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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
Action
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: http://www.mdusd.org/boe/Documents/audio/2012/10.8.2012.mp3

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  • g

    The Eberhart rant: “For this district to be successful, there has to be collaboration. There has to be conversation.”

    Mr. Eberhart: This district is NOT successful, and hasn’t been for a long time! This “failure to thrive” did not just start with the election of Ms. Hansen.

    Take responsibility for your own 17 years. Acknowledge the damage done by your own active subversion against past leaders. Take some responsibility of the failed leadership that sat at the dais during the disintegration of what was once a thriving and shining example of education!

  • Theresa Harrington

    It was very interesting interviewing YVHS grads from 40 years ago for the Bill Burke obituary, listening to them recall the glory days of the district. At that time, they said, the YVHS jazz band program was tops in an elite group of music programs that spanned from Seattle to Los Angeles. The Foothill and Oak Grove middle school music programs were thriving, they said, and pumped high-quality musicians into the YVHS program. That was before Northgate was built and YVHS had FOUR jazz bands and three music instructors. Although the Foothill MS music program continues to thrive, the school board has eliminated elementary music instruction, which is hindering middle school and high school programs.
    Political reporter Lisa V. told me that when she moderated a San Ramon Valley USD candidates’ forum recently, several jabs were taken at the Mt. Diablo district from those who remembered when it was once highly respected. Now, she said, it does not appear to be.
    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.
    Candidate Barbara Oaks said she remembers when the district had a strong reputation in the community. How many other MDUSD residents can remember those days? I have also heard this from proud MDHS grads, including the current U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who graduated in the 1960s.
    How can MDUSD build on this proud history?

  • g
  • g

    …and here’s another:

    http://www.city-journal.org/2012/22_2_california-teachers-association.html

    The problem though, is not really that the teachers are protected by being unionized (teacher protections and decent wages were/are very necessary). The problem is that their union can buy “friendly” school board members and control election issues in support of their own personal well being first, and education second.

    Tenure protections at two years? They hardly have their classroom decor up in that short time! They certainly have not proven to be good educators in that short time!

  • Anon

    Another thought for California’s regression in the last 40 years is Prop. 13.

    But G #51 is right, the MDUSD freefall in the last 17 years coincides with Eberhart’s reign. Time for a new majority to reverse course !

  • Doctor J

    @Anon#21 I hope Theresa asks Torlakson about AB 1575. Here is just a few examples of the “required” payments to participate in certain educational classes and some extra curricular classes. Some are described as “contributions”, some as fees, and football transportation as “mandatory”. AB 1575 will change the landscape as soon as one person files a complaint and it is appealed to the CDE. Academic classes: http://northgatehs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=11 Sports: http://northgatehs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=17 Sports transportation: http://northgatehs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=1 Technology/Little Theatre http://northgatehs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=22

  • Anon
  • Doctor J

    But Linda Mayo, why then did you vote as a State PTA Board member to support AB 1575 which will destroy sports, science, math, field trips and camps in MDUSD ? Why have you as a MDUSD Board member taken over a hundred thousand dollars in Medical\Dental\Vision benefits that could have been used to support the MDUSD children ? Sounds like there is lotsa hypocrisy in your positions.

  • Doctor J

    The war between 30 and 38 — Linda Mayo has taken Molly Munger’s side against Jerry Brown. http://www.mercurynews.com/california-budget/ci_21735001/prop-30-wealthy-schools-backer-launches-attack-ads?source=rss

  • Doctor J

    @Anon#21 I hope Theresa asks Torlakson about AB 1575. Here is just a few examples of the “required” payments to participate in certain educational classes and some extra curricular classes. Some are described as “contributions”, some as fees, and football transportation as “mandatory”. AB 1575 will change the landscape as soon as one person files a complaint and it is appealed to the CDE. Academic classes: http://northgatehs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=11 [Note: I deleted the other references until Theresa approves the moderation because there were multiple links. ]

  • Theresa Harrington

    These “contributions” do not include the requested UMDAF contribution of approximately $100 per child per sport, the school’s athletic boosters requested contribution or costs for optional uniform items and/or supplies.

  • Doctor J

    UMDAF’s poor turnout at the 5k fundraiser shows that parents are tired of having to do continuous fundraisers PLUS lots of out of pocket expenses to pay for traditional educational expenses when the BIG5 get raises while ALL the while Board Members like Linda Mayo collecting FULL FAMILY M\D\V in her “volunteer job” as MDUSD Board member. And then to add insult to injury of MDUSD parents and families, Linda Mayo, as a State PTA Board member, votes to support AB 1575 which will kill sports, science, math, field trips and camps in MDUSD. Then today appears her “letter to the editor” as a MDUSD “trustee” supporting Prop 38, the State PTA pet project. Linda, why don’t you put your actions in favor of the children of MDUSD instead of State PTA ?

  • Tired of Mediocrity

    I personally am not supporting either 30 or 38. It is time for this state to stop using our children as pawns to raise taxes. California pays the second highest state taxes. We do nothing to support businesses that could ultimately increase state revenues. Instead our legislature creates ridiculous laws that protect a six inch fish while farmers in the central valley lose everything. They allow unfunded pensions to choke the future of our state and give it only a passing glance. They pander to the lobbyist of which CTA is the largest.
    NO MORE MONEY until we get true education reform. This includes school choice, innovative education structures, teacher reform (no more tenure), etc…
    Every time we throw more money at this system we allow it to hobble along at the status quo. We need to demand change and the fastest way to do that is with our pocketbooks. NO ON 30 and 38.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here is a story about the recent summit for Latino parents in Contra Costa County, which included reps from MDUSD: http://www.cafwd.org/reporting/entry/contra-costa-latino-parents-gather-to-resolve-education-challenges
    Unfortunately, I was unable to attend.

  • PHMS Parent

    Regarding the feeder pattern meeting, for the “Diablo View / Pine Hollow” feeder pattern, a notice was sent out via the PTSA eNewsletter. We had 13 families represented by both schools, plus the PHMS Principal and Ms. Hansen. Turn out was poor because it conficted with the debate so hopefully others have more luck with attendance.

    Various topics were emailed in advance to Lawrence (ex. crossing guard policies, student access to water at lunch) but others were more pointed. When asked what MDUSD was planning if Prop 30/38 fail, he mentioned having a $14M budget hit and to cover it, they’d need 11 furlough days and a $3.5M draw down from reserves. He also talked about a very slow, protracted adoption of the new Common Core Standards due to costs.

    The next meeting is 12/5 for this feeder pattern.

  • Doctor J

    Theresa, by now you’ve seen the offical API scores released early to the media — What questions do you have for Torlakson and Steven Lawrence ? Any surprises ?

  • Doctor J

    What were the commitments to the Latino parents from MDUSD officials, and who were they ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    PHMS Parent: Thanks very much for this report! Obviously, I will not be able to attend all of these meetings, even if I know about them. Interestingly, recent communications from Northgate feeder pattern parent groups have not included any info about the superintendent meeting to be held this week. And the superintendent’s secretary has not responded to my request for the date, time and location. Trustee Cheryl Hansen will have difficulty helping the superintendent promote these meetings, if he refuses to disclose information about them.

    Dr. J: The CDE expects to release the embargoed information to the media around 2 p.m. today. To access it, reporters must agree not to disclose any of the information before 10 am. tomorrow. At this point, I haven’t seen the data. But even if I had, I wouldn’t be able to answer your questions until tomorrow at 10 a.m.

  • Sue Berg

    Dr J, I’m trying to understand your criticism of Linda Mayo’s supporting legislation that requires school districts to make sure the fees they charge students are legal. What am I missing? I know that school/district budgets cannot support all the materials and activities students need for a well-balanced education (hence the increasing efforts at fundraising, requests for contributions). Where to draw the line between the essential and the extracurricular has long been a subject of debate. Doesn’t AB1575 set up a process for examining that line?

  • MDUSD Board Watcher

    Sue,

    Good to see you posting again. What other monikers have you been using in the mean-time?

    I haven’t seen long time board watcher log in for some time. Still angling for the new PIO job?

  • Hell Freezing Over

    @PHMS Parent #65 – could you elaborate on the emailed question to the supt. regarding access to water at lunch for the students?

    I remember reading / hearing during a board meeting (summer of 2011?) the district reversed their stance about supplying free water in 10 school cafeterias they said would cost $300,000.00 to provide and came back with providing free water to students in those 10 schools would be done at a very minimal cost (like a few hundred?) to initiate in the ten schools.

  • Theresa Harrington

    HFO: Here is video of the superintendent’s report, in which he talks about the feeder pattern meetings and mentions the water issue: http://qik.com/video/54936052
    He said the district emailed feeder patterns a week ahead of time to ask for questions. As far as I know, no email has gone to Northgate feeder pattern parents asking for suggested discussion topics or informing them of a meeting with the superintendent.
    Regarding the water issue, you are right. The district initially planned to tell the state it couldn’t afford to provide water at lunchtime. But, when some people pointed out that voters had recently approved a $348 million construction bond to fund school improvements, the district had a hard time explaining why it couldn’t afford to provide water to students. However, I don’t recall what the final solution was and Lawrence didn’t elaborate in his report.
    It would be helpful if minutes were provided after these feeder pattern meetings. The PAC meetings had minutes, so those who were unable to attend could find out what happened.

  • Doctor J

    @SB#69 Why do we need a law that tells school districts to do what the Constitution requires them to do ? AB 1575 Requires the each local school board to establish policies and proceedures consistent with CDE recommendations, AND provides an appeal process that includes giving CDE a remedy to order the District to refund “payments”. It appears that almost all of the “fees” I cited earlier will not be allowed to be charged. Districts will not be able to “pressure” families with pay or no play. While voting to support that bill, Linda Mayo took zero action to have MDUSD begin preparing to be ready for the policies and procedures that now must be in place in just five months — the so called strategic plan sat dormant for 7 months and Linda Mayo took no action to bring it forward or support bringing it forward. Yet, Linda Mayo has continued to advocate the Board receiving extravagant full family Medical\Dental\Vision benefits that most of district employees do not receive cost free — this is money that could be used for students AND she voted for expensive contract extensions for the Big5 even with the uncertainity of the funding issues in the state and district. While the Supt threatens 11 furlough days, Linda Mayo’s M|D|V full family benefits will not be touched one iota. Bottom line: Linda Mayo supported AB 1175 without a single thought on what the financil impact will be on MDUSD — who she was elected to represent. I believe that Linda Mayo places her Board State PTA position over her elected office.

  • RECALL LINDA

    It is time to recall Linda Mayo.

    VOTE NO ON WHITMARSH!

    RECALL MAYO!

  • Hell Freezing Over

    Thanks TH @ 72.

    So it appears that in over 15 months time (July 7, 2011 to October 8, 2012) – this district has not put into affect providing access to free drinking water as they stated they would do, at the 10 cafeterias identified in this blog post?

    http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2011/07/07/mt-diablo-school-district-does-about-face-on-new-drinking-water-requirement/

    This district can throw up solar panels in over 40 different schools parking lots and playgrounds at record speed but they can’t put a large water dispenser in each of the 10 cafeterias to provide students with access to water at lunchtime as required by law (effective July 1, 2011)?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Pete Pedersen didn’t mention drinking water during his Measure C PowerPoint presentation. Perhaps it is considered part of “modernization,” which is taking a back seat to solar panels and air conditioning, which have been fast-tracked.

  • Theresa Harrington

    I emailed Superintendent Lawrence and asked for a list of feeder pattern meetings, but received no response.
    So, I called Northgate HS and was told the feeder pattern meeting is tonight at 7 p.m. in the school’s staff lounge.
    Unfortunately for any parents of juniors, this conflicts with a Junior Parent and Student night at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater.

  • Doctor J

    Now we have WaterGATE ! Round up the usual suspects. On July 11, 2011 Theresa posted: “After reading my story, a Central San employee asked me to forward this low-cost drinking fountain suggestion to the district: http://www.flexidrinkingfountain.com/.
    I forwarded it to Jeff McDaniel, Pete Pedersen and Greg Rolen.” Reminds me of the old Roadrunner cartoons pointing in both directions: He went that way !

  • PHMS Parent

    HFO….. the discussion in the feeder meeting was specific to Ayers. Many students bring bottled water to school and have it in their backpack. When lunch came around, they were not allowed to go to their backpacks for their bottles. In the cafeteria, there was supposed to be a bucket of water bottles for students but the children were indicating these were not present. Since the school is required to offer milk (state law), the students who wanted water could not obtain it. Dr Lawrence was going to look into why the water was not available to students – I’m not sure if its been resolved or not.

    Hope that helps.

    Theresa – the meeting was very informal and no notes were recorded. A few parents jotted notes as the meeting went on but nothing formal for publication that I was aware of. Lawrence jotted a few follow-up items that he was going to track down (like the water issue) but aside from that, nothing was noted.

  • Doctor J

    @TH#77 When was the alleged notice of tonight’s feeder pattern sent ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Perhaps staff is waiting for board direction to follow up on the helpful suggestion sent by Central San.
    In addition to meeting with mayors, it might be a good idea for the district to also include Central San and other agencies that could offer advice for doing business more effectively.

  • Theresa Harrington

    PHMS Parent: Thanks for the detailed explanation!
    Dr. J: I am not aware of any notice of tonight’s Northgate feeder pattern meeting. I asked the superintendent to provide me with a copy of whatever he sent to the feeder pattern asking for questions and informing them of the meeting. So far, I have received no response.

  • Doctor J

    Update on WaterGATE: Here are the ten schools that were to get water dispensers in their cefeterias as of July 2011 to comply with the law. Perhaps someone call call each of the schools and ask. Who do we blame the lack of “follow through” on ?
    Bancroft Elementary in Walnut Creek
    Delta View Elementary in Pittsburg
    Diablo View Middle School in Clayton
    Glenbrook Middle School in Concord
    Highlands Elementary in Concord
    Mt. Diablo Elementary in Clayton
    Shore Acres Elementary in Bay Point
    Valley View Middle School in Pleasant Hill
    Valley Verde Elementary in Walnut Creek
    Ygnacio Valley Elementary in Concord.

  • Doctor J

    Easiest to file a Williams Act Complaint for refusal to obey SB 1413 AND the Federal “The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010”. Or maybe ten Williams Act Complaints, one for each school. And while you are at it, add a complaint for the District not having the Williams Act Complaint form “readily available” on its website. http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cp/uc/documents/ucpcomplaintform.doc

  • Doctor J

    Read all about the Federal Act. “The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/Policy-Memos/2011/SP28-2011_osr.pdf

  • Anon

    It seems as if the feeder pattern meetings are scheduled with conflicts on purpose. Why won’t the district put the list of meetings out to the public and just be done with it?
    It is my opinion that the schools really don’t want parents to be involved and it really is about self preservation and not the kids.

  • anon

    The feeder pattern meetings for Diablo View/Pine Hollow are December 5, February 13, and May 1. I believe the locations will rotate, so not sure where the next one will be.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Brian Lawrence called and told me that he didn’t even know when the Northgate feeder pattern meeting was — and he lives in it.
    While he was at his son’s school (Walnut Acres Elementary) this morning, he asked the women in the office when the feeder pattern meeting was going to take place. He was told it hadn’t yet been scheduled and wouldn’t be until December.
    Brian Lawrence said he also asked very active PTA members about it and they didn’t know when it was scheduled either.
    Now that Brian Lawrence knows it’s at Northgate HS, he said he will try to attend.
    One good question to ask would be: Why all the secrecy about these meetings, which are ostensibly to improve communication with parents?
    Anon: It appears that the superintendent wants to be able to tell the board that he is holding meetings with parents — without actually inviting parents.

  • Anon

    Notice that it’s not on the Northgate HS calendar http://northgatehighschool.net

  • Theresa Harrington

    No, but there are TWO other parent meetings scheduled at the exact same time: one for grad night planning and one for junior parents. That leaves parents of sophomores and freshmen to attend the superintendent meeting — if they know about it.

  • Hell Freezing Over

    PHMS Parent @79 – thanks for the explanation and naming the school – glad to hear the parents are providing feedback and documenting / asking questions ( via email) for the district to answer.

    So now that raises questions for the district about Ayers putting out a bucket / pan filled with bottled water for the kids.
    1. Why can’t that be done at the 10 schools on the list? Very affordable and easily implemented solution.
    2. When did Ayers start providing water free of charge to the students using this easy to implement solution? (they didn’t when my children attended in the late 90′s – early 2000′s)
    3. If this is being done at Ayers, why wasn’t Ayers included in the list of schools that the district said would need major construction to make sure water was available in the cafeteria / MURs?

    This just seems like such an easy fix for the 10 schools listed – and any school really. One would think the district staff would want to do this immediately for the kids, and to be in compliance with the law.

  • Anon

    I’m hoping to videotape tonights meeting.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Anon: Thanks, since I won’t be able to attend.

  • anon

    By the way, has Brian Lawrence given us a full update on his “Educator” experience including classes taught, how many hours per week, where, for how long, credentials held, etc.? I suspect not because my sources at MDEA tell me that they were told to not comment on it. The truth is Brian Lawrence is not who he claims to be and unless he can prove he is the public should reject him on the basis that a school district that preaches character to its students should not accept someone like Lawrence on the Board. Of course, there’s always Whitmarsh and Eberhart but they are more irrelevant every day.

  • Ayers Mom

    #HFO,
    The issue at Ayers was not that no water was available, a drinking fountain is present and working in the lunch room. A parent questioned why bottled water was not available for purchase in addition to milk and Switch brand sparkling juices.
    That’s all it was.

  • anon

    Anon @94,
    I see your point, but exactly how many hours must someone work teaching others to qualify as an educator?

  • NG Parent

    Have a child at NG and one at Valle Verde and had no clue of tonight’s feeder pattern meeting at Northgate. Many many emails from both schools about other things but no mention of the meeting.

  • The Observer

    Anon @94 and @95
    I see an educator as someone who is actively engaged on a daily basis with students in a learning environment such as a public or private school, community college, college or university. I also see an educator as someone with earned credentials in a particular field of education, a body of work and experience, and subject to regular evaluation.That would be a minimum.

    It would seem that Mr. Lawrence is saying that two hours a week qualifies him as an educator. I don’t think that passes the credibility test. In my profession I may informally advise clients on a number of issues every week but it hardly allows me to claim to be a financial manager, stock broker, mortgage expert,etc. To do so would be highly suspect and
    make me a liar and fraud. To act on those assertions would eventually make me a felon.

  • Doctor J

    Brian Lawrence now claims a different occupation other than educator in his campaign finance statements filed this week — claims to have mailed on Oct 5 but not arrived at CC County Elections until Oct 9. Maybe the Colombus day holiday delay.

  • Doctor J

    Brian Lawrence changed his Facebook disclosure occupaton to “Politician” but continues to refuse to disclose who his 717 Facebook friends are, although we know they include Gary Eberhart, Sherry Whitmarsh and Paul Strange.