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MDUSD board to get disproportionality update and appoint more admins Wednesday

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, January 13th, 2014 at 6:25 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. Here is the agenda, which includes a report on disproportionality, a resolution regarding the interim general counsel and other appointments:

“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. Info/Action
4.2 Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding matter of D. Reynolds v. MDUSD Info/Action
4.3 Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding Chester C. Lehmann Co., Inc. v. MDUSD, CCC Super. Ct. No. MSC 13-06811 Info
4.4 Anticipated Litigation – Significant exposure to litigation or claims made pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(2) Info
4.5 Anticipated Litigation – Significant exposure to litigation or claims made pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(2) Info
4.6 Anticipated Litigation – Significant exposure to litigation or claims made pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(2) Info
4.7 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release/Complaint – Dismissal of Classified Employee 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 Negotiations Info/Action
7.2 Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding matter of D. Reynolds v. MDUSD Info/Action
7.3 Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding Chester C. Lehmann Co., Inc. v. MDUSD, CCC Super. Ct. No. MSC 13-06811 Info
7.4 Anticipated Litigation – Significant exposure to litigation or claims made pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(2) Info
7.5 Anticipated Litigation – Significant exposure to litigation or claims made pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(2) Info
7.6 Anticipated Litigation – Significant exposure to litigation or claims made pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(2) Info
7.7 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release/Complaint – Dismissal of Classified Employee Action

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) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
11.4 (Item #4) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase Positions Action
11.5 (Item #5) Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2013-2014 School Year Action
11.6 (Item #6) Fiscal Transactions for the month of December 2013 Action
11.7 (Item #7) Approve contracts with Kevin Clark Consulting and Training for coaching services provided at Rio Vista Elementary. Action
11.8 (Item #8) Approval of contracts with Camp SEA Lab for Ayers Elementary School and Westwood Elementary School Outdoor Ed Programs Action
11.9 (Item #9) Approval of contracts with Exploring New Horizons (ENH) for Silverwood Elementary School and Woodside Elementary School Outdoor Ed Program Action
11.10 (Item #10) Approval of contracts with the YMCA at Camp Arroyo for Meadow Homes Elementary and Rio Vista Elementary Outdoor Ed Programs Action
11.11 (Item #11) Independent Services Contracts for The Event Group, Inc. and Northgate High School Action
11.12 (Item #12) Increase contract with Document Tracking Services (DTS) to include Spanish translation of Single Plan for Student Achievement for Ygnacio Valley High School. Action
11.13 (Item #13) Adoption of Abriendo Paso (Pearson Publishers) and Azulejo (Wayside Publishers)for AP Spanish & Temas (Vista Higher Learning Publishers) for Honors Spanish Textbooks Action
11.14 (Item #14) Approve submission of the After School Education and Safety Renewal Grant for fourteen elementary and middle schools and a new ASES grant for Westwood Elementary School. Action
11.15 (Item #15) Request to increase Purchase order for VeCare Health Services Action
11.16 (Item #16) Request to increase Purchase Order #87733-14 to Sabah International Inc. Action
11.17 (Item #17) Notice of Completion Bid #1638: Weight Equipment Procurement at CVCHS Action

12.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

13.0 Recognitions

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 Update on revised Corrective Early Intervening Services (CEIS) Plan Info

17.0 Business/Action Items

17.1 Resolution No. 13/14-28 in the matter of employment of retired classified employee Lawrence M. Schoenke. Action
17.2 Classified Personnel: Appointment of Educational Consultation and Behavior Management Specialist Action

17.3 Appointment of Vice Principal, Middle School – Sequoia Middle School Action

17.4 Award of Inspector of Record (Project Inspector) Contract for MDUSD Project 1663 Portable Replacements & MDUSD Project 1664 MS General Science Buildings. Action

17.5 Approval of Extension of 2012-2013 Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA) through May 2014 Info

17.6 Meeting Extension Action

18.0 Future Agenda Items
18.1 Future Agenda Items Info

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”

I’m happy to see the Powerpoint for the disproportionality report is already attached to the agenda. However, as usual, there are no meeting minutes to approve.

Do you think the board should require the superintendent, as secretary of the board, to produce minutes of the meetings (or to ask her staff to produce them)?

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  • tmharrington

    Here’s more info on the proposed De La Salle Middle School, which will draw its students from low-income families in the Monument Corridor, providing an alternative to MDUSD’s low-performing schools that serve that community: http://www.contracostatimes.com/barnidge/ci_24946338/barnidge-sports-isnt-only-way-that-de-la#

  • Doctor J

    Wrong link or wrong intro — but they don’t match.

  • tmharrington
  • tmharrington

    Here is the complete link: http://www.contracostatimes.com/walnut-creek/ci_24937991/concord-young-victims-mother-speak-out-against-suspected

    Sorry about posting the wrong link earlier. I’ll update that post.

  • tmharrington
  • tmharrington

    I have received an e-mail from YVHS teacher Kelly Cooper seeking DonorsChoose.org donations for her class: http://www.donorschoose.org/project/celebrating-success-for-all-students/1169535/?rf=email_system_2014_01_teacherid_438508&challengeid=52966/&utm_source=dc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=teacher_promo_expiring

    Donations up to $100 will be matched if you enter the promo code INSPIRE on the payment screen through Jan. 25, according to Cooper.

    Here’s a list of all 221 projects in Contra Costa County seeking funding: http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/search.html?state=CA&community=7:1

  • tmharrington

    MDUSD is accepting comments through Feb. 21 on an environmental report related to proposed athletic field improvements at Clayton Valley Charter HS: http://www.mdusd.org/Community/Documents/cvchs-athletic-improvements-is-public-review-01-17-14.pdf

  • Doctor J

    More Measure C money spent on undisclosed projects in violation of Prop 39.

  • g. de la verdad

    Can anyone explain when/how Tim Cody became an “Interim Director” of Measure C, or when that particular position was created, or who approved the position, or how much it pays, or how many applicants were considered for the position?

  • g. de la verdad

    The Grand Jury said:

    “Recommendation #1: A district’s ballot language should inform voters of all intended uses of bond funds, the specific projects to be undertaken, the schools where the projects will be undertaken, the district’s initial priorities, and a realistic estimate of project costs.”

    Of the 9 districts, only MDUSD replied:

    “Will not be implemented.”
    Taxpayers will remember…!

  • Doctor J

    Jan 15, 2013 appointment by Steven Lawrence. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaSsme2da3Q

  • g. de la verdad

    Pedersen’s post employment “contract” position as Manager expired, “…so Tim Cody will take over as the ‘representative of the district’ on Measure C and work with the board president on agenda….”
    When did Measure C get a “Director” position?

  • Doctor J

    Cody’s only approved position by the Board was as an Assistant. As soon as the 2013 salaries are available from CCT, we should see if Cody got a raise that was not approved by the Board.

  • Doctor J

    g it is CLEAR that MDUSD thumbed its nose at the Grand Jury by stating: “Will not be implemented.” to Grand Jury “Recommendation #1: A district’s ballot language should inform voters of all intended uses of bond funds, the specific projects to be undertaken, the schools where the projects will be undertaken, the district’s initial priorities, and a realistic estimate of project costs.” It will take a Taxpayer’s group to correct this — lets remember that Dr. Nellie and her new legal beagle Lawrence M. Schoenke LOST that lawsuit in San Diego, and likely would lose here again. Perhaps one of those “threatened” litigations is about Measure C unlawful spending practices ?

  • g. de la verdad

    Yep. I’m working on several of those right now.

  • Doctor J

    Theresa, perhaps you can post the BANG Briefing Schedule Order that was filed this morning in the CoCoCo Superior Court. And then when the Briefs are filed, you could post those as well. It would give us a pretty good road map as to what the district is hiding and who they are trying to protect.

  • tmharrington

    I see the district changed the title of the link to the CVCHS report to: “CVCHS Public Meeting.” It’s at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the CVCHS library: http://www.mdusd.org/Community/Documents/cvchs-athletic-improvements-is-public-review-01-17-14.pdf

  • g. de la verdad

    Yeah, taxpayers can send (soon to declare himself Emperor) Cody an email till 2/21, but the district is going to rubber stamp it on 1/28.

    If all high schools are getting their share of a loose $40million, then so should CVC, but heaven help the coffers if spending $40million on non voter approved wish-lists is overturned by the courts!

  • Doctor J

    MDUSD General Counsel Schoenke already lost that case with the California Supreme Court. I wonder if he would like to lose another one ? WTH, he’s only here for six months. In San Diego he’s known as “Bait ‘n Switch Schoenke”. Will Larry spend millions of MDUSD’s measure C money on lawyers just to lose another case ? http://voiceofsandiego.org/2013/11/13/the-school-districts-bait-and-switch-bond-problem/

  • g. de la verdad

    “Bait ‘n Switch” hmmm? He and Cooksey should get along just fine!

  • tmharrington

    Since you bring up Schoenke, I have heard again from the same group of parents who initially contacted me to object to the MDUSD board’s appointment of Dr. Meyer, based on concerns about the lack of mandated reporting in SDUSD. As you may recall, the MDUSD board has specifically asked Schoenke to oversee mandated reporting training in MDUSD. But, one SDUSD parent alleged in an email: “(SDUSD) Legal department is behind a lot of district ‘self investigating’ of parent claims of child abuse. Larry Scheonke headed up a department where all parent complaints were channeled and squelched. The statute of limitations often runs out on parents as they are put through so many delay tactics with district’s complaint process.”

    Another wrote: “The parent motto in SDUSD is ‘Mess Up and Move UP’ – that’s what we see.”

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  • Doctor J

    Tim Cody salary for 2012 was listed as an “Assistant Project-Program Manager”. Total compensation: $157,863; Base Salary: $106,634; No overtime; $4348 in some kind of bonus; $19,967 Medical/Dental/Vision
    http://www.mercurynews.com/salaries/bay-area

  • Doctor J

    Judge Steven K. Austin will hear this case on March 19. Here is a judicial profile from the Contra Costa Bar Association. First Brief and Declarations due Feb 7 by BANG. Opposition and declarations are due Feb 20. Reply by BANG due Feb 26. Profile says Judge usually rules from the bench. Hopefully Theresa will be able to be there. Maybe a Tentative Ruling will be issued the day before ?http://www.cccba.org/attorney/judicial-profiles/austin-stephen.php

  • g. de la verdad

    Ah, but what you’re missing is that his Base Salary was just over $82K in 2010 — but when they got to use Bond funds for payroll, he suddenly got a kick-up of almost $20K! Let the grandchildren pay for it! Then there are the desk jockey clerks hired in as Construction Managers making way more than long term teachers

  • Doctor J

    Tim Cody’s Board Approved Job Description as Assistant Program-Project Manager approved on August 10, 2010. Salary Range 25 of Management Schedule. Range 25 for Classified Management includes 24 vacation days, and 13 holidays. The Base ranges from $83,836 to $113,645. It appears that Cody is paid at the Year 15 step during 2012. Job Description: http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/e0ed221c-42cd-4de1-bcc6-ebaf0887d60e.pdf
    Salary schedule: http://www.mdusd.org/personnel/Documents/Salary%20Schedules/salsched_mgmt.pdf

  • Doctor J

    Julie B-M needs to publicly explain how Tim Cody has leapfrogged from Step 2 to 15 from 2010-2012 on the Salary Schedule approved by the Board in 2006. Cody’s base salaries: 2010: $87,110 (Step 2); 2011: $101,194 (Step 5); 2012: $106,634 (Year 15). He also gets 24 vacation days and 13 holidays per year.

  • tmharrington

    Here’s a new blog post about the nine Contra Costa County schools participating in the regional Science Bowl at Las Positas College on Saturday in Livermore, including Mt. Diablo and Northgate high schools: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2014/01/23/nine-contra-costa-county-high-school-teams-to-compete-in-regional-science-bowl-on-satu

    While MDUSD is sending two teams, four schools in the Acalanes district are participating and three from SRVUSD will be there.

  • tmharrington

    Are you a legal professional? Consider volunteering for the Contra Costa County Mock Trial program: http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-county/ci_24981447/contra-costa-county-high-school-mock-trial-program

  • tmharrington

    The title for the link for regarding the CVCHS meeting on Tuesday does not match the information in the official notice.

    The link on the district’s website now states: “Public meeting for the purpose of receiving public comments related to Draft Initial Study — Mitigated Negative Declaration — Clayton Valley Charter High School, Athletic Improvement Project.”

    However, the official notice on page 3 of the link states: “The Mount Diablo Unified School District will consider adoption of the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and its findings at a public hearing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on January 28, 2014, at the Clayton Valley Charter High School Library.” http://www.mdusd.org/Community/Documents/cvchs-athletic-improvements-is-public-review-01-17-14.pdf

    This was the basis for my news brief: http://www.contracostatimes.com/concord/ci_24980988/public-hearing-tuesday-regarding-proposed-clayton-valley-charter

    However, I received the following information this morning in an e-mail from Tim Cody, copied to Supt. Meyer and the board:

    “In the CCT this morning, there is a short article concerning the public meeting scheduled for next week at Clayton Valley Charter High School.

    To avoid any confusion, the purpose of next week’s meeting is gather public comments. The District will not be holding a public hearing nor will there be any consideration for adoption of documents next week. As always, once a draft CEQA document is complete, it will be presented to the Board for consideration.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.”

    I have followed up asking why the official notice doesn’t say that.

  • tmharrington

    When I pointed out the fact that the posted meeting notice says there is a public hearing and plan to adopt the mitigated neg dec, Cody responded in an email:

    “You are absolutely correct.

    We are taking steps to immediately insert attached corrected copy into documents on deposit.”

  • tmharrington

    Here’s the corrected official notice, dated today: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKcebTBfeF8tazN1OEE/edit?usp=sharing

  • g. de la verdad

    As I said a couple days ago; taxpayers can send (Emperor) Cody an email till 2/21, but the district is going to rubber stamp it on 1/28.

  • Doctor J

    Very sloppy work by Cody for a guy who earns $150,000 a year. Didn’t Cody have to publish in a newspaper and post the notice for at least 10 days prior ? Did he ? Doesn’t he have to start over again ? How about Cody signing off on the supplier who wasn’t paid ?

  • g. de la verdad

    CVCHS should get its share, but…. Dribbling these projects out a bit here-abit there is outrageous. This is the second (known) EIR we’re paying for on these projects. How many did it take to jam YV lights, etc down neighbor’s throats? Soon we’ll get another proposal for the new weight room portables, upgraded – intensified – brighter field lighting, etc.

    http://www.claytonvalley.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=197161&type=d&pREC_ID=421687

  • tmharrington

    Agenda for WCCUSD’s Wednesday meeting is already released: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKced3VaMTRtX2tFZzg/edit?usp=sharing

    They are forming an LCAP committee.

  • tmharrington

    Although this is old news to many of you, Trustee Lynne Dennler has just confirmed to me that she does not intend to run for re-election in the fall. She said she didn’t make a formal announcement, but has let anyone who has asked her know, including MDEA and other possible candidates. As many of you also know, former MDEA president and retired CPHS social sciences teacher Mike Langley has already thrown his hat into the ring.

  • g. de la verdad

    The agenda is finally up–need a place to comment, please.

  • Doctor J

    WHY are no minutes attached for the Jan 15 meeting on Agenda Item 12.2 1/29 ? Brian Lawrence — you promised us “action” two weeks ago on bringing 9 months of delinquent minutes up to date, and so far we haven’t seen any “action”. How do you spell “trust” ? T R A N S P A R E N C Y.

  • g. de la verdad

    Item 13.15 is a Duplication of what was already approved on 1/15 as Item 17.5. Maybe duplication of effort wastes precious resources/time.

  • Guest

    When will Dr. J and g. de la Verdad announce their candidacies?

  • tmharrington
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  • tmharrington

    MDEA’s latest bargaining update says fact-finding certification has been postponed to give board a second look at budget: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=3129f6db-8ddb-42f9-b21d-128f8a23e620&c=cff98880-4eae-11e3-becd-d4ae5284344f&ch=d0b73330-4eae-11e3-bf46-d4ae5284344f

  • Doctor J

    Interesting that the District is ignoring the LCAP requirement of involving parents and community in determining the financial decisions.

  • k. saint

    Has MDUSD applied for this specific grant money? I have heard that MDUSD is part of the Diablo Delta Corridor Project http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr13/yr13rel2.asp but haven’t really seen anything on this.

  • tmharrington

    I don’t know if MDUSD has applied for the Career Pathways Trust grant money, but it should. You are correct that MDUSD is part of the The Diablo Delta Corridor Project (D2CP) Consortium, which is a partnership of three school districts within Contra Costa County, with Antioch Unified School District serving as the mentor for the other districts in the consortium. The districts are supposed to collaborate with the Contra Costa Economic Partnership to focus on the Manufacturing industry sector as well as the Energy and Utilities industry sector, which reflect the growing career opportunities in that region.

    However, their participation initially did not include any grant money.

  • tmharrington

    Please note that I have posted a new blog item about the BANG v. MDUSD lawsuit seeking records related to the Joseph Martin molestation case: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2014/03/09/news-groups-fight-to-obtain-district-documents-heading-to-court-this-month/