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Mt. Diablo school board to discuss YVHS field improvements, solar projects and new appointments tonight

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 4:09 pm in Education.

Cindy Walker speaks voices concerns about planned YVHS field project.

Cindy Walker voices concerns about planned YVHS field project.

The Mt. Diablo school board will hold its first meeting of the 2013-14 school year at 7:30 p.m. in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. The board has decided to meet on Wednesdays, instead of Mondays, from now on. (This is the same day that the Contra Costa County Board of Education meets, as well as the same day the West Contra Costa County Board of Education meets.)

Here is the agenda for tonight’s meeting:

“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 pursuant to Govt. Code Section 54957.6 Designated District representatives: President Cheryl Hansen, Interim General Counsel Jayne Williams; Unrepresented employee: Superintendent Action

4.3 Public Employee Appointment pursuant to Govt. Code Section 54957 (b) (1): Superintendent Info

4.4 Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel regarding the initiation of litigation in one (1) matter pursuant to Govt. Code Section 54956.9 (c). Action

4.5 Potential litigation based on facts and circumstances (one matter) pursuant to Govt. Code Section 54956.9 (3)(c): Claim filed on behalf of J.Doe Info

5.0 Reconvene Open Session
5.1 Reconvene Open Session at 7:30 p.m. Info

6.0 Preliminary Business
6.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

7.0 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session
7.1 Negotiations Action
7.2 Conference with Labor Negotiators Info
7.3 Public Employee Appointment – Superintendent Info
7.4 Anticipated Litigation Action
7.5 Potential Litigation Info

8.0 Consent Agenda Action

8.1 (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

8.2 (Item #2) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action

8.3 (Item #3) Request to increase and decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2013-2014 school year Action

8.4 (Item #4) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action

8.5 (Item #5) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase Positions Action

8.6 (Item #6) Education Code 44258.2 – BOARD AUTHORIZATIONS Action

8.7 (Item #7) Approval of Variable Term Waiver Requests Action

8.8 (Item #8) IFAS Vendor Warrant Report and IFAS Vendor Warrant Cancellations Report for the months of June and July 2013 Action

8.9 (Item #9) Approve adjustments to Special Education/Student Services contracts for the 2012-13 School Year for services rendered Action

8.10 (Item #10) Resolution Rendering Local Ordinances Inapplicable: Northgate High School Aquatics Center Project Action

8.11 (Item #11) Resolution, Disposition of Surplus Property Action

8.12 (Item #12) Ratification of Award of Summer Contract Action

8.13 (Item #13) Ratification of Award of Summer Contracts Action

8.14 (Item #14) Ratification of Award of Summer Contracts Action

8.15 (Item #15) Final Change Order for Bid #1618/Contract C-914 for Structured Cabling, Adding Ethernet Drops in Classrooms with Fiber Optic Backbone at various school sites. Action

8.16 (Item #16) Notice of Completion for Bid #1618/C-914 Action

8.17 (Item #17) Ratification of Award – Inspector of Record (Project Inspector) Contract Action

8.18 (Item #18) Independent Contract for The Event Group. Action

8.19 (Item #19) Independent Contract for STAND! for Families Free of Violence. Action

8.20 (Item #20) 2013-14 Contract for Sierra Pacific Tours Action

8.21 (Item #21) 2012 Contract 2012-13 for Michaels Transportation Action

8.22 (Item #22) Williams Quarterly Summary Report Action

9.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

10.0 Public Comment
10.1 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

11.0 Communications
11.1 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

12.0 Reports/Information

13.0 Business/Action Items
13.1 Appointment of Principal, Elementary School Action

13.2 Appointment of Vice Principal, High School Action

13.3 Appointment of Vice Principal, High School Action

13.4 Appointment of Vice Principal, Middle School Action

13.5 Appointment of Administrator, Equity and Disproportionality Action

13.6 Appointment of Program Specialist, Categorical Programs, Site Based Action

13.7 Appointment of Program Specialist, Categorical Programs, Site Based Action

13.8 Appointment of Program Specialist, Special Education Action

13.9 Appointment of Program Specialist, Special Education Action
13.10 Appointment of Coordinator, Student/Community Services 9-12 Action

13.11 Classified Personnel: Appointment of Assistant Construction Manager Action

13.12 Classified Personnel: Appointment of Educational Consultant/Behavior Management Specialist Action

13.13 Classified Personnel: Appointment of Interim Transportation Coordinator Action

13.14 Public Hearing and Adoption of Resolution Accepting Final Environmental Impact Report for the Ygnacio Valley High School Sports Field Lighting Project Info

13.15 Community Facilities District # 1 (Measure A) Action

13.16 Solar Energy Savings and District Cost Update Info

13.17 Department of Justice – Open Purchase Order Action

13.18 Diablo Valley Community College, Contra Costa Community College District, agreement for MDUSD high schools funding, effective July 1, 2013 to May 30, 2014. Action

13.19 Request to approve MDUSD/Solution Tree Marzano Research Lab Contract Action

13.20 Multi-Disciplinary Team for Equity and Disproportionality Action

13.21 Meeting Extension Action

14.0 Future Agenda Items

15.0 Board Member Reports
15.1 Board reports Info

16.0 Closed Session
16.1 Items not completed during the first Closed Session will be carried over to this closed session. Action

17.0 Adjournment
17.1 Adjourn Meeting Info”

Although Trustee Brian Lawrence has repeatedly asked that the names of candidates be made public before board meetings, so the public can comment on the appointments before they are made, no names appear on the agenda reports. The district typically doesn’t name the candidates until the item comes up for a vote, when the name is announced by Julie Braun-Martin. This gives the public no opportunity to comment, since the public is left in the dark until the last minute.

Do you think the district and board should list the names of those to be appointed on staff reports or attach an addendum to the agenda the day of the meeting listing the names, so the public could have the opportunity to comment before the board votes?


Trustee Lynne Dennler is absent.

Hansen reported out of closed session that board discussed negotiations with an unrepresented employee and will continue those discussions after the meeting (regarding superintendent).

Board approved consent calendar.

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67 Responses to “Mt. Diablo school board to discuss YVHS field improvements, solar projects and new appointments tonight”

  1. Galen Says:

    The New YVHS schedule came as a shock to the staff there. It was not a school, but district decision!!

  2. Theresa Harrington Says:

    What was the reasoning behind it?

  3. Doctor J Says:

    @Galen#51 It is unclear if Sue Brothers “agreed” to it but I am pretty sure she was notified of the change last spring. Whether she advised staff or not is another question. According to the FCMAT report of 9-4-12, it is to be a joint decision of transportation and the site. This new scheme apparently was dreamed up by — you guessed it — Greg Rolen and Angie Goakey. And where are they now ??? Here is an excerpt from he FCMAT report: “The district could achieve more efficient bus routing and scheduling by coordinating school bell times with input from the Transportation Department. The department had much greater input into school bell times in years past, however, in the past two years, the schools have had broad authority to change their bell times without that input. This has resulted in bell times that are similar throughout the district. With a little more separation of school start and end times, one bus may be able to provide service to two different groups, improving efficiency and cost effectiveness. Because most schools begin within 10 minutes of 8 a.m., the Transportation Department cannot perform more than one service run in the morning. However, if approximately half the schools began at 7:45 a.m., and the other half at 8:30 a.m., the Transportation Department could significantly reduce the overall number of buses and drivers. The district should reinstitute a meeting with the Transportation Department and site administrators each spring to set bell times for the subsequent school year that are sensitive to maximizing transportation efficiency while balancing academic needs.”

  4. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I received a call from YVHS parent and former MDUSD Trustee Sherry Whitmarsh regarding this thread. She said she wasn’t at the last board meeting because she was on vacation. She said most field project supporters who attended didn’t speak because they didn’t want to be repetitive and they were showing their support through their presence. She said the football schedule was set far in advance the the boosters are looking into using portable lights so they won’t have to take kids out of classes early. The school schedule came from the district, she said.
    “We were told it was because of busing,” she explained.
    She said the EIR took longer than expected, but the school is not “counting its chickens before they’re hatched.”
    Another benefit of night games, she added, is that parents who work will be able to see their children competing.

  5. Doctor J Says:

    @TH#54 I wonder if MDEA was informed last spring and agreed to it without consulting its membership at YVHS ?

  6. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Whitmarsh also pointed out that the Aug. 28 board meeting has disappeared from the district’s website:

    However, it still appears on the Electronic School Board site:

  7. Just wondering Says:

    Dr J. You certainly have access to a lot of information. Not sure why you don’t try to become a board member, or at the very least come out from behind the Dr J and let readers know how it is you have access to so much information?

  8. g Says:

    8/21 vs. 8/28. Maybe they’ll figure it out before Wed.

    Interim Transportation Director’s last two jobs were specifically for slashing busing—drafting walk routes.

  9. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Please note that I have been advised by our web team to recommend that commenters “clear your cache” after commenting on our blogs. Apparently, some email addresses have somehow inadvertently shown up in the “Leave a Comment” field after the fact. The company is working to rectify the problem.

  10. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I have reposted MDUSD Interim Supt. John Bernard’s Op Ed piece on school attendance, in case any blog readers would like to comment on it:

  11. mika Says:

    dr j: YVHS is not charging for locks or pe clothes. Pe t shirts and shorts will be available for purchase but they are optional. Students can dress out in appropriate pe clothes from home. You are reading outdated handbooks.

  12. Doctor J Says:

    @Mika#61 — I pulled the quotes off of the YVHS website YESTERDAY and noted that it had been updated with Stephen Brady’s name as principal. I haven’t checked it tonight. I am not reading “outdated” handbooks. I even quoted about a week ago that students “should bring” to orientation $25 to purchase PE clothes. The YVHS website I quoted in my post #50 should have been changed 8 months ago ! Nevertheless, I am glad they are doing the right thing.

  13. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here’s a nice video of the YVHS football coach talking about the preparation the team has been doing for the season:

  14. Doctor J Says:

    A man of few words ! 🙂

  15. Theresa Harrington Says:

    For those who have had trouble finding my blog since the CC Times redesigned the website, I have created a Facebook page with the blog link:

    I will post links to new blog posts, as well as other education-related news on this site. I also invite readers to post education-related information that you believe would be of interest to others. When I “liked” the CDE page, I found this link to Common Core info:

  16. Doctor J Says:

    Didn’t anyone notice that the YVHS EIR was not on the Agenda for approval on Aug 28 agenda as was indicated back on August 14 ?

  17. Doctor J Says:

    @Mika#61 — A week later, YVHS still has those same illegal policies on their website I quoted in post #50. I guess it will take a formal complaint to kick start Stephen Brady.

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