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Uniform Complaint against College Park HS alleging illegal student fees

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, May 5th, 2014 at 12:28 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

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

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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
(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)
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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 $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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submitted by Sally Smith 3551 Lord St San Diego CA 92123 858-278-4275

http://www.laslomaspage.com/2011/04/15/free-and-public-education-not-so-free-asb-fundraising-causes-confusion-2/

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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Important Announcement from Principal Gengler

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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
(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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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.

submitted by Sally Smith”

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  • Doctor J

    Who’s paying this secret bill ?? The lie of the week: “No Impact to the General Fund” !! Item 18.12 3D Modeling Class. read the syllabus and the grocery list of supplies, plus others not mentioned like unlisted supplies like sketchbooks, art mediums, out of class computer assignments, creation out of class of original art works, etc. plus the identified resources. All of these costs money, and big money. How much and who is paying for it ?

  • Doctor J

    Agenda 18.8 More raises — but only a partial list. Where is the full list ? I sense this is subterfuge to get retro raises to the Big Four: Braun-Martin, Lock, Richards, and Mills. Let’s have full disclosure.

  • tmharrington

    Here’s the link to tonight’s agenda, which includes the lay off of one Concord HS PE teacher in open session, followed by a closed session discussion regarding release of unspecified public employees, contracts for the superintendent’s council and future reorganization: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_agendaview.aspx?mtgId=468

  • tmharrington

    Here’s the link to Wednesday’s agenda, which includes the restoration of athletics, elementary vps, CST hours, reclassification of some Student Services Coordinators to vice principals, and district office reorg: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_agendaview.aspx?mtgId=460

  • tmharrington

    Clayton Valley CHS governing board on Wed. will consider 6 percent raises for all employees retroactive to July 2013, increasing school capacity in the fall and its LCAP: http://www.claytonvalley.org/ourpages/board/meetings/—2014/05_May/CVCHS%20Board%20Agenda%205_14_14.pdf

  • Doctor J

    All EYES are on tonight’s 5.2 re “action” on unrepresented employees DMA members to see if District violates AB 1344, which prohibits closed session discussion of “salary, salary schedules or compensation” of district executives, which would include the 3 Asst Supt’s and CFO, aka The Big 4. Schoenke may have missed AB1344 during his retirement. But FFF didn’t and neither did the CSBA. http://www.f3law.com/newsflash.php?nf=318 http://www.csba.org/LegislationAndLegal/Legal/CaliforniaCouncilOfSchoolAttorneys/~/media/E6F19A54B4A547379736F1DB6A7C35D9.ashx

  • Doctor J

    Looks like Sally Smith is having an impact on CVCHS under 6.2 revising its complaint procedures apparently for student fees required to have been updated 3-1-13. since their agendas don’t attach documents or have links, it’s rather unclear what the proposal might be. If so, a year late . . . Well not exactly “on top of it”.

  • tmharrington
  • tmharrington

    Here’s a new blog post with tonight’s agenda, raising the question of whether the board should renew the contracts of the superintendent’s council: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2014/05/12/mdusd-board-to-meet-tonight-to-vote-on-layoff-hold-closed-session-regarding-top-district-administrator-contracts-and-reorganization/

  • Marci Finley

    Regarding the Uniform Complaints:

    Sally Smith who filed these complaints is not a Mt. Diablo Unified School District parent. She resides in San Diego and has a history of causing discord. She was removed from her position as Vice President of a San Diego Unified School committee due to her actions as reported in the Voice of San Diego. I am sorry that such a person from the outside found a platform to stir up trouble in our school district. She writes her complaint as if she has first hand knowledge. She does not. This is misleading and untrue. She is not a credible person!

    History of the sports contribution model: During 2009, the MDUSD School board cut ALL funding to HIgh School athletics in a drastic budget reduction. Concerned parents and community members joined together and created a non profit foundation 501(c)3 United Mt. Diablo Athletic Foundation. UMDAF has been working with District and school athletic booster groups to continue sports programs in all of our High Schools. These groups have had many successful fundraisers to earn money to continue programs for all student athletes. No child is turned away because they can not pay the suggested contributions. Hopefully after tonight’s vote, our athletic programs will again be fully funded by the School District and this will be a moot point.

  • g. de la verdad

    MDUSD is not being picked on for little reason. This district’s actions are egregious enough to stand out, even in a state this large. Don’t shoot the messenger!
    Speaking of shooting the messenger; why are UMDAF tax form 990s not available since 2010? Based on just the first two years IRS files that are publicly available, the organization raised a bit over $500K, but “donated” just over $22K to the district in 2010.
    Now, I understand the ‘organization’ is in transition — whatever that means. Fundraisers are indeed fun, but I’d like to see where my “fun-money” has been spent–not just that it is in a bank… somewhere.