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MDUSD expects to appoint superintendent, three vice principals on Wednesday

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 9:09 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school board will likely appoint Nellie Meyer, deputy superintendent of the San Diego school district, as its new superintendent on Wednesday. In addition, the board expects to appoint three high school vice principals and to extend for three months the contract of Interim General Counsel Jayne Williams. If the board approves Meyer’s contract, she will take the helm of the district Sept. 23.

A final Environmental Impact Report for proposed Ygnacio Valley High field improvements, expected to return to the board on Wednesday for approval, is not on the agenda.

Here is the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the district office board room at 1936 Carlotta Drive in 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 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: District Superintendent Action
4.3 Public Employee Appointment pursuant to Govt. Code Section 54957 (b) (1): District Superintendent 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 Report of Special Closed Session – August 21, 2013 Info
8.2 Negotiations Info
8.3 Conference with Labor Negotiators Info
8.4 Public Employee Appointment – District Superintendent Info

9.0 Consent Agenda Action
9.1 (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
9.2 (Item #2) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
9.3 (Item #3) Request to increase Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2013-2014 school year Action
9.4 (Item #4) Approval of Variable Term Waiver Request Action
9.5 (Item #5) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
9.6 (Item #6) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase and Decrease Positions Action
9.7 (Item #7) Approve contract/purchase order with My Therapy Company for bilingual Speech and Language services at Meadow Homes Elementary for the 2013-14 School Year. Action
9.8 (Item #8) Renewal of Memorandum of Understanding between Seneca Center for Children & Families and Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) Action
9.9 (Item #9) Approval of master contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Progressus Therapy Services to provide District-Wide Occupational/Physical Therapy Services for the 2013-2014 school year and 2012-2013 Extended School Year Program. Action
9.10 (Item #10) Increase purchase order with Non Public Agency Ed Support Services Action
9.11 (Item #11) Contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Maxim Healthcare Services, Non Public Agency (NPA) for the 2013-2014 school year. Action
9.12 (Item #12) Alignment of Updated Editions/Copy Write Years of Currently Adopted Instructional Materials Action
9.13 (Item #13) Approve submission of the Cleveland Foundation grant to expand technology labs at El Dorado Middle School. Action
9.14 (Item #14) Approval of contracts with Exploring New Horizons (ENH) for Pleasant Hill Elementary School and Hidden Valley Elementary School Outdoor Ed Programs Action
9.15 (Item #15) Approve Contract with Marin County Office of Education (COE) Outdoor School of Walker Creek Ranch for Walnut Acres Elementary School Action

10.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

11.0 Recognitions

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 Superintendent’s Report

15.0 Business/Action Items

15.1 Approve Contract for District Superintendent Action

15.2 Appointment of Vice Principal, High School Action

15.3 Appointment of Vice Principal, High School Action

15.4 Appointment of Vice Principal, High School Action

15.5 Legal services contract with Meyers Nave to provide specialized litigation services Action

15.6 Extension of Legal Services Contract with Latisha McCray, Contract Attorney Action

15.7 Three month extension of contract with Meyers Nave to provide Interim General Counsel services Action

15.8 Independent Contract with Document Tracking Services for the 2013-2014 school year Action

15.9 Renewal of Independent Service Contract with David H. Costa for Courier Service for Food Services and site pick-up to financial institution. Action

15.10 Solar Renewable Energy Credits/Certificates (REC’s) Info

15.11 Mandated Costs Action

15.12 Meeting Extension Action

16.0 Future Agenda Items

17.0 Board Member Reports

17.1 Board reports Info

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

19.0 Adjournment
19.1 Adjourn Meeting”

What impact do you think a new superintendent will have on the district?

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111 Responses to “MDUSD expects to appoint superintendent, three vice principals on Wednesday”

  1. Heather Says:

    @Doctor J #97

    I think you did just open the can of worms regarding student transfers. Is the district just leaving a little wiggle room at the schools for appeals and for new students who might move into the area of attendance? Are the parents who complain about being denied transfers getting anywhere with the district? You would think the district would want to grant as many transfers as possible, esp. at the high school level, to prevent students from going to the charter instead.

  2. Phoenix Says:

    TH@ 92, thank you for posting your interview summary with Dr. Meyer. My favorite answer was: “You build trust by being someone who shows concern about what’s going on.” This is such a simple concept, yet some of those in positions of power have forgotten the basic tenets of leadership: honesty, integrity, compassion, communication, and courage. We are a district in great need of change and Dr. Meyer appears to be up to the task.

  3. Theresa Harrington Says:

    You’re welcome. I am also doing a follow-up blog post with more details from my interview with Meyer, which I couldn’t fit into today’s excerpt.
    Notably, she says parent and budget advisory groups should actually give advice to the district, instead of merely listening to presentations by staff, which has been the norm in the recent past.

  4. Doctor J Says:

    Make no mistake about it — Steven Lawrence sank the Parent Advisory Committee because there were too many questions being asked that he did not want public — and he was way too condescending to ever think that parents could give advice to the district. Reminds me when he did not like the recommendations of the community school closure committee — he was verbally abusive to staff when the committee rejected his proposed plan — so he had Rose Lock take a “secret ballot” vote on a Brown Act committee. He then orchestrated a thinly veiled Board coup to close Holbrook, losing millions of dollars in SIG grants. Steven Lawrence hated it when his committees were subject to the Brown Act and public scrutiny. I agree with Phoenix — Dr. Nellie is up to the task to lead this district from the ashes.

  5. Carroll Says:

    Doctor J #97,

    I am a parent of a student who was denied an interdistrict transfer, and I did have a lot of questions and concerns, some of which I brought up with Felicia. We were denied the transfer, but overall the process seemed transparent and Felicia seemed forthcoming in responding to my questions and concerns. Not sure if I missed something, but it did not seem like a shell game to me.

  6. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here’s my follow-up blog post focusing on Meyer’s views about funding priorities, community involvement and charter schools:

  7. g Says:

    Carroll, 105: Did Felicia give you an idea of true attendance criteria? I could be wrong, and would like to know if I am.

    I believe this is how it breaks down (in reality–
    even though perhaps, secretly):

    1) Kids who live in the school zone.
    2) Kids of district employees who want their kid(s) to go to a specific school.
    3) Kids qualifying for NCLB transfers (who should
    place ahead of employee’s kids—but don’t.
    4) Kids who may luck into the school they prefer if
    there are still seats available.

  8. Hell Freezing Over Says:

    G 107 & Carroll 105:

    Would also be interested in what grade level interdistrict transfer denials are happening, and reasons denied (one assumes the school is at / over capacity).


    Each school has a capacity (number of “seats” x number of classrooms) limit. However, with principal and teacher vacancies in MDUSD, wonder if that could be a reason as well. Also with new bell schedules and transportation (or lack of), is that a factor?

  9. Carroll Says:

    G #107,

    Felicia did share the priority for transfers, however I don’t have it in writing so I’m not sure I remember it exactly. To the best of my recollection, it was:

    #1 Kids who live in attendance area.
    #2 NCLB transfers
    #3 SBX5 transfers (persistently low performing schools)
    #4 Siblings of students who already attend a school
    #5 School Choice

    The lottery was done publicly to assign numbers based on the priorities above. It “seemed” above board, but I guess it would be hard to tell if it wasn’t or if they granted admission to someone not based solely on the lottery numbers. I was initially concerned that this was the case when my child received a decent lottery number but was denied the transfer, but I was told exactly how many students were admitted to the choice school, and it was smaller than our lottery number.

  10. Carroll Says:

    Hell Freezing Over #108:

    I would like to know the statistics and reasons as well. I tried to request the statistics from past years before I submitted my student’s transfer application to maximize our chances of getting a better school, but I did not get anywhere with my request at the district.

    I was also told that the district had changed their M.O. from past years and was trying to accommodate as many student transfers as possible by shuffling teachers and staff to the requested schools. However, the number of student transfers granted to our choice school was not all that high and was much lower than the school capacity I had seen listed.

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