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MDUSD board to meet Wednesday to vote on several items and hold a public hearing on planned Northgate High aquatics center

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 10:56 am in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the district board room at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord to vote on several items of interest, including: several lease-leasebacks that still aren’t labeled with the names of the projects, an $11,700 consulting contract with the company that Dr. John Bernard works for to mentor Dr. Nellie Meyer for nine months, the YVHS field lighting project, a public hearing regarding the Northgate Aquatics project and several new and revised board bylaws, including some related to the use of social media.

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 Pending Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (1) regarding Taylor, et al v. Mt. Diablo Unified School District, et al, Contra Costa Superior Court Case No. C12-00609. Info

4.3 Pending Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9(1) regarding Bay Area News Group v. Mt. Diablo Unified School District, et al, Contra Costa Superior Court Case No. N13-1551. Info

4.4 Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel regarding the initiation of litigation in one (1) matter pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (c). Info

4.5 Potential litigation based on facts and circumstances in four (4) matters pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9(3) (c). 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 Info
7.2 Pending Litigation Info
7.3 Pending Litigation Info
7.4 Anticipated Litigation Info
7.5 Potential Litigation Info

8.0 Student Representatives
8.1 Student representatives will report on activities at their schools. Info

9.0 Board Member Reports
9.1 Board reports Info

10.0 Superintendent’s Report

11.0 Expulsion Recommendations

12.0 Consent Agenda Action
12.1 (Item #1) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action

12.2 (Item #2) Ed. Code 44263 – BOARD AUTHORIZATION Action

12.3 (Item #3) Student Placement Agreement between Saint Mary’s College of California and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action

12.4 (Item #4) Memo of Understanding between Contra Costa County Office of Education Intern Program and Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action

12.5 (Item #5) Memorandum of Understanding between University of the Pacific and Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action

12.6 (Item #6) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action

12.7 (Item #7) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase Positions Action

12.8 (Item #8) Fiscal Transactions for the month of September 2013. Action

12.9 (Item #9) Approval of Contract with Non Public Agency STE Consultants for Services for the 2013-14 School Year Action

12.10 (Item #10) Adjustment to the Agreement Between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) to Provide Temporary One-to-One Assistant Agreements for Special Education Students During the 2013-2014 School Year. Action

12.11 (Item #11) John F. Kennedy University – Independent Services Contract for counseling services at designated schools. Action

12.12 (Item #12) Award of RFP No. 1647: LEA Medi-Cal Claims & MAA Reimbursement Services including CRCS Services Action

12.13 (Item #13) Increase to Independent Service Contract with AA Medtrans Action

12.14 (Item #14) Final Change Order for LLB Project #1642 – Remodel of Art Classroom (Auto/Metal Shop) at Northgate High School Action

12.15 (Item #15) Notice of Completion for Lease/Leaseback #1642 Action

12.16 (Item #16) Notice of Completion for Lease/Leaseback #1632 Action

12.17 (Item #17) Notice of Completion for Lease/Leaseback #1633 Action

12.18 (Item #18) Notice of Completion for Lease/Leaseback #1620 Action

12.19 (Item #19) Amended Certificate of Signatures Action

12.20 (Item #20) Agreement Between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Total School Solutions to Provide Consulting Services to the Superintendent During the 2013-14 Fiscal Year Action

12.21 (Item #21) Approval of contract with The YMCA at Camp Arroyo for Bel Air Elementary School Outdoor Ed Program Action

12.22 (Item #22) Resolution 13/14-16 Disability Awareness Month Action

13.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

14.0 Recognitions

15.0 Public Comment
15.1 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

16.0 Communications
16.1 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

17.0 Reports/Information

18.0 Business/Action Items

18.1 Appointment of Coordinator, Student/Community Services 9-12 – Ygnacio Valley High School Action

18.2 Final Change Order for LLB #1632 – HVAC Modernization at Bancroft, Mountain View, Silverwood and Valle Verde Elementary Schools Action

18.3 Final Change Order for LLB #1633 – HVAC Modernization at Gregory Gardens, Hidden Valley, and Strandwood Elementary Schools Action

18.4 Public Hearing Regarding the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Northgate High School Aquatic Center Info

18.5 Adoption of Resolution Accepting Final Environmental Impact Report for the Ygnacio Valley High School Sports Field Lighting Project Action

18.6 Approval of Ygnacio Valley High School Stadium Lighting Project Action

18.7 Award of Bid for Bid #1645 Sports Field Lighting Action

18.8 Award of Inspector of Record (Project Inspector) Contract for Sports Field Lighting Project at Ygnacio Valley High School Action

18.9 Final Deductive Change Order – L/LB #1620 – Taber Construction, Inc. for Construction of Twenty-four (24) New Classrooms at Eight (8) Sites and Five (5) General Science Buildings at Five (5) Middle School Sites Action

18.10 New and Revised Technology Policies – BP 3513, BP/AR 4040, BP 6162.7 Action

18.11 Board Bylaw 9323 – Meeting Conduct Action

18.12 Board Bylaw 9323.2 – Actions By The Board Action

18.13 Board Bylaw E 9323.2 – Actions By The Board Action

18.14 Meeting Extension Action

19.0 Future Agenda Items
19.1 Future Agenda Items Info

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

21.0 Adjournment
21.1 Adjourn Meeting Info”

Just as there are neighbors around Ygnacio Valley High scrutinizing the proposed field lighting project, there are also neighbors around Northgate High who are carefully reviewing the planned aquatic center. Here’s information I received in an e-mail from one neighbor:

“The Pool WILL be available for Open Community Swim and Clinics all year. The following is included in the Mitigated Negative Declaration in small footnotes below Table 1 on page 18:

e) Open community swim may occur all year when school is not in session and the pool is not in use by MDUSD. During the summer, open community swim use would include lap swimming, which could occur Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. It is possible that community use lap swimming may occur during the school year, but that use would only occur during non-school hours when the pool is not in use by MDUSD. For community lap swim use. it is assumed that there would be a maximum of 96 swimmers per hour (6 swimmers per lane). On Saturdays, the pool would be open from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for open recreational pool time: however, there may be events for which the pool is open until 9:00 p.m. It is assumed there would be a maximum of 100 swimmers in the pool at one time for open recreation pool time.

f) It is estimated that the pool deck could accommodate up to 500 spectators and 100 competitors/coaches. However, given the length of swim meets (approximately 13 hours for Championship and Invitational Meets), and how spectator and competitor attendance at swim meets typically occurs (spectators and competitors come and go during the event), it is assumed that the maximum number of spectators (including the general public as well as swimmers/players at the meet) would not exceed 500 people at any one time. It should be emphasized that this is a very conservative estimate (so as not to underestimate impacts). Most Championship and Invitational Meets would experience far lower maximum attendance levels.”

Neighbors are concerned about how this community use will affect them.

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62 Responses to “MDUSD board to meet Wednesday to vote on several items and hold a public hearing on planned Northgate High aquatics center”

  1. tmharrington Says:

    I caught the tail end of the Northgate Aquatic Center meeting last night. Here’s the video:

    Mitchell Stark told me the meeting was publicly noticed Oct. 1 in the legal notices of the CC Times. Tim Cody said this was required by CEQA. The next meeting about the center, which is planned at 7 pm. Monday in the Northgate HS library, has been posted on the district’s website: It’s unclear why the district didn’t post last night’s meeting on the website as well.

  2. tmharrington Says:

    Meanwhile, union negotiations are dragging on. If you see a lot of teachers wearing blue shirts today, here’s why:

    I also heard from Annie Nolen, CSEA rep, who said some of her members are making less than $1,000 a month. One can no longer afford her child care, Nolen said. Increasing pay and restoring hours that were previously cut are priorities for the union.

    As an aside, Nolen is still wondering why the district didn’t improve its mandated reporter training last year, after she brought an excellent online training system to their attention. She said she plans to sit in on the new training to see if MDUSD is finally getting employees the info they need. And she’s still wondering when it will start complying with required training in bloodborne pathogens.

  3. tmharrington Says:

    The Pleasant Hill Teen Center will host a free screening of the “Bully” movie, along with a panel discussion, from 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday:

  4. Doctor J Says:

    Rumors are that the District is considering breaking the link between teacher raises and DMA raises — resulting in smaller raises for DMA but narrowing the gap between management and ‘labor’. Meanwhile Rose Lock seems to have so much time on her hands that she continues to “hold Linda Mayo’s hand” [figuratively] for school tours — one would think Linda Mayo, after nearly 16 years on the Board could find her way around the schools and know what is going on, especially with her long term association on the State PTA Board. I would imagine that Rose is bending Linda’s ear about the DMA proposal — Rose being very protective of the secret agreement between DMA and the Board to match raise for raise automatically. With everything else “not getting done”, it seems Rose Lock doesn’t need to spend her expensive time cajoling Linda Mayo, instead of attending to other details.

  5. tmharrington Says:

    MDEA is angling for a 7 percent raise and single Kaiser coverage, while the district is offering 3 percent and no health coverage:

    Impasse could come as soon as Oct. 28, according to MDEA.

  6. Doctor J Says:

    The sooner the better. Dr. Nellie is not afraid of strike threats. Right now the district has multiple financial fears — LCFF is unsettled, Lawsuits over Martin with insurance companies disputing coverage since District had knowledge of allegations and failed to disclose to insurance companies, potential liability to district of $25-50 million dollars, and last but not least . . .BANG lawsuit. Its pretty certain that Dr. Nellie will seek to sever the automatic increases of DMA while at the same time reorganize the district organizational structure and reduce the salaries of many Dent employees to align more with site salaries.

  7. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s a look at how some districts are moving forward with LCFF spending, based on the law:

    MDUSD, on the other hand, is taking a wait and see approach.

  8. tmharrington Says:

    Reminder: Northgate HS community meeting regarding proposed aquatics center is at 7 p.m. tonight at the school:

  9. tmharrington Says:

    MDEA is keeping up the pressure on the board with its demands for a 7 percent pay raise and Kaiser benefits:

  10. tmharrington Says:

    Here is a new blog post with the agenda for Wednesday’s special Governance Workshop at 2 pm:

    The public is invited to comment on possible evaluation criteria for recently appointed Superintendent Nellie Meyer.

  11. tmharrington Says:

    There will be a College Night on Oct. 28 at Los Medanos College:

    And there will be an MDUSD College Fair on Oct. 30:

  12. tmharrington Says:

    I see that two payroll employees are resigning:

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