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MDUSD Board on Wednesday to hire new Sequoia MS Principal and enter into another lease-leaseback agreement

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 at 1:44 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

After its special meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Mt. Diablo school board will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the district office Board Room at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord.

There are several interesting items on the agenda. The closed session agenda includes: discussions regarding union negotiations, employee discipline, the Bay Area News Group lawsuit seeking documents related to the alleged sexual molestation of students by former Woodside Elementary teacher Joseph Martin, and discussion of potential litigation related to various “J. Doe claims” that are likely related to the allegations against Martin.

The consent calendar includes: Consultant contracts related to the districts attempts to remedy its designation as being significantly disproportionate in its identification of African-American students for special education, expulsions and suspensions; a list of schools that didn’t receive textbooks on time; school bus replacements; completion of a lease-leaseback contract; and yet another inspection contract for Alisha Jensen.

The business portion of the agenda includes the appointment of several administrators, such as a new Sequoia Middle School Principal in Pleasant Hill; a lease-leaseback contract award for a science classroom at Ygnacio Valley HS; and a deductive change order for a lease-leaseback HVAC contract.

Here is the complete 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

2.2 Board Member Lynne Dennler will participate via teleconference from 33 Hui Drive, Lahaina, HI. 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 Student Discipline – Adult student appeal of dismissal: One (1) matter from an adult education student seeking board review of the District’s decision to dismiss student from the Surgical Technology Program. Action

4.2 Expulsion of Student #01-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action

4.3 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

4.4 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

4.5 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release/Complaint Action

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

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

4.8 Potential litigation based on facts and circumstances regarding various J. Doe claims pursuant to Gov’. Code section 54956.9(3)(c). Action

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 Student Discipline Info
7.2 Expulsion Info
7.3 Negotiations Info
7.4 Conference with Labor Negotiators Info
7.5 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release/Complaint Info
7.6 Pending Litigation Info
7.7 Anticipated Litigation Info
7.8 Potential Litigation Info

8.0 Student Representatives

9.0 Board Member Reports
9.1 Board Reports Info

10.0 Superintendent’s Report
10.1 Highlights in District Info

11.0 Consent Agenda Action
11.1 (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

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

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

11.4 (Item #4) Approval of Variable Term Waiver Requests Action

11.5 (Item #5) Amended Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators Action

11.6 (Item #6) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase and Decrease Positions Action

11.7 (Item #7) Changes in status of the following employees Action

11.8 (Item #8) Student Teaching Agreement between Grand Canyon University and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action

11.9 (Item #9) Approval of independent contract with Martha Pollock for $36,500 to provide specialized counseling services at Mt. Diablo High School. The contract amount should not exceed $46,080 as per contract amendment dated Sepember 19, 2013. Action

11.10 (Item #10) Approval of Non-Public School Contracts/Adjustments Action

11.11 (Item #11) Agreement between Mount Diablo Unified School District and Independent Contractor Jon Eyler Action

11.12 (Item #12) Agreement between Mount Diablo Unified School District and Independent Contractor Dr. Mary Bacon. Action

11.13 (Item #13) Approve submission of the CalSTAT grant to support district professional development during the 2013-14 school year. Action

11.14 (Item #14) Approve submission of an application to the State Board of Education to serve as a Supplemental Education Service (SES) Provider. Action

11.15 (Item #15) Public Hearing regarding Sufficiency of Textbooks and Instructional Materials for 2013-2014 for Pupil Textbook and Instructional Materials Incentive Program and Williams Settlement Instructional Materials Funds Action

11.16 (Item #16) Approval of contracts with Exploring New Horizons (ENH) for Bancroft Elementary, Monte Gardens Elementary, Strandwood Elementary, and Valle Verde Elementary School Outdoor Ed Programs Action

11.17 (Item #17) Approve contract with Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center for Sequoia Elementary School Action

11.18 (Item #18) Budget Transfer and/or Budget Increases/Decreases for July-September 2013. Action

11.19 (Item #19) Annual Renewal of Bi-Tech Services Contract Action

11.20 (Item #20) Request Purchase Order for (2) 78 Passenger Buses Action

11.21 (Item #21) Replacement School Bus Purchase Action

11.22 (Item #22) Award of RFQ for RFQ#1657 – Integrated GPS System Action

11.23 (Item #23) Award of RFP #1665 – Swimming Pool Maintenance Service Action

11.24 (Item #24) Notice of Completion for Lease/Leaseback #1634 – Bell Products Inc. Action

11.25 (Item #25) Award of Design Services Contract: MU Modernization at College Park High School. Action

11.26 (Item #26) Award of Inspector of Record (Project Inspector) Contract for New Chemistry Classroom Building Project at Ygnacio Valley High School Action

12.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

13.0 Recognitions
13.1 Announcements/Awards Info

14.0 Public Comment
14.1 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

15.0 Communications
15.1 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

16.0 Reports/Information
16.1 Information Provided to Board and Community Info

17.0 Business/Action Items

17.1 Appointment of Administrator, Special Education Action

17.2 Appointment of Program Specialist, Special Education Action

17.3 Appointment of Principal, Sequoia Middle School Action

17.4 Appointment of Coordinator, Student/Community Services 9-12 – Olympic High School Action

17.5 Classified Personnel: Appointment of Transportation Dispatcher Action

17.6 Public presentation of the Initial Successor Agreement Proposal for Mt. Diablo School Psychologists Association (MDSPA) and the Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Initial Successor Agreement Proposal to MDSPA Action

17.7 Adult Education Board Policy and Administrative Regulations 6200 Info

17.8 Proclamation of October 23 – November 1, 2013 as “Red Ribbon Week” Action

17.9 Resolution of Intent to Dedicate an Easement at Shore Acres Elementary School Action

17.10 Resolution 13/14-21 Native American Heritage Month Action

17.11 Award of Lease/Lease-back Agreement with Taber Construction, Inc. to support RFQ/RFP 1644 – Ygnacio Valley HS – SMART Science Building Action

17.12 Final Change Order for LLB #1634 – HVAC Modernization at El Monte ES, Monte Gardens ES, Westwood ES and Shadelands/Sunrise School. Action

17.13 Adoption Textbook for Sports Medicine II Info

17.14 Meeting Extension Action
18.0 Future Agenda Items
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”

Which items pique your interest?

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  • g. de la verdad

    Dr. J: Your comment on EdSource was right on point!

    http://www.edsource.org/today/2013/parents-push-for-more-prominent-place-at-the-school-budget-table/41027

    Fluff’em and Stuff’em with marshmallow Power Points (usually not published for the public to see online) is about all we’ve come to expect. That’s about all we get from every department. We need to demand more. We need a board who demands more!

  • tmharrington

    The problem is that it was based on phone interviews. So, MDUSD may not have anything in writing. For the third, do you mean the Sacramento County Office of Education?

  • tmharrington

    Superintendent Nellie Meyer said this would cost the district more than $20 million.

  • Doctor J

    Add SCOE in there too since they conducted the interview. Surely they gave the CDE staffers individual district data to back up the summary.

  • Doctor J

    Time to disassociate DMA raises from MDEA raises — that will save a few million bucks. Guy Moore conveniently only talks about the impact on the district for MDEA raises and benefits — not the collateral effect on other bargaining units and DMA “automatic” raises.

  • tmharrington
  • tmharrington
  • Doctor J

    Should SASS be disciplined for similar activity as San Diego ? Perhaps they should publish their photos they distributed on district email ? http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-blackface-suspensions-20131101,0,166838.story?track=rss#axzz2jRcXA95l

  • Doctor J

    Lease/Leaseback construction being challenged in Court of Appeal. An adverse ruling could really setback MDUSD. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/11/06/3594285/fresno-unified-to-challenge-appeal.html

  • Doctor J

    Wow — TWO new Elementary principals to be appointed. Hugh Bursch, Concord High VP resignation effective today. Where is he going ? Remember about two weeks ago Julie B-M posted a notice for a new VP at CHS. The Nov 13 agenda is posted.

  • tmharrington

    Here’s a story that shows how a WCCUSD teacher is approaching Common Core in fourth-grade math and ELD reading: http://www.contracostatimes.com/san-pablo/ci_24496622/west-contra-costa-county-teacher-digs-into-new

    And here’s a big-picture look at Common Core implementation in the Bay Area, which shows that MDEA feels MDUSD isn’t involving teachers enough in the process: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_24496683/schools-east-bay-and-state-are-switching-common

  • Doctor J

    Guy Moore knows the secrets: “In Mount Diablo, the teachers union worries about a lack of planning. Teachers feel they’re being told about changes and are then sent to implement them on their own, union President Guy Moore said.
    “I think we all believe the Common Core is a great idea,” he said, adding that it reflects the way many teachers teach, with in-depth discussions and student projects. “Teachers want Common Core to work, but we need a voice and we need concrete examples, so we can see what is being done.”

  • tmharrington

    Unlike MDUSD, WCCUSD has created a working group of teachers from every site to help implement Common Core. Also, WCCUSD is working on an MOU with its teachers’ union regarding implementation.

  • Doctor J

    Would be very nice if Dr. Nellie could be interviewed to find out her views after 45 days “on the job”. Greatest needs, greatest strengths. How prepared for Common Core ? Staff reorganization ? Does she miss San Diego ? All that stuff.

  • tmharrington

    As I have previously mentioned, due to limited staffing, our company is pushing for more regional stories and fewer district-specific stories. Perhaps after she’s been in the driver’s seat for six months it would make sense to do such a piece. I am impressed, however, by her responsiveness. Guy Moore told me he is also hopeful that she is just what the district needs. He believes that she is responsive and empathetic to employees.

  • Doctor J

    There are some important administrative decisions that must be made and it would be nice to have the temperature of the Supt especially as to Common Core readiness — There is the 45 day notice rule to Assistant Supt’s of Ed Code 35031 with their contracts expiring on June 30. And the March 15 rule for site administrators and others of Ed Code 44951. Which leads me to wonder if Sue Brothers was compensated under 44951 for less notice ?

  • Doctor J

    Apparently no blog for tonight’s meeting: LOCATION CHANGE! MDEA is having a rally !! Notice : The November 13 Board Meeting has been moved to Monte Garden’s Multi-Use Room next door to the District Offices.

  • Doctor J

    MDEA blasts the Cooksey/B-M strategy to divide and conquer MDEA membership. Here’s the partial response from MDEA: “District makes a last best final offer through the Contra Costa Times Wednesday around 5:00 pm, the District posted a last, best final offer on its website. Although no one from MDUSD has contacted our president, Guy Moore, about the offer, he did receive a call from the Contra Costa Times at 5:30 pm seeking a response.
    “The offer the District posted on their website matches an off-the -record discussion the District had with MDEA’s Bargaining Team at our November 5, 2013 session. The District’s team assured MDEA’s Bargaining Team that all ideas and comments made during that off-the-record discussion would remain confidential. They have broken their word.”
    Looks like Dr. Nellie’s presence has not made a difference in how Cooksey and Julie B-M negotiate. What a shame !

  • tmharrington

    I will do a blog post with tonight’s agenda. However, the meeting location is still listed as the Dent center on the agenda: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_agendaview.aspx?mtgId=387

  • tmharrington

    Here is the blog post for tonight’s meeting: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2013/11/13/mdusd-board-to-meet-tonight-to-appoint-two-elementary-principals-vote-on-northgate-aquatic-center/

    The agenda has been changed since it was originally posted, but there is no indication of this. Now, one of the elementary principals is listed as an information item/report instead of an action item. When will the board put its foot down about not making changes to the agenda without noting that a change has been made?

  • Doctor J

    Cooksey’s version of what happened last week is so very opposite of MDEA’s version that someone is not telling the truth. I imagine the Board made Cooksey recite her version before the crowd. Having Bryan Richards as her “character witness” is not exactly a strong suit. MDEA’s response to Cooksey’s comments should be interesting.