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MDUSD board to discuss Common Core spending, layoffs and new contract for Northgate HS aquatics center tonight

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 5:01 pm in Education.

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the district board room 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 Closed Session Agenda
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 Jane Doe v. MDUSD Contra Costa County Superior Court Case No. C13-00342 Info/Action
4.3 Readmission of Student #E-13 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.4 Admission of Student # C-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
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 Anticipated Litigation – Significant exposure to litigation or claims made pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(2) Info
5.0 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m.

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 Jane Doe v. MDUSD Contra Costa County Superior Court Case No. C13-00342 Info/Action
8.3 Readmission of Student #E-13 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.4 Admission of Student # C-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.5 Anticipated Litigation – Significant exposure to litigation or claims made pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(2) Info
8.6 Anticipated Litigation – Significant exposure to litigation or claims made pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(2) Info
8.7 Anticipated Litigation – Significant exposure to litigation or claims made pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(2) Info

9.0 Recognitions and Resolutions
9.1 Resolution #13/14-33 determining district needs for 2014-15 and adopting criteria for determining order of seniority for those certificated employees with the same date of first paid probationary service. Action
9.2 Resolution No. 13/14 – 34 to decrease the number of certificated employees due to a reduction or elimination of particular kinds of services. Action
9.3 Resolution #13/14-35 proclaiming March 2-8, 2014, the Week of the School Administrator Action

10.0 Public Employee Appointment
10.1 Appointment of Principal, Elementary School – Hidden Valley Elementary Action

10.2 Appointment of Coordinator, Student/Community Services 9-12 – Concord High School Action

10.3 Appointment of Extended Year Summer Program Administrators Action

11.0 Board Member Reports
11.1 Board Member Reports Info

12.0 Superintendent’s Report
12.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

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) Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2013-2014 School Year Action
13.4 (Item #4) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
13.5 (Item #5) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2013-14 School Year and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-15 School Year Action
13.6 (Item #6) Contract with Dr. Adria Klein for professional development and coaching support at Meadow Homes Elementary. Action
13.7 (Item #7) Contracts with Staff Development for Educators (SDE) for services provided at Rio Vista Elementary and district wide for Singapore Math trainings. Action
13.8 (Item #8) Increase Independent Service contract for Deiredre Ryan-Booth, behavior intervention services provider. Action
13.9 (Item #9) Contract Extension for Eagle Software Aeries Student Information System for 2014-2015 Action
13.10 (Item #10) Kaspersky antivirus software contract Action
13.11 (Item #11) Award of Bid #1649: PE Building Renovation at MDHS Action
13.12 (Item #12) Approve Final Deductive Change Order #1652-001 (FCO) for Project #1652/C-917: Parking Improvements at Clayton Valley Charter High School Action
13.13 (Item #13) Notice of Completion for Bid #1652/Contract C-917 Action
13.14 (Item #14) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on December 11, 2013 Action
13.15 (Item #15) Minutes for the Special Board of Education Meeting held on December 11, 2013 Action
14.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

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 Community Input Meeting
16.1 Public Hearing Regarding the Common Core State Standards Spending Plan Action

17.0 Reports/Information
17.1 Representatives from the Student Services Department will provide an overview of the department to the Board of Education. Info

18.0 Public Comment
18.1 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

19.0 Business/Action Items
19.1 Concord High School’s Spring Break Hawaii Performance, Educational and Cultural Tour Info/Action

19.2 Mt. Diablo Adult Education/Surgical Technologist Training Students Attendance at Association of Surgical Technologist Association Conference in Denver, Colorado. Action

19.3 2014-2015 School Calendar Action

19.4 WSCA Procurement of Microsoft Software and HP Computers for Technology upgrades at various schools. Action

19.5 Contract Extension of CALNET II State Contract to June 30, 2015 Action

19.6 Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP – Legal Services Contract Action

19.7 Award of Lease-Leaseback Agreement to Taber Construction, Inc. for the Construction of New Aquatics Center at Northgate High School Action

19.8 Approve Intermediate Change Order 1645-001 to Taber Construction, Inc. on Bid 1645 – Sports Field Lighting at Ygnacio Valley High School Action

19.9 CMAS Procurement of Extron Pole Vault System for New Classrooms Action

19.10 Renewal of Charter for Eagle Peak Montessori School Info

19.11 Student Representative Info/Action

19.12 Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on February 12, 2014 Action

19.13 Meeting Extension Action

20.0 Future Agenda Items
20.1 Future Agenda Items Info

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

22.0 Adjournment
22.1 Adjourn Meeting Info”

How do you think the district should spend its Common Core funding?

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92 Responses to “MDUSD board to discuss Common Core spending, layoffs and new contract for Northgate HS aquatics center tonight”

  1. g. de la verdad Says:

    The unions could use a reminder. Schools are for students, parents, community and yes, all of those want and need good teachers. But nothing in the needs list says ‘unions’ should get to run the show.

  2. tmharrington Says:

    Speaking of unions, I received a news release yesterday announcing that MDUSD M&O workers have joined the Teamster’s Union. I’ll post the news release shortly.

  3. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s my new blog post about the M&O workers joining Teamsters:

  4. tmharrington Says:

    Wendy, According to the minutes from the special meeting, the outside legal opinion won’t be available until April, so the County Board has tabled action on a possible ballot measure asking voters to convert the County Superintendent from an elected to an appointed position. They have also agreed not to pursue this in June, but may pursue it in November, since the opinion won’t be ready in time for the June ballot deadline.

  5. tmharrington Says:

    Please note that I have uploaded one last video snippet from the joint meeting. Although the council had lots to say about the charter, council members highly praised the Mt. Diablo Elem. Principal!

  6. tmharrington Says:

    The CVCHS governing board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to hold a study session on enrollment growth options:—2014/03_March/CVCHS%20Board%20Agenda%203_10_14_SP.pdf

  7. tmharrington Says:

    The MDUSD CAC is urging special ed parents to contact the board and ask for some of the Common Core funding to be designated for special ed:

  8. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting:

    I see Jeff McDaniels is getting a nice promotion and hefty $21,339 raise to $165,632 a year as director of M&O:

  9. Doctor J Says:

    Did Kerri Mills rebel against Dr. Nellie and the Cabinet by asking parents to write the Board and Dr. Nellie to switch the common core funding from site based to special interest based ? If Dr. Mills is successful, watch out for ELL and socio-economic based funding interests to do the same. This will remove from local school control the “additional funding” and put it under the control of district programs.

  10. Doctor J Says:

    CVCHS taxpayers [voters] did not like the cold shoulder from the Three Stooges [Hansen, Oaks, Mayo] during the joint meeting last week about the lack of a five year facility plan and future plans for expansion of the charter. Watch out MDUSD Board, I think you just kicked a sleeping bear and He didn’t take kindly to it.

  11. tmharrington Says:

    Councilman David Shuey said the council doesn’t want another fight, but it’s willing to fight if necessary.
    Also on Wednesday agenda is approval of CVCHS field improvement project.

  12. tmharrington Says:

    In contrast to MDUSD, WCCUSD has created a Local Control Accountability Plan Parent Committee. Here’s more info from the WCCUSD agenda for Wednesday:

    On January 29, 2014, the Board approved the guidelines for the selection of the members of the District Local Control Accountability Plan Parent Committee. Letters seeking recommendations for nominees were sent to the heads of each organization listed. Principals solicited parent participants through flyers, phone calls and at School Site Councils and other meetings. The application was also posted on the District’s web site. Each high school attendance area family of principals met to review the applications received at their individual schools and agreed by consensus on the nominees presented below. High school principals also nominated sophomore and junior level students to serve as ex officio members.

    That the Board approves the membership of the District Local Control Accountability Plan Parent
    Committee for 2014 and 2015.

    Members nominated by high school families include: Nora Campos and Judith Hollenberger Dunlap from the DeAnza Family, Jessica Jones and Maria Resendiz from the El Cerrito Family, Maria Banares and Monica Pacini from the Hercules Family, Juanita Towns and Crisanta Villalobos from the Kennedy Family, Mariam Alam and Graciela Lauren from the Pinole Family, Gloria Munoz and Maribel Lopez from the Richmond Family, and Maria Segura from Alternative Education.

    Members nominated by community organizations include: Carolyn Day Flowers from the Bayside Council of PTA’s, Raquel Donoso from Concilio Latino, Sonia Bustamonte from the Community Budget Advisory Committee, Lusi Timoteo from Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization, Miriam Stephanie Sequira from the Multilingual District Advisory Committee, Martha F. Nieto from North Richmond Network, Shelly Andre from Public Employees Union Local 1, Danielle Storer from the Special Education Community Advisory Committee, Xavier Abrams from the Strategic Plan Steering Committee, Heather Best from United Teachers of Richmond, and Greg Santiago from West Contra Costa Administrators Association.

    Student members nominated by their principals include: Angeline Quilici from DeAnza, Khalil Lowry from El Cerrito, Oscar Uribe Garrido from Gompers, Adrianna Sosa from Hercules, Aliza Johnson from Kennedy, Sarah Cha from Middle College, Marilyn Juliana Demesa from North Campus, Jonathan Hinojosa from Pinole Valley, and Cesar Munoz from Richmond High.

    Fiscal Impact:

  13. Doctor J Says:

    Shoe is enlisting his army of support even as we blog. Board — do not under estimate Clayton voter again. Where is the five year plan ?

  14. g. de la verdad Says:

    McDaniels: I’d call that a $56,888.00 salary hike in just TWO YEARS!!!
    2012, Dir Facilities Ops & Res Cons, Base= $108,744.00

    This could (will) be the start of ‘something’ big! No Asst. Supt. or Dept. Director is, going to sit quietly by and let McDaniels jump that high above their own pay-grade.

    The hard part of his job is waiting for the Williams Settlement inspections to tell him what needs to be repaired. Not sure why these don’t seem to hit the Board meeting agendas — where we are told “everything is just peachy keen at the schools.”

    But then, the District is ‘rolling’ in cash-for-adults right now, I guess.

  15. Doctor J Says:

    Theresa, read carefully: Jeff’s raise is retro to 7/1/13 PLUS 3% retro to 7/1/13 PLUS a 2% bonus on the new amount. read his job description. Meas C is NOT under his control. And it is being rushed through in ONE meeting [not the two required by Board by-law] so he can get the bonus and raise on the salary !! doesn’t anyone remember his 30 day stress leave during the bus fiasco ??

  16. Doctor J Says:

    You ain’t seen nothing yet ! G, do you really think the 3 Asst Supt’s AND self appointed Meas C Director Tim Cody are going to take kindly to the head janitor being paid more than they make ??

  17. g. de la verdad Says:

    Nope! But let’s just see what the bottom line Cost of Employment will be after all the Me-Too, Me-First, last year’s bonus, this year’s bonus, all the retro-raises, and all the etceteras comes to. Better yet, let’s see if anything is left over for the kids………….and that 10% from “Capital” I don’t suppose is Measure C, is it?

  18. Doctor J Says:

    I wonder when Supt Joe Ovick is going to tell Dr. Nellie and the Board they are in violation of the Williams Act for not putting on the public agenda at the only “regularly scheduled” Board meeting last November the COE Williams site inspections for the 15 Williams schools ?

  19. Doctor J Says:

    SASS is back WASTING $$$$$ on out of state conferences ! Rose Lock took Bill Morones and Jeanne Duarte-Armas to Denver for the gala inauguration of the Marzano Research “summit” today and tomorrow. Three nights, two days all expenses paid by YOU, THE TAXPAYERS ! If it’s really good, why not send one, instead of three ! Once again, more money out of the classroom !

  20. g. de la verdad Says:

    Shouldn’t we be seeing some firm results from our continuing Marzano “Solution Tree” contracts, before we send those who should have already become ‘Teachers of the Teachers’ under the current contracts? No better way to spend that 10% (or more) of Title 1 funding than on three ‘busman’s holiday’ trips?

    “[The] contracts involves training teacher leaders, coaches, and administrators in group settings as well as site-based consultation and is designed to meet the varied needs of elementary and secondary sites.”

  21. Doctor J Says:

    $2020. Tickets to see the Oakland A’s are part of what educational activity ? $1627.20 to the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno is educational how ? And don’t forget the Disneyland Resort for $6,676.00. Spending like drunken Sailors !

  22. Doctor J Says:

    Morones never gave the Board or public a report on their boondoggle trip to Whittier a year ago. Why start now ?

  23. k. saint Says:

    what are you talking about?! where are you getting this info! please share.

  24. Doctor J Says:

    see the Board agenda, consent items, warrant report from the general fund.

  25. k. saint Says:

    All I see under Consent Items is 14.0Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

  26. Doctor J Says:

    Theresa, please ask for the REQUIRED Public Disclosure form under AB 1200 / AB 2756 — Bryan tries to keep these secret and only to the board but they are required to be made public and sent to the county supt. see

  27. 2busymom Says:

    What is the story behind all the meals from Sunrise Bistro?

  28. Doctor J Says:

    Every district meeting and most faculty meetings need to have catered snacks or meals. take a look at the 1099 sent to Sunrise Bistro and it is close to six figures for the year. Once again, lots of small amounts from Dent and from individual schools add up to big money not going to the classroom. guess who Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla named today as 14th assembly District woman of the year ? Cindy Gershan, owner of Sunrise Bistro. It’s a clique.

  29. 2busymom Says:

    So we are paying for their food? Ridiculous!

  30. Doctor J Says:

    Sylvan District (Modesto) puts MDUSD’s meager LCAP outreach to shame. Sylvan’s engagement of stakeholders is multifaceted, not just a few town hall meetings like MDUSD. In Sylvan, it’s an ongoing process, not just informational meetings like in MDUSD. In fact parents and other stakeholders were involved in the draft of the LCAP presented LAST NIGHT to the Board. It will be posted on the website. I wish our Board and Supt. would watch the video of this mornings presentation by Sylvan Supt. to the State Board of Education. Impressive.

  31. Doctor J Says:

    OMG, Parent Engagement, Is the district doing “authentic parent engagement” or “token engagement” ? Coach Torlaksen asked that question. He appointed Oscar Cruz of Families in Schools as his parent engagement advisor, who got rave reviews from Dr. Mike Kirst, President SBE, and most all SBE Board members. The six components of “authentic parent engagement” — praised by Dr. Kirst and many other SBE Board members. Please judge MDUSD’s meager efforts by this list: 1) Is there a WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT at the district and schools ? 2) Is there EFFECTIVE SCHOOL/FAMILY COMMUNICATION or just rote translation of English version documents in “educationese” ? 3) Are there MEANINGFUL RESOURCES for parents ? 4). Is there SHARED LEADERSHIP or just a rubber stamp of district/school prepared documents ? 5. Is there meaningful CONFLICT RESOLUTION between parent desires and school/district Administrator opinions ? 6). Are there ADEQUATE FAMILY RESOURCES available ? So far, I think MDUSD flunks every evaluating question. Our 30,000 students and families deserve MORE than “token engagement”.

  32. g. de la verdad Says:

    Has Dr. Meyer fallen right into step with staff’s “But this is how we’ve always done it” syndrom?

  33. Sherry Whitmarsh Says:

    In Dr. Meyer’s presentation and parent feedback, she has asked for parents to indicate if they would be interested in being on a LCAP committee at the district level. I believe she is planning to engage and involve parents once the school meetings are complete.

  34. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s my news brief regarding tonight’s meeting:

  35. Doctor J Says:

    Sherry, if so, Dr. Nellie is “burning daylight” while she continues her informational meetings through May 20. Sherry, the Ides of March are upon us, there is Spring Break, Open Houses, Memorial Day, Graduations, and Dr. Nellie still has more informational meetings. That doesn’t leave much time for the Board to recruit, select, appoint, and TRAIN shareholders in LCAP background, knowledge, and development of a THREE YEAR LCAP PLAN. It’s due to COE by June 30 ! Knowing your professional background, MDUSD is months behind schedule to have MEANINGFUL parent and community input. Have you even read from the CDE site what kind of community input should happen. One thing is clear, it is NOT a RUBBER STAMP of a Bryan Richards hatched LCAP. He has other eggs he can hatch.

  36. tmharrington Says:

    Meanwhile, CVCHS could move forward with its expansion plan tonight:—2014/03_March/CVCHS%20Board%20Agenda%203_13_14.pdf

  37. tmharrington Says:

    The CVCHS board voted not to move forward with expansion plans at this time, since MDUSD is not allowing the charter to install portables. One mom and her son left in tears. I am posting video from the meeting at

  38. Doctor J Says:

    Theresa, have you received the public disclosures under AB 1200/2756 yet ?

  39. tmharrington Says:

    No, I have been busy covering WCCUSD. Anyone in the public can request these public disclosures.

  40. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s a new blog post with budget info and “best practices” from Ed Trust-West for creating LCAPs:

  41. Flippin' Tired Says:

    CVCHS could have expanded their campus with the additional $1.7 million they took from MDUSD kids. Instead they gave themselves raises. Now they want more?

  42. 2busymom Says:

    @Flippin’ Tired, I believe they can not move forward with expansion plans because MDUSD will not allow them to place portables on the CVCHS property. I would hope that the powers that be will look at the fact that huge numbers of high school students want to attend CVCHS instead of their feeder pattern school. Please look at what is working at the Charter, and emulate those practices. It has become abundantly clear that much of the status quo no longer works in current educational practice.
    Many MDUSD employees foster an adverserial relationship with the District Office Administration and board. From a parent’s perspectie, negotiations appear to always have an “us” against “them” mentality. Neither side willing to “give” anything above what is contractually required of them. If there is money to give raises, give them. If you have chosen to work in a public entity bestowed with the honor of educating children, always strive to go above and beyond. Do not shame or chastise teachers and staff that want to do more for their students than what is contractually required. Education is not an assembly line job that can be punched in and out of on a time clock. If employees truly went into this profession to make a difference in kids lives, then please do everything in your power to do that!
    Teachers at CVCHS are doing just that. They are working on Saturdays. They are exhibiting an attitude of investment into their school.
    MDUSD would be wise to take note.

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