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College Park High grad who died in Vietnam lives on in sister’s heart

Last year, my Memorial Day weekend blog post referenced a memorial for four College Park High School graduates who died in Vietnam. The sister of one of those soldiers came across the blog post online and sent me two touching e-mails recalling her brother. She also attached one of the last photos she has of her brother, Paul Sonstein.

I asked if I could share her memories with readers this year to remind the community of the loss felt by those whose loved ones have died in war. With her permission, here are excerpts of what Judie Sonstein Tenn wrote:

“I was 17 when Paul was killed. Our family was completely devastated. He was an extremely kind and loving person and is still so missed. I believe that the extreme pain my father experienced with Paul’s loss led to his fatal heart attack two years later. It seems like overnight, our close family of six was reduced to four in grief.

Of course, life goes on and we all grew up and went our own ways (I am in Eugene, Oregon, my sister Deborah in San Jose and my brother David in Mililani, Hawaii), but always there is that pain of loss.

I was so glad that we were able to take my mother to the monument unveiling at College Park before she passed away in 2007. It was such a touching and wonderful trip. The ceremony was a little overwhelming, opening old wounds. But it was bonding to see other College Park families who, unknown to me, had also suffered this terrible loss. Afterward, we wandered around Pleasant Hill while memories of our years there burbled up — our old house, Strandwood Elementary, the sign for Mrs. Molino’s Homemade Ravioli, Mr. Dopler’s farm that is now long established with homes. And I was in awe of the beauty of Mount Diablo, something that must have been lost on me as a child/teenager.

Anyway, thank you for your thoughtful article on those who have been lost to the wars. It breaks my heart every time I read such remembrances — both the pain of those who return and the pain of family and friends of those who don’t….

Thank you, Judie Sonstein Tenn

P.S. I thought I would mention an amazing thing that happened about 10 years ago: My mother and I came across an old roll of film tucked in my brother’s belongings that had been sent back from Vietnam after his death. Somehow, it had been overlooked. I’m attaching one of the shots that was found on the roll. I’m not sure if it was taken in 1967 or 1968. It shows his loving nature so clearly that it has become a favorite pic for me, a final glimpse of him before he moved on …”

“There were other pictures of the village and the children, but this is the one that speaks to me. I especially love the tenderness of both the children’s and Paul’s hands — a secure moment for all during that hideous war … I always wonder what became of these children who by now, if they survived, would be 50ish. I think of them often and hope they are doing well. In my heart, they’ve become the children Paul never had.

Anyway, I was reluctant about your request to use my e-mail as I tend to be private in my grief. But as it may help convey the lifetime of pain that war brings and the photograph reminds us of the children who are so affected, I will agree.”

Here is what is written on the College Park Memorial:

“This hallowed ground is a place to reflect on what they gave and what courage represents. Come here to share a memory, a tear, or the joy of having known them. Reflect here in remembrance of these men, who went before and those who will follow.

Barney Evans Boyer, Corporal, USMC: Born June 21, 1945; graduated June, 1963; killed Sept. 4, 1965.

Stephen Donald Bartels, Corporal, USMC: Born March 21, 1947; graduated June, 1965; killed Nov. 9, 1967.

Gregory Ellis Cox, Specialist Four, U.S. Army: Born June 4, 1947; graduated June, 1965; killed Jan. 4, 1968.

Paul Phillip Sonstein, Specialist Four, U.S. Army: Born March 26, 1946; graduated June, 1964; killed Feb. 21, 1968.”

After graduating, Sonstein attended Diablo Valley College and also worked at Greyhound in San Francisco before he was drafted, his sister told me.

What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Posted on Saturday, May 25th, 2013
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 3 Comments »

MDUSD board to hold special meeting Tuesday morning to discuss superintendent search

The Mt. Diablo school board will hold a special meeting Tuesday morning to discuss its search for a new superintendent. However, the agenda for the meeting is not posted on the district’s website because the former superintendent’s secretary has left the district and the only other person who knows how to post the agenda online is on vacation, said Board President Cheryl Hansen.

Instead, the interim superintendent’s substitute secretary emailed the agenda to me so that I could inform the community about the meeting. Also, the agenda has been posted in the required locations according to the Brown Act, Hansen said.

Here is the agenda:

“MT. DIABLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
JAMES W. DENT EDUCATION CENTER
1936 Carlotta Drive
Concord, California
(925) 682-8000

TYPE: Special Board Meeting
DATE: 5/28/2013 TIME: 9:00 AM
LOCATION: School District Board Room – 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord

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 may be shortened. Speakers are not allowed to yield their time.

4.0 Adjourn to Closed Session
4.1 Discussion of Search for Superintendent Discussion
Pursuant to Gov’t Code §54957
Identification of potential candidates

4.2 Student Issues

4.3 Public Employee Discipline / Dismissal / Release / Complaint

4.4 Anticipated Litigation

5.0 Reconvene Open Session
5.1 Reconvene Open Session Info

5.2 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

6.0 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session

6.1 Discussion of Search for Superintendent Info

7.0 Public Comment
7.1 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 presentations are limited to three minutes each, or a total of thirty minutes for all speakers, or the here 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

8.0 OPEN SESSION ITEMS
8.1 Discussion of Search for Superintendent Discussion
Meet with search firm advisors, Leadership Associates, to discuss:
1) Overview of Search Process
2) Finalize Timeline
3) Desired Qualities and Characteristics of a Superintendent
4) Identification of Groups and Individuals for Community/Staff input

9.0 Closed Session
9.1 Items not completed during the first Closed Session will be carried over to this Closed Session. Action

10.0 Adjournment
10.1 Adjourn Meeting Info”

Hansen told me that the board will first discuss the superintendent search with Leadership Associates in closed session for about 30 minutes, then meet in open session, then return to closed session to discuss the other closed session items. The agenda will be posted online Tuesday morning, she said.

Are you satisfied with the public notice the board is providing regarding this meeting?

Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013
Under: Mt. Diablo school district | 79 Comments »

Some still question whether governor’s funding plan would provide enough money for all students

Although Gov. Jerry Brown added some extra money for schools in his revised budget released Tuesday, some are still questioning whether his education funding proposal goes far enough to provide adequate funding for all districts.

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan said Thursday that she is concerned about Brown’s plan to eliminate “categorical” funding that now pays for textbooks and programs such as summer school and career technical education. The governor wants to take the money previously set aside for categorical programs and instead use it to provide additional funding to districts based on their percentages of English learners, foster youth and low-income students. This would make it difficult for districts that don’t have many of these students to continue to provide programs and materials previously paid for with categorical funding, Buchanan said.

H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the state Department of Finance, stressed that all districts would get more base grant funding under the governor’s plan than they currently receive, which should help those without large populations of disadvantaged students continue to provide programs now funded with categorical money.

The May revise includes an additional $240 million for K-12 education next year, which will mean a higher level of per student funding for all districts than projected in January. Palmer said his department hopes to get new district per student estimates posted online within the next week.

To help answer questions about how this new funding formula would affect local districts, both the Contra Costa and Alameda County offices of education are participating in public workshops.

Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Joe Ovick will team up with Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, to host an Education Finance Forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pleasant Hill City Council Chamber at 100 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill. More information is at 925-521-151 or www.asmdc.org/members/a14.

A free workshop on recent developments in state education finance and other topics will also be presented at 2 p.m. May 28 at the Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton Avenue in Hayward. Budget perspectives will be provided by Capitol Advisors Group, a Sacramento-based education advocacy firm. The workshops is open to anyone who wants to learn about issues including the governor’s proposed Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF, Proposition 98, school accountability and school energy funding. More information is available by calling 916-847-9454.

According to the governor’s plan, districts with English language learners, low-income students and foster youth would receive supplemental grants for each student in one of those categories. Students in more than one category would only be counted once. Those school districts in which more than half of students are disadvantaged would receive additional “concentration grants,” which Brown said would amount to 4 cents for every dollar spent on education.

Senate Democrats recently unveiled their own proposal, which would eliminate the concentration grants and spread them to all districts to increase the base and supplemental grants. They want to wait a year before implementing it in 2014-15.

State lawmakers will almost certainly come back with another proposal in response to the governor’s May revise, said Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, who heads the budget subcommittee on education finance.

Still, she said Tuesday, “I believe it will be an alternative that will reflect the spirit and the principles the governor has put forward.”

Next week, lawmakers expect to hear from school officials from around the state about the governor’s plan and what it would mean to implement it in the coming school year, as he proposes.

“This is the critical week,” Bonilla said, “when we need to find out: Is the governor’s time line a possibility or not?”

Brown’s budget summary is available by visiting www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf.

Do you support the governor’s education funding plan?

Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 9 Comments »

MDUSD board may select interim superintendent tonight

Mt. Diablo school board President Cheryl Hansen sent me the following email this morning outlining the plan for selecting an interim superintendent:

“As you have seen, at our Board meeting that begins at 5:00 PM today, the Board will meet with two candidates for MDUSD Interim Superintendent: Dr. John Bernard and Dr. Johanna Vandermolen.

Prior to the Board meeting convening, the candidates will also participate in separate conversations with several stakeholder groups, including representatives from our community advisory groups, union/labor groups, and district staff. These are not part of our Board meeting and therefore are not public meetings.

Both Dr. Bernard and Dr. Vandermolen are highly qualified, well-respected former superintendents who are active and current contributors to education and school districts. We are excited that they are interested in providing leadership to our district.”

Hansen also left me a voice mail message clarifying that she does not intend to report out the name of the interim superintendent because the contract will still need to be finalized.

She elaborated on this in a the following subsequent email:

“While the Board will have selected an Interim Superintendent tonight during Closed Session, I may not have had the chance to confirm this selection with the candidate prior to reconvening Open Session as the decision will occur after the candidates have left.

The Board will consider possible contracts for the Interim Superintendent, but that contract can’t be finalized tonight. It will naturally require a separate meeting with the candidate to finalize the contract terms which will not take place until tomorrow.

If all goes as planned tonight and tomorrow, the Interim Superintendent’s name and contract for ratification will both be posted on Monday’s agenda for Board action.”

Hansen also sent me the schedule for stakeholder interviews to be held with the two candidates, which began at 3 p.m.: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3cLD5zizbLta2xaM0o5aU9mS0U/edit?usp=sharing

Here is the agenda for the meeting, which will take place at 5 p.m. 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 concerning items that are scheduled for discussion during closed session only. These presentations are limited to two minutes each, or a total of twenty minutes for all speakers or the two minute limit may be shortened. Speakers are not allowed to yield their time. Info

3.0 Adjourn to Closed Session

3.1 Public employee appointment: To consider the appointment of Interim Superintendent Action

3.2 Conference with Labor Negotiators Action
4.0 Report of Closed Session

4.1 Report out on Closed Session Info

5.0 Adjournment
5.1 Adjourn meeting Info”

Joe Estrada has assured me that he will both livestream and audio record the meeting.

Which candidate do you think the board should choose?

5:30 p.m. UPDATE: Three members of the public spoke during public comment.All three complimented the board for its inclusive decision-making process, said both candidates were strong and declined to recommend one over the other.

Ernie De Trinidad of DELAC also complimented the board on the new direction it is seeking, saying trustees are role models for the leadership they want to put in place. The interim supt will have a lot to do, he said.

Willie Mims, who is a member of the Equity Advisory Team, said he came in peace to address the board. He stressed that the interim supt should bring stability to the district and asked trustees to provide the support needed to accomplish that goal. “If you do not,” he warned, “then, next time, I will not be coming in peace.”

Dorothy Weissenberger, who is a member of the CAC, said this is the beginning of a new era in the district and she hoped everyone could come together to work toward better things in the future.

Hansen thanked everyone who participated in the stakeholder discussions and said that she believes the board also wants to bring the district together.

The first portion of the meeting was livestreamed at
http://www.livestream.com/mtdiablounifiedschooldistrict. Although the report out should also be livestreamed, Hansen said she did not anticipate wrapping up the contract for 24 hours, so it is unlikely she will name the interim tonight.

9:50 PM UPDATE: According to the video of the report out, the board voted 5-0 to approve an interim superintendent who will be named Monday: http://www.livestream.com/mtdiablounifiedschooldistrict/video?clipId=flv_862f0ec8-bb3e-439f-ba07-4e078ff5d689

Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 99 Comments »

Two MDUSD trustees to discuss changes and challenges in the district on May 30

Mt. Diablo school district trustees Brian Lawrence and Barbara Oaks — who were both elected in November — will pair up to explain “Changes and Challenges” in the district during a Diablo Valley Democratic Club meeting later this month. They will also touch on statewide education issues.

Here are additional details, reposted from a Walnut Creek Journal news brief:

“The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek.

Lawrence and Oaks are part of a new board majority pledging more openness and transparency. Lawrence is a school district parent, a mentor for at-risk youth and a volunteer for school sports. Oaks retired from the district in 2011 after serving a total of 25 years as teacher, vice principal and principal at College Park High School. Her grandchild attends kindergarten in the district.

For more information, call 925-946-0469 or go to www.dvdems.org.”

Which challenges and changes in the district would you like Lawrence and Oaks to address?

Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 2 Comments »

West Contra Costa Public Education Fund Scholarship finalists announced

Ed Fund Scholarship Finalists

Ed Fund Scholarship Finalists

The West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (Ed Fund) has announced its 2013 scholarship finalists, who will be awarded a total of more than $230,000. The finalists may be honored at a future WCCUSD Board meeting, according to a news release.

Here are the names of the finalists, along with background information on the scholarship program, from the release:

“Between 2005 and 2012, The Ed. Fund awarded $724,000 to 225 scholarship winners from WCCUSD. In 2013, thanks to generous support from donors, including the College Access Foundation of California, the Chevron Corporation, the Irvine Foundation, the Schroeder Family Fund and others, the Ed Fund will be awarding over $230,000 in scholarships.

The 89 finalists for our scholarships hail from 9 different public high schools located in West County. A list of high schools represented and the number of scholarship finalists from each school is as follows:

DeAnza High School: 9

El Cerrito High School: 10

Hercules High School: 5

Kennedy High School: 6

Leadership Public Schools-Richmond: 12

Middle College High School: 8

Pinole Valley High School: 8

Richmond High School: 30

Vista High School: 1

Finalists will be informed of their award amount by July 2013 following confirmation of their eligibility and a review of their financial need. Scholarships will range from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the finalist’s individual need.

All Ed Fund scholars were chosen for their vision to succeed in college and dedication to community service and leadership. They are also involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities which have made them well-rounded individuals. The Ed Fund believes these students will return to our community to serve as leaders and role models in West Contra Costa County.

Ed Fund Scholarship Finalists

DE ANZA HIGH SCHOOL:
Jin-Won Kim
Keyannie Norford
Lawrence Luckett
Lilibeth Lopez
Rohitesh Mani
Sakeema Payne
Sonam Ram
Verntzoone Roger Pharn
Yesenia Aguilar

EL CERRITO HIGH SCHOOL:
Ajah Fredzess
Dzidi Djugba
Jessica Segura-Hernandez
Kimberley Bocanegra
Liam Studdiford
Malik McElroy
Qiqi Tang
Sandra Torres
Yingying Li
Zihao Kuang

HERCULES HIGH SCHOOL:
Darian Wong
Gurinder Rai
Marina Queiroz
Marjorie Gatchalian
Valeria Avila

KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL:
Lavontae Hill
Muang Saephan
Oscar Smith
Sonia Perez
Susan Vilaiphone
Yaneiri Hernandez Ochoa

LEADERSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOL – RICHMOND
Alma Martinez
Andre Ernest
Barbara Maldonado
Daniela Felix
Elias Ortega
Gabriela Cervantes
Julianna Ponce
Katherine Orellana
Laura Horta
Lizette Covarrubias
Maija Arriaga
Samuel Mendez

MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL:
Alexandra Cardenas
Asma Ayyad
Beverley Saechin
Edgar Valiente
Luis Serrano
Melanie Chao
Puja Dahal
Zubia Ahmad

PINOLE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Blake Evans
Cristella Ho
Jachonet Hill
Jada Wyatt
Morvarid Mehdizadeh
Nora Vongsa
Tiffany Hurtado
William-Lea Newsome

RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL
Abel Gallardo
Angel Hernandez
Bety Escobar
Brenda Valadez
Chaidy Lam
Christian Rodriguez-Bojorquez
Danielle Miguel
Diana Diaz
Genesis Fabian
Ingrid Serrano
Jennifer Valtierra-Rojas
Jesica Cuervo
Jessica Castro-Chavez
Jessica Maciel
Jillian Ortiz Cruz
Kelly Saefong
Kerry Viengvilai
Kissarria Johnson

More information about the Ed. Fund is available by calling 510-233-1464 or by visiting www.edfundwest.org.

Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013
Under: Education, West Contra Costa school district | No Comments »

MDUSD Trustee Lynne Dennler comments on her votes to retain the superintendent and general counsel

After the Mt. Diablo school board voted 3-2 to terminate Superintendent Steven Lawrence’s contract early and voted 4-1 to let General Counsel Greg Rolen go before his contract expired, I asked all five trustees to explain their votes. Board President Cheryl Hansen, Vice President Barbara Oaks and Trustee Brian Lawrence voted in the majority on both decisions, saying the district needs new leadership to overcome low morale and lack of community trust.

Trustee Linda Mayo voted against terminating the superintendent’s contract, but sided with the majority in the decision to oust Rolen. Trustee Lynne Dennler voted against terminating both contracts, which were set to expire in June, 2014.

Mayo told me Monday she did not want to comment on her votes because she had previously made comments during board meetings that would explain them. When I said I did not recall those comments, she did not elaborate on what they were or when she made them.

Dennler, on the other hand, sent me an e-mail explaining her votes, which she asked me to quote “with fidelity.” Here is her complete statement:

“I ran for the MDUSD Board of Education, because as a teacher in Mt. Diablo, I felt disrespected and undervalued. I didn’t trust ‘the administration.’ I ran to be a ‘voice’ the classroom and the teacher.

These two years have been eye opening. I gained an understanding of the incredible challenges facing our district by being observant, listening to many differing opinions, and asking questions. I’ve been careful to not be ‘managed,’ avoided blogs, as I appreciate and prefer direct input from the public.

The superintendent answers to and advises the Board of Education. The board has the final direction, which this superintendent has always followed. For the most part, I’ve experienced administrators who would listen. They didn’t necessarily ‘change their thinking.’ It did, however, give me hope, that with multiple like voices on the board, change was possible.

The superintendent’s character and trustworthiness is of greater value to me than policy agreement. I have discovered the reality of the District operation is vastly different than it is perceived through the outside lens. Half-truths and distorted views are often disseminated as fact. Had the present Board chosen to work with Dr. Lawrence, I believe MDUSD would have moved forward.

I met Greg Rolen after my election. He ‘seemed’ to be cocky and supremely confident. After months of working with and observing his work, I realized he was a competent, effective attorney. I grew to appreciate his legal skills, the fairness with which he negotiated settlements, and the money he saved MDUSD.

The facts and timelines of Mr. Rolen’s activities haven’t been presented accurately. A combination of an individual’s interpretation, perspective, and understanding of facts have been blended into actions deemed ‘illegal’ in print. In hindsight some of Mr. Rolen’s actions may have been ill advised but were well meaning, not illegal as have been reported. He has provided the district excellent legal direction.

Historically, newspapers have been bastions that disseminated truth. Today, blogs and newspaper have begun to intermingle in ways that give a perception of fact, to a combination of half-truth and opinion. This ‘blend’ then morphs into ‘fact’ that is shared, commented on, over and over again. Hence the reason I chose to avoid them.

I saw no reason to incur the costs for this change of leadership. Extensive legal expenses, and buyout costs for MDUSD seemed unnecessary. I think first working with these two men, then perhaps acting in a year would have been more prudent.

This superintendent would have changed policy, followed negotiation objectives, or made changes as directed by this board. MDUSD wouldn’t have been static. This board chose instead to make this move. That will appease a small, vocal minority with special interests. Our system allows for that.

I look forward to working together with my fellow board members to bring the important changes we feel are necessary to MDUSD. We will now move ahead to continue to work to provide a quality 21st century education to the students in MDUSD, staffed by employees who are respected and valued.”

Do think the board should have allowed the superintendent and general counsel to finish out their contracts?

MAY 11 UPDATE: When I sent this blog post to my editor to be published on Sunday, she pointed out that the Times never reported that Rolen’s activities were illegal. An editor’s note to that effect will accompany Dennler’s statement in print.

Also, I question how Dennler can make judgments about news reports and blogs that she claims she does not read.

Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2013
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 118 Comments »

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan to speak about education Saturday in Lafayette

The public is invited to hear Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, speak about “Education and the Current Legislative Session” from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Saturday in the Lafayette Library.

The event, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley, will take place in Room 3491 of the library, which is at Mt. Diablo Blvd and First Street in Lafayette.

All are welcome, according to a news release.

More information is available by calling the League at 925-878-1162.

What specific topics related to education and the current legislative session would you like Buchanan to address?

Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
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MDUSD board to meet in closed session Wednesday regarding settlement agreements with former superintendent and general counsel

The Mt. Diablo school board will hold a special closed session meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday to act on settlement agreements with former Superintendent Steven Lawrence and former General Counsel Greg Rolen, among other items. The public is invited to comment before the meeting in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. The board expects to report out its actions after the closed session.

Here is the agenda:

“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 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

3.0 Adjourn to Closed Session

3.1 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release/Complaint Action

3.2 Public employee appointment: To consider the process for the appointment and other appropriate issues relative to the appointment of Interim Superintendent Action

3.3 Approve Separation Agreement of General Counsel Action

3.4 Approve Separation Agreement of Superintendent Action

3.5 Existing Litigation – Craig Blyeth v. MDUSD Contra Costa Superior Court, (Action No. C12-1854) Action

4.0 Report of Closed Session

4.1 Report out on Closed Session Info

5.0 Adjournment
5.1 Adjourn meeting Info”

Do you believe the board should discuss the process for the appointment of an interim superintendent in open session?

3:26 p.m. UPDATE: Four board members are present. Here is audio from the first portion of the meeting: http://www.mdusd.org/boe/Documents/audio/2013/05082013part1.mp3

Board President Cheryl Hansen said she anticipates reporting out of closed session by 5 or 6 p.m.

Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Under: Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

MDUSD Community Advisory Committee meeting tonight to discuss parent collaboration with district

The Mt. Diablo school district’s special education Community Advisory Committee will meet tonight to discuss working collaboratively with the district and hear a report about changes in 2013-14, among other items. Here is the agenda for the meeting, which will take place in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord:

“COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
AGENDA
DATE: May 7, 2013
TIME: 7:00 – 9:15 p.m.
PLACE: Dent Center – Board Room

1. Call to Order 7:00

2. Introductions (7:02 – 7:05)
Please notify the audience during introductions if you are recording the meeting. Please let us know if this is your first time attending a CAC meeting.

3. Adoption of Minutes – April 9, 2013 (ACTION ITEM) (7:05 – 7:10)

4. Presentation – “District and Parents Working Collaboratively: Part III” – Bryan Cassin (7:10 – 7:35)

5. Chairperson’s Report – Lorrie Davis (7:35 – 7:45)

5.1 Election of 2013-2014 Officers (ACTION ITEM)

5.2 2013-2014 CAC Meeting Dates (ACTION ITEM 5.3 CAC Membership Renewals (ACTION ITEM)

5.4 CAC Annual Report (Discussion)

5.5 CAC Summer Planning Session

6. Old Business (7:45 – 8:20)

6.1 Interim Assistant Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Kerri Mills
• Annual Budget and Annual Service Plan
• 2013-2014 Anticipated Program Changes

6.2 Board of Education Report – Lynne Dennler and Barbara Oaks

6.3 Board of Education Comments – Lorrie Davis

6.4 Budget Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li

6.5 Equity Advisory Team – Dorothy Weisenberger and Dr. Kerri Mills

NETWORKING BREAK

7. New Business (8:30– 9:00)

7.1 ATAAC – Christian Patz

7.2 Extended School Year – Samantha Espinosa

7.3 Autism Task Force – Vi Ibarra

7.4 DELAC Committee – Denise Lambert

7.5 Advisory Commission on Special Education – Morena Grimaldi

7.6 Parent Liaison – Hilary Shen

7.7 Sub-Committee Updates: NEXT UPDATE IN MAY 2013
Parent & Community Education Committee – Julie Nibblett
Membership & Publicity Committee – Vi Ibarra
Legislative Committee – Denise Lambert
Blog Committee – Autumn Green

8. Public Comment (9:00 – 9:10)
Public comment is an opportunity to share concerns and comments with the CAC. In the interest of time, speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each with a total of fifteen (15) minutes for all speakers. Please respect student and personnel privacy. CAC members and district staff might not be able to respond to individual concerns in this forum, but will take your contact information and follow-up with you.

9. Information Items/Announcements/Adjournment (9:10 – 9:15)

DON’T FORGET – - BRING A FRIEND TO THE MEETING!!”

I notice that there has been no mention of the special education FCMAT report since it was presented March 11. It had been my impression that the recommendations would come back for a board vote on March 25.

Do you think the committee should discuss the FCMAT recommendations?

Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | No Comments »