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MDUSD board to meet Wednesday to make interim appointments permanent, sunshine Local 1 contract proposal and discuss leadership

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 12:34 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. 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.
5.0 Closed Session Agenda
5.1 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
5.2 Readmission of Student #03-11 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
5.3 Readmission of Student #24-12 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
5.4 Readmission of Student #A-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
5.5 Readmission of Student #B-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
5.6 Readmission of Student #17-13 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action

6.0 Reconvene Open Session
6.1 Reconvene Open Session at 7:30 p.m. Info

7.0 Preliminary Business
7.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

8.0 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session
8.1 Negotiations Info/Action
8.2 Action on readmission of student #03-11 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.3 Action on readmission of student #24-12 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.4 Action on readmission of student #A-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.5 Action on readmission of student #B-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.6 Action on readmission of student #17-13 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action

9.0 Recognitions and Resolutions
9.1 Recognition of National Board Certified Teacher – Teresa Mejia, Meadow Homes Elementary School Info

9.2 Resolution #13/14-29 African American History Month Info/Action

10.0 Board Member Reports
10.1 Board reports Info

11.0 Superintendent’s Report
11.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

12.0 Reports/Information
12.1 LCAP Presentation Info

12.2 Minutes of the Board of Education Meeting of January 15, 2014 Info/Action

12.3 Board Committee Assignments Info/Action

13.0 Consent Agenda Action
13.1 (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
13.2 (Item #2) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
13.3 (Item #3) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
13.4 (Item #4) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase Positions Action
13.5 (Item #5) Request to Increase Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2013-2014 School Year Action
13.6 (Item #6) Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA)Induction Program Support to Private School Teachers Action
13.7 (Item #7) Approve increase to independent service contract with Kristin Obrinsky, Physical Therapist Action
13.8 (Item #8) Approve contract increase with Independent Contractor Dr. Sherry Burke, School Psychologist Action
13.9 (Item #9) Increase purchase order with Speech Pathology Group. Action
13.10 (Item #10) Adjustments to Non-Public Agency (NPA) Contracts Action
13.11 (Item #11) Approval of Non-Public School (NPS) Adjustments Action
13.12 (Item #12) Request for increase in funding of a previously approved contract and purchase order with My Therapy Company. Action
13.13 (Item #13) Approval of Independent Service Contract with St. Vincent’s School for Boys, Catholic Charities CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) Action
13.14 (Item #14) Independent Services Contract for Concord High School and Events to the “T” Inc. Action
13.15 (Item #15) Approval of Extension of 2012-2013 Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA) through May 2014 Action
13.16 (Item #16) Request for Replacement of Outdated Warrant Action

14.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion
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 Business/Action Item

17.1 Change Interim Appointments to Regular Permanent Status Action

17.2 Request approval for submission by Mt. Diablo Adult Education of an application for Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA): Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Title II, Section 231 and the English Literacy and Civics Education (EL Civics) supplemental funding for 2014-2015. Action

17.3 Public presentation from Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Initial Successor Agreement Proposal for Public Employees Union Local #1 Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities/Transportation/Landscape/Warehouse/Food and Nutrition Services/Technology and Information Services/Substitute Custodian and School Bus Driver Units (M&O). Info

17.4 2012-2013 Audit Report Action

17.5 Approve contract increase to 2012-2013 Interagency Agreement #28-325-2 between MDUSD and Contra Costa County, Mental Health Services Division Action

17.6 Approval of Master Contract with 1-on-1 Learning with Laptops, a State-Approved Provider of Supplemental Educational Services (SES), to provide tutoring services to the eligible students at the 10 Title I schools, as follows: Bel Air, Cambridge, Fair Oaks, Meadow Homes, Rio Vista, Shore Acres, Sun Terrace, Ygnacio Valley Elementary; and Oak Grove and Riverview Middle Schools. Action

17.7 Leadership Development Info

17.8 Northgate’s Model UN Trip to New York City. Info/Action

17.9 Mt. Diablo High School’s IHTA Sustainable Tourism Field Trip to New York City Info/Action

17.10 Mt. Diablo High School’s Field Trip to the 2014 Northern California Western Nevada Jr. Science and Humanities Symposium Info/Action

17.11 Proposed date change for June 11, 2014, Board Meeting Action

17.12 Meeting Extension Action

18.0 Future Agenda Items

19.0 Closed Session
20.0 Reconvene Open Session
21.0 Adjournment”

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  • Doctor J

    Rose Lock admits that SASS has NOT adequately prepared Principals for Common Core Implementation: “The survey results probably reflect the same feelings of MDUSD
    administrators and have given us a lot to consider as the district continues to roll out training and support for you.”
    http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/01/21/school-principals-core-689/

  • Doctor J

    Will the Board inquire about Bryan Richards failure to correct last years Audit issues or just rubber stamp the audit ? Take a look at last year’s audit and compare Richards answers to the problems raised by this years audit — he just gives the same excuses year after year and the district doesn’t correct them. Why ?

  • Doctor J

    Admiral Bill wouldn’t put up with this incompetence — will Dr. Nellie ?

  • g. de la verdad

    You mean years of hoarding funds while whining “We don’t have enough money to hire an internal auditor” followed by years of “Well, Golly Gee, we gave them a book on what to do.”

  • Doctor J

    Two years in a row audit flags wrongful Student Body accountings — Richards says two years in a row — we gave them the accounting manual — Hey Brian, did you ever train them ? If you did, it wasn’t very effective was it? I think Bryan’s accounting history is from John Sweat and WCCUSD — those districts didn’t fare very well financially during his employ.

  • g. de la verdad

    Training should take two minutes to type up-2 minutes to email. “If I receive a request for Anything, without proper PO and signatures — It goes in the round file. If I receive Any request for payment/reimbursement/mileage without an original receipt attached–It goes in the round file. If cancelled checks don’t match the purchase order AND the receipt, or if your account books don’t balance, somebody’s head rolls.”
    Four minutes of training — ‘Nuff said!
    I

  • Doctor J

    Hey Brian Lawrence, how can you approve Jan 15 minutes when they are not available to the public by being posted with the Agenda ? This ruse of “action” is not cutting it.

  • Wendy Lack

    It’s SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK!

    See: http://bit.ly/1bv9xlS

    “Our world has grown and evolved an incredible amount in
    recent decades. Unfortunately, our schools have not seen a similar growth trajectory. This shouldn’t be terribly surprising. If you could hop in a time machine and travel back 20, 30, or 40 years, our schools wouldn’t look that
    different. Mostly schools would have a series of classrooms with a single teacher in the front of the room teaching 25 or so students who are roughly the same age, as they do now. Maybe today they have a digital projector where they used to have a chalkboard, but the basic organization and delivery of schooling simply hasn’t changed that much.

    Why has this happened?

    Put simply, schools haven’t had to evolve like enterprises in competitive markets. If auto manufacturers made the same cars they made in 1974, they’d be out of business. If computer companies still charged thousands of dollars for computers with 64 megabytes of hard drive space, they’d be out of business. But our education system keeps plodding along, year after year, making some improvements in some places at some times, to be sure, but not rising in quality at the same rate as almost any other good or service in our economy.

    School choice fundamentally challenges the organizational
    structure of schools by allowing parents to choose where their child goes to school, supported by public dollars. In
    most places around the country our schools are geographic monopolies. If your home is zoned for a particular school, you go there, good, bad, or indifferent. People with money move to where there are good schools. Poor people are stuck. This inequality of opportunity shows up in the inequality of results for children across America. It makes it
    harder for poor students to climb the ladder out of poverty.

    A choice-based system encourages schools to compete for
    students, to differentiate themselves, and to make sure they are meeting their students’ needs. It allows parents to sort into schools that offer the educational program that they think best fits their child. It closes schools that fail to meet students’ needs. It can even, if the program is designed
    correctly, encourage efficiency and wise stewardship of tax dollars.

    This is not to say that school choice is a panacea. There
    are plenty of poorly designed charter school and voucher programs that fail to create a vibrant marketplace and thus have limited ability to improve the situation. Choice just sets the stage for innovative and entrepreneurial school leaders; it is up to them to make it work.

    FOR MORE INFO, SEE: http://schoolchoiceweek.com/

  • g. de la verdad

    ADHD: Attention Deficit Hire-another-coach Disorder
    There are dozens of free online cures for that.

    O-CBD: Obsessive-Compulsive Buy-friends Disorder
    There’s an administrative cure for that.

    BPD: Borderline Pass-the-buck Disorder
    There is no lasting cure for that.

    SASS: Same Administrative S— Syndrome
    There’s one sure cure for that.

  • Brian Lawrence

    The minutes are up and available to the public. Not sure why there was a delay, but going forward I believe they should be attached to the agenda when published.

  • Doctor J

    Thank you Brian for your diligence in pursuing the minutes issues — hope there is solution to closing the gap on the 9 months of missing minutes. I hope you compare last years audit with this years and find out WTH is going on with the wimpy responses by Bryan Richards generally the same year after year with ZERO CORRECTIONS !

  • Doctor J

    Rose Lock has carte blanche in hiring coaches WITHOUT BOARD APPROVAL. Rose’s good friend Doris Avalos is about out of hours under STRS regs — once again for the ? year in a row. Perhaps we should change the motto of the district from “Where kids come first” to “Full retirement employment for Rose’s friends”. I guess that Rose is expecting the same treatment, eh ? Who will Rose hire under the table of Board approval ? I am hearing some rumors and trying to confirm. When the opening occurred, why not just post it and get some good candidates ? And you can say the same thing year after year with Rose. Rose certainly knows how to “work the board” by taking Linda Mayo and Lynne Dennler on weekly “site visits” for two hours a wack — notice to the principals [and principals to staff with warnings to have a great lesson prepared] to clear their schedule and walk with them answering any questions. What a waste of instructional time ! Anyone can look beautiful if they have enough time to get ready for the prom.

  • g. de la verdad

    Yes, Brian, Thank you. While you’re at it, Should you actually decide to attend any of the CBOC meetings this year, please remind them to continue to ‘fix’ those minutes. There was no meeting in June, ’13 — because they held the meeting in May. In case you were wondering.

  • Doctor J

    There are many reasons Tim Cody remains “interim” for the second year in a row when all 3 others are being promoted 6 months after their appointments — without raises !! [Note no financial impact] One reason is that Cody still is inventing the minutes for the May 2013 CBOC meeting — another is Julie B-M doesn’t want to explain to the Board why she gave Cody a mega salary raise without Board approval. As Admiral Bill would say — its time to relieve some people of their command.

  • Doctor J

    Interesting that Brian Lawrence and Linda Mayo continue as the Board Reps to CBOC Measure C — I would sure like to hear in the Board reports about those meetings.

  • Doctor J

    Brian, lots of good things about the minutes — but some glaring miscues. What about the roll call for the first closed session showing Lynne Dennler absent ? There is no record there even was a quorum present for the vote on dismissal of an employee during closed session which would invalidate the vote. When did she show up ? Why the discrepancy between the reconvene times of 7:31 or 7:37 ? And a few others, but I will let the Board figure them out. And who is signing these minutes ?

  • g. de la verdad

    Very comprehensive minutes. Thank you Debbie Maher for all your hard work.

    Now we see why accurate minutes are a necessity. When Rose Lock put together the Board Action Summary for the 1/15 meeting, she said the SPSA Extension had been “Approved.” Now we know why it is on the Agenda again on 1/29.

  • Doctor J

    Rose is not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer. Still haven’t seen proof of the site council minutes from every site approving the extensions. I don’t think they exist.

  • Doctor J

    OMG, another Rose crony to replace Doris Avalos ?? Rumor has it that this former $1,375 per day consultant for MDUSD back in 2011 used her access to MDUSD to recruit MDUSD administrators for another district she also was consulting for — and Rose just turned her head — can you say Jennifer Sachs to Pittsburg ? So is this former consultant being paid as a consultant ? or a retiree ? Why hasn’t her name been put before the Board since she has already started work ? http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/a31ee72b-fc24-45a5-9828-1c97bbaa9ec2.pdf

  • g. de la verdad

    Consent Agenda Item 13.16 –that check was replaced 9/29/11 combined with the other check ‘lost in the mail’ in the amt of $322.73. Both replaced by one check in the amt of $457.33.

    In case Richards needs help — http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/77907016-a9f9-4131-9334-90fd6ef2fc15.pdf

    Note: When the $457.33 was originally issued in Aug, that one was also reported “lost.” So it too was replaced.

  • tmharrington

    By the way, I attended the LCAP meeting at YVHS last night and was very impressed by Supt. Meyer’s presentation. She seems committed to taking the obligation to solicit parent and community input seriously. There were many Spanish-speaking parents there. Materials were all translated and there were translators on hand, along with translation devices.
    Unlike the previous superintendent, who often seemed to want to hand-pick parents to attend meetings with him, Meyer said it was important to reach out to also to those who WEREN’T at the meeting. This is a novel idea in MDUSD, where for years, parents who were well-connected to district administrators served on numerous committees, while the rest often didn’t even know about the committees.
    I videotaped the presentation and reports at the end. Meyer was also very interested in suggestions for improvement. She told me she received feedback last night from parents complaining that they were forced to choose between one of three small groups to give opinions about specific areas, which prevented them from commenting on other areas. Meyer said this was a good point and she vowed to change the small group structure at future meetings.
    I’m uploading my videos to my YouTube account at YouTube.com/tunedtotheresa.

  • g. de la verdad

    Meyer has “a long row to hoe” to accomplish what needs to be done to set this district right again. Let’s hope she’s up to the task, (so-far, so-good) and hope she stays around long enough for us to see daylight again. She can get a good head start if she considers the contracts coming up again in a very short time.

  • Doctor J

    One good meeting [despite the valid complaints about only allowed to comment on 1 of 3 areas] does NOT equate to “meaningful input” from parents and community. It would take several meetings to “teach”, allow questions, allow study time, time. Right now there is only one meeting with the same format in each feeder pattern. Dr. Nellie is a “great communicator” and that is a big plus. But when you compare these meetings with the budget development schedule adopted in December, there is a huge disconnect. Last night, was there any input about across the board raises for all district employees ?

  • Doctor J

    Where are all the people ? Its essentially an empty building — except for a half dozen people — and how many of those were District employees ? Really a poor job on publicity — they must be depending on the schools to contact the parents — I did notice that after the PAC was abandoned officially last year after Steven Lawrence deep sixed it, its back on the list of official committees for assignment approval tonight.

  • tmharrington

    By the end, there were about 50 people there, including about 10 district employees. I didn’t hear anyone mention across the board raises, but I sat in on the “engagement” group. One of the other groups did mention having high quality staff. But whether that will translate to across the board raises remains to be seen.
    Many districts are reopening contract negotiations now the the more flexible LCFF emergency regs passed. Tonight, Oakland teachers protested outside a board meeting saying they’re tired of the district being seen as a training ground for educators and administrators. Sounds familiar.

  • tmharrington

    Here’s the link to the livestream of tonight’s meeting: http://www.livestream.com/mtdiablounifiedschooldistrict

    I am not there tonight, but am watching it remotely.

  • Doctor J

    If I understood Dr. Nellie correctly there is a second meeting at YVHS because of the poor communication in advertising the meeting to parents and community.

  • Doctor J

    The Board was pummeled about lack of transparency on the Budget by Willie Mims and several others — Willie said “You can’t hide anything anymore.” LCFF is not only local control but local accountability. As Brian Lawrence pointed out, the Budget document needs to be understandable by the average parent. Dawn, a PFC treasurer, pointed out how the parents feel “used” by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support their students at their school, only to find the district hoarding $42 Million dollars.

  • Doctor J

    Annie Nolen BLASTS Board and Dr. Nellie about not following Board policy on blood borne pathogens.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Annie has also consistently blasted the district’s lax mandated reporter training. She should appreciate this: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25023007/reporting-by-schools-suspected-child-abuse-lacking-many

  • Doctor J

    Rose Lock and Julie B-M taken to task by the Board for directing MDUSD money to the ASCA training program for administrators — because as Cheryl Hansen put it: ASCA is a serious “for profit” enterprise.

  • Doctor J

    OMG, which Principal got paid $20,000 for model UN program as disclosed by Guy ? CCT on the story — Theresa are you on this story ? Board is now on notice.

  • g. de la verdad

    Why did Moore wait until AFTER the vote to bring this up? McNorthgate must be wetting his pants.

  • Doctor J

    I would say that he is sh$&ting his pants. He could go to jail for this — this is outrageous.

  • Doctor J

    Feds investigate child abuse based on MDUSD failures in Martin case — Congressman Miller read Theresa’s article and initiated a Federal Investigation ! http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25023007/reporting-by-schools-suspected-child-abuse-lacking-many

  • Doctor J

    Why isn’t Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark A. Peterson prosecuting the educators for failing to report “reasonable suspicion” of child abuse ? Its a crime. Nothing will spur the required training and mandated reporting like a few principals and teachers taking the “perp walk” broadcast on TV. .

  • Doctor J

    Legislature to fund STRS deficit on the backs of teachers and districts — @Guy Moore, no raise in MDUSD will be large enough to cover this. http://edsource.org/today/2014/assembly-speaker-vows-to-tackle-callenge-of-teacher-pensions-this-year/56935#.Uup72U2A3IU

  • Doctor J

    Dan Reynolds announced last night a “settlement” on his claim which returns him to Mount — where is the settlement agreement which is a Public Record ?

  • tmharrington

    Yes, and there is a Latino college information night at YVHS from 6-8:30 p.m. tonight: http://chs-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1263280981141/1370800328742/8782876651163854916.pdf

  • tmharrington

    I am aware of a WCCUSD teacher who went to CalOHSA to get flooding repaired after complaining to the district to no avail. The district was out repairing the flooding within 2 days of the complaint. If Nolen wants action, she’ll likely get it if she follows through.

  • tmharrington

    This allegation is related to Northgate HS Principal John McMorris. We have a freelance investigative reporter working on it.

  • tmharrington

    Miller told me that he suspects parents could argue that more children were abused as a result of the district’s failure to report suspicions in 2006. Also, he stressed that failure to report and to train employees properly is a violation of federal Title IX law. So, perhaps parents could also sue the district in federal court.

  • tmharrington

    Here’s more info on the CHS music booster’s dinner dance fundraiser mentioned last night: http://chsminutemenmusic.org/Dinner_Dance.php

  • Doctor J

    Perhaps the Administrators/Teachers who failed to report will be prosecuted in Federal Court — no local politics to save their a$$.

  • Wendy Lack

    TH: You’re right. That’s what the OSHA reporting requirements are for — to make change happen when Districts fail to act responsibly and police themselves.

  • Wendy Lack

    And fiscal services. How about a new Finance Director, for starters? The chronic finance and payroll problems are not subtle, they’re more than a red flag– they’re a red Goodyear Blimp!

  • Doctor J

    How to file a Cal_OSHA complaint. Its confidential. The law requires investigation within 3 days for serious cases and 14 days for less serious. http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/complaint.htm

  • tmharrington

    I have requested a copy of the settlement.

  • tmharrington

    And a Congressman calling for prosecution.

  • tmharrington

    Here is Lawrence Schoenke’s emailed response:

    “It is a confidential personnel record subject to the constitutional right of privacy under the California Constitution and not subject to release by the District without consent by Mr. Reynolds.”