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National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Winners announced

Congratulations to East Bay National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners, named earlier this month by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation!

Nastionwide, 2,500 Merit Scholars were chosen from among more than 15,000 finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Those selected were judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies in their state, according to a news release. The number of California winners is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

These winners were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who reviewed information submitted by the finalists and their high schools, including academic records, standardized test scores, leadership and other contributions to school and community activities, a student essay, and a high school recommendation. Semi-finalists were chosen based on their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores from their junior years.

Winners can use their scholarships at any regionally accredited college or university in the country.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation urges the public not to compare high schools based on their numbers of Merit Scholarship winners, stressing that the program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The program does not measure the quality or
effectiveness of education within a school, system or state.

Here are the East Bay winners, listed by county and city of residence, school and probable field:

ALAMEDA COUNTY:

Alameda: Cari Noelle Ebel Hartigan, Alameda High, Architecture
Albany: Catherine H. Li, Albany High, Neuroscience
Berkeley: Jasper Phillips Burget, Head-Royce School in Oakland, Writing
Berkeley: Thomas Woolsey Peterson, Head-Royce School in Oakland, Acting
Berkeley: Katherine I. Reed, Berkeley High, Computer Science
Castro Valley: Amanda C. Leung, Castro Valley High, Medicine
Dublin: Christine Xu, Amador Valley High in Pleasanton, Biomedical Engineering
Dublin: Kimberli C. Zhong, Dublin High, Engineering
Fremont: Adarsh N. Battu, Harker School in San Jose, Business
Fremont: Krishna S. Bharathala, Mission San Jose High, Computer Science
Fremont: Shivani Chandrashekaran, Harker School in San Jose, Medicine
Fremont: Adrija K. Darsha, American High, Medicine
Fremont: Emon Datta, Irvington High, Biomedical Engineering
Fremont: Christopher D. Fu, Harker School in San Jose, Biomedical Engineering
Fremont: Arnav J. Gautam, Mission San Jose High, Computer Science
Fremont: Rosemond L. Ho, American High, Law
Fremont: Vivian Jair, Mission San Jose High, Business
Fremont: Michael Ju, Irvington High, Computer Science
Fremont: Lucy Chaolu Li, Washington High, Patent Law
Fremont: Levina J. Lin, American High, Pediatrics
Fremont: Yixin Lin, Washington High, Computer Science
Fremont: Jenny Z. Lu, Irvington High, Biomedicine
Fremont: Amal Rohit Nanavati, Mission San Jose High, Computer Science
Fremont: Yuming Qin, Washington High, Healthcare Administration
Fremont: Kerrie Wu, Mission San Jose High, Engineering
Fremont: Patrick Zeng, Mission San Jose High, Engineering
Oakland: Francesca Paris, Head-Royce School, Journalism
Pleasanton: Bryce P. Hwang, Foothill High, Molecular Biology
Pleasanton: Aditi N. Newadkar, Amador Valley High, Medicine
Pleasanton: Brian K. Shimanuki, Amador Valley High, Computer Science
Pleasanton: Jennifer R. Teitell, Amador Valley High, Law

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY:

Alamo: Charlotte M. Lawrence, College Preparatory School in Oakland, Public Policy
Concord: Sohyeon Hwang, Northgate High in Walnut Creek, International Relations
Danville: Lance A. Chou, San Ramon Valley High, Medical Research
Danville: Lia L. Dawson, San Ramon Valley High, Chemical Engineering
Danville: Ariana N. Moghbel, San Ramon Valley High, Medicine
Kensington: Rebecca L. Shoptaw, Head-Royce School in Oakland, Film Production
Martinez: Shreyas A. Bhave, Monte Vista High in Danville, Computer Science
Moraga: Marina S. Han, Campolindo High, Psychology
Moraga: Dhruv A. Suri, Campolindo High, Undecided
San Ramon: Katherine A. Camenzind, California High, Engineering
San Ramon: Sarah R. Hay, Dougherty Valley High, Biochemistry
San Ramon: Flora Z. Wang, Phillips Exeter Academy in NH, Undecided
San Ramon: Christine H. Zhang, Dougherty Valley High, Medicine
San Ramon: Brian L. Zhong, Dougherty Valley High, Chemical Engineering
Walnut Creek: Vishank Jain-Sharma, Monte Vista High in Danville, Academia
Walnut Creek: David Simon Shif, Las Lomas High, Mathematics

The complete list of California winners is at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKcecExDd3hmMmhjalk/edit?usp=sharing

Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Under: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Education | No Comments »

Closed session item related to employee discipline, dismissal or release at Wednesday’s Clayton Valley Charter HS meeting raises concerns

The Clayton Valley Charter High School governing board will meet Wednesday to vote on 6 percent raises for staff and a proposal to increase school capacity in the fall.

The board will also hold a public hearing regarding its state-required Local Control Accountability Plan, which is expected to show how the campus will spend its money to meet school goals.

But a closed session agenda item related to employee discipline, dismissal or release is also creating buzz in the community. Some, including Clayton Councilman David Shuey, believe the item could be related to complaints by teachers about the school’s Executive Director David Linzey and/or other employees.

Shuey, who is not on the school board, said he has no direct knowledge about the planned closed session.

“But I am very well aware of complaints made by the staff against the executive director and I’m also aware of discussion surrounding all of that and what to do,” he said.

The public may comment before the closed session at 5 p.m. in the school’s multiuse room, 1101 Alberta Way in Concord.

“It’s my understanding that there will be people from both sides ready to speak at that time if allowed by the board,” Shuey said. “And if not, people will speak during public comment at 6 o’clock.”

The regular meeting is at 6 p.m. in the same location. The board expects to report out any action taken during closed session, before accepting public comments on its regular agenda.

“Regrettably, I do believe that it will be a somewhat contentious meeting,” Shuey said. “But I am hopeful that the public is respectful and lets the board make its decision after careful consideration.”

Here is the complete agenda:

CLAYTON VALLEY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
GOVERNING BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 5:00 PM CVCHS Multi-use Room
1101 Alberta Way, Concord, CA 94521

Meeting agendas and minutes available at:
claytonvalley.org

BOARD MEETINGS ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE 2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and upon request, Clayton Valley Charter High School may furnish reasonable auxiliary aids and services to qualified individuals with disabilities. Individuals who require appropriate alternative modification of the agenda in order to participate in Board meetings are invited to contact the Executive Director’s office.

1.0 OPEN SESSION (5:00 PM)

1.1 Call to Order, Roll Call, Establishment of Quorum
1.2 Board Chair Announcement Regarding Closed Session Items
1.3 Board Member Recusals From Participation in Closed Session Items, If Any.
1.4 Public Comment, If Any, on Any Closed Session Items: See applicable rules for public comment below.

2.0 CLOSED SESSION (5:05 PM)

2.1 Conference with Labor Negotiators
Agency Designated Representatives: Dave Linzey, Executive Director
Jim Young, Legal Counsel
Employee Organizations: CVEA, CSEA

2.2 Public Employment
2.2.1 Certificated
2.2.2 Classified
2.3 Public Employee: Discipline/Dismissal/Release
2.4 Conference with Legal Counsel: Anticipated Litigation
Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to paragraph (2) or (3) of subdivision (d) of Section 54956.9: One Case

RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION (6:00 PM)

2.5 Pledge of Allegiance
2.6 Report on action taken in Closed Session

3.0 ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
If you would like to participate in oral communication with the Governing Board, please complete a speaker card and submit it to the Vice President. Public comment for items of interest to the public and within the scope of the CVCHS Governing Board (non-agenda) shall be no longer than two (2) minutes. Speakers may not yield there time. In accordance with the Brown Act, no discussion or action may occur at this time but it is the Board’s prerogative to respond or give direction to staff.

NOTE: Public comment for agenda items shall be no longer than three (3) minutes and will be heard at that point in the meeting. Speakers may not yield their time.

4.0 CONSENT AGENDA
NOTE: 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.

4.1 Consider approval of meeting minutes from 4/9/2013 regular meeting and 5/1/14 special meeting.

5.0 ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

5.1 Consider final Board approval/ratification of initial collective bargaining agreement between CVCHS and CVEA. This would enact a 6%
(retroactive to July 2013) salary increase for all CVCHS employee
contracts.
5.2 Consider adopting updated complaint procedures as recommended by
legal counsel.
5.3 Consider increasing school capacity beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

6.0 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT

7.0 CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER REPORT

7.1 CVCHS financial report for March 2014 (financial reports will be made at the regular board meetings one month in arrears in order to give ample time for the site fiscal manager and the accountants at CSMC to reconcile and prepare financial reports).

8.0 STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
8.1 Curriculum and Instruction
8.2 Operations
8.3 Student Services

9.0 ITEMS SHEDULED FOR INFORMATION

9.1 Public Hearing – Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) presentation to be made by the CVCHS administration.

10.0 BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
NOTE: From time to time, the board has topics of interest that they would like to share with the community. These are informational in nature and do not require action.

11.0 ADJOURNMENT

Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:00PM, CVCHS Library”

Here is a link to the agenda packet: http://www.claytonvalley.org/ourpages/board/meetings/—2014/05_May/Board%20Packet%205_21_14.pdf

Do you believe the board should take any action related to Executive Director David Linzey?

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Under: Clayton, Clayton Valley Charter High, Concord, Education | 7 Comments »

Congrats to Campolindo HS on its National Academic Decathlon championship title!

Campolindo HS Academic Decathlon team named National Champion for medium-sized schools 2nd year in a row!

Campolindo HS Academic Decathlon team named National Champion for medium-sized schools 2nd year in a row!

Congratulations to the Campolindo High School’s Academic Decathlon team, which has been named a National Champion for the second year in a row for medium-sized schools!

Campolindo placed 10th overall at the 2014 State Competition in Sacramento last March, competing against much larger schools several times its size. The overall winner went to the national competition, while the winners in the small and medium-sized categories competed online for their national titles, along with the second-highest scoring large schools.

Here is more about the accomplishment as described in a news release from the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

“Medium schools in this completion are high schools whose student population is between 650 and 1,300. Campolindo (California) was followed by New Jersey, 2nd place and Wisconsin, third place.

‘When I found out we won Nationals for the 2nd year in a row, I was incredibly excited,’ says Campolindo’s Academic Decathlon coach Paul Verbanszky. ‘The team has worked very hard to accomplish this. An opportunity like this does not come often in a lifetime. These are some of the finest students I have ever worked with in my 13 years of education!’”

Here is a link to final medium-school team and individual results: http://www.usad.org/USAD/media/Nationals2014/MediumSchoolOnlineNationalResults.pdf

Campolindo students were top-scorers in these categories as well. The students and team will be awarded trophies and medals, as well as scholarship money. Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, presented the team with Congressional Recognition last week.

“I am really proud of how far our school’s Academic Decathlon has come in the three years I have been in it, and how successful it has become,” said Campolindo Academic Decathlon member Christoph Steefel, in a news release.

Teammate Graham Wade said, “I did not believe it at first, but I was really excited and happy that all of our hard work had paid off.”

Verbanszky teaches AP psychology and government/economics. He has been Campolindo’s Academic Decathlon coach since 2005.

The Academic Decathlon team is an after-school club with funding from donations and other fundraising.

“I am very proud of my students,” Verbansky said. “And, our team gives a big thank you to the Contra Costa County Office of Education for all of their support and hard work with Academic Decathlon, so that the students can have such a positive experience.”

The East Bay Regional Academic Decathlon is coordinated by the Contra Costa County Office of Education with the assistance of community volunteers. It provides an opportunity for high school students to compete as individuals and teams in a series of 10 academic tests and demonstrations.

The curriculum includes art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, essay, interview, speech (prepared and impromptu), and a Super Quiz™. About 170 high school students from 10 schools participated in the regional event.

The theme for this year’s Academic Decathlon was World War I. The Super Quiz™ focused on the subject areas the participating students had been studying, such as science, art, economics and literature.

The Academic Decathlon was created by Dr. Robert Peterson, a former Superintendent of Schools in Orange County, who believed that everyone’s learning potential can be maximized through competitive challenges. The contest that has since become recognized as the most prestigious high school academic team competition in the United States, according to a news release. The U.S. Academic Decathlon was founded in 1981.”

Do you think more schools should send teams to the Academic Decathlon?

Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2014
Under: Acalanes school district, Contra Costa County Office of Education, Education, Moraga | 1 Comment »

MDUSD superintendent aims to reorganize central office to improve accountability and support

MDUSD Superintendent Nellie Meyer has unveiled a plan to overhaul the district office administrative chain of command.

MDUSD Superintendent Nellie Meyer has unveiled a plan to overhaul the district office administrative chain of command.

Dramatic changes are on the horizon in the Mt. Diablo school district’s central office.

Superintendent Nellie Meyer, who came to the district from San Diego last September, unveiled a reorganization plan Wednesday that would abolish the current chief financial officer position, along with three assistant superintendent positions responsible for personnel, special education and student services, and Student Achievement and School Support, known as SASS.

Her report came two days after the board voted Monday in closed session not to renew contracts for the current administrators who hold those four positions: CFO Bryan Richards and assistant superintendents Julie Braun-Martin, Kerri Mills and Rose Lock.

“It is really a product of the first six months of my going to many different schools and looking at the organization and going through and asking a lot of questions about how things work and how things are organized,” Meyer said. “What I found, which is not atypical, is that after the series of years of budget cuts, there were gaps in the support. And then also there is the age-old perception or reality of central office versus site, which occurs often in very large districts.”

Meyer’s report cited “a strong perception of a disconnect between the students and schools, and the central office referred to as ‘DENT.” The district office’s official name is the James W. Dent Education Center.

“It was unclear who really was in charge of certain departments,” Meyer said. “It was unclear where a school might find support for different things.”

Meyer’s plan includes three new assistant superintendent positions: one each for elementary schools, middle schools and high schools.

“This is the structure by which we will see direct, responsive, clear lines of authority and support,” according to Meyer’s report. “All structures rely on strong staff, and the development and training of staff to these new roles will be ongoing. Staff will be required to think creatively, to problem-solve and to focus on our like mission of serving students.”

The assistant superintendents will be accountable for all academic and operational needs at the schools they oversee.

“This position is responsible for sharing and developing best practices, as well as ensuring equity of service,” Meyer’s report states. “In addition, they will be the point of contact to support the principal and community when resolving conflicts. As we continue to restore student supports, they will be responsible for a smooth implementation.”

Meyer also proposed creating two executive directors — one for operations and one for school support. Along with the general counsel, Meyer wants the executive directors and assistant superintendents to make up her “cabinet.” Now, the general counsel, chief financial officer and current assistant superintendents make up the superintendent’s council.

In the proposal, 10 administrators would report directly to Meyer: three assistant superintendents, two executive directors and five directors — one each for budget and fiscal services; human resources; Measure C bond construction projects; special projects; and college, career and adult school.

Meyer’s report calls for several of these top administrators to “be responsible for ensuring prompt, responsive, direct service” to schools and/or employees and the community.

The complete proposal is at http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=8526&mtgId=460.

Although the board appeared receptive to the plan, a special education parent expressed concerns about the elimination of an assistant superintendent level administrator overseeing special education services. Under the reorganization, a director of special education would report to the executive director of instructional support.

Meyer told the parent that she believes all directors should have direct access to the superintendent. She invited those with questions or concerns to e-mail her at meyern@mdusd.org.

The board expects to vote on the plan May 28.

Do you agree with the proposal?

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 137 Comments »

MDUSD board to meet Wednesday to discuss district office reorg., restoring funding for athletics, elementary vps and clerical positions

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the district office board room at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord to vote on a district office reorganization that appears to be under discussion in closed session tonight. In addition, the board expects to vote on restoring funding for high school sports, four elementary vice principals and restoring the hours of clerical, secretarial and technical staff that were cut during lean budget years.

Here is the complete 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 Expulsion of Student #6-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
5.2 Expulsion of Student #7-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
5.3 Release of Public Employees Action
5.4 Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation (Gov. Code Sec. 54956.9(b) Significant Exposure to Litigation: 1 case Info/Action
5.5 Existing litigation – Roaldson v. MDUSD Info/Action
5.6 Existing litigation – Jane Doe v. MDUSD Info/Action
5.7 Conference with Negotiators – Unrepresented Employees – Diablo Managers Association. Negotiators: Dr. Nellie Meyer and Larry Schoenke, Interim General Counsel Info/Action
5.8 District Reorganization 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 Expulsion of Student #6-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.2 Expulsion of Student #7-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.3 Release of Public Employees Action
8.4 Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation (Gov. Code Sec. 54956.9(b) Significant Exposure to Litigation: 1 case Info/Action
8.5 Existing litigation – Roaldson v. MDUSD Info/Action
8.6 Existing litigation – Jane Doe v. MDUSD Info/Action
8.7 Conference with Negotiators – Unrepresented Employees – Diablo Managers Association. Negotiators: Dr. Nellie Meyer and Larry Schoenke, Interim General Counsel Info/Action
8.8 District Reorganization Action

9.0 Student Representatives

10.0 Recognitions and Resolutions
10.1 Resolution #13/14-49 Day of the Teacher Action
10.2 Resolution #13/14-50 Classified Employees’ Week Action
10.3 Asian Pacific Heritage Month Action
10.4 Resolution #13/14-51 Brown v. Board of Education Action

11.0 Board Member Reports
11.1 Board Reports Info

12.0 Superintendent’s Report
12.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

13.0 Reports/Information
13.1 Presentaton of AB 1266 Info

14.0 Consent Agenda Action
14.1 (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
14.2 (Item #2) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
14.3 (Item #3) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-15 School Year Action
14.4 (Item #4) Changes in status of the following classified employees. Action
14.5 (Item #5) Classified Personnel: Resolution of Reduction or Discontinuance of Classified Employees (Classified Layoff) Resolution No. 14/15-43 Action
14.6 (Item #6) Fiscal Transactions for the month of April 2014. Action
14.7 (Item #7) Adoption of “Pre-Calculus” Course of Study Action
14.8 (Item #8) Approve Independent Services Contract with Pivot Learning Partners Action
14.9 (Item #9) Contract addendum; Additional counseling services provided by John F. Kennedy University Action
14.10 (Item #10) Staff requests authorization for Meadow Homes Elementary to serve as a CREATE CA Turnaround Arts Program School. Action
14.11 (Item #11) Pine Hollow Middle School Trip to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Iowa Action
14.12 (Item #12) Award of Bid for RFQ #1679: Fire System Testing Action
14.13 (Item #13) Award of Request for Quotation #1673: Asbestos Abatement Services Action
14.14 (Item #14) Notice of Award for Request For Quotations #1681: Flooring Improvements Action
14.15 (Item #15) Notice of Completion for Lease Leaseback #1615: Campus Core Improvements at College Park High School Action
14.16 (Item #16) Approve Final Deductive Change Order #1615-001 (FCO) associated with Lease-Leaseback Agreement to Robert A. Bothman, Inc. for Campus Core Improvements at College Park High School. Action
14.17 (Item #17) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on September 11, 2013 Action

15.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

16.0 Public Comment
16.1 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

17.0 Communications
17.1 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

18.0 Business/Action Items
18.1 Revision of BP 5141.33 Head Lice Info

18.2 Creation of AR 5141.33 Head Lice to compliment BP 5141.33 Info

18.3 Revision of BP 5141.31 Immunizations and AR 5141.31 Immunizations Info

18.4 Revision of BP 5141.32 Child Health and Disability Prevention Program Info

18.5 Restoration of High School Athletics Info/Action

18.6 Restore Four (4) Elementary Vice Principal Positions Action

18.7 Restoration of hours and days for CST positions that were reduced during the budget cuts of 2010-11. Action

18.8 Salary Increase for all Classified and Certificated Employees not Represented by a Bargaining Unit Action

18.9 Reclassify eligible Coordinator, Student Services 6-8 to Vice Principal, Middle School and eligible Coordinator, Student/Community Services 9-12 positions to Vice Principal, High School Action

18.10 Reclassification of Classified Position in the Local One, Clerical, Secretarial, Technical (CST) Unit Action

18.11 Opportunity for public response to the Sunshine Reopener from Local One, Clerical, Secretarial & Technical (CST) Unit. Action

18.12 Approve 3D Modeling Course of Study Action

18.13 Presentation of new text for Economics course, “Economics: Concepts and Choices”, Holt McDougal Info

18.14 Revision of Board Policy 0410 (Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities). Action

18.15 Creation of Administrative Regulation 5145.3 (Nondiscrimination/Harassment & Transgender Regulation). Action

18.16 Revision of Administrative Regulation 6145.2 (Nondiscrimination and Equivalent Opportunities in the Athletic Program) Action

18.17 Revision of Board Policy 5145.3(Nondiscrimination/Harassment) Action

18.18 Authorization to Make Year-End Intra-Budget Transfers Action

18.19 YVHS’s Contract with Martha Pollock Increase Info/Action

18.20 Award lease/leaseback contract to EF Brett & Company, Inc. for construction of the CVCHS Athletic Facility Improvements Project for a guaranteed maximum cost of $2,716,886.64. Action

18.21 Minutes for the Special Board of Education Meeting held on March 24, 2014 Action

18.22 Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on April 30, 2014 Action

18.23 District Reorganization Action

19.0 Future Agenda Items
19.1 Future Agenda Items Info

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

21.0 Reconvene Open Session
21.1 Reconvene Open Session Info

22.0 Adjournment
22.1 Adjourn Meeting Info”

It is interesting that the board is voting on the expensive restoration of programs and positions BEFORE presenting its draft Local Control Accountability Plan. These items are likely part of the plan. But by voting on them before showing the public the entire plan, it’s difficult for the public to know how these ideas fit into the bigger picture.

It is also surprising that the board intends to VOTE on a “District Reorganization” at the very end of the meeting, with NO written staff report explaining what that reorganization entails. This gives the public virtually NO information ahead of time, meaning the board plans to make this important decision with very little public input.

Many other districts, including West Contra Costa and Berkeley, have already released their draft Local Accountability Plans for discussion before major budget decisions are made.

Do you think the board should vote on major district expenditures and changes before discussing its draft Local Accountability Plan?

Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014
Under: Mt. Diablo school district | 60 Comments »

MDUSD board to meet tonight to vote on layoff, hold closed session regarding top district administrator contracts and reorganization

The Mt. Diablo school board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to vote on the layoff of one PE teacher at Concord High, then a closed session to discuss the release of unspecified public employees, the contracts of the CFO and three assistant superintendents, and future reorganization.

The open session is in the district office 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 Preliminary Business
2.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

3.0 Public Comment
3.1 The public may address the Board regarding any item within the jurisdiction of the Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District regardless of whether or not it is agendized on the Open or Closed Session agenda. 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 Business/Action Items
4.1 Implement Staff’s Recommendation to Decrease the Number of Certificated Employees Due to a Reduction or Elimination of Particular Kinds of Service Action

5.0 Adjourn to Closed Session

5.1 Release of Public Employees Action

5.2 Conference with Negotiators – Unrepresented Employees – Diablo Managers Association. Negotiators: Dr. Nellie Meyer and Larry Schoenke, Interim General Counsel Action

6.0 Reconvene Open Session
6.1 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session Action
7.0 Adjournment”

The agenda item for item 5.2 states: “Discussion of Superintendent’s Council Contracts and future reorganization.”

The superintendent’s council consists of: CFO Bryan Richards, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Julie Braun-Martin, Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement and School Support Rose Lock and Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services/Special Education Kerri Mills. Although it also includes the general counsel, Braun-Martin has informed me that the current general counsel is on a post-retirement contract, so I don’t believe his contract is up for discussion at this time, especially since he will be meeting with the board along with Superintendent Nellie Meyer to discuss this agenda item.

Normally, the district webcasts the open portions of the meeting live and later archives them at: http://www.livestream.com/mtdiablounifiedschooldistrict/

Do you believe the board should renew the contracts for members of the superintendent’s council?

Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 5 Comments »

A closer look at graduation and dropout rates in Contra Costa County

The state released dropout and graduation rates for districts throughout California last month, showing that on average, 80.2 percent of students in the class of 2013 graduated in four years after starting as freshmen in 2009-10. This was up from just under 79 percent in 2012.

Meanwhile, the statewide average dropout rate fell from 13.1 percent in 2012 to 11.6 percent in 2013. In Contra Costa County, seven districts surpassed the state average graduation rate, while two fell below it. County dropout averages were not quite as stellar, with five districts posting lower dropout rates, three higher and one mirroring the state.

Here’s a rundown of the countywide results, showing the 2012 graduation and dropout rates followed by 2013 graduation and dropout rates.

2012 Grad. Rate 2012 Dropout Rate 2013 Grad. Rate 2013 Dropout Rate

State 78.9 13.1 80.2 11.6
Contra Costa County 83.9 10.1 85.8 8.3
Acalanes 97.7 1.1 97.8 0.9
Antioch 74.4 16.8 77.6 11.6
John Swett 87.7 8.5 88.8 7.2
Liberty 86.3 3.5 86.4 4.5
Martinez 87.2 6.7 88.4 9.7
Mt. Diablo 81.2 14.2 82.6 12.4
Pittsburg 70.2 21.6 71.3 2.5
San Ramon Valley 97.0 1.6 98.4 0.4
West Contra Costa 75.7 18.2 79.9 13.2

The San Ramon Valley district had the highest graduation rate and lowest dropout rate in 2013, inching past Acalanes, which held that honor in 2012. More than 98 percent of San Ramon Valley seniors graduated on time last year, while less than 1 percent dropped out during their four years in high school.

San Ramon Valley spokesman Terry Koehne said his district’s impressive numbers were the result of “a quality teaching staff that truly cares about kids and a very engaged parent community.”

The tiny John Swett district also made gains, increasing its graduation rate by more than 1 percentage point to 88.8 percent, while reducing its dropout rate by about the same percentage to 7.2 percent. Superintendent Rob Stockberger credited the growth to teachers and administrators at John Swett High as well as alternatives for students who need more support.

“I think staff does a good job working with teens, but if the student becomes at risk, Willow Continuation High School becomes a really viable alternative,” he said. “And in some extreme cases, we work with the county’s Golden Gate Community School to come up with other viable options for students who are struggling in a larger environment.”

The Liberty Union district saw slight improvement in its graduation rate, growing by one tenth of a percentage point to 86.4 percent. But, its dropout rate for students in the class of 2013 compared to the class of 2012 rose 1 percentage point to 4.5 percent.

Superintendent Eric Volta said these percentages don’t tell the whole story because the class of 2013 was larger than the class of 2012. Even though more students dropped out, he said, more students graduated. In the class of 2012, 1,487 students graduated after four years and 60 dropped out. In the class of 2013, 1,573 students graduated on time, while 82 dropped out.

“For whatever reasons, we lost more seniors last year,” he said. “Had we kept the same number of seniors, our dropout rate would have gone down.”

Most of the students who dropped out were enrolled in independent study or continuation high schools, he said.

Although the Antioch district’s overall graduation rate fell below the state average, it showed significant improvement from 2012-2013, growing more than 3 percentage points. Its dropout rate plummeted more than 5 percentage points to 11.6 percent, equaling the state average.

“It’s been a real concerted and focused effort,” said Superintendent Donald Gill.

State, county, district, and school graduation and dropout rates are available by visiting http://www.contracostatimes.com/data/ci_25654370/data-center-california-graduation-and-dropout-rates-2012.

Staff writers Joyce Tsai and Paul Burgarino contributed to this report.

How do you think schools could improve graduation and dropout rates even more?

Posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014
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Unrest at Hercules Middle High School raises questions about the responsiveness of West Contra Costa school district leadership

Hercules Police School Resource Officers patrol Hercules Middle HIgh School

Hercules Police School Resource Officers patrol Hercules Middle HIgh School

In response to a story published Saturday about unrest at Hercules Middle High School, I was copied on the following e-mail from West Contra Costa district resident Georgio Cosentino to Ken Whittemore, the district’s assistant superintendent for Human Resources. I am posting the e-mail with Cosentino’s permission to allow West Contra Costa school district students, parents, educators and community members the opportunity to comment on the issue of teacher exit interviews and whistle-blowing, as well as the larger issues addressed in the story.

“Hi Ken,

Recently, I asked you about the status of teacher exit interviews, whether or not they were being performed and what was being done with the information. You said that they are conducted, that you, as Director of Human Resources, have the results. I think this information needs to be made public to the taxpayer on a quarterly or yearly basis. I read the CC Times article today about the situation regarding Hercules Middle High School and it mentions a teacher resigning because of being mistreated by kids (and staff?). We need to know with what frequency this sort of thing is occurring. If possible, I will seek to have such interviews also given to a parent oversight committee.

I also think a review of the teacher whistle blower procedure/policy is also in order. The current whistleblower policy directs the teacher to report complaints to the WCCUSD district office. This is very risky for the teacher as the WCCUSD is the employer of the teacher. This same policy does mention the County and State Department of Ed as options, too. These entities are more appropriate, that the option of district office should be eliminated. As a state employee, I am told to report my complaints and concerns to the Bureau of State Audits, not to my employer.

Please consider developing a mechanism that will provide us with the exit interview data, Ken. I also ask that you have all exit interview documentation in order for audit via the Public Records Request mechanism. Although such interviews are confidential, names and other personal information can be redacted. The voice of the teacher must be heard by all of us. I will share this suggestion at the next board meeting in observation of teacher appreciation month.

Thanks for giving my suggestions any consideration you can, Ken. Take care.

Respectfully,
Giorgio Cosentino”

Do you believe the West Contra Costa school district is adequately addressing issues raised at Hercules Middle High School?

Posted on Monday, May 5th, 2014
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Uniform complaint against Ygnacio Valley HS alleging illegal student fees

Here is Sally Smith’s Uniform Complaint against Ygnacio Valley HS, along with a response from Principal Stephen Brady asking his staff to research it and get back to him.

“From: Stephen Brady
To: Smith Family
Cc: RIANNE PFALTZGRAFF ; EFA HUCKABY
Sent: Friday, May 2, 2014 5:28 AM
Subject: Re: Uniform Complaint: Ygnacio Valley High school illegal student fees Mt Diablo district

Efa , please research this and get back to me. Rianne please assist as necessary. I will contact the district.

Thank you.

Best Regards,

Stephen Brady

On May 1, 2014, at 3:55 PM, “Smith Family” wrote:

755 Oak Grove Rd, Concord, CA 94518
(925) 685-8414
Brady, Stephen, (925) 685-8414 ex.3601, Principal.

Dear Ygnacio Valley High School Administration Stephen Brady Rianne Pfaltzgraff, and Efa Huckaby: My uniform complaint is 6 fees you are charging students.
They are:

1. fees for the Health Academy Program called SLC or HOSA
Ygnacio Valley High School

Daily Bulletin

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
HEALTH ACADEMY–What are you going to do with your life? Join Health Academy and find out! Become a firefighter, radiologist, athletic trainer, nurse, doctor, veterinarian, dental hygienist, surgeon or more! The Health Academy will show you pathways to a great career in health care. Stop by 408 or 805 for an application now!

2. sports fees and transportation fees (MDUSD Transportation Fee) – students are told they must make their “donation” before they can play and the amount is a fee because if they do not pay, they cannot play.

There is a specific amount that must be paid.

3. caps and gowns – students are told to make payment to a third party but it is the district responsibility to provide the caops and gowns per the California Dept of Education memo

http://yvhs-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/news/view?d=x&id=1385192283671

CAP AND GOWNS: There are still over 100 Seniors who have not ordered their caps and gowns for graduation. You need to place an order by this Friday or the price will be doubled! You can order several ways:

(1) Call Josten’s at (925) 838-1835 and order over the phone.
(2) Order online at www,jostens.com.
(3) Place your order into the mail on or before Friday, December 13.

Right now orders start at $25, don’t miss out on this great deal! If you have questions, please see Mrs. Lomas, Ms. Malin or Ms. Stobing. Don’t delay, order today!
SENIORS: Your cap and gowns will be delivered on Tuesday, May 15 during lunch in the Conference Room. This is the only delivery day, so all seniors must pick up their cap and gown at this time.

4. dodgeball fees
Daily Bulletin for Friday, November 14, 2013

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Make Every Minute Count
DODGE BALL–Are you athletic or competitive? Like Team Sports? Come by the student store next to room 602 during lunch and Sign up for the Dodge ball Tournament. 5 people on a team, $2 per person. (11/15)
DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT–Are you athletic? Love playing team sports or being competitive? Come sign up for the Dodgeball Tournament in Room 602. 5 Man teams, $10 per team. Tournament starts Nov. 4th.

5. Puente program fees

Event Details
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Puente Awards Night
Audience: Facility Calendar
Posted by: Eugenia Behar
Location: Multi Use Room Contact: Corissa Stobing
Start Time: 3:00 PM End Time: 9:00 PM
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Email Hopper, Samantha Hopper, Samantha (925) 685-8414 ex.2463 Teacher
Email Lomas, Socorro Lomas, Socorro (925) 685-8414 ex.3602 Student Services Coordinator – 12th Grade
Email Yu, Kara Yu, Kara (925) 685-8414 ex.2464 Teacher
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6. fees for field trips and other activities for school clubs – Latino Unidos is an identifiable group and students were told they have to pay to go on the field trip
Students are not told that they may participate even if they do not have the money which is the law. Everyone goes or nobody goes.

Latino Unidos
Attention Latinos Unidos! Today is the last day to submit your contribution for our annual field trip. Come to Rm. 204 today at lunch.

Atencion Latinos Unidos! Hoy es el ultimo dia para entregar su contribucion para el viaje a Alcatraz. Vengan a #204 hoy durante el lonche.
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That is my uniform complaint. Thank you. Sally Smith”

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Uniform Complaint against College Park HS alleging illegal student fees

Here is a Uniform Complaint that has been filed against College Park HS, alleging illegal fees:

“From: Smith Family
To: “genglerp@mdusd.org”
Cc: “bursteinm@mdusd.org” ; “leea@mdusd.org” ; “nixons@mdusd.org” ; “CPBoostersTreas@Yahoo.com”
Sent: Friday, May 2, 2014 6:15 PM
Subject: Uniform COmplaint: College Park High School Mt Diablo dsitric illegal student fees

Mount Diablo Unified School District
1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519
925.682.8000
College Park High School 201 Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
925.682.7670

Dear College Park Administration: My Uniform Complaint is:

1. non-refundable transportation fee for extracurricular sports – coaches are instructed to inform students that transportation fees are non-refundable It also says players are to ride on district transportation to and from contests. (read in the coach book)

2. sports fees now have been shifted to third party foundation which Mount Diablo School district established sports fees called the new CONTRIBUTE TO PLAY POLICY which set fees . Those fees are exactly what the boosters are charging to play. The coaches use the booster to be bill collectors so no DEADBEAT KIDS get away with playing for free. The booster are operating illegally violating state charity laws. It is not a donation as a service is received for the payment. There is a deadline and a specific amount to be paid. The principal says THE FAMILIES WHO DO NOT PAY AFFECT EVERYBODY which contradicts the state Constitution and Hartzell v. Connell that no child should be made to feel like a deadbeat or charity case because he is indigent. Parents are threatened that if they can’t get enough money then sports will be cut and this has been going on for years.

The District set a pay to play policy policy and has now shifted it to the boosters. It has not changed its practice of generating revenue from the backs of students
but just changed the language. These are not donations but fees for service. I see a letter that parent can ask for refunds but that puts burden on the parents and it shames them to ask for their money back. The principal is supposed to pay back everybody and then if they want to contribute then they can.

Nobody is going to ask for a refund because the booster parents and coaches will retaliate against their children. Read the minutes to see how these people feel about folks who fail to pay their fairshare. All the school did was post a letter on the website instead of sending the money to all of the students. He is trying to keep the money but he is the same principal who stated that “all student athletes have to pay.” All the parents should get their money back so no parents are singled out and stigmatized.

(2) Reasonable efforts to fully reimburse all pupils, parents and guardians who paid a pupil fee include but are not limited to crediting the pupil’s school financial account and sending reimbursement by first class mail to the pupil’s last known primary address as contained in school or local educational agency records. If the school has knowledge that a pupil’s last known address as contained in school or local educational agency records is no longer valid, the school may attempt to obtain a more recent address from any notices returned to the school or local educational agency by the United States Postal Service.

3. lab fees for class materials – these are disguised as “donations” but children are not informed that they cannot be required to donate. The teachers know who has paid and who has not paid and children are stigmatized if they do not pay. A donation means a voluntary contribution with no expectation of anything in return. That’s is easy to understand. That means a zero amount or whatever a person wants to give including nothing. You do not know the private lives of families and their financial circumstance. You prey on parents who want so much for their children not to be left out and even go into debt to have their children participate. The boosters will do the bidding of the administration more secretly now and still harangue people for their fairshare. Changing the language and pretending you are asking for donations has not changed the nature of the fee. It is still a fee.

Although the term “contribution” is not defined either in the Code or in the
Income Tax Regulations, it is well established judicially that in order to be
deductible under section 170 of the Code, a contribution must qualify as a gift in
the common law sense of being a voluntary transfer of property without
consideration. To the extent a transferor receives or can expect to receive, for the
money or property he or she transfers, a financial or economic benefit, as
distinguished from the incidental benefit that inures to a donor as a member of the
general public, then no deduction under section 170 is allowable. Singer v. United
States, 449 F. 2d 413 (Ct., Cl. 1971); Rev. Rul. 67-246, 1967-2 C.B. 104 Rev. Rul.
76-185, 1976-1 C.B. 60

4. caps and gowns illegal to charge this fee

5. fines and fees – students are threatened with no participation in graduation activities but adminstration conveniently does not inform students of right to volunteer in lieu of payment. It just states the part of the law convenient for administration.

Below is information related to the fees I have listed. Thank you. Sally Smith 3551 Lord St San Diego CA 92123 858-278-4275

http://cphs-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/groups/news_item?d=x&id=1383982239475&group_id=1263280981140&return_url=1399079162786

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Seniors, orders for caps & gowns and graduation announcements will be on Wed, Nov. 13th and Thurs, Nov. 14th during brunch and lunch in front of the Main Office.

These are the only order days so all Seniors must place their graduation order at this time.
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Baseball -Varsity Team Donation 1st Installment : SPRING – Please pay by March 1 $250.00
Baseball -Varsity District Donation : SPRING – Please pay by March 15 $225.00
Baseball -Varsity Team Donation 2nd Installment : SPRING – Please pay by April 11 $300.00
Baseball -JV Team Donation 1st Installment : SPRING – Please pay by March 1 $250.00
Baseball -JV District Donation : SPRING – Please pay by March 15 $225.00
Baseball – JV Team Donation 2nd Installment : SPRING – Please pay by April 11 $250.00
Baseball -Frosh Team Donation 1st Installment : SPRING – Please pay by March 1 $250.00
Baseball -Frosh District Donation : SPRING – Please pay by March 15 $75.00
Baseball -Frosh Team Donation 2nd Installment : SPRING – Please pay by April 11 $225.00
Basketball Boys : Spring/Summer Development $165.00
Boys Golf – District Donation : SPRING $50.00
Boys Golf – Team Contribution : SPRING -Covers Tournament Fees, Uniform and Golf Bag $200.00
Lacrosse Boys : SPRING $275.00
Lacrosse Girls : SPRING $225.00
Softball : SPRING $225.00
Swimming – Season Donation : SPRING $395.00
Swimming – 1st Installment : SPRING – Installment Option $200.00
Swimming – 2nd Installment : SPRING – Installment Option $195.00
Swimming- Open Donation : if you’d to make an additional donation in any amount. —
Tennis Boys : SPRING $200.00
Track & Field : SPRING $300.00
Volleyball Boys : SPRING $200.00

Here is how people think that it is okay to take the kids’ money without regard for the law (booster minutes):
Principal Paul Gengler was kind enough to stop by to discuss a couple of important issues. The first being the importance of collecting that district contribution from all student athletes, particularly since the loss of Clayton Valley HS. The families that don’t pay affect everyone because then there just isn’t enough money. A major thorn is transportation. The bill for this goes directly to the district and then to the high school and it’s paid whether there is money or not. Not anymore. From now on that transportation bill is paid FIRST. And when the money is gone, it’s gone. Coaches might unfortunately be forced to forfeit an event. Some coaches get a false sense that they have lots of money. And they need to be aware that this is a business. At the end of the day the spreadsheets have to balance. If we don’t get 90% participation contributions, the district will be forced to make cuts. These could include freshman sports, JV teams, etc.
What happens when a student’s family simply refuses to pay? The answer is tricky. Nowhere is it actually written that a coach has to play every student. So the coach can decide to not play a student who has not paid. But we all know that coaches want to win so are they really going to bench a powerful player simply because their parents chose not to pay the participation contribution? Lists of who’s paid and who hasn’t paid will be provided to all coaches. Ideally the coach needs to speak PRIVATELY with those kids and/or their parents about payment. The Boosters have agreed to set aside a SMALL amount of money to assist those families who truly can’t afford to pay this contribution.

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Letter from Principal regarding athletic donations
The New Reality of High School Athletics

It is no secret since the California economic decline that our district and community has had to strategize different ways to keep athletics as a choice for our students instead of just eliminating them all together. Athletics now follows a contribution/donation/fundraising model based system as all sports are no longer funded by the district and rely very heavily on the hard work of volunteers.
Volunteer District Donation

These donations are used for coach’s stipends, athletic director stipend, dues/memberships, security, replacement/reconditioned equipment that is mandated by CIF, etc. The district has attempted to provide suggested guidelines for donations or contributions for each sport that can be found below in the matrix. In order for a sport to continue from year to year, it must acquire donations or fundraise for the 100% of the matrix guideline for each person on a team roster. For example, a team has 10 players and the guideline of the matrix recommends that each team member acquire donations or fundraise up to $100.00. The team is essentially looking to gather donations or fundraise a total of $1,000.00 to support their team. Being a member of a team is not dependent upon if a student participates in the donations or fundraising effort of a team.
District donations can be made directly to a team utilizing the CPHS web store, which adds 4% to the donation to cover the transaction fee or you may go directly to the CPHS treasurer.
FALL SPORTS
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Cheer/Spirit Squad None
Cross Country $100
Football (V & JV) $300
Football (Freshmen) $200
Golf Girls $50
Tennis Girls $150
Volleyball Girls $225
Water Polo Boys $50
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Basketball Boys $250
Basketball Girls $250
Soccer Boys $225
Soccer Girls $225
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Baseball $225
Golf Boys $50
Lacrosse Boys $50
Lacrosse Girls $225
Softball $225
Swimming/Diving $200
Tennis Boys $150
Track & Field $175
Volleyball Boys $225
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Volunteer Team Donation:
Each team may also seek a team donation that would go directly to that team to cover other expenses that may arise, tournaments, equipment, uniforms, or awards. For your convenience you may click here to donate.
Transportation:
This is decided on by each team, as they may seek a volunteer donation for any transportation needs.
Fundraising:
Most teams also do fundraising to offset the district volunteer donation, volunteer team donation, or volunteer transportation donation. All fundraising proceeds go directly to the team.
Booster Club Membership: All families are encouraged to join and members receive a discount card to all DVAL regular season games.
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Program Receives $250 for every 15 Booster members in your program
Program Receives a $250 bonus once your program reaches 75% membership (Programs with 25+ athletes)
Receive an additional $250 for your program if your program hits 100% membership (all programs)
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NOTE: the Dates on the form are incorrect since this is last-year’s form.
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On April 15, 2014 a letter from Principal Gengler went out to parents and guardians regarding Athletic Donations for 2013 fall sports. A copy of the letter can be found here
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According to attorney Douglas Beteta of Morrison & Foerster, the law firm that is working with the ACLU in a pending case involving unlawful school fees in California, the legality of a school fee “depends upon how exactly the program is implemented.” For example, “blind donations might be okay,” said Beteta.
However, Beteta emphasized that schools cannot make students pay to participate in any school activity.
“Any school fee required before a pupil can participate in an educational activity, whether curricular or extracurricular, is unlawful,” he said. “On the other hand, truly voluntary donations that are not, for example, implemented with any kind of coercive element, are lawful.”
The ACLU case has brought to light the fact that, despite existing laws, some California schools are blatantly charging fees to students for class supplies, textbooks and extracurricular activities.
“I had to buy this for playing sports,” said junior Kosim Latipov. “When I went to Tri-S and [my mom] didn’t speak English, I was thinking I had to buy it to play sports.”

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Volunteer District Donation

These donations are used for coach’s stipends, athletic director stipend, dues/memberships, security, replacement/reconditioned equipment that is mandated by CIF, etc. The district has attempted to provide suggested guidelines for donations or contributions for each sport that can be found below in the matrix. In order for a sport to continue from year to year, it must acquire donations or fundraise for the 100% of the matrix guideline for each person on a team roster. For example, a team has 10 players and the guideline of the matrix recommends that each team member acquire donations or fundraise up to $100.00. The team is essentially looking to gather donations or fundraise a total of $1,000.00 to support their team. Being a member of a team is not dependent upon if a student participates in the donations or fundraising effort of a team.
District donations can be made directly to a team utilizing the CPHS web store, which adds 4% to the donation to cover the transaction fee or you may go directly to the CPHS treasurer.
FALL SPORTS
(Aug]Nov) Volunteer
Donation Level
Cheer/Spirit Squad None
Cross Country $100
Football (V & JV) $300
Football (Freshmen) $200
Golf Girls $50
Tennis Girls $150
Volleyball Girls $225
Water Polo Boys $50
Water Polo Girls $50
WINTER SPORTS
(Nov]Feb) Volunteer
Donation Level
Basketball Boys $250
Basketball Girls $250
Soccer Boys $225
Soccer Girls $225
Wrestling $200
SPRING SPORTS
(Feb]May) Volunteer
Donation Level
Baseball $225
Golf Boys $50
Lacrosse Boys $50
Lacrosse Girls $225
Softball $225
Swimming/Diving $200
Tennis Boys $150
Track & Field $175
Volleyball Boys $225
Additional Considerations

Volunteer Team Donation:
Each team may also seek a team donation that would go directly to that team to cover other expenses that may arise, tournaments, equipment, uniforms, or awards. For your convenience you may click here to donate.
Transportation:
This is decided on by each team, as they may seek a volunteer donation for any transportation needs.
Fundraising:
Most teams also do fundraising to offset the district volunteer donation, volunteer team donation, or volunteer transportation donation. All fundraising proceeds go directly to the team.
Booster Club Membership: All families are encouraged to join and members receive a discount card to all DVAL regular season games.
New this year:

Program Receives $250 for every 15 Booster members in your program
Program Receives a $250 bonus once your program reaches 75% membership (Programs with 25+ athletes)
Receive an additional $250 for your program if your program hits 100% membership (all programs)
Falcon Fundraisers
Bond Rewards for Education comes to College Park

Bond Rewards
The PTSA, Athletic Boosters, and Instrumental Music Boosters are pleased to launch a brand new, joint fundraising effort this year known as “College Park HS Rewards.” College Park HS Rewards lets you earn money for CPHS doing your everyday, online shopping. Plus, you get a percentage of your purchase back too. Many well-known retailers are linked to College Park HS Rewards including Macy’s, Target, Barnes & Noble, Home Depot and Kohl’s.

College Park HS Rewards gives you the flexibility to not only support CPHS, but also to direct your Rewards earnings or cash donations to a specific program at CPHS, such as a sports team, academic club or special event. When you sign at College Park HS Rewards, go to the Donate tab to select a specific program or group who has registered their program on our site. The rewards you earn will go directly to that program or group, instead of the general school fund.

We are aiming for LARGE SCALE PARTICIPATION in this effort. We will be asking you to register on the www.collegeparkhsrewards.com with your email address. Unlike other fundraising endeavors, you do not need to provide your credit card information to the company in order to take advantage of the program.

We are excited about the funding that this will bring to our school community and truly appreciate your support!
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Any other tax-exempt organization not eligible to receive contributions that are tax deductible
Any organization that was subject to the disclosure requirement during the five-year period immediately preceding the fund-raising solicitation
Any organization that is a successor to an organization that was subject to the disclosure requirement during the five-year period preceding the
CP Athletic Boosters
The Athletic Boosters Club maintains this portion of the website to help parents, athletes, and staff stay abreast of what is happening with CPHS sports.
QUICKLINKS
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eNewsletter get activity clearance form
Make your District DonationMake your Team Donation
Scholarship Applications are Ready!

The Boosters are once again offering 5 scholarships to Senior athletes. Please work with your coach(es) to fill out the forms.
GET THE FORM >
NOTE: the Dates on the form are incorrect since this is last-year’s form.
Important Announcement from Principal Gengler

On April 15, 2014 a letter from Principal Gengler went out to parents and guardians regarding Athletic Donations for 2013 fall sports. A copy of the letter can be found here
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We ask that each student donate $10 per semester to help offset the cost of supplies for the Drama class. If you would like to pay for both semesters, please change the quantity to “2″. Thank you for your support!
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We ask that each student donate $30 per semester to help offset the cost of supplies for the Glass class. If you would like to pay for both semesters, please change the quantity to “2″. Thank you for your support!
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We ask that each student donate $25 per semester to help offset the cost of supplies for the Art class. If you would like to pay for both semesters, please change the quantity to “2″. Thank you for your support!
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We ask that each student donate $30 per semester to help offset the cost of supplies for the Photo 1 class. If you would like to pay for both semesters, please change the quantity to “2″. Thank you for your support!
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We ask that each student donate $35 per semester to help offset the cost of supplies for the Ceramics class. If you would like to pay for both semesters, please change the quantity to “2″. Thank you for your support!
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Thank you for helping us defray the costs of our “hands-on” approach for science labs. We replenish chemicals, dissection specimens and replace equipment.
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The goal of the Human Rights Education class is for students to take what they have learned in the classroom and raise awareness to others on campus and in our community about important human rights issues. There are many creative ways to reach people, but they can become expensive when students need materials to work on projects outside of class or when the class wants to hand out gel bracelets to promote a cause. Any amount donated is much appreciated. Thank you for your support!
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Please donate $25 per quarter to help us provide consumables for our class
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As administrators, it is your legal responsibility to follow the laws to protect our children. You are controlling andf directing the boosters. You have put the booster directly on the district webpage and allowed a third party to have full access to student information and use of taxpayer resources – the website, etc.

The boosters are operating illegally and failed to comply with state laws.

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