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MDUSD board to meet tonight to appoint an elementary principal, vote on Northgate aquatic center

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 4:40 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The teachers’ union is planning an rally tonight before the school board meeting to protest the district’s last, best and final offer before impasse was declared. Union members and their children will participate in fun activities from 4-6 p.m., followed by a rally from 6-7:30 p.m. outside the Dent Center and Monte Gardens Elementary.

Here is the agenda for the meeting, which is slated to begin at 7:30 in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. However, it could be moved to Monte Gardens Elementary next door in the event of a large crowd. Interestingly, one of the elementary principals has been moved from an action item to an information item/report since the agenda was originally posted. Yet, there is no indication on this agenda that the item was changed.

“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 Readmission of Student #32-12 Action
4.3 Pending Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t Code Section 54956.9(1) regarding matter of D. Reynolds v. MDUSD Info
4.4 Pending Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t Code Section 54956.9(1) regarding Rhinehart v. Mt. Diablo Unified School District, et al, Contra Costa Superior Court Case No. C13-00297 Info
4.5 Pending Litigation – Confeence with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t Code Section 54956.9(1) regarding I.H. (a minor) v. MDUSD, OAH Case No. 2013090182 Action
4.6 Pending Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t Code Section 54956.9(1) regarding N.M. (a minor) v. MDUSD, OAH Case No. 2013080665 Action
4.7 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. Info
4.8 Potential Litigation based on facts and circumstances regarding various J.Doe claims pursuant to Gov’t Code Section 54956.9(3)(c) Info
4.9 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release/Complaint – Three (3) Cases Info
4.10 Public Employee Performance Evaluation. Title: Interim General Counsel 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 Report Out of Closed Session 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
10.1 Superintendent’s Report 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 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2013-2014 school year Action
11.4 (Item #4) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
11.5 (Item #5) Internship Agreement between Brandman University and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
11.6 (Item #6) Approve contract/purchase order with Marie Wyman, SLP for Speech and Language services for the 2013-14 School Year Action
11.7 (Item #7) Approval of Non-Public School Contracts/Adjustments Action
11.8 (Item #8) Approve Independent Services Contract with Sacramento Childrens Home Action
11.9 (Item #9) Approval of independent contract with Carol Teltschick-Fall for $55,000 as S3 Grant Coordinator for College Park High School. Action
11.10 (Item #10) Fiscal Transactions for the month of October 2013. Action
11.11 (Item #11) Williams Quarterly Summary Report Action
11.12 (Item #12) Approve submission of the Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) grant to support secondary schools. Action
11.13 (Item #13) Increase to Independent Services Contract with AA Medtrans Action
11.14 (Item #14) Disposal of District Surplus Vehicles Action
11.15 (Item #15) Request contract approval for design services Action
11.16 (Item #16) Final Change Order to LLB #1617 – S-Wing Modernization at Mt. Diablo High School (XL Construction, Inc.) Action
11.17 (Item #17) Final Change Order for LLB #1593 – Window Replacement at College Park High School Action
11.18 (Item #18) Award of Contract with McGrath Corporation dba Mobile Modular Management Corporation for the Lease of Interim Housing Units Necessary for Projects Being Implemented through the 2010 Measure C Facility Improvement Program Action
11.19 (Item #19) Notice of Completion for Lease/Leaseback #1617: Science Wing Renovation at MDHS Action
11.20 (Item #20) Notice of Completion for L/LB #1593: Window Replacement at College Park High School Action
11.21 (Item #21) Contract Amendment: LSA Associates, Inc.: Provision of Requisite Environmental Consulting Services Related to the Revised Stadium Lighting Improvement Project at Ygnacio Valley High School Action

12.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion
13.0 Public Comment
13.1 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

14.0 Communications

14.1 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
15.0 Reports/Information

15.1 Annual Report on Schools Identified in the Williams Settlement for Fiscal Year 2013-14 Info

15.2 Appointment of Principal, Elementary School Info

16.0 Business/Action Items

16.1 Appointment of Principal, Elementary School Action

16.2 Appointment of Program Specialist, Categorical Programs, Site Based – Rio Vista Elementary Action

16.3 Appointment of Program Specialist, Categorical Program, Site Based at Bel Air Elementary Action

16.4 Public Hearing Regarding the Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Northgate High School Aquatic Center Action

16.5 Adoption of Resolution Accepting Final Initial
Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Northgate High School Aquatic Center Action

16.6 Approval of Northgate High School Aquatic Center Project Action

16.7 Request to Approve Tentative Agreement between Public Employees Union Local 1 (CST) and the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) Action

16.8 Chabot-Las Positas Community College District contract with Mt. Diablo Adult Education and related MOU’s with Pittsburg, West Contra Costa, and Liberty Adult Education. Action

16.9 Pearson Vue contract and agreements for GED testing. Action

16.10 Firedoll Foundation Grant Action

16.11 Adult Education Board Policy and Administrative Regulations 6200 Action

16.12 18.10 New and Revised Technology Policies – BP 3513, BP/AR 4040, BP 6162.7 Action

16.13 Adoption of Textbook for Sports Medicine II – Principles of Athletic Training: A Competency-Based Approach, Prentice, 15th Edition Action

16.14 Resolution 13/14-23 regarding accounting of development fees for the 2012-2013 fiscal year in the Capital Facilities Fund pursuant to Government Code Sections 66001(d) & 66006(b) Action

16.15 Adoption of Resolution of Dedication of Easement at Shore Acres Elementary School Action

16.16 RFQ/RFP 1627 – Award of Lease-Leaseback Agreement to Taber Construction, Inc. District wide security improvements. Action

16.17 RFQ/RFP 1631 Approval of Preliminary Services Agreement with Meehleis Modular Buildings, Inc. for the Coordination, Constructability Review, Value Engineering and Recommendations related to Building a new Modular Gymnasium at Concord High School. Action

16.18 Award of Independent Services Contract to Enviro-S.T.A.R. for Pre-Construction Hazardous Materials Survey and Specification Preparation for Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Renovations for Group III sites (El Dorado MS, Highlands ES, Pine Hollow MS, Wren Avenue ES, Pleasant Hill ES, Sequoia MS, Valhalla ES and Walnut Acres ES) Action

16.19 Meeting Extension Action

17.0 Future Agenda Items
17.1 Future Agenda Items 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”

Please note that I will be covering the Contra Costa County Board of Education meeting vote on the controversial Summit Charter School proposed in El Cerrito and will arrive to the MDUSD meeting late.

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  • Doctor J

    Next Board Pres & VP ?? Will Linda Mayo make her play again this year in her last year as a Board member ? Actually, the signature card still carries the name of Cheryl Hansen as President. Interesting.

  • Doctor J

    I wonder why Guy Moore isn’t commenting on the millions being paid out in settlements mostly due to his union members’ actions. Speak Guy, or forever hold your peace.

  • Doctor J

    I am concerned for the little children in freezing temps being left in the cold by late bus drivers and those children who are picked up early and dropped off before school opens due to drivers doubling up on their routes. Apparently no one at Dent cares. The bus phones were not even being answered this morning.

  • tmharrington
  • g. de la verdad

    Is the rumor correct that Local 1 M&O is being given a 9% increase? Nine percent? And they’ve known about it for over a month? Cutting services to kids apparently pays off for some…?

  • Brian Lawrence

    No.

  • Doctor J

    Brian, why is the public continually kept in the dark on items set for a vote ? Julie B-M continues to stonewall on the names of appointees to the public; full contracts are not attached; Bryan Richards NEVER posts his marshmallow power points ahead of time [and often not afterwards either], and the list goes on and on. If the Board is going to vote on it, the public ought to be able to scrutinize it for at least 72 hours — that would be one step forward in GENUINE TRANSPARENCY.

  • g. de la verdad

    And do you have even a remote idea how many employees who have known for over a month about the 3% increase (retroactive 6months) and the 3% overtime (also retroactive 6 months) plus a one time 2% give away, are just waiting for their big payoff checks to be cut before they move to the jobs they’ve accepted in other districts? Approve the contract (which of course the board will do) and you will find out somewhere around early Feb., unless your ‘negotiators’ hold off on publishing the personnel openings and changes on the agendas until March.

  • Brian Lawrence

    I believe that we should post the names of appointees to the public and will continue to advocate for that. Superintendent Meyer indicated she wanted to test the current system first and then make a recommendation. I’m looking for that in the early part of next year.

    I agree that PowerPoints should be posted for the public to see.

  • g. de la verdad

    Writings must be made available to the public at the time of distribution to a majority of the legislative body meeting.

    Of course, that’s just according to The Brown Act. Nothing says they MUST publish contracts or names on the internet. So now that we know the board has been given the who/what and at least approx.how much regarding a new General Counsel, for example, should publish at least the basics of that information.
    A transparent board would not, and would not allow their staff to, avoid public participation by refusing to post such writings as part of the 72 hour agenda.

  • Doctor J

    Brian, Do you really believe that any member of the public could walk into Dent on Monday morning before the Board meeting and be handed the full background materials that the Board has received [excepting of course the Closed Session] ? If so, please ask the Superintendent tonight where the public should go to at 8:00 am on Monday to get their copy, and that would include the items Julie B-M doesn’t want disclosed. And if this information is truly public information, is there any reason you would not post it ?

  • g. de la verdad

    This is link to an example of what gets posted WITH the agenda in San Diego. http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sandi/Board.nsf/files/9BGQQB68D187/$file/Management%20Appointments%2C%20September%203%2C%202013.pdf
    After 30 years in the business, and the last half of that in some management capacity, one should be able to assume Dr. Meyer has formed opinions of how agendas should be presented.

  • g. de la verdad

    Or maybe a copy of one she would certainly have paid attention to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sandi/Board.nsf/files/98TMDZ5A57C0/$file/Management%20Appointments%2C%206-18-13.pdf
    Apparently no contracts were shown, but at least the public knew who was being given a specific job with enough advance notice to decide if they should attend a meeting and comment. Parents knew in advance if they needed to be the early worm asking to move their kids to new schools if they did not like new Principal assignments. The list of reasons to post this info early is endless.

  • tmharrington

    Here is a new blog post with tonight’s agenda, for those who wish to comment on the meeting: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2013/12/11/mdusd-board-to-approve-new-general-counsel-local-1-contract-tonight/

    As mentioned in the post, I won’t be attending the meeting, but will try to watch some of it online. I will also report on the general counsel appointment, Local 1 contract and reorganization.