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MDUSD board to meet tonight with Concord City Council

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 1:08 pm in Concord, Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school board will hold a joint meeting tonight with the Concord City Council to discuss issues of mutual interest.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the district office board room at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. The public is invited to comment on items on the agenda, which include:

A Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) presentation by MDUSD Superintendent Dr. Nellie Meyer.

An oral presentation regarding the Family Justice Center by Concord Police Chief Guy Swanger.

An information exchange between the school board and city council including updates on items of mutual interest and a discussion of partnerships and other areas of cooperation. Discussion items may include: district enrollment, student achievement, Common Core State Standards, development and educational opportunities for high school students, school/community safety, shared fields, updates on current and planned improvement projects, MDEA Second Annual Academy Awards and the communication between the district and city council. No formal action will be taken.

Here is a link to the agenda, which didn’t show up on the district’s web site home page until today: http://www.mdusd.org/boe/Documents/agendas/2014/04-02-14.pdf

Because the media was not notified in advance of this meeting, I was unaware of it until this morning, so was unable to inform the public about it in today’s Contra Costa Times.

Other items of interest that could be discussed include Clayton Valley High’s expansion plans and De La Salle’s planned middle school academy in Concord.

Do you believe the district adequately informed the community about this meeting?

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  • Doctor J

    Concord City Council politely but firmly and repeatedly gave MDUSD direction on how to spend the money ! And blasted the district for telling the “deep pockets” that fields were not available for youth sports on weekends ! I was impressed and send kudos to the city council.

  • g. de la verdad

    Dr. Meyer spoke of a joint meeting held a few days ago between the district, the CPD and Mt. Diablo High staff and parents. Why did those of us in the Mt. Diablo High neighborhoods, both parents and community not hear of this? Some of us with children who are or will soon be attending Mount, as well as some of us who are merely affected by the school in our neighborhood would like to know what is happening.
    Any idea how many parents attended, and was it open to anyone other than just site council?

  • Doctor J

    I loved it when Councilman Birsan contrasted MDUSD’s libraries only open one day a week vs. Concord’s libraries open seven days a week, noting that a library tech without a librarian present can keep a library open. I liked his tongue in cheek suggestion of fining anyone in Concord who keeps a library closed. I am not sure Dr. Nellie smiled. Many did.

  • Doctor J

    @G, Dr. Nellie’s words last night about parent/community engagement are HOLLOW without ACTION, which means effective communication to ALL STAKEHOLDERS. Last night was a great example of how the community is finally allowed to give input — I regret to think that the money has already been allocated to priorities determined behind closed doors.

  • tmharrington

    Here’s a new website that gives revenue and expense details for MDUSD and other districts intended to help the public track how Prop. 30 money is being spent: http://trackprop30.ca.gov/K12Lea.aspx?id=758

  • tmharrington

    WCI has also had a suspicious incident, YVHS is revving up to present Legally Blonde this weekend and next weekend, Eagle Peak is having a fundraiser and Walnut Acres Day Care Center is now accepting enrollment for its summer camp: http://bit.ly/1i4MTDA

  • Doctor J

    Thx Theresa, why don’t some of the schools, especially elementary show administrators ? Is MDUSD trying to underreport the number of administrators ? Very interesting and simple to understand website.

  • Doctor J

    Adding in the missing administrators, MDUSD has about 1 administrator per 15 teachers. And they keep sneaking in new administrators almost every board meeting. We need an accurate count.

  • tmharrington

    Reminder: Pleasant Hill LCAP meeting has been changed to tonight instead of May 20, as originally scheduled: http://bit.ly/1lASNDa

    Unfortunately, the district hasn’t updated this information on its LCAP website and some schools are still sending out erroneous information with the May 20 date in their parent newsletters: http://www.mdusd.org/lcap/Documents/letter-to-parents-english.pdf

  • g. de la verdad

    It would also be interesting to see projected figures and explanations for current discrepancies in student/teacher ratios. Some (specifically elementary) schools have average of 16/1, while some are 25+/1. Where will they be without SIG funds, and why some huge differences between schools that are not SIG related.
    Some schools are near ‘overcrowding’ but they have worse pupil/teacher ratios than schools with smaller populations.

  • Doctor J

    Fensterwald lauds new EdData site to compare schools and districts. http://Www.ed-data.k12.ca.us

  • tmharrington

    Here’s a new blog post promoting “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” opening tonight at YVHS in Concord: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2014/04/04/yvhs-presents-legally-blonde-this-weekend-and-next-weekend/