Tonight’s board meeting appears to be very light on agenda items, with only two easement dedications listed under action items.
But there are a few interesting items on the consent calendar:
Item 8.8: Recission of bid for ethernet cabling (bidder says it’s too risky at $70,000 per day on a $1 million contract): http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/com/print_item.aspx?itemId=6010
Item 8.9: Award of same bid to another contracter, who apparently accepted the risk (although the attachments don’t spell that out): http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=6011&mtgId=352
Item 8.10: Inspector fees of more than $8,000 to be paid from developer fees for IHTA gourmet kitchen at MDHS: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=6012&mtgId=352
I had a call from a Bay Point/Pittsburg resident today who alleged the district is spending developer fees from new homes constructed in that area on schools on the “other side of the hill.” In this case, MDHS does serve Bay Point students, but this resident argued developer fees should remain on the other side of the hill to accommodate overcrowding there by building a new school.
Item 8.11: College Park Measure C improvements: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=6017&mtgId=352
It looks like the school is finally getting the paving and drainage improvements that former Principal Barbara Oaks asked for back in March, 2010.
Items 8.12 are is also for College Park improvements.
Item 8.13 is for interim housing (but doesn’t say that on the agenda).
We’re back to College Park again with Item 8.14, for environmental services related to athletic facilities improvements.
The board also plans to approve more YVHS improvements related to the controversial field expansion in item 8.15: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=6022&mtgId=352
Item 8.16: Leasing interim housing (as opposed to the other interim housing item at 8.13).
Item 8.19: Translator support: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=6020&mtgId=352
The district intends to contract with Marisol Rolen (Greg Rolen’s wife, among other contractors)
I will try to do a live blog and videotape the proceedings.
8:20 p.m. UPDATE/LIVE BLOG:
I got here a bit late and didn’t hear the complete report out of closed session, but I believe I heard that trustees intend to go back into closed session after the meeting is over.
I believe the board approved all of the consent calendar items except 8.19, which was pulled. (I will confirm this after the meeting is over.)
NOV. 6 UPDATE: Here is a link to the meeting audio: http://www.mdusd.org/boe/Documents/audio/2012/110512.mp3
Per the audio, Board President Sherry Whitmarsh announced that the board voted in closed session to send one student to Diablo Day School. She also said trustees would go back into closed session after the meeting to discuss employee discipline/release/complaint.
Trustee Cheryl Hansen pulled item 8.19 from the consent calendar and the board unanimously approved the rest of the consent calendar.
Here are video clips of the discussion and votes regarding translator services:
The board voted 3-2 to negotiate contracts with three of the four vendors presented by staff (Eberhart and Whitmarsh against).
The board then voted 3-2 to also negotiate with AIS (Hansen, Mayo against).
Deb Cooksey said the second vote put the board right back where it was before the first vote, with all four vendors in the running for contracts.
Student reports: http://youtu.be/39ssvOP2Dfw
Superintendent’s Report: http://youtu.be/GnahOWRHTvA
College Park HS easement: http://youtu.be/xO2M_R5cht4
Board unanimously approved easement.
Sun Terrace Elementary easement: http://youtu.be/RzwHkWuANyM
Board unanimously approved easement.
Trustee Cheryl Hansen’s board report: http://youtu.be/O_bqChkrMog
Hansen reported on an upcoming Iron Chef competition Wednesday at Concord High School, which she will help judge.
Trustee Lynne Dennler’s board report: http://youtu.be/n2fRImJoYmg
Dennler reported on an autism task force meeting she attended.
Trustee Gary Eberhart’s board report: http://youtu.be/ISJVIrWkj10
Eberhart thanked staff and the community for the support he has received over the years and wished the board well as it tackles difficult decisions in the future.
Trustee Linda Mayo’s board report: http://youtu.be/XREkBE_6o_w
Mayo thanked Eberhart for his years of service and reported on her recent activities.
Board President Sherry Whitmarsh’s board report: http://youtu.be/b8OmXcTadSM
Whitmarsh reported on what she is thankful for, then called for a break before the board went back into closed session to discuss employee complaint/dismissal/release.
Interestingly, no one mentioned the election. Whitmarsh is up for re-election and the board has endorsed Props. 30 and 38.
Do you agree with the board’s decision to allow AIS to renegotiate its contract bid to retain a portion of MDUSD’s translation services work?