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
5.1 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