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MDUSD board to hear proposal to create a Northgate district

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 8:16 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

Here is the agenda for tonight’s MDUSD board meeting now in progress at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. You can watch it live at http://www.livestream.com/mtdiablounifiedschooldistrict

“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 Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Action
5.3 Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation (Gov. Code Sec. 54956.9(b) Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases Info/Action
5.4 Conference with Negotiators – Unrepresented Employees – Diablo Managers Association. Negotiators: Dr. Nellie Meyer and Larry Schoenke, Interim General Counsel Info/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 – 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
8.2 Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Action
8.3 Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation (Gov. Code Sec. 54956.9(b) Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases Info/Action
8.4 Conference with Negotiators – Unrepresented Employees – Diablo Managers Association. Negotiators: Dr. Nellie Meyer and Larry Schoenke, Interim General Counsel Info/Action
9.0 Recognitions and Resolutions
9.1 Appreciation for Service to Board Presidency Info
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 Mt. Diablo High School Seniors “Sugar Smart” 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) 17.11 Approval of Provisional Internship Permit (PIP) Request. Action
13.4 (Item #4) Recommended Action for Classified Employees Action
13.5 (Item #5) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 School Year Action
13.6 (Item #6) Approve contract with Sunbelt Staffing to provide a Teacher of the Visually Impaired for the 2013-2014 school year. Action
13.7 (Item #7) Approve contract with Exploring New Horizons (ENH) for El Monte Elementary School Outdoor Ed Program Action
13.8 (Item #8) Approval to increase Silver Spur Outdoor Ed Contracts with Highlands Elementary and Wren Ave Elementary Schools Action
13.9 (Item #9) Approve 2013-2014 Interagency Agreement #29-513-15 between Mt. Diablo USD and Contra Costa County Mental Health Services Division Action
13.10 (Item #10) Approve 2013-2014 Interagency Agreement #28-325-4 between Mt. Diablo USD and Contra Costa County Mental Health Services Division Action
13.11 (Item #11) Approve 2013-2014 Interagency Agreement #74-371-5 between Mt. Diablo USD and Contra Costa County Mental Health Services Division Action
13.12 (Item #12) Approve submission of the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant. Action
13.13 (Item #13) Approve submission of the Farm to School grant. Action
13.14 (Item #14) Williams Quarterly Summary Report Action
13.15 (Item #15) Approve Contract Amendment Number Ten to Capital Engineering Consultants, Inc. Action
13.16 (Item #16) Award Design Services Contract to PHd Architects, Inc. for Building E Window Replacement at College Park High School Action
13.17 (Item #17) Award of Independent Services Contract to Enviro-S.T.A.R. for the Oversight of Hazardous Materials Abatement/Removal related to Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Renovations at Various Sites. Action
13.18 (Item #18) Award Project Inspector Contract to MWC & Associates to support Clayton Valley Charter High School Athletic Facility Improvements project. Action
13.19 (Item #19) Award Professional Services Contract to Capital Engineering Consultants, Inc. for auditing, planning and engineering services required by California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39). Action
13.20 (Item #20) Minutes for the Special Board of Education Meeting held on October 7, 2013 Action
13.21 (Item #21) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on September 25, 2013 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 Items
17.1 Opportunity for public response to the Sunshine Reopener from Local One, Clerical, Secretarial & Technical (CST) Unit. Info
17.2 Create Job Description for Technology Customer Help Desk Technician II Action
17.3 Revise Job Description for Attendance/Student Records Coordinator Action
17.4 Reclassification of Classified Positions in the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Unit Action
17.5 Reclassification of Classified Positions in the Local One, Clerical, Secretarial, Technical (CST) Unit Action
17.6 Reclassification of Classified Positions in the Teamsters, Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities/Transportation/Landscape/Warehouse/Food and Nutrition Services/Technology and Information Services/Substitute Custodian and School Bus Driver Unit (M&O) Action
17.7 Implement Staff’s Recommendation to Decrease the Number of Certificated Employees Due to a Reduction or Elimination of Particular Kinds of Service Action
17.8 Request authorization to submit the 2014-2017 Technology Plan to the California Department of Education Info
17.9 Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act Funds for 2014-2015. Action
17.10 Meeting Extension Action
17.11 3D Modeling Course of Study Info
17.12 Adoption of “Pre-Calculus” Course of Study Info
17.13 Request to Approve Equipment Grant Application for Nutrition Services Action
17.14 Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on April 9, 2014 Action
17.15 Minutes for the Special Board of Education Meeting held on March 5, 2014 Action
17.16 Draft Report to the Board of Education concerning Bay Point Master Planning Info
17.17 Proposal from Parent Organization Info/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 Reconvene Open Session
20.1 Reconvene Open Session Info
21.0 Adjournment
21.1 Adjourn Meeting Info”

Do you agree with the proposal to divide the district?

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  • tmharrington
  • Sherry Whitmarsh

    The only thing I could find is on the YVHS web store. The wording for the web store is athletic contribution. I’m working why it is wrong for a school to allow anyone who wants to make a sports contribution. The wording is suggesting a specific amount. If you don’t want to make a contributubtion, then don’t. There is also request for Health Academy installments. Students could pay for this if they desired. The only reason CPHS and YVHS are listed is that they ar the only two schools that have a treasurer willing to create and maintain a web store that will allow ontributions to be made. Also as a parent it allows me to make credit card contributions online for events, sports, etc.that I want to support monetarily.

  • Doctor J

    Sherry, maybe because the payment is tied to a specific student when done through the school web store is in reality a “pay to play” instead of a completely voluntary contribution. Do you think it would be wrong for a principal to suggest to a coach that if an athlete didn’t make his payment, that his playing time be restricted ?

  • tmharrington

    Here’s a new blog post with an e-mail from a WCCUSD resident who is asking the school board to make exit interviews from teachers public, with the names redacted: http://bit.ly/RlSOhh

    MDUSD should consider this also, based on comments made by the whistle-blowing teacher who was shut down by Schoenke, as well as with comments by Guy Moore about low morale sparking teacher departures.

  • Sherry Whitmarsh

    Doctor J,
    On the web store, I can sign up and make a contribution without tying it to my child. I can tell you that I did not make a contribution to any of the sports my daughter played through the web store and it did not affect any of her playing time or not playing time.
    I totally agree that it would be wrong for a principal to make any suggestions to coaches about playing time because of payment or contribution. The only reason that I could see a principal telling a coach tht a student could not play would be due to grades.

  • Sherry Whitmarsh

    For the person filing these complaints from San Diego, is she the same person who didn’t like Dr. Meyer? If so, this feels like a vendetta against Dr. Meyer and not a concern about parents and community in our own district.

  • tmharrington

    Although the district still hasn’t posted a Board Action Summary from April 30, it has posted the April edition of the Good Newsletter (just a few days late): http://www.mdusd.org/Pages/default.aspx

  • tmharrington

    The CAC agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting still hasn’t been posted online either: http://www.mdusd.org/Lists/UpcomingEvents/DispForm.aspx?ID=368&RootFolder=%2FLists%2FUpcomingEvents

    However, I have been assured that it was duly posted outside the district office as required. For those who can’t make it down to the district office to look at the agenda, I have requested an e-mailed version, which I will post.

  • tmharrington

    CAC agenda has been posted, featuring a presentation on equity: http://www.mdusd.org/Lists/UpcomingEvents/Attachments/368/cac-agenda-050614.pdf

  • tmharrington

    No MDUSD schools earned Title I Academic Achievement Awards: http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr14/yr14rel47.asp

  • Doctor J

    the Brown Act requires internet posting 72 hours in advance plus the physical posting.

  • tmharrington

    I’m at CAC meeting. Interesting equity presentation. Big news: Dr. Meyer wants to bring counselors back to the district, starting with six equity pilot schools!
    Also, longtime CAC advocate Lori Davis is moving out of the district.

  • tmharrington

    CAC chair wants to have a summer planning meeting. Lori Davis reminded her that it must be publicly noticed, even though these meetings weren’t publicly noticed in the past, now that the CAC is an official board committee.

  • tmharrington

    Very surprisingly, no one asked any questions when they heard there will be a special meeting to discuss dividing the district.

  • tmharrington

    During equity team report, rep said some teachers at Bel Air Elem are getting burnt out, but aren’t allowed to transfer to other schools.
    Also, good news, there will be Common Core training for special ed staff, including special ed assistants.

  • Doctor J

    I believe Lori Davis is incorrect : the CAC has always been subject to the Brown Act since it was created by the Consent Order approved by the Board and MDUSD is it’s own SELPA. I cited the Ed Code on this in this blog, but Lori didn’t want to be bound by it and got her advice from the produce section.