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MDUSD special board meeting tonight regarding strategic plan, closed session for action on dismissal of two employees and negotiations

The Mt. Diablo school board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to discuss the strategic plan, before going into closed session to consider and act on the dismissal of two contract employees and to act on union negotiations. The public is invited to speak before the board acts on these items. The board is expected to report out its actions after the closed session.

Here is the agenda for the meeting, which will take place in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord:

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 President will call the meeting to order Info

1.2 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

2.0 Public Comment
2.1 The public may address the Board regarding any item within the jurisdiction of the Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. 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

3.0 Business/Action Items

3.1 Strategic Plan Action

4.0 Public Comment
4.1 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

5.0 Adjourn to Closed Session

5.1 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release Action

5.2 Negotiations Action

6.0 Reconvene Open Session

6.1 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session Info

7.0 Adjournment
7.1 Adjourn meeting. Info”

Do you agree with the board’s decision to discuss the strategic plan before this closed session?

Posted by on April 16, 2013.

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Categories: Education, Mt. Diablo school district

  • Anon

    J /g, I agree with all your arguments on why Lawrence should go. But, you both don’t have an answer for the delay. Lawrence telling board don’t let me go, because I’ll be getting another job soon? I’m sorry but when there are grounds to dismiss ANY employee you move forward. And what is the excuse for keeping the general counsel? In any other district he would be gone akready. You have a fractured board here and B. Lawrence is at the center of the dysfunction., its great your keeping the issues alive I applaud that, but lack of any real board action is telling.

  • MDUSD Board Watcher

    This is all absolutely dispicable and crazy. It is time for lawrence and rolen to be shown the door.

    If the current board is unwilling to act, it may be time to recall some of them. I recommend starting with Dennler (for gross incompetence), Mayo (for shady possibly illegal dealings), and maybe B. Lawrence (for unwillingness to step up to the plate and do the right thing).

  • g

    That’s a start. Based on multiple current legal issues and listening to those on the inside–who are afraid to go public– Personnel (Braun-Martin) and Fiscal (Richards) are Major Problem areas as well.

  • ABC’s

    ABC, we all know it: Anything But the Children.
    Dr. Lawrence seems to feel that only the country club set matters. He has hidden behind Bryan Richards and allowed Richards to act as some pseudo-superintendent. Bryan Richards claims it was Steven Lawrence’s idea to move into the assistant superintendent’s office space. I do not feel Bryan Richards should be managing, period. He doesn’t respect teachers or students. The unions have ignored too much. They look the other way while Northgate uses non-union “volunteers” and “hires” extra staff at the parent’s club expense. One school should not have access to basic “rights”, such as library programs, while others languish. How does he think such favoritism feels to the children who most need the reading help and an introduction to computer skills? Dr. Lawrence is ensuring that children who enter our schools with disadvantages stay behind. Maybe we can get Northgate’s cast-offs. Cutting librarians was the death knell. It showed the focus on management salaries at the cost of the children. Certainly there were many points where the schools came last. The schools are just the vehicle to keep the high salaries flowing for the core group that now must go. They must go. I would start with Bryan Richards just based on my payroll errors. If the board members think they will go on to other political posts, that the district is some stepping stone, or the public has a short memory, let me say this: Eberhart.

  • g

    Working on another project I came across an expense from last May 31. $2,200. to law offices of Gagen McCoy for “Matter 08-51462 Evaluation Issue” and couldn’t help but think how nicely this fits into the Mildred Browne timeline.

    All the while, still ringing in my ears–Rolen, sitting bolt upright and challanging Hansen –’you want to go outside for a lawyer to look at PRA? A lawyer that isn’t under contract?’

    This coming just a month or so after he had McCoy (still without contract) write a denial of the Cure & Correct.

    Harlequin!

  • Doctor J

    @G#104Maybe the District paid for the employee’s lawyer ? We still don’t have an answer that the Dec 2012 Gagen McCoy invoice was for.

  • Anon

    TH 100, those districts belong to the Las Trampas Council of PTAs. It’s strange that MDUSD re-elected Linda Mayo who’s active in the State PTA, but she’s never united MDUSD with the Las Trampas Council. MDUSD would bring thousands of families and more diversity to Las Trampas’ legislative advocacy efforts.

  • g

    Dr. J: I suspect the Dec payment was “in advance” for the Jan 17 letter on the Cure & Correct. But, who knows?

    Rolen also paid Gagen McCoy back in mid 2009 for another similar personnel/evaluation/who knows what issue–(obviously another one Rolen didn’t want to have his fingerprints on)—that’s just about the time they forced McHenry out wasn’t it.

  • g

    I take it back. That Dec payment to Gagen McCoy was made before the Wendy Lack Cure & Correct was given to the board. So, with 7 legal firms on tap (9 now), Rolen uses a non-contracted firm to do his “contract” jobs. Interesting.

  • http://www.k12reboot.com Jim

    @106 Anon — I’m not sure how many schools in MDUSD have a PTA, if any. If they don’t exist within MDUSD, that would explain why there is no affiliation with the Las Trampas Council. The MDUSD schools my children attended instead had PFCs (Parent Faculty Clubs), which were not affiliated with the PTA — something I always appreciated, since they focused on school site and district issues, rather than being distracted by the political agendas of the state and national PTA organizations.

  • Theresa Harrington

    ABC’s: I would add: Strange. He told me once that he envisioned himself in a state-level elected position. Yet, he seems to have gone quietly into political obscurity. As you point out, same with Eberhart. Although Joan Buchanan has effectively used a position on the school board as a stepping stone, it’s unclear how many politicians view a school board slot that way.

    Jim: You are right that many MDUSD schools have PFCs instead of PTA’s. I understand it costs more money to join the PTA. But, it was impressive to see that the Las Trampas and SRVUSD PTAs were able to bring in Reps. George Miller and Eric Swalwell, along with Assemblywomen Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan and state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier. Miller and Bonilla also represent MDUSD, yet there were no MDUSD voices asking questions at the PTA legislative advocacy day I attended. Miller mentioned the diverse area he serves, which includes MDUSD and WCCUSD, where students are actually being killed. Diversity was definitely missing at that event. There is a Mt. Diablo council of PTAs that has been headed up by Mona Ricard, who was a district teacher of the year from Sequoia Elementary last year. Perhaps the Mt. Diablo council of PTAs could ask to be included in the SRVUSD/Las Trampas event.

    As I mentioned, I noticed that the Moraga and Acalanes superintendents actually talked about how they collaborate with each other. This seems to be missing in MDUSD. Also, when I attended a Contra Costa SELPA talk for the Brentwood CAC, I was struck by the fact that the County SELPA is guided by many superintendents. It seems that MDUSD is so big that it doesn’t really appear to feel the need to work collaboratively with other districts or other SELPAs. This appears to give it a monopoly mentality.

    Local control is hyped as being good when leadership puts the students’ interests first. But, if a monopolistic leadership doesn’t put the students’ interests first, there doesn’t seem to be the same level of checks and balances in large districts that smaller districts have, since smaller districts must partner more with other districts or the county.

    However, MDUSD is collaborating with the Antioch and Pittsburg districts in the new Linked Learning pilot program. And Superintendent Lawrence has talked about partnering with community colleges to bolster high school instruction. These efforts to get out of “silos” and work together are encouraging.

  • Star

    I do not blame Northgate for wanting the best for their children but those advantages should have been made available to all the schools. It is not Northgate’s job to ensure equality within the school district. We need a caring superintendent. It really angers me that library science, classroom help, supplies are seen as extras. Notice who stood up for Dr. Lawrence. Not the parents of children at higher risk for dropping out or failing. How do you feed one child (educationally) and starve the others? Basically, if the site’s “resources” are insufficient to hire their own “help”, they go without. Do these parents have to band together and sue? Dr. Lawrence and Bryan Richards presume this is their money. Our districts funds are not some entitlement or trust fund. It is for the children, not the ever-burgeoning management. Is this a precursor to court-ordered busing?

  • http://www.k12reboot.com Jim

    @112 Star — The issue of equitable funding plagues every state in the country and most large school districts. In CA, the per child funds are set by the state (according to a mind-numbingly complex formula that the Governor is proposing to change). In addition, the feds, state and district all offer extra categorical funds for specific purposes, which they spend on exactly the neediest students whom you are concerned about.

    So what would you have the district do? They can’t just take more money from the per child allotments in the affluent schools. Those are mandated and not that high to begin with. They can’t take the money that parents in more affluent schools give to their schools (as Sherry Whitmarsh once absent-mindingly proposed), because that money is given to legally independent 501c3 organizations set up to help those schools. About the only thing they can do, is divert high school per child spending to elementary schools, to try to get younger students up to speed, which MDUSD does, as we saw in the CVCHS controversy. And how is that working out? Did robbing our high schools produce big gains among younger disadvantaged students?

    All over the country, education bureaucrats are trying to figure out how to make everything “equal”. They’d like to do it by spending endless amounts on disadvantaged students, but after 30 years of that approach, with almost nothing to show for it, taxpayers have grown weary of that approach. So attention has turned to keeping more affluent parents from trying to provide the best that they can for their own children. We can try to “close the gap” by pulling the top downwards, but it is a futile approach.

    The schools that have actually “closed the gap” have done so by getting kids out from under the thumb of dysfunctional district bureaucracies. Success Academies in NYC did it by employing tried-and-true methods that educators have used successfully for years. Their students, on average, are MORE disadvantaged than average in NYC, and yet they are OUTPERFORMING some of the city’s most selective district-run “magnet” schools.

    It can be done. But not with the approaches used today in big districts like MDUSD. And not by scheming to keep affluent parents from trying to patch up the holes in this miserable system.

  • Doctor J

    When is Dan B. going to release what other documents he got on the PRA request ?

  • Doctor J

    Steven lost out on another Supt job according to the Modesto Bee — Stanislaus Union — but I don’t think it was big enough to feed his ego. :-) And Steven keeps playing the fiddle.

  • Theresa Harrington

    I don’t know. I believe he has some concerns about the scope of the response he has received so far.

  • Doctor J

    @TH#116 We would like to hear from him and “weigh in” on the response. Please let him know.

  • Star

    Jim, good points, all, and I am aware of some of those programs. Not picking on Northgate, they are doing positive things for their children, and not suggesting a redistribution program: they never work. There are varied levels of parental involvement, age of parents, economic and many other factors. However, this district has a severe imbalance ratio Dent Center to Sites. The imbalance is too great. It’s great when students get extra’s but they should all have basics. There are limitless funds for more managerial “padding”, managerial “mistakes”, special friends of managers, etc. There is always another person, another layer, another call etc involved in everything now. It seems so out of balance. I do not believe these people are indispensable or that the district would suffer from their removal. I am most concerned that the board will not act or will not observe due diligence in checking out new hires. The laptop was the last straw for me. I cannot remember who said they would take a little money from here and there to cover the deductible for the “lost” laptop. That should have been covered by management cuts and furloughs. It is not only about money. Mr. Richards should have been terminated for cause.

  • g

    I would think more than one person is wondering if selling their soul to get a ‘solar’ bond passed was worth it. That first step you take can really trip you up something awful.

    Supporters say “but look at the new bleachers, the fields, the lights, the pools, the turf, the snack bars, new portables replacing old portables, all that ‘good’ stuff.”

    Just don’t look too closely at the ‘education’ stuff.

  • Wendy Lack

    Re: 4/22/2013 Board Agenda Item 14.5 (http://bit.ly/YEslZH)

    Are District Budget Advisory Committee meetings open to the public?

    Do we know when/where the Committee meets or any other details?

  • g

    Open to the public—yes. Finally thanks to this board hearing our complaints–they are showing up on the district home page calendar. Next one is 4/24/Dent-5pm.

    How do they recruit for members? Questionable-at best. Richards says he asked all the Chambers of Commerce and “none were interested.”

    Doesn’t it seem like if Lawrence/Richards wanted (desparately) to kill off the Parent’s Advisory. they would feel “obligated” to ask some of them if they wanted to join the Budget Advisory?

    Minutes of past meetings—None Of Our Business.

    Of course, that could change with the replacement of the CBO and his secretary.

  • Laptop or Not?

    I am starting to have problems with small, unexplained, charges in my checking account. I closed my account and bought my own credit protection because this credit watch account belongs to the district. I need some assurance the district management does not have access to my personal credit report. I am starting to wonder exactly what was on the laptop, too. I think something bigger happened because nobody tried to open a new account with my information – they hacked my existing account. The only place that has my checking account number is payroll, for my check deposits. Dr. Lawrence never told us account numbers were hacked. I do not think we are getting the truth. Theresa, we need a status on the investigation DIRECTLY FROM THE INVESTIGATORS, not Richards et al. When criticized over their decision not to inform anyone for twenty days, Richards skirted the issue but came close to blaming the police for not informing us. What investigation would include telling the district management to hide this from us? Can we get a copy of the police report, an investigation status, and specific names of those who instructed Bryan Richards to keep it under wraps? Grainy or not, I want to see the security footage. Many times perpetrators are recognized by clothing, a specific gait, some other identifier. I have a bad feeling that this is a decoy issue and something larger happened. I am starting to wonder if it had anything to do with a laptop. Please tell me I am imagining things.

  • Hell Freezing Over
  • g

    Laptop or Not: Have you worked for the district AND had the same account number since BEFORE 2005?

  • Laptop or Not?

    I currently work for the district but the account number would be relatively recent, within the last 3 years. I do not think this has anything to do with a laptop at this point. Why can’t we hear directly from the police and why, with all the money being spent, can’t we get a good forensic investigator? I think they gave us the lesser of the two evils.

  • g

    If the district told the truth, and “only one computer” was stolen, AND that was the “only” computer that had (un-encrypted) employee information on it, AND it would appear that whomever had used the computer in the past had carried it back and forth between MDUSD and Berkeley prior to 2005, AND considering that just about 4 years ago the district was plagued by at least two computer viruses, which caused them to have to take every computer and wipe it, swipe it, clean it up, and reload data—-

    You get my drift. Richards’ “stolen” computer somehow managed to miss either the clean-up, or the clean-up folks managed to miss that there were un-encryped personnel files lurking on it.

    You are right. Even if your info was not compromised by computer theft—the whole think stinks of foul play from within the walls, not outside the window.

  • g

    Even if there is no security video, Concord CSI would have at least taken photos of inside AND outside the broken window–and I think those would be subject to PRA requests. I also find it very hard to imagine that someone at Dent wouldn’t have also taken photos–but I doubt if you could get a copy of those as long as Rolen is around.

  • http://www.k12reboot.com Jim

    @118 Star — “I do not believe these people are indispensable or that the district would suffer from their removal.”

    I’ll go one further: I don’t think our children would suffer from the entire elimination of the district. Most countries do not have anything like “school districts”, and they get along fine. By operating without that layer of overhead and micromanagement, they often have higher student achievement while spending less than we do.

    In fact, we’re experimenting with going “districtless” right now, with CVCHS. We’ll soon see how much they suffer from the absence of all the dysfunction and management hijinks that MDUSD calls “oversight”.

  • Wendy Lack

    Laptop or Not:

    Have you made inquiries directly with the Concord PD regarding the status of the investigation?

  • star

    I firmly believe they need to privatize Fiscal Services. The MDUSD management SELF-PRIVATIZES all the time. Huge salaries for people who do nothing more than sublet their jobs. Julie Braun Martin, Deb Cooksey, Greg Rolen, Steven Lawrence, Lois Peterson, Bryan Richards, the board – all hire outside help to address simple common sense issues. They use taxpayer dollars to absolve them of the responsibility and decision-making of their paid positions. They SELF-PRIVATIZE. Decisions are made based on their contracted stand-ins. I am now on my third month straight of payroll issues and I am just wondering why we can’t privatize Fiscal Services. I had a senior payroll person tell me Bryan had paid a consultant $900 dollars a day to straighten out accounts. This person also told us about the obscene amounts of overtime given to a friend of Rolen’s while these poor employees, at the same level, were denied overtime. They are at the same work level as this employee and thought the work should have been split up fairly. These are long term employees complaining. Is there any way of pulling overtime records for Fiscal Services?

  • http://www.k12reboot.com Jim

    @130 Star — I like that phrase “Self-Privatizing”. Quite descriptive of the sort of cronyism that has gone on too long.

    Makes me wonder if you know where other chestnuts are buried.

  • Anonymous

    Star @ 130: can you provide more detail on this issue of overtime given to a friend of Rolen’s in personnel? When did this happen, and what do you know about it? Was this person just a friend, or rumored to be more than a friend? I am curious if the Board is aware of it.

  • Parent

    Theresa,

    At the end of the day, given what you expect to happen, how much will this entire episode cost the Taxpayers of the MSUSD?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Parent, I’m not sure which “entire episode” you are referencing. Are you talking about the possible dismissal of the superintendent and general counsel? I don’t have any particular expectation about what will happen. I am merely reporting on it as it unfolds. I do intend to ask for the legal costs related to the closed sessions. Whether there is a buyout or a settlement or lawsuits remains to be seen. So, really, we won’t know the total costs until the “entire episode” is over.

  • Parent

    Theresa,

    Thank you. I will look forward to your report on the total costs. I think the costs may be staggering to an already cash-strapped district.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Parent, You’re welcome. But, it’s possible that trustees may also be considering costs that go beyond monetary costs, such as costs to employee morale, public trust in the district, etc., both with the current administrative team and without it.

  • Parent

    Theresa,

    I agree there are always other considerations to take into account. But too many times we see elected officials are spending money with out regard to the taxpayers who are footing the bills. If we all ran our personal finances this way……….. we would probably be in the same shape as MDUSD.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Speaking of costs, the city of Walnut Creek is holding a community budget meeting Saturday to discuss its future financial commitment to schools, libraries and nonprofits: http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/city_budget/fiscal_sustainability.asp

    Although the MDUSD board doesn’t appear to have scheduled a joint meeting with the Walnut Creek City Council yet, it would behoove a couple of trustees to attend this meeting, if they want to hold onto funding for crossing guards and crisis counselors. It’s my understanding that Walnut Creek no longer provides a School Resource Officer.

  • Anon

    Dr. J 115, are you suggesting, or stating, that Lawrence applied for the job at Stanislaus Union? The Modesto Bee article makes no reference to the competitors for the position. I’d be surprised if Lawrence would even apply for this position given the considerably lower salary, despite whatever is going on the with board at this point.

  • Anonymous 4

    Would Lawrence be willing to take Brothers and McClatchy with him?

  • Doctor J

    I have no idea. He ought to take any job he can get.

  • watch

    Parent 133: I think the pertinent question to ask is what are the root causes which triggered these costs in the first place, and what are the consequences (both financial and intangible costs) of not carrying this forward to some honorable resolution. From what I’ve gleaned from the discussions to date, these costs caused by the GC and superintendent and the abject embarassment to the district are far greater than any costs necessary to put this house back in order, not to mention the future “costs” of not doing anything.

  • Parent

    I can only how many good teachers could be retained with these funds?How many student supplies could have been purchased with these funds? How many after school programs to help students at risk? Remember, not one student has been helped by this long ordeal. At some point the adults will think about all the students that are getting left behind in the process.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here’s a new blog post with the agenda for tonight’s meeting, in case anyone wants to comment on that: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2013/04/22/mdusd-board-to-meet-at-730-p-m-tonight/

  • Star

    Dear 126, These were 8 year old laptops? Bryan was using a loner , the loner was stolen, and has since gotten a new one but where is the original broken computer? What lists would he have with this information on it. You need to ask specifics. Exactly what was the name of the file, EXACTLY what was he doing with it? Nobody asks the follow up detail questions and that is how they get away with the fogging. Wouldn’t the contents of the original, broken computer tell more about what EXACTLY went missing? Also, when you say hacked into, there was also another case where they were demanding employees send unencrypted information to home emails. We really, really need a federal investigator. Re the “friend”. Supposedly the Payroll Manager knew of the “friendship”. When the workers at equals with this woman asked why she was getting huge amounts of overtime while Bryan Richards had said they were not allowed any overtime or comp time, they were told to leave it alone. This person was later given a managers job almost immediately when a manager retired as opposed to jobs being held up for months in that department. It was rumored that she was to get a huge salary increase but it might have been seen as age discrimination. YOU need to get us a federal investigator or FBI person to speak with and start asking details. How many laptops are currently out there. Why do all these people need laptops? Why arent they on a sign-out, necessity basis? If employees ask, they are retaliated against and I do not see these people leaving.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Star, Last night, Trustee Linda Mayo suggested that the board hold a fiscal study session, where the board and public could meet all the hard workers in the fiscal dept. Perhaps at such a study session, some of these issues could be raised.
    Also last night, a Delta View teacher criticized people who post anonymously on blogs, saying she is not afraid of retaliation. She also criticized Trustee Lynne Dennler (without specifically naming her) by referencing the comment Dennler made to Julie Braun-Martin when she called her cold and heartless.
    Regarding Richard’s laptop, although he initially told me it was a loaner, he said he later found out that it was a replacement for his original laptop, but he hadn’t realized that at first.
    Some of the files were left over from a previous fiscal director, who had also worked in the Berkeley district, he said.

  • g

    Star asks very good questions. Why are any employees allowed to ever take a computer off premises, or send files to their personal computer–especially if they have access to sensitive data?

    Richards has problems keeping his stories straight. Where is, what happened to Richards’ “Original” computer –who was its original user-what files were on IT, and were they transferred to his replacement? Who first used the “replacement” computer –why were there both mdusd and Berkeley un-encrypted personnel files on it– how did Richards use it and never even notice the un-encrypted files–even through transitions to new databases?

    Cover-ups go back years.

    To the Teacher that kissed up to staff so elloquently last night– and the others that complain about both annonymous blog watchdogs and the costs of the board at least “trying” to clean up the district:

    I suggest you try working at Dent before you defend their actions against those who DO work at Dent and see it in action every day. I suggest you climb down off your towers into the swill the watchdogs wade through every day to try to SAVE money so that it can actually go toward “education” in the district.

    AND, I suggest you ask for yourself how much $,$$$,$$$. the Browne bribe and the computer theft, Dent cronyism, pillow talk and other cover-ups have taken from your classrooms –and just TRY to get your answers without using any ‘watchdog’ information.

  • Doctor J

    Is the two employee saga last heard in closed session 4/16 over or will there be further meetings and eventually “action” ?

  • anonymous is good

    Sorry, don’t email me, I don’t care. I cannot sit on my hands any more. How can this teacher tell staff how to proceed when she knows nothing about hostile environment they are in? See the hard-working people? They are not a side-show attraction nor does a meet-n-greet in any way address the horrific management in Fiscal. They are professionals – or supposed to be – not show horses. They do not need to be seen as people to be de-vilified. They have been manipulated and encouraged to stay splintered. We are blaming the MANAGEMENT. Mayo is doing what they all do – skip right over the issue of the MANAGEMENT. Within that group you have people being forced out, a huge turnover since this Payroll manager has been here, an ineffective uncaring Personnel department, retaliation, ostracism, lack of basic personal safety, a payroll manager who has so horribly manipulated the staff into doing her dirty work that they are embroiled in legal actions against each other while she sits back, hands clean. Just bad workers, right? These workers are so twisted around. She sees some of these people have been here too long with no advancement and are frustrated so she SUBLETS her management to them. They are not supposed to be overseeing people. She had Deb Cooksey grilling employees over her “right” to have her boyfriend sit unattended in her office with access to files and our computer system. Even a manager complained – ANONYMOUSLY. That was not the only issue regarding that case but I will wait for now. These employees are fighting to keep a clean department and a safe records against some questionable MANAGEMENT directives. Not every worker has been anonymous and I can tell you those are either gone or targeted. Some have left and written letters or called authorities. Perhaps employees have exhausted everything they could think of and have now taken numerous examples of questionable transactions to law enforcement. They put up with infantile behavior and it is true, there are two managers for Payroll and YOU are paying well over $220,000 for supervising 6 people. There is an anti-Bryan sentiment because of this and the general idea that Bryan does not treat Mary Meadows well. She is emailing some SIXTY – 6-0 DIFFERENET DISTRICTS TO ASK one question she should have known on day 2. Even her senior staff did not understand why she did not come to them. Taking 60 people from various districts away from their jobs instead of asking your boss, Bryan Richards, for help? That is one HUGE disconnect. Employees are encouraged to call other districts for supervision and answers. Once they know “who” that is the only thing they target. If you have never worked under this type of pressure, bless your heart. Remaining anonymous keeps the focus on the issue and is absolutely necessary in Fiscal. These ladies need to wise up and band together. Stop trying to play manager unless you have the title and the money. They are falling for the old Tom Sawyer/Paint the fence trick. What makes you think they have not spent endless time with managers trying to resolve issues? We currently have an issue where vile anti-Semitic slurs get thrown around and even with hiring yet another attorney; they still will not fire this person. Just found out this and other slurs were reported to Personnel several times. These slurs have been witnessed by people in the lunchroom and others I WILL NOT NAME. I would defend these people to the sky because of what they have gone through and how they have come to blame each other and not the MANAGEMENT but this is a deal breaker. I am going to take what I have found outside of the district because the witnesses are adamant and are willing to take lie detector tests for this agency. There was another information incident last summer but I am sure, my being anonymous, you would not be interested. You have no idea what the decent people put up with. There is SO MUCH MORE I CANNOT comment on. Thanks for coming and have a cookie on your way out.

  • anon (sorry)

    Dear Jim, If I can jump in with an example. If a parent is late picking a child up at some sites – no problem, the assistant or office staff may wait with them and be paid or the parents have paid for after school care. They may be taken home by an assistant who will be reimbursed for mileage. At other sites, the staff is so brow-beaten that they cannot have one minute of overtime or comp time they have two choices. Work for free or call the authorities. There can sometimes be an office full of children. Obviously the teachers would not be asked to stay but our union does nothing and the site administrators do not want to take any actions involving the Dent Center. The staff cannot get their work done or even use the restroom, and spend all of their time calling wrong, disconnected, numbers or getting screamed at because you won’t release their child to some unknown neighbor. All of this to avoid about $8.00. I don’t feel the office staff should take over the care of a group of children. The principals are trained and certificated and should be doing this. This union has done very little and now they want to become involved because the Teamsters are involved. We have several different bargaining units already, anyone wanting to try the Teamsters should be encouraged to do so. I would like to see Teamsters reps at Local 1 meetings to answer how they would have handled some of these situations. Let them speak. I went to a meeting and they brought up a couple of solutions.

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