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MDUSD 10-22-12

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 7:37 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

I was unable to attend Monday’s board meeting, but am posting the agenda below, in case anyone who was there would like to comment on what happened:

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 Expulsion Info
4.2 Anticipated Litigation Info
4.3 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release/Complaint Info
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 Anticipated Litigation Info
7.2 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release/Complaint Info
8.0 Expulsion Recommendations
8.1 Expulsion Recommendation – Student #06-13 Action
9.0 Consent Agenda
9.1 (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
9.2 (Item #2) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
9.3 (Item #3) Request to increase Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2012-2013 school year Action
9.4 (Item #4) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
9.5 (Item #5) Classified Personnel: Request to Create Positions for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year Action
9.6 (Item #6) Fiscal Transactions for the month of September 2012 Action
9.7 (Item #7) Final Change Order: Bid #1599-HVAC Renovations at Ayers Elementary, Mt. Diablo Elementary and Foothill Middle Schools Action
9.8 (Item #8) Final Change Order: Bid #1600-HVAC Renovations at Loma Vista Adult and Concord High School Action
9.9 (Item #9) Notice of Completion for Bid #1599/Contract C-903, HVAC Renovations at Ayers Elementary, Mt. Diablo Elementary and Foothill Middle School Action
9.10 (Item #10) Notice of Completion for Bid #1600/Contract C-904, HVAC Renovation at Loma Vista Adult Center and Concord High School Action
9.11 (Item #11) Notice of Completion for Bid #1613/C-912, Asphalt Paving Play Yard Improvements at Pleasant Hill Elementary, Walnut Acres Elementary, Meadow Homes Elementary and Cambridge Elementary Action
9.12 (Item #12) Award of Design Services Contract: Renovation of Science Wing at Ygnacio Valley High School Action
9.13 (Item #13) Award of Design Services Contract: Renovation of Shop 1300 Wing at Ygnacio Valley High School Action
9.14 (Item #14) Filing of Amended Certificate of Signatures Action
9.15 (Item #15) Approval of Contract with Exploring New Horizons (ENH for Strandwood Elementary School) Action
9.16 (Item #16) Clayton Valley High School Attendance Area Action
9.17 (Item #17) Approval of Resolution #12/13-16: Native American Heritage Month Action
10.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion
11.0 Student Representatives
11.1 Student representatives will report on activities at their schools. Info
12.0 Recognitions
12.1 School Improvement Grant (SIG) – Cohort 1 Report Info
12.2 Recognition of Improvement on the Academic Performance Index (API) Info
13.0 Public Comment
13.1 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
14.0 Communications
14.1 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
15.0 Superintendent’s Report
15.1 Superintendent’s Report Info
16.0 Business/Action Items
16.1 Approval of Adult Education Course Titles for 2012-2013 Action
16.2 College Park Attendance Area Action
16.3 Meeting Extension Action
17.0 Board Member Reports
17.1 Board reports – two minute time limit Info
18.0 Closed Session
18.1 Items not completed during the first Closed Session will be carried over to this closed session. Action
19.0 Adjournment
19.1 Adjourn Meeting Info

What was most interesting about this meeting?


Here is a link to audio of the meeting:

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120 Responses to “MDUSD 10-22-12”

  1. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Lorie Davis has sent out a CAC update that says Supt. Lawrence is refusing to provide the third party analysis based on attorney-client privilege, but she is more hopeful about receiving specific information about comparable districts.
    She said parents are also complaining their phone calls are not being returned, so Kerri Mills is instituting a new procedure where parents should call Chris Wilburne if they don’t get calls back within 48 hours.
    Davis also reports that Lawrence now says the FCMAT special ed report will be released in Dec. or Jan. and that the next CAC meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 (election night).
    Unfortunately, this update does not yet show up on the CAC blog.

  2. Doctor J Says:

    Has FCMAT ever justified why it never posted the “Transportation Report” from September 6 after it told Theresa it would post it when “final” ?

  3. Anon Says:

    The CAC is correct that phone calls are not being returned but, Kerri Mills is not returning calls as well. Falling on deaf ears. Watch out Special Ed. Parents….Our district is swirling down the toilet!

  4. g Says:

    If only this were true: “…even though Pleasant Hill taxpayers are spending millions in Measure C money to pay for school improvements in their community.”

    Many of us are paying those same millions and no longer even have a school “in our community!”

  5. Anon Says:

    Oh, and there is a special Special Ed Meeting on the 1st at the Dent. Invitations were sent out to Special Ed Parents.

  6. Doctor J Says:

    Holy Cow ! You have to read the FCMAT Transportation report for Ocean View USD — remember all that bull manure that FCMAT spewed about its secret knowledge of “majority” of districts transporting Special Ed Students only about 10% of the district enrollement ??? Well on Oct 8, 2012, just a month after the infamous MDUSD report, FCMAT says: “In total, the district provides transportation to 24.4%
    of its total special education student population . . .” Pretty much in line with MDUSD but clearly not in line with FCMAT’s hocus pocus conclusions for MDUSD WITHOUT ANY FACTS OR DATA EXCEPTION PURE CONJECTURE. Read it and weep Bill Gillaspie. Hey Special Ed Parents, better download and copy this report before Lawrence and Rolen have FCMAT remove it ! Mark the inconsisenties with the MDUSD report.

  7. Doctor J Says:

    I admire the integrity of this teacher, principal, and superintendent who did their duty and reported another teacher for cheating on the STAR tests. If this had happened in MDUSD, would the teacher, principal and superintendent done the same thing ? Read page two of the report.

  8. g Says:

    Holy Cow-#106!–even non IEP students qualify for bus at:
    • Preschool – 0.5 mile
    • Elementary schools – 1 mile
    • Middle schools – 1.5 miles
    Only 806 kids qualify based on mileage, but they provide transportation for 1560. Clearly, Ocean View cares about the safety of their children, AND getting them to school on time!

    FCMAT recommends saving money by kicking nearly half of the riders off the buses.

    I may have missed it, but there is no mention of any of the kids being charged anything to ride the buses.

  9. teacher Says:

    #97 – Jim – Once again, I appreciate your thoughtful, respectful response to my post. You clearly have specific knowledge about the topic and are willing to dialogue without ranting and railing. I believe that your posts are productive and informative.
    I hope that you will consider joining the team that Theresa refers to in #99. It sounds like you would have useful insight, experience and information to offer.

    #99 Theresa – It is an exciting prospect to think about upgraded schools. I’m a bit skeptical though as so much of our past “upgrading” is jerryrigged, with wires encircling rooms, hallways and buildings. Many our our schools are more than 50 years old and need major building renovations. They have been patched together for too long.

  10. Doctor J Says:

    Did Sun Terrace parents get their NCLB letter giving them transfer rights with PAID TRANSPORTATION because Sun Terrace earned the dubious honor of “Program Improvement” ? If so, are you moving your child to a higher performing school ?

  11. Doctor J Says:

    @TH#101 Lorie Davis said: ” Validation of statements made when comparisons were made to other districts. Dr. Mills has contacted FCMAT and expects to send me a summary in the next couple of days.” Well now, it will be interesting to compare the responses Theresa got from Bill Gillaspie for the same question ! Theresa, where was your post on that issue ? Cn’t find it.

  12. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Dr. J: Comments 113-135 in this blog post address the “comparable schools”:

    Also, here’s the blog post that goes into more detail and shows that FCMAT could not name a single district that clusters special education students:

    The CAC blog now has Davis’ report posted at

  13. Theresa Harrington Says:

    MDHS is participating in a “Creating Supportive Schools for LGBTQ Youth in Contra Costa County” event from 9-3:30 p.m. Saturday:
    Cost is $10 for adults.
    There will also be a free Gay-Straight Alliance Leadership Summit for youth ages 13-24 at the same time, which is free:
    Deadline is 3 p.m. Friday to register for youth conference.

  14. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Pretty light agenda Monday:

    It looks like the board will wait to implement the strategic plan until after the election.

    During the PH candiate’s forum, Whitmarsh said she thought the board would review a plan regarding the district’s disproportionality in November. But,it looks like that will wait until after the election too.

  15. Doctor J Says:

    @TH#114 Remember that the new board members won’t be sworn in until probably December because the election results won’t be certified. So while Eberhart is now a lame duck, perhaps Sherry will be a lame-duck after the election. They still could pass a lot of things prior to the changing of the guard.

  16. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Yes, but according to the district website, the next meeting after Nov. 5 is Dec. 10:

  17. Doctor J Says:

    @TH#116 So when has the schedule prevented the President from calling a special meeting ?

  18. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Please note that I have added a new blog post about the implementation of Common Core Standards in Contra
    Costa County districts:

    As previously mentioned, the MDUSD principal noted in my blog post is Liane Cismowski, who is now an elementary principal, after previously working as a vice principal/teacher at MDHS and as a teacher at Olympic HS. She has also served on the National Certification Board for teachers.

  19. Theresa Harrington Says:

    A new report by the US Dept. of Ed. shows two-thirds of SIG schools making gains, while one-third are sliding backwards:

    Here’s what Arne Duncan said about the schools making improvement: “…what’s clear already is that almost without exception, schools moving in the right direction have two things in common; a dynamic principal with a clear vision for establishing a culture of high expectations, and talented teachers who share that vision, with a relentless commitment to improving instruction.”

    Based on the MDUSD SIG presentation, it seems that most SIG schools in the district share these traits. I have also heard (and observed) that Mary Louise Newling at Meadow Homes is fostering a similar culture there. Can the same be said of Oak Grove MS?

  20. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Teachers who need extra money to implement programs to help students can post their ideas on through Nov. 30:

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