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MDUSD board identifies priority performance targets for superintendent

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 11:59 am in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

At the Jan. 28 board meeting, Board President Cheryl Hansen reported out some of the performance targets for Superintendent Steven Lawrence, which were discussed during his Jan. 18 closed session performance evaluation.

Since many people on this blog have expressed an interest in seeing those performance targets in writing, Hansen sent them to me in an e-mail today.

Here is what she wrote:

“On January 18, 2013, here is what the Board determined were some of the priority areas for the remainder of this school year based on the Superintendent’s performance targets, all of which he is still responsible for accomplishing:

1. High Quality and Effective Staff – Target 3: Climate Survey

· General Counsel completes and reports out his evaluation of any legal implications of conducting a climate survey (February 25 meeting).

· Create and actually conduct a district and school climate survey this school year, piloting it with at least one elementary, one middle, and one high school.

2. Supportive Family and Community Involvement – Target 2: External Communications

· Improve and update district and school web sites to be informative and current. Archive information and documents prior to August 2011.

· Create a Superintendent’s page with current messages and links to up-to-date communications, events, and reports.

3. High Schools – Target 4: Other Critical Measures (High School Rigor)

· Complete an assessment and present a recommendation regarding increasing graduation requirements and credits.

· Increase high school students’ completion of A-G requirements so graduates have more post-secondary opportunities.

4. All K-12 Students – Target 1A and 1B: English Proficiency

· Implement and monitor the English Learner Master Plan.

5. Middle Schools (and High Schools) – Target 1: API and Target 2: Mathematics

· Create more effective math pathways and successful course completion, particularly at the middle and high school levels.

· Evaluate and improve effectiveness of programs and intervention at Year 5 Program Improvement schools.”

Do you agree that these performance goals should be priorities for Superintendent Steven Lawrence?

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  • Wendy Lack

    Why can’t an entire District escape the tangled web of Ed Code rules, so it can “turn on a dime” and function more efficiently, responsively?

  • @ 300

    Yes, I would love the Public School System in California to be disolved and rebuilt for the students, not the unions.

    I have obviously hit a hot spot for you in trying to figure out how this works and benefits the District as well as the Charter. Don’t YOU want all students, even District students, to have access to the best education? Your response gives me the feeling of well, we did it, so until you do it, too bad. Not a very nice way to try to achieve the best for all students.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Anon: It’s my understanding that the new law restricting schools’ ability to ask for parent donations applies to all public schools, including charters. Some other public schools also “require” parent volunteers, such as Sequoia MS, which requires each parent to sign up for “parent patrol” during lunch one day per year for each child attending.

  • Been Down That Road….

    @302–I actually believe that as more and more schools discover the advantages of charter or work to emulate what charters are doing, it begins to to affect the whole in a positive manner. The entire public schools system is broken and to fix it is the work of many years. No–I’m not willing to sacrifice my children’s education while I wait for someone else to “fix things”. The type of fix that CV enacted is a grass-roots effort at reform. I hope it spreads.

  • Theresa Harrington

    And as has been pointed out, Eagle Peak Montessori is doing that for students in grades 1-5. When Flex Academy held an orientation, I recall several Eagle Peak parents there told me they didn’t know where to send their children when they got to middle school and they were looking for options other than MDUSD.

  • Anon

    If you don’t volunteer for parent patrol, can the school tell you that your child can no longer attend due to lack of participation?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Since Sequoia is a “magnet” school, parents must sign contracts and failure to abide by those contracts is grounds for students to be transferred to another school. I believe it’s possible to opt out of the parent patrol if a parent is unable to fulfill that obligation, but I’m not sure how that works.

  • Anon

    So, since it appears that you are saying district schools can run like a charter, all schools in our district have the same rules and are equal to charters, it is just our district employees and board of trustees that run our schools poorly?

  • Anon

    And therefore, schools can pay more to retain certain teachers/administrators, even if that money comes from parent groups?

    This has always been no, please let us know it has all changed and we are now all equal.

  • Theresa Harrington

    If the district gave schools more autonomy, they could run more like charters. But, I don’t believe that parent groups can actually pay teachers or administrators more to retain them. Teachers are bound by their union contract.
    However, parent clubs could pay teachers or administrators extra money for taking on additional classes or coaching teams, etc. Technically, though, I believe that money would be designated for the class or activity, not specifically tied to a certain employee. Also, I believe it must be approved annually by the parent group.

  • Doctor J

    Any reports on the CAC or Meadow Homes feeder pattern ?

  • Doctor J

    I was surprised, but delighted, that FCMAT finally linked Theresa’s article on the snub of Dr. Ovick by Steven Lawrence under their educational headlines from yesterday.

  • Doctor J

    Interesting selection process in Berkeley for a new Supt which is heavily weighted with the public input. The Board rejected the finalists, and so they are on their third search. One candidate was rejected for being too top down management style. http://www.insidebayarea.com/education/ci_22724775/berkeley-looks-schools-superintendent-again

  • Theresa Harrington

    Due to a project I’m working on, I didn’t attend the Meadow Homes or CAC meetings. However, I heard that very few people attended the Meadow Homes meeting, including Sherry Whitmarsh, a few other YV parents and a few Meadow Homes parents.