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Mt. Diablo school district interim superintendent responds to arrest of Woodside Elementary teacher on suspicion of child abuse

According to Concord police, Woodside Elementary teacher Joseph Andrew Martin, who taught fourth and fifth grades at the Concord school, has been arrested on suspicion of repeatedly sexually abusing a child. Here is our story about the arrest:
http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_23565623/concord-elementary-school-teacher-suspected-sexually-abusing-student.

This morning, the Times received the following statement from John Bernard, interim superintendent of the Mt. Diablo school district, about the arrest:

“The Mt. Diablo Unified School District is saddened and disturbed by the recent arrest of a teacher at Woodside Elementary School in Concord.

Our staff has been working with the Concord Police Department since this was brought to our attention in late April 2013.

The teacher in question was removed immediately and has not returned to the campus.

While we cannot comment on the on-going investigation, our prayers and supportive thoughts are with the victims and their families.

We strongly encourage anyone with information about this investigation to contact the Concord Police Department.”

A hotline has been established at 925-603-5836 for those who may have additional information or for any potential additional victims.

Are you satisfied with the district’s response?

Posted on Saturday, June 29th, 2013
Under: Concord, Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 146 Comments »

Teachers are getting revved up about science!

A new emphasis on science is coming to California schools.

For years, No Child Left Behind has prompted some teachers to drop science instruction in favor of math and English, in the hopes of bringing up standardized test scores to avoid sanctions.

But the state is now poised to adopt new Next Generation Science Standards, which are expected to boost instruction at every grade level and help make students more competitive with those around the world.

“Science instruction is crucial to California’s future, and these new standards will bring the science being taught in our classrooms up to date,” wrote Tom Torlakson, state Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a Friday news release. “These standards eliminate arbitrary limits on hands-on experimentation and replace long lists of facts to memorize with a deeper focus on understanding the crosscutting concepts within and across scientific disciplines.”

Torlakson is recommending that the state Board of Education adopt the standards, which come on the heels of recently adopted Common Core Curriculum Standards that are also expected to improve students’ understanding of subjects taught. It has been 15 years since the state adopted its current science standards, which are considered outdated because new advances in science and technology have occurred since then.

The new standards integrate engineering and science to help students better understand the world, providing a foundation of knowledge that builds from kindergarten through 12th grade, along with skills for college and careers.

“The new science standards will help students make connections with other parts of the curriculum, and like our new Common Core State Standards, will provide a chance for all students — no matter where they live or where they happen to go to school — get the world-class science instruction they deserve,” Torlakson wrote.

Experts believe the growth of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics will continue for the next decade. In the recent past, these jobs have grown three times as fast as those in other fields.

Torlakson, who taught science in the Mount Diablo school district, worked with other teachers, scientists, college professors, education experts and business and industry leaders to develop and review the standards. The state Board of Education expects to begin discussing the standards July 10-11.

The standards are available at www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/ngssstandards.asp.

At the Exploratorium’s Teacher Institute in San Francisco, educators are excited about helping to train their colleagues in hands-on science instruction. Ariel Owen, who teaches sixth and seventh-grade science at Foothill Middle School in Walnut Creek, said teachers are learning how to bring the kids “underneath the learning process” to dig deep and explore, make changes, write about what they find, talk to each other in small groups, then write more.

“That’s when learning happens — when kids are fully engaged in the process,” she said. “It’s really important that kids be physically and mentally into it.”

Owen, who is a lead teacher at her school and in the Mt. Diablo district, said there has not been a strong focus on science since standardized testing has become so important. In some schools with low test scores, teachers have skipped science instruction entirely to focus on math, she said.

“At least in Mount Diablo, science has been sort of like the evil stepchild because it has been all about: ‘How did we do in math and English language arts?’” she said. “As we move back, I want to do it differently. The district is very receptive to this change.”

Do you think science is as important as math and English language arts?

Posted on Saturday, June 29th, 2013
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 28 Comments »

State budget requires districts to plan for spending more money

The state’s budget deal included some changes from the proposal Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled in May, but kept largely intact his overhaul of school funding.

The three main components are: base grants for every student; supplemental grants for English learners, low-income students and foster youth; and concentration grants for districts with more than 55 percent of students in those categories.

Those in more than one category are only counted once for the additional grants. The compromise reached between the Legislature and the governor changed the proportion of money being spent in each area.

The governor initially proposed spending 80 cents of every dollar on base grants, 16 cents on supplemental grants and 4 cents on concentration grants, said Arun Ramanathan, executive director of the Education Trust-West advocacy group. The final compromise allocates 84 cents to base grants, 10 cents to supplemental grants and 6 cents to concentration grants, he said.

The base grant will average $7,643 per student, according to the Department of Finance. The amounts for students in grades K-3 and 9-12 will be slightly higher to help pay for smaller class sizes in primary grades and career technical education in high school.

On average, the base grant is about $2,000 per student more than districts have received in the past, said speakers during a budget briefing earlier this week, hosted by EdSource and New America Media. No district will receive less than it got this year.

Districts will also split $1.2 billion in extra money to help implement new Common Core Curriculum Standards and $250 million to bolster work-based learning programs to help students prepare for college and careers. A few districts that don’t have many disadvantaged students may also receive “economic recovery payments” to help them get back to the same funding levels in eight years that they received before the recession.

The new funding gives more control to districts to determine how they spend their money. But the state will hold districts accountable for using the supplemental and concentration grants to help disadvantaged students by requiring them to develop plans showing added programs or staff funded through the grants.

In about three years, if disadvantaged students fail to improve with the new expenditures, county offices of education and the state could step in. Details about the spending plans and expected student improvement still need to be worked out by the state Board of Education, said Board President Michael Kirst, during the briefing.

In January, the state Board of Education plans to approve a template for district spending plans, which must be implemented in 2014-15.

Until then, many districts are starting to approve raises. But Ana Matosantos, director of the California Department of Finance, said money from supplemental and concentration grants can’t be used for across-the-board raises, since it must be used to specifically help disadvantaged students.

Arun Ramanathan, executive director of the Education Trust-West advocacy group, said after the briefing that he expects schools to have greater control over spending. School districts will be expected to consult parents and other groups as they come up with their spending plans.

Ramanathan said he hopes to see lots of innovation. Schools could decide they need more nurses, reading specialists, music teachers or other educators. They could also extend the school year for disadvantaged students.

Combined with the $1.25 billion for Common Core implementation, districts are going to see more money than they’ve had in years, Ramanathan said.

“This is an influx of money, which districts, quite frankly, aren’t used to,” he said.

“I am very leery, because I know some districts are prepared and some districts clearly aren’t.”
For help, many will turn to consultants and to companies that produce instructional materials.

“What you do in those situations is you create open season for vendors,” Ramanathan said. “It’s going to be a big gold rush.”

An unedited audio recording of the budget briefing is at http://newamericamedia.org/2013/06/understanding-cas-new-school-funding-formula.php?utm_source=Education+Telebriefing+Recording+%286%2F20%2F13%29&utm_campaign=EdSpan+Recording+%286%2F20%29&utm_medium=email

Is your district prepared to spend more money wisely?

Posted on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
Under: Education | 30 Comments »

Live blog of MDUSD 6-17-13 meeting

The Mt. Diablo school board meeting is underway.

Here is the agenda:

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

4.0 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m.
4.1 Negotiations – The Board may discuss negotiations or provide direction to its representatives regarding represented employees, pursuant to EERA (Govt. Code Section 3549.1) Agency negotiators: Julie Braun Martin and Deborah Cooksey. Agencies: MDEA, CSEA, Local One M&O, Local One CST, MDSPA, and Supervisory. Action
4.2 Conference with Labor Negotiators Action
4.3 Expulsions Action
4.4 Readmissions Action
4.5 Existing Litigation Info
4.6 Anticipated Litigation Info
4.7 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release pursuant to Govt. Code Section 54957 Approve final separation terms of General Counsel Action
4.8 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release pursuant to Govt. Code Section 54957 Approve final separation terms of Superintendent Action
4.9 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release Action
5.0 Closed Session Agenda
6.0 Reconvene Open Session

6.1 Reconvene Open Session at 7:30 p.m. Info
7.0 Preliminary Business
7.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info
8.0 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session
8.1 Negotiations Info
8.2 Conference with Labor Negotiators Info
8.3 Expulsions Info
8.4 Readmissions Info
8.5 Existing Litigation Info
8.6 Anticipated Litigation Info
8.7 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release Info
8.8 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release Info
8.9 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release Info
9.0 Expulsion Recommendations
9.1 Expulsion of Student #21-13 Action
9.2 Expulsion of Student #20-13 Action
10.0 Consent Agenda Action
10.1 (Item #1) Items listed under Consent Agenda are considered routine and will be approved/adopted by a single motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items; however, any item may be removed from the consent agenda upon the request of any member of the Board and acted upon separately. Action
10.2 (Item #2) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
10.3 (Item #3) Request to increase and decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2013-2014 school year Action
10.4 (Item #4) Approval of Variable Term Waiver Requests Action
10.5 (Item #6) Changes in status of the following classified employees. Action
10.6 (Item #7) Reclassification of Secretarial Position to a Senior Account Clerk Action
10.7 (Item #8) Fiscal Transactions for the month of May 2013. Action
10.8 (Item #9) Monthly Budget Transfer and/or Budget Increases/Decreases for the month of May 2013. Action
10.9 (Item #10) Board Bylaw 9012 – Board Member Electronic Communications Action
10.10 (Item #11) Resolution #12/13-48 for Authorization to Award Summer Contracts Action
10.11 (Item #13) Approve contract/purchase order with California Translating International for foreign language interpreting and translation services for school year 2013-2014 Action
10.12 (Item #14) Independent Contract for translating services between Evelina Villa and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
10.13 (Item #15) Approve contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and AccentCare Home Care Services, Non Public Agency (NPA), for the 2013-2014 school year Action
10.14 (Item #16) Renewal of Memorandum of Understanding with Spectrum Center for 2013/14 Collaborative Program Action
10.15 (Item #17) Execution of Non-Public School Contracts for the 2013-14 School Year Action
10.16 (Item #18) Increase to purchase order with Non-Public Agency Community Options for Families and Youth (C.O.F.Y.) for District Mental Health Services Action
10.17 (Item #19) Joint Use Lease Agreement Between Mt. Diablo Unified School District and Anova Center for Education Action
10.18 (Item #20) Approval of Non-Public School Adjustments Action
10.19 (Item #21) Food and Nutrition Services Purchases 2013 – 2014 Action
10.20 (Item #22) Food and Nutrition Services Purchase Order 2013 – 2014 Action
10.21 (Item #23) Approve contracts with Resource Development & Associates (RDA) for evaluation services for the School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools (Meadow Homes Elementary & Oak Grove Middle School) for the 2013-2014 school year. Action
10.22 (Item #24) Request to approve increase for Independent Service Contract for Events to the T, an event planning service. Action
10.23 (Item #25) Additional funding for the contract between Mount Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Maxim Healthcare Services, Non Public Agency (NPA) for the 2012-2013 school year. Action
10.24 (Item #26) Real Property Lease Agreement Renewals for: County of Contra Costa County (Families First) at Mt. Diablo High and Walnut Acres Day Care Center, Inc. at Walnut Acres Elementary School Action
10.25 (Item #28) Award of Bid for Bid #1650 Action
10.26 (Item #29) Award of Project Inspector Contract to support RFQ/RFP 1642 – Remodel of Art Classroom at Northgate High School Action

11.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion
11.1 (Item #5) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase/Decrease Positions Action
11.2 (Item #12) Approve contract/purchase order with Beyond the Words, Inc. for the services of Educational Interpreters for the Deaf for school year 2013-2014 Action
11.3 (Item #27) Notice of Completion for Bid #1618/C-914 Action

12.0 Public Comment
12.1 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 presentation are limited to three minutes each, or a total of thirty minutes for all speakers, or the three 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
13.0 Communications
13.1 District Organizations – At regular Board meetings, a single spokesperson of each recognized district organization may make a brief presentation following the Consent Agenda. Items are limited to those which are informational. Info

14.0 Reports/Information
14.1 Update of Measure C 10 GB backbone and wireless deployments at secondary schools and Walnut Acres. Info

14.2 Annual Report of the 2002 Measure C Citizens Bond Oversight Committee Info

14.3 Community Advisory Committee Annual Report – Lorrie Davis, Chair Info

14.4 Board Bylaw 9000 – Role of the Board Info

14.5 Board Bylaw 9200 – Limits of Board Member Authority Info

14.6 Moving Regular Board Meeting Day of Week Action

15.0 Superintendent’s Report
15.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

16.0 Business/Action Items
16.1 Public Hearing Regarding Adoption of the 2013-2014 Budget. Action

16.2 Proposed Adoption of the 2013-14 Budget Action

16.3 Public Hearing for Resolution 12/13-51 Education Protection Account 2013-14 Action

16.4 Resolution 12/13-51 Education Protection Account 2013-14 Action

16.5 Appointment of Principal, Elementary School Action

16.6 Appointment of Principal, Elementary School Action

16.7 Appointment of Administrator of Equity and Disproportionality Action

16.8 Appointment of Administrator, School Support Action

16.9 Post Retirement Contract for Adult Education Administrator. Action

16.10 Classified Personnel: Appointment of Supervisor, Food & Nutrition Services Action

16.11 Approval of School Site Comprehensive School Safety Plans for 2013-2014. Action

16.12 Submission of the 2013-2014 Consolidated Application for Funding Action

16.13 Walnut Creek Sister Cities International Program Action

16.14 Final Change Order for Bid #1618; Contract #C-914 Measure-C Secondary schools technology improvements – Structured Cabling, Adding Ethernet Drops w/Fiber Backbone in Middle Schools and High schools, between MDUSD & Walker Telecomm. Inc. Action

16.15 Mt. Diablo Adult Education seeks approval for submission of a Vendor Application to the Regional Center of the East Bay. Action

16.16 Review Draft of MDUSD/CVCHS Facilities Use Agreement for 2013/14 Info

16.17 RFQ/RFP 1617 – Award of Lease-Leaseback Agreement to XL Construction, Inc. for S-Wing Modernization at Mt. Diablo High School. Action

16.18 RFQ/RFP 1642 – Award of Lease-Leaseback Agreement to E F Brett and Company, Inc. for Remodel of Art Classroom (Auto/Metal Shop) at Northgate High School. Action

16.19 Installation of Temporary Classroom at Eagle Peak for 2013 – 2014 School Year Action

16.20 Adoption of the revised/updated Environmental Science Course of Study Info

16.21 Adoption of Environmental Science Textbook Action

16.22 Adoption of Sports Medicine Course of Study Info

16.23 Meeting Extension Action

17.0 Future Agenda Items
17.1 Graduation Requirements Info
17.2 Board Governance Workshop and Board Goals Info

18.0 Board Member Reports
18.1 Board reports Info

19.0 Closed Session
19.1 Items not completed during the first Closed Session will be carried over to this closed session. Action
20.0 Adjournment
20.1 Adjourn Meeting Info”

Board President Cheryl Hansen reported that trustees gave direction to staff regarding items 4.7 and 4.8. She said trustees would go back into closed session to discuss item 4.9.

The board recognized the Concord HS girl’s softball team.
Trustees also agreed to hold a special meeting June 24.

The board approved all consent calendar items.

There were five public speakers:

1. Debbie Hickey cited a negative experience she had with an El Dorado MS administrator.

2. Willie Mims commented on Hicks’ comments.

3. Several parents of former Delta View Elementary students who will now be attending Rio Vista due to board action changing the boundaries asked for bussing. Hansen asked staff to bring back a recommendation related to that.

4. Fiscal employee Sylvia Srmak complained about the work environment in her dept and said she has had to file a restraining order against one of her supervisors. She said an attorney hired by the district thre a pen at her and her attorney. She said the human resources dept was not adequately handling her complaints, so she has also filed a PERB complaint related to unpaid overtime, which other employees received.

5. PTA rep Mona Ricard introduced new rep.

No district organization reps spoke.

14.1 Joe Estrada presented a Powerpoint on Measure C backbone and wireless. He said he may ask for more employees to help with continued installation.

14.2 Measure C 2002 Annual Report Powerpoint presentation by 2010 Committee Chair

14.3 CAC Chairwoman Lorrie Davis gave annual report, ending with comments about her concerns about how budget cuts are affecting special ed students.

14.4 and 14.5 Board Bylaws 9000-9200 Role of the Board and Limits of Board Member Authority – Bernard tightened up previous bylaws. He said board only supervises one employee – him (and the general counsel, unless Bernard intends to recommend a change in that reporting structure). He said trustees can tell him what they want to include in his evaluations of contract employees so he can let them know.
Willie Mims said he likes the revisions and reminded trustees that they shouldn’t overstep their boundaries, which he has seen trustees do in the past. These will be brought back for a vote in August.

14.6 Moving Regular Board Meeting Day of Week
Board voted 3-2 to move meeting days to Wednesdays starting in August.
Dennler and Lawrence voted against, saying they often have conflicts on those days.

15.1 Superintendent’s Report:
Bernard talked about a graduation requirements proposal he plans to bring forward in August, phasing back up to 230 units required.

16.1 Public hearing regarding adoption of the 2013-14 budget
Richards gave a short oral report with no PowerPoint. Public hearing was tabled to Monday special meeting.

16.2 Proposed adoption of 2013-14 budget.
Tabled to Monday special meeting.

16.3 Public hearing for Education Protection Account 2013-14
Tabled to Monday special meeting.

16.4 Resolution for Education Protection Act 2013-14
Tabled to Monday special meeting.

Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 170 Comments »

Congrats to student journalists from local schools honored with Dean S. Lesher Scholastic Journalism Awards!

Northgate students celebrate their in-depth investigative journalism award.

Northgate students celebrate their in-depth investigative journalism award.

Every year, writers and editors at the Contra Costa Times take time out from their work to scrutinize news stories and photos by local students who have entered the Dean S. Lesher Scholastic Journalism Awards contest.

As always, the entries this year were impressive. But a few stood out from the rest.

Kat Rowlands, Bay Area metro editor for Bay Area News Group, presented 27 awards in 11 categories along with promotion manager Deborah Nordstrom, during a ceremony Wednesday at the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

Cheered on by proud parents and teachers, students accepted their awards, while also soaking up advice from Rowlands about how professional journalists approach their work. Many entries, she said, were judged based on style and quality of writing, accuracy of coverage and the thoroughness of reporting.

Photos were judged based on visual impact, content and composition, and quality of the image. Rowlands expressed a little disappointment that more students didn’t enter the in-depth or investigative reporting category and said she hoped more would attempt such projects next year.

“Honestly, that’s the toughest category for professional newspapers to pull off too,” she said, “because it takes a lot of time and a lot of upfront conceptual work about what the project is going to entail, and then many, many pieces have to fit together because so many different departments are involved in that.”

Here are the winners.

Scholastic Journalist Award for leadership:
Caroline Theirry of Northgate High School and Shalaka Gole of California High

Best Editorial/Opinion Writing:
1 – Cole Souder, Las Lomas High School
2 – Michael Wong, Acalanes High
3 – Sam Fraser, Acalanes High

Best News Writing:
1 — Shalaka Goal, The Californian, California High
2 – Clare Varellas, Blueprint, Acalanes High
3 – Sarah Cole, The Page, Las Lomas

Best Column:
1 – Rachel Kastigar, Acalanes Blueprint
2 – Scott Dresser, Las Lomas Page
3 – Sean Cremin, Northgate Sentinel

Best Lifestyle or Feature Writing:
1 – Cara Doran, The Page, Las Lomas
2 – Adrienne Lee, Blueprint, Acalanes
3 – Joyce Ho, The Californian, California High School

Best Design Presentation:
1 – California High School, The Californian
2 – Hercules Middle High School, Titan Template
3 – Las Lomas High School, The Page

Best Sports Writing:
1 – Luke Finkel, California High
2 – Kelsey LaCour, Northgate Sentinel
3 – Jonathan Hawthorne, Las Lomas

Best Photography:
1 – Brad Wash, Blueprint, Acalanes High
2 – Brendan Foster, Acalanes High
3 – Amir Sagafi, California High, The Californian

Best In-depth or Investigative Reporting:
1 – Northgate High School, Sentinel

Best website:
1- Acalanes Blueprint
2 — California High

Overall Excellence:
1- Las Lomas, The Page
2- California High, The Californian
3- Hercules Middle High School, The Titan Template

When presenting the overall excellence awards, Rowlands asked students to comment on their work. No one from Las Lomas was present.

The California High award winner said she was proud of a story her paper did about a teacher who was treated unfairly by the administration, which included a YouTube video that got more than 1,000 hits and an online story that garnered several reader comments.

Hercules High student Joshua Bueno said some community and faculty members objected to a few of the paper’s stories, but the newspaper didn’t back down.

“Our year was very turbulent to say the least,” he said.

His classmate, Jobel Vecino, agreed.

“I’d say the greatest part about this year,” he said, “was learning how to grow a thick skin and not let anybody’s criticism get to us.”

Video clips from the awards are posted at YouTube.com/tunedtotheresa.

Do you think school administrators should censor student newspapers?

Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013
Under: Contra Costa County Office of Education, Education | 1 Comment »

MDUSD extends hours for Tuesday community input meeting regarding superintendent search

The Mt. Diablo school district has extended the hours for its second community input meeting related to its search for a new superintendent. The meeting, previously scheduled from 4:20-5:30 p.m. has been extended to 7 p.m. to allow more people to participate.

Here is the revised public notice:

“PUBLIC NOTICE – Request for Community Input Superintendent Search – REVISED

The Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District is conducting a search for a new district superintendent. Community input about the desired characteristics to be used in recruiting and selecting this person is desired. The trustees are soliciting input to respond to the prompt: What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for the Mt. Diablo School District?

Michael Escalante and Sally Frazier of Leadership Associates were selected to advise the Board in this important process. They will be in our district on June 6 and 11 to solicit input that will be used to develop the recruitment criteria. Your input about the desired personal and professional qualities anticipated in the incoming superintendent is valued.

Individual input from members of the community (parents, employees and others interested in our district) is desired. To attend and participate in an open forum, where your ideas will be heard and you may hear about the process, no appointment is necessary. The open forum will be held on June 6, 2013 at the Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord 94518, between 4:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. On June 11, 2013, it will be held at the Dent Center, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord 94519, from 4:20 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

If you are unable to meet personally with the Board’s advisors, you may send a fax to (760) 771-4277 or an email to lhunt@leadershipassociates.org. To speak by phone to either Michael Escalante or Sally Frazier, you may call (760) 771-4277.”

As previously noted, the district is also inviting public input via an online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CQF8VXM

Here are the questions on that survey:

INTRODUCTION

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District Governing Board has contracted with Leadership Associates to assist in the recruitment and selection of the District’s next superintendent. This survey will be used to collect input from all stakeholders about the desired characteristics to be used in the selection process.

All input is welcome, so please take a few minutes to complete this survey!

EXPERIENCE

Because experienced applicants can come from different backgrounds, tell us how you would rank the qualifications below.

1. Rank the following in order of desirability from 1 to 5, where 1 = high and 5 = low

Experience in oversight of school district finances, budgets, and business management.

Experience in management of school facilities.

Experience in California public education, either teaching and/or site administration.

Experience as an assistant superintendent or associate superintendent.

Experience as a superintendent in a comparable district.

A proven track record of strong academic achievement for all students, including special needs children, second language learners, and children of poverty.

LEADERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS

We would like to know which leadership characteristics matter most to you.

2. Rate characteristics to look for in a superintendent based on their importance to you: Very Important, Important, Somewhat Important, Not Important, or No Opinion

Is a strong instructional leader who will maintain and improve the student achievement gains made in the district.

Will bring the entire community together toward a strong vision of student achievement.

Will place the highest priority on safe environments for students and staff.

Has strong human relations skills and is a “people person.”

Will be accessible to parents and staff.

Holds high standards for consistent discipline in schools.

Will be highly visible at our schools and community events.

Is bilingual in English and Spanish.

CONNECTING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, YOUR SCHOOLS, YOUR DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT

What should the next superintendent know about your community and neighborhood schools? Type your responses in the box for each question below.

3. What other desirable professional and personal characteristics would you like to see in the next superintendent?

4. In your opinion, what are some of the outstanding qualities of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District?

5. In your opinion, what are some of the challenges facing the Mt. Diablo Unified School District?

ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH MDUSD:

We want to know how the Mt. Diablo Unified School District serves you.

6. My perspective on Mt. Diablo USD comes from being a (check all that apply)

Parent/Guardian
Community Member
Support Staff/Classified Employee
Administrator/Certificated, Classified, or Confidential
Teacher/Certificated Staff
School Volunteer/PTA Member
Business Owner/Operator
Public Official
Student
Other (please specify)

Which of the above items are most important to you?

Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 68 Comments »

MDUSD continues to seek community input Tuesday during search for new superintendent

The Mt. Diablo school district is seeking community input as it begins its search for a new superintendent. One meeting was held June 6 and another will be held Tuesday, June 11. Here is the excerpted public notice about the meetings:

“PUBLIC NOTICE – Request for Community Input Superintendent Search

The Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District is conducting a search for a new district superintendent. Community input about the desired characteristics to be used in recruiting and selecting this person is desired. The trustees are soliciting input to respond to the prompt: What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for the Mt. Diablo School District?

Michael Escalante and Sally Frazier of Leadership Associates were selected to advise the board in this important process. They will be in our district on June … 11 to solicit input that will be used to develop the recruitment criteria. Your input about the desired personal and professional qualities anticipated in the incoming superintendent is valued.

Individual input from members of the community (parents, employees and others interested in our district) is desired. To attend and participate in an open forum, where your ideas will be heard and you may hear about the process, no appointment is necessary. … On June 11, 2013, it will be held at the Dent Center, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord 94519, also between 4:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

If you are unable to meet personally with the board’s advisors, you may send a fax to (760) 771-4277 or an email to lhunt@leadershipassociates.org. To speak by phone to either Michael Escalante or Sally Frazier, you may call (760) 771-4277.”

The district is also conducting a survey to gather input. Here is a link to the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CQF8VXM

What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent do you think would be a match for the Mt. Diablo School District?

Posted on Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 9 Comments »