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MDUSD Community Advisory Committee to discuss transportation issues tonight

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 5:49 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

I have heard that some parents are frustrated with the Mt. Diablo school district’s busing this year and that many are planning to show up to tonight’s Community Advisory Committee meeting, which will include a transportation presentation.

Here’s the agenda for the meeting, which will be held at the district office, 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord:

“AGENDA
DATE: October 1, 2013
TIME: 7:00 – 9:15 p.m.
PLACE: Dent Center – Board Room

1. Call to Order 7:00
2. Introductions (7:02 – 7:05)
Please notify the audience during introductions if you are recording the meeting. Please let us know if this is your first time attending a CAC meeting.

3. Adoption of Minutes – September 3, 2013 (ACTION ITEM) (7:05 – 7:10)

4. Presentation – Transportation – Tom Bishop (7:10 – 7:35)

5. Chairperson’s Report – Dorothy Weisenberger (7:35 – 7:45)

6. Ongoing Business (7:45 – 8:20)
6.1 Assistant Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Kerri Mills
6.2 Board of Education Report – Lynne Dennler and Barbara Oaks
6.3 Board of Education Comments – Dorothy Weisenberger
6.4 Budget Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li
6.5 Equity Advisory Team – Denise Lambert

NETWORKING BREAK

7. New Business (8:30– 9:00)
7.1 Assistive Technology/AAC – Christian Patz
7.2 Extended School Year – Samantha Espinosa
7.3 Autism Task Force – Vi Ibarra
7.4 DELAC Committee – Denise Lambert
7.5 Advisory Commission on Special Education – Morena Grimaldi
7.6 Parent Liaison – Hilary Shen

7.7 Sub-Committee Updates will be reported at November’s meeting
Parent & Community Education Committee – Julie Nibblett
Membership & Publicity Committee – Audra McDonald
Legislative Committee – Denise Lambert
Blog Committee – Autumn Green

8. Public Comment (9:00 – 9:10)
Public comment is an opportunity to share concerns and comments with the CAC. In the interest of time, speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each with a total of fifteen (15) minutes for all speakers. Please respect student and personnel privacy. CAC members and district staff might not be able to respond to individual concerns in this forum, but will take your contact information and follow-up with you.

9. Information Items/Announcements/Adjournment (9:10 – 9:15)

DON’T FORGET – - BRING A FRIEND TO THE MEETING!!”

Are you satisfied with the district’s transportation service this year?

OCT. 2 UPDATE: I attended the first part of meeting and recorded the Transportation Report. I have uploaded the six video clips to my You Tube account at http://www.youtube.com/tunedtotheresa.

Many parents expressed deep concerns about problems, including students being stranded. Transportation Director Tom Bishop was fairly candid about the problems and promised to try to rectify them. At one point, he said: “The district shot itself in the foot. But neither Kerri nor I were here when that happened.” This could have been viewed as an indictment of Greg Rolen’s transportation management.

At the end of his report, some parents praised Bishop for his dedication in trying to remedy problems.

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