different alternative ideas for moving forward with the strategic plan.

Under item 13.6, Hansen proposes an approach that would allow site councils to weigh in, with board approval in December.

Under 13.7, Whitmarsh proposes adopting the strategic plan tonight as presented.

Which strategic plan proposal do you support?

OCT. 9 UPDATE: Here is a link to audio of the meeting:

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148 Responses to “MDUSD 10-8-12”

  1. Anon Says:

    Anon94-There are two other candidates, Debra Mason and Barbara Oaks.

  2. Doctor J Says:

    5 year School Quality Snapshot available at 10 am today ! Here is a sample !

  3. Theresa Harrington Says:

    This will be live at 10 a.m., when API scores will be available for schools and districts.

  4. Doctor J Says:

    Theresa, we are anxious, as you probably are, for your story at 10am about the API scores since you had all night to dream of them !

  5. Doctor J Says:

    I wonder if Sherry has dropped out of the race — her campaign finance statement due Oct 5 still has not been filed.

  6. Doctor J Says:

    Leaks: MDUSD underperforms compared to BOTH county and state on API. MDUSD +7 API; Contra Costa County +9 API; California +10 API. The Legacy of Gary Eberhart, Sherry Whitmarsh, and Linda Mayo: UNDERPERFORMANCE. How sad for our children.

  7. Doctor J Says:

    The two MDUSD high schools that had API drops were: Principal Sue Brothers at Clayton Valley and Principal Kate McClatchy at Mount — the others had API increases. Interesting.

  8. Anon Says:

    Beware falling scores! Two schools dropped below 800-Westwood down 33 to 771, and Gregory Gardens down 24 to 797. Oak Grove dropped 37!

  9. Doctor J Says:

    @Anon#108 But the $64 question: WHY? Change in principal leadership ? Cooking the books the prior year ? WHY ????

  10. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Note that Sun Terrace met none of its AYP goals and has entered Program Improvement, with an API score of 737. The state says it has undergone such a significant change in demographics that it didn’t have a base API score or growth target.
    Regarding high schools, kudos to CHS — which grew 41 points to 750 — and CPHS, which grew 29 points and surpassed the state proficiency goal with 815 — along with Northgate, which grew 5 points to 860.
    YVHS failed to meet its growth target of 6 points, instead eeking out a 1-point gain to 673.
    The Oak Grove drop could reflect the poor environment at the school described by the whistle-blowing teachers, who said discipline problems prevented learning.

  11. Jim Says:

    @52 — “Even Board President Sherry Whitmarsh admitted to me in her candidate’s interview that MDUSD has an “interesting” reputation statewide that appears to negatively impact its ability to attract a strong pool of administrative candidates.”

    You know, so often we wonder if anything ever gets through to Sherry. She seems so incorrigibly oblivious that it is almost spooky. But here we see that maybe she is just starting to get an inkling of the damage that has been done to this district — how the dysfunctional decision-making and lack of professionalism among the leadership has scared away almost anyone who could be part of a recovery. The question is, does she have any idea of the direct role that she has played in this destruction? Probably not.

  12. Doctor J Says:

    YVHS only 1 point gain — PROMOTE Bill Morones who has ZERO track record of improvement to DIRECTOR OF SECOCONARY. Brillant, Steve Lawrence and Rose Lock.

  13. Doctor J Says:

    Sun Terrace self destructs and the Pricipal is promoted ? What are you thinking Steven Lawrence ? What are you thinking Rose Lock ? What are you thinkin Susan Petersen ? Time to fire all four.

  14. g Says:

    Assuming that Sun Terrace and Wren and El Dorado ALL underwent similar and significant demographic changes due to the movement/influx of Holbrook and Glenbrook students last year—-how was Wren different in the ability to calculate API?

  15. Theresa Harrington Says:

    According to the state’s previous “base API” report, Sun Terrace’s 2011 base score was 775. That means it dropped 38 points to 737, making it the biggest drop in the district among regular, non-alternative campuses:,CONTRA,COSTA
    So, it looks like parents had good reasons to complain about the revolving door of substitutes on that campus last year. And it also looks like the district’s response was inadequate.

  16. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here’s my story on API scores and Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind countywide:
    San Ramon Valley and Martinez have joined MDUSD and six other districts in Program Improvement.

  17. Theresa Harrington Says:

    g: El Dorado was also characterized by the state as having too great of a demographic shift to calculate its base API and growth target. However, the state had previously calculated its 2011 base API at 723:,CONTRA,COSTA
    This means El Dorado actually gained 3 points, rising to 726.

  18. anonymous 5 Says:

    At the staff day before school begain, MDHS principal McClatchy indicated that the API drop was the fault of the teachers who were distracted last year when they voiced their dissatisfaction with her leadership. She failed to see her role in perpetuating the negative atmosphere in which teachers worked.

  19. Doctor J Says:

    Another day delinquent for Sherry Whitmarsh in not filing her campaign finance statement — really looks like she has dropped out. It was due Oct 5 and there is a fine per day.

  20. Doctor J Says:

    Kate McClatchy, the perpetrator of ToiletGATE, failed to see her role in the API drop after she also orchestrated the academic turmoil ?

  21. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here is the MDUSD superintendent’s take on the test score results:

  22. Doctor J Says:

    Kudos to the 3 SIG schools BUT Steven Lawrence will cut their funding for next school year which has given them the massive API gains: INCREASED INSTRUCTIONAL TIME. Remember Lawrence and Lock got caught by the Feds & State in non-compliance on the SIG grants the first year as a result of an audit, SIG funding was withheld until their did a Corrective Action Plan AND actually began implementation of significant increased instructional time. Now look at the massive gains in their second year of SIG. Now we are in the third and final year. Steven Lawrence will eliminate the increased instructional time from the SIG schools after this year, in favor of raises to Dent administrators, contract extensions, and massive consultant bills. Once again, the poor kids of the district are left out, even after they walk 5 miles to school.

  23. Doctor J Says:

    Link to CDE’s new 5 year snapshot school by school. I like it; gives a quick comparison and shows school v district v state performance.

  24. Doctor J Says:

    Link to CDE’s more complete report than the Supt’s abbreviated report; showing all MDUSD schools API and targets.

  25. Doctor J Says:

    Sun Terrace gets “Program Improvement” status — no surprise after the disaster under the direction of Principal Gretchen Jacobs. Last year’s SASS “coach” for Sun Terrace is now an Assistant Supt in another county. Shows what schools are the worst of the worse. “Year 5” is the highest, and continues on until you actually get out of PI.

  26. Doctor J Says:

    MDUSD’s Program Improvement Status, Year 2: Did not meet AYP for Gradudation Rate: dropped from 2011 — did not make it in 2012 despite dumbed down graduation requirements. No wonder Steven Lawrence, Eberhart, Whitmarsh and Mayo don’t want to talk about gradution rates.

  27. g Says:

    “The judge’s decision allows for a range of methods for evaluating teachers tied to student performance, including grade-point averages and pass-fail rates.”

    From a June article:

    Google the Stull Act. Time for us to get the courts to look at MDUSD?

    It’s imperative that parents keep an eye on AB 5. It is an attempt to set the Stull Act on its ear, and allow teachers to “collectively bargain” over how their performance is evaluated.

    The districts in CA have, for decades, largely ignored the education rights of the students provided by the Stull Act, but you can bet if AB 5 ever gets through, the teachers will clamor for the districts to uphold “their” rights.

  28. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I have added a new blog post with the Superintendent’s message about test scores, pointing out that he didn’t mention the district’s failure to meet No Child Left Behind requirements or Program Improvement status:

  29. Theresa Harrington Says:

    On the subject of the Schreder contract and Bay Point, I have just heard that there was a meeting in Bay Point two nights ago, where Schreder gave a PowerPoint presentation. I never heard about this meeting and Pedersen didn’t mention it when he spoke to the board Monday about the Schreder contract. Did anyone else know about it?

  30. g Says:

    Ask Debra Mason. They had a meeting 10/2. There was no agenda item indicating a “special meeting” with Schreder was scheduled.

  31. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Who do you mean, when you say: “they”?

  32. g Says:

    Bay Point MAC. Debra Mason represents the “school” Committee, and was scheduled to give a report on 10/2. Next public meeting was scheduled for 11/6.

  33. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Thanks. The meeting was apparently at Riverview MS.

  34. District Teacher Says:

    Classic McClatchy, blaming others for her continuing failure to lead. Two no-confidence votes, negative news articles that went national, and dropping test scores. According to MDUSD logic, there must be a promotion ahead for her.

  35. Doctor J Says:

    Sherry Whitmarsh has dropped out ? No campaign finance statement on file yet — due Oct 5 and now its Oct 10. Or is she keeping secrets on her contributors ?

  36. Wait a Minute Says:

    IMO she is keeping her contributers secret because they probably include Matt Juhl-Darlington, Schreder, Paul Strange, etc.

    Hopefully someone files a complaint with the FPPC against her for failing to file her campaign finance statement on time.

  37. g Says:

    Sherry, “uh”, was at the, “uh”, forum moderated by, “uh”, Lisa Vorderbrueggen, and spoke, “uh” about the “uh, solar, uh”. I only caught part of it, so I’m trying to find a video online of her “uh” performance–compared to all other candidates.

    She only has to file finance documents if: she receives or spends ANY money-even her own money– over the amount of what it cost to file the original declaration for office with the County. Has anyone seen any evidence that she has spent money? Any signs, etc.?

  38. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here is the CCTV MDUSD candidate forum:

  39. No On Whitmarsh Says:


    We have seen no signs, which is unfortunate because we have a whole bunch of No On Whitmarsh signs ready. They are going to be placed right next to any Pro Whitmarsh sign we see.


  40. g Says:

    Thanks Theresa! I thought I had looked ‘everywhere’!

  41. Theresa Harrington Says:

    You’re welcome. Also, the city of Pleasant Hill plans to rebroadcast its forum, which takes place Thursday:
    And, the CCT editorial board plans to post its Oct. 23 candidate interview online.

  42. Doctor J Says:

    Since Sherry has a positive balance, I think she had to file an updated statement. I could be wrong, but I think so, and if so they will be fining her per day for failure to file. I think the complaints are filed with the CCC Elections division.

  43. Theresa Harrington Says:

    FYI, the Contra Costa County Board of Ed. will consider endorsing Props. 30 and 38 Wednesday and will also receive a presentation on district Accountability Progress Reports:

  44. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here’s a story about the Chasing Rodriguez DVD that Jeff Mosely spoke about during the Oct. 8 board meeting:

  45. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here’s an 8-page infographic by EdSource that explains the differences between Props. 30 and 38:

  46. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here’s a new blog post containing the latest “news update” from the superintendent, which “informs” the community about Props. 30 and 38:

  47. anon Says:

    has the PH forum been rescheduled?

  48. Theresa Harrington Says:

    No, the PH forum wasn’t rescheduled. It was very well-attended and should be posted on the PH city website by 5 p.m. today.

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