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Live blog of MDUSD 6-17-13 meeting

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 8:32 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

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.

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  • Theresa Harrington

    You are correct. The last time I asked Braun-Martin about Brothers’ employment status, she wrote June 26: “We are still in the process of confirming assignments for all administrators in the district.”

    So, it looks like there could be additional reassignments that have been “confirmed,” which she appears to be differentiating from “appointments.”

  • Value for the MONEY

    TH, was there a closed session on June 17th with the board and select employees re fiscal operations?

  • Doctor J

    Why is the Board waiting until July 31 to review the applications when they were due July 1 ? Seems like a very long time.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Board President Cheryl Hansen told me the board wanted to give Leadership Associates time to review them first.

  • Doctor J

    I guess it depends on how many they have to review. Is it 10 or is it 50 ? I wish they would disclose how many applications were turned in — a large number would be comforting to the public. When they don’t reveal the raw number, it tends to indicate they got just a few.

  • Theresa Harrington

    VftM: The only item on the June 17 closed session agenda that looks like it could have been related to fiscal was 4.9 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release — Notice of Possible Reassignment: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=7144&mtgId=380

  • Theresa Harrington

    FYI, the Livermore school district has hired a new special ed director. Here’s a portion of the press release:

    “The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Director of Special Education, Ms. MaryAnn Frates, who began her official duties July 1, 2013. Mr. George Anich, former Director for Special Education, will assume the role of Special Education Director and SELPA Director for Vallejo City Unified School District. Mr. Anich says, ‘It has been a pleasure serving Livermore’s special needs community. I will always cherish the memories of the wonderful families I have known and the outstanding District staff that helped us to support our students.’

    MaryAnn Frates comes to the District with an extensive background in special education, professionally and in her own educational growth. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration, a Multiple Subject teaching credential, and an Education Specialist Instruction credential. In addition, she is in the process of completing her EdD for Educational Leadership. She is coming to LVJUSD from Castro Valley Unified School District where, for the past three years, she served as Coordinator of Special Education. Prior to that she was in Fremont Unified School District where she worked as a Program Specialist, SDC Teacher, RSP Teacher, and Extended School Year administrator. In addition, she spent a few years working with local non-public schools as an instructional aide, teacher, and administrator…”

  • Doctor J

    Job posting for Principal at Cambridge Elementary has been posted for both internal and external candidates and closes July 22.

  • Doctor J

    @TH#136 Look at the bar chart on the new data on declining enrollment ! Its a huge drop off ! http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/DQ/EnrTimeRpt.aspx?Level=District&cYear=2011-12&cname=MT.%20DIABLO%20UNIFIED&cCode=0761754

  • Theresa Harrington

    FYI, MDUSD Trustee Linda Mayo is the new parliamentarian for the state PTA: http://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6485/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=148117

  • Doctor J

    @TH#162 — I hope Linda Mayo gets some training ! Wasn’t she a Vice-President last year ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    In the past she was a VP for Communications, but I’m not sure if that was last year.

  • Doctor J

    Still no new postings for Director of Elementary. Is Rose bringing her friend in again on a part time basis ?

  • anon

    The district lost 1858 to the charter.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Responses to comments on YVHS field project EIR have been posted: http://www.mdusd.org/Community/Pages/yvhs-sports-field-lighting.aspx

    Board may vote on project Aug. 14.

  • Doctor J

    I am surprised the neighbors haven’t organized to oppose the project that it was not covered under Measure C based on the new case published on April 25, 2013. http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/D060999.PDF

  • Theresa Harrington

    The neighbors are organizing to oppose the project. Apparently, one of them went on a bid walk through. Interesting that the district went ahead with bidding before the board even approved the EIR!

  • Doctor J

    Tim Cody has Sherry nipping at his heels. They want it done before October.

  • Anon

    Sherry who?

  • Doctor J

    The MDUSD Board is now delinquent on its two Grand Jury responses which as elected officials were due within 60 days. Maybe a report next week might be in order about the responses.