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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 $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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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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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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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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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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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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61 Responses to “Uniform Complaint against College Park HS alleging illegal student fees”

  1. Sherry Whitmarsh Says:

    For the classroom support, I don’t see this as being required. it asked for a donation. As I’ve said before, you don’t have to log on with a student to make the donations.

  2. Doctor J Says:

    These statements, according to the Booster Minutes, were made by the Principal and are so egregious that they should be grounds for dismissal: “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.”

  3. g. de la verdad Says:

    “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…”
    What charitable organization CHARGES 4% if the “contribution” or “donation” is made by credit card? This (nearly hidden) charge also seems highly illegal. Bank fees, etc. are simply part of the cost of doing business by any reputable organization.

  4. tmharrington Says:

    Since I’m doing election research, I just came across this major donor form for Taber Construction, which contributed $15,000 to the CUES Committee in 2009 to support the Measure C campaign: http://64.166.146.18/CFD_Web_Images/2009/577/00157720090608F22.pdf

    What a worthwhile investment that was!

  5. tmharrington Says:

    Measure C underwriters Stone and Youngberg contributed $30,000 to the CUES committee for Measure C in 2010 and $10,000 to a West County committee to support a WCCUSD bond measure: http://64.166.146.18/CFD_Web_Images/2010/733/00173320100723F22.pdf

    That firm also saw a great return on its investment, handling most of MDUSD’s multi-million dollar bond sales.

  6. Doctor J Says:

    Isn’t this the firm that FPPC has obtained their gift records to district officials and then charging those district officials who did not report gifts ?

  7. g. de la verdad Says:

    That “contribution” bought them two seats on the MDUSD four seat Solar Advisory Panel.

  8. tmharrington Says:

    I believe so. MDUSD knows how to pick ’em!

  9. g. de la verdad Says:

    That “donation” equaled only the overrun on the 2002 Measure C job at Olympic.

  10. Doctor J Says:

    I wonder who in MDUSD might be under FPPC investigation for not reporting gifts ? Theresa, did any Board members or the former Supt report any gifts ?

  11. Doctor J Says:

    Does Nellie Meyer have no backbone and sense of integrity ? I don’t understand how Principal Paul Gengler can make such anti-education remarks about student-athletes without being immediately dismissed. Donald Sterling makes racist remarks and is banned for life ? are there no consequences for Gengler ?

  12. Fed Up Says:

    How about consequences for Moore, Hevel, and Reynolds who called specific Northgate parents vile names in an email thread that went out to many others. Any consequences? Of course not.

  13. g. de la verdad Says:

    Perhaps…if they were published in a public forum….

  14. Fed Up Says:

    Perhaps….

  15. Doctor J Says:

    @FedUp You have exposed the corruption in the minute keeping fiasco. If the Board passed new BP 1114 on Dec 11, perhaps the board could take action. The Electronic school Board on Item 18.14 shows that only BP 3513, BP/AR 4040, and BP 6162.7 passed. BP 1114 was NOT part of the approval motion. However, minutes recently invented show BP 1114 passed — which it did not. The irony is that none of the Dec 11 approved changes and additions show up on the official GAMUT record. By Cheryl Hansen’s refusal to have minutes approved timely according to Board policy, she has created a freaking nightmare. Even now the official minutes invented months after the fact are suspect and not reliable.

  16. Doctor J Says:

    Will Nellie Meyer have MDUSD follow San Diego Unified’s decision to pay for caps and gowns AND reimburse students/parents who already paid ?? http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/May/06/sd-unified-paying-graduates-cap-gowns/?#article-copy

  17. tmharrington Says:

    When I left the CAC meeting during the break, I heard someone lamenting to Meyer about the loss of SIG funding. Will the LCAP money fill the gap?
    Jonathan Roselin said the six schools chosen to be Equity pilots were selected in part because they suspended the most students. He also said MDHS already has a lot of students supports and the distrcit wanted to choose schools in feeder patterns.
    The pilot schools are: Ygnacio Valley High, Oak Grove Middle School, Riverview Middle School, Bel Air Elementary School, Rio Vista Elementary School and El Monte Elementary School

  18. tmharrington Says:

    Speaking of equity, the CA Charter Schools Assoc. has sued WCCUSD alleging discrimination because the district doesn’t share its parcel tax revenues with charter schools: http://bit.ly/1fQtRGf

  19. tmharrington Says:

    For those who often complain about MDUSD’s inefficient payroll system, perhaps the district should follow the lead of the Contra Costa County Office of Education, which has won a 2014 Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award from Tyler Technologies, Inc. for its efficient use of Munis® enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions: “Contra Costa COE improved overall efficiencies of its central check processing system with Munis,” according to a news release.
    I can only imagine how happy MDUSD employees would be if the district were to win such an award!

  20. Doctor J Says:

    The only award MDUSD is eligible for is the Golden Fleece award for wasting money. Rumors starting to float in that the LCAP Plan written behind closed doors is “almost done”, and now Nellie Meyer is having a secret parents committee hand picked by principals to rubber stamp the LCAP after a two hour meeting in about two weeks. stay tuned.

  21. tmharrington Says:

    As I mentioned, Meyer mentioned her plan to bring back counselors at the CAC meeting. It appeared that this idea will be incorporated into the LCAP. It remains to be seen what other ideas will show up in the plan.

  22. tmharrington Says:

    On another note, there was a bit of embarrassment for MDUSD last night, when the County Board of Education met at Pleasant Hill Middle School for a public hearing regarding the proposal to convert Dozier-Libbey Medical HS in Antioch to a charter.
    According to our Antioch reporter, speakers were commenting on the fact that the lights were flickering so much they felt like they were sitting under a strobe. Our reporter even tweeted about it.
    Perhaps some of MDUSD’s $340 million in Measure C money can be spent to replace the flickering light.

  23. Doctor J Says:

    LCAP is not Nellie’s plan — it’s supposed to be ALL the STAKEHOLDER’s plan. what is she doing with the Big Four and AB 1575 violations ?

  24. g. de la verdad Says:

    How is giving funds to six “pilot” schools going to fulfill the requirements of LCAP? First, they chose six schools to give extra funds from Equity dollars, and now appear to be planning to give extra LCFF dollars to (mostly) the same schools for counselors. That may be all well and good and needed — especially to maintain momentum at the schools that showed some improvement from SIG dollars, but are about to lose their early SIG advantage. But when can the other schools expect to get their fair share under both Equity and LCAP?

  25. tmharrington Says:

    Good questions to be raised during the LCAP public hearings!

  26. tmharrington Says:

    Hopefully, the County Office of Education is giving districts LCAP guidance. Speaking of which, here are the ballot statements for Karen Sakata and Linda Delehunt, who are vying for the Superintendent of County Schools elected office: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKcebVVXV1RtNnF2Z00/edit?usp=sharing

  27. Guy Moore Says:

    Theresa, Why are my comments being censored?

  28. tmharrington Says:

    Guy, I checked the pending and spam folders and didn’t see any comments from you. I am not censoring them. Giorgio also had a problem getting his comment approved, but I found it in the spam folder.
    Obviously, this comment was posted. If you want to email me a comment for posting, I can do that for you, if you continue to encounter problems.

  29. Guy Moore Says:

    Fed Up, You are making false statements here. Why don’t you tell us who you are so we will know what you are really about. This is the 3rd time you have made false statements claiming that there is a vile email. All false. If anyone is slandering anyone or making vile comments it is you.

  30. Doctor J Says:

    I think the easiest way to resolve this conflict is to publish the emails and let the readers decide who is right and who is wrong. Guy,mid you want this resolved — publish them and take the wind out of Fed Up ‘s sails.

  31. Fed Up Says:

    “thou doth protest too much”

  32. Fed Up Says:

    Yes. Guy, go ahead and publish the unaltered email thread between you and the teachers at Northgate. Include the parent names. Include the names they were called.

  33. Doctor J Says:

    Guy Moore and Donald Sterling have one thing in common: neither likes the truth. Guy, publish the emails in this blog — then explain them. the good book says that the truth shall make ye free. Publish the truth or you shall have another instance of hypocrisy by hiding the truth.

  34. Doctor J Says:

    Ditto last week: don’t bother Jeff McDaniel with work orders, emails or phone calls — if you want something done right away file a Williams complaint and it moves immediately to the top of the list. Williams complaints are reported to,the county and make the district look bad — as if the district doesn’t look bad already !!! McDaniels got his promotion and raise PLUS his “me too” retroactive on his promo and raise. that must have been a $50,000 paycheck for him ! And the lights still flicker. OMG.

  35. Guy Moore Says:

    Dr J and Fed Up you are cowards hiding behind anonymous names spewing negativity about everything. It would be far better if you spent your time trying to figure out how we can all find ways to work together to solve problems and make MDUSD a better place. You seem only interested in tearing everything and everybody apart. I am happy to share what I wrote if both of you admit your true identities and stop hiding and trying to manipulate in the shadows of anonymity.

  36. Doctor J Says:

    Guy, drop the name calling and disclose the emails, disclose the MDEA climate surveys, disclose the MDEA administrator rankings, disclose the payments made to participants of last years and this years Academy Awards made with public funds you got from MDUSD. Guy, all I want is the truth. to quote a great movie line: “You can’t handle the truth ! “

  37. tmharrington Says:

    Guy, Since someone flagged this comment, I edited out the name-calling.

    To everyone: Please do not attack each other personally in your comments. According to the guidelines for this commenting system, it is preferable if commenters use their real names. If a commenter does not want to use his or her real name, it is recommended that you consistently use a pseudonym that differentiates you from other anonymous commenters, such as Dr. J and Fed Up.

    Thank you.

  38. Doctor J Says:

    Breaking News: Special Board Meeting set for Monday just two days before regular Board Meeting. What is so pressing it can’t wait for “regular” notice of 72 hours ? Agenda not yet released to public.

  39. g. de la verdad Says:

    Hopefully there will be multiple “disciplinary” actions against employees who personally disparage parents.

  40. Guy Moore Says:

    dr j, you say you are about the truth and you lie. You said MDEA paid speakers at last year’s Academy Awards, specifically you stated Tom Torlakson was paid. No one was paid, they all volunteered because they care about this district. You owe Tom Torlakson a personal apology. You say you are about the truth when the things you talk about show that you either purposefully tell lies or are seriously misinformed and could care less about the truth. It is pretty obvious that you are a disgruntled MDUSD employee who writes during the day most likely on company time. How honest is that?

  41. Guy Moore Says:

    fed up, I’m fed up with you. I raise serious questions about false statements you have made and you write “thou doth protest too much”. Why don’t you publish the supposed vile things someone supposedly said about someone? Or do you prefer to hide in the shadows and throw darts?

  42. Doctor J Says:

    Guy you call me a liar because you claim MDEA didn’t pay Tom Torlakson last May ? Look in the mirror for the liar. I have the written proof from Tom Torlakson UNDER THE PENALTY OF PERJURY. On Feb 28, 2014 he filed his Form 700, Schedule E Income/Gifts where he said he was paid $100 for “Made a Speech” at “Awards Dinner and Speech to Teachers and Administrators” on May 17, 2013. source was “Mount Diablo Education Association”. He correctly lists MDEA’s address. It’s at page 9. Better check your cancelled checks or was he paid in cash ? So now that you, MDEA and the CTA have all libeled meerhaps you had better report the claim to your insurance companies http://www.fppc.ca.gov/form700/2013/Constitutionals/R_Torlakson_Tom.pdf

  43. Guy Moore Says:

    Tom Torlakson and his assistant received dinner like everyone who attended. It was an exceptional meal provided by Sunrise Bistro and the students of Mt. Diablo High. As our esteemed guest he received dinner. To be on the safe side someone on his staff estimated the value of the meal to be $100. That is not the same as being paid. You are telling lies because you are misconstruing the facts. I stand behind everything I have said. You owe Tom Torlakson an apology!

  44. Doctor J Says:

    Guy, you haven’t read his Form 700 “under the penalty of perjury”. It’s in plain English. He signed it, not a staffer. Nothing in there about receiving a complimentary dinner.

  45. g. de la verdad Says:

    Whose books took the expense (of the whole shebang) as a write-off? How much? Whose books called which portion a “donation” for a write-off? How much? Whose books got the credit for net proceeds, if any? How much?
    Surely these are easy questions to answer. Hint: There aint no such thing as a free lunch.

  46. Fed Up Says:

    Guy, that is an interesting thought.
    You wrote today:
    “It would be far better if you spent your time trying to figure out how
    we can all find ways to work together to solve problems and make MDUSD a
    better place.”

    Didn’t the very parents who your email disparaged, nicely reach out and ask to meet in order to find ways to work together? I believe you not only didn’t respond, you had Mark York to do your dirty work and send a threatening letter.

    So which Guy Moore are you – the one who is part of the vile email thread and blows off parents who reach out to you or the one who claims to want to work together?

  47. Fed Up Says:

    Here is the deal Guy…that email is not going to be wasted in a blog post. That email carries serious consequences for those who participated. Maybe contrition and an apology would be a start. Maybe a willingness to work with those parents that were singled out in the email would be better than the flat out denial you are providing here.

    And which is it, there is no email or you will show it when Fed Up and Dr J reveal their identities? So confusing.

  48. k. saint Says:

    The complaint against CP could be leveled against any of our high schools. When the district cut funding for sports roughly 6 years ago, UMDAF tried to step in, parents/boosters scrambled to collect money so that high school athletics continued. Most boosters club do not have the benefit of a $600K quarterly budget for legal advice and try to make sense of the nonsensical information they receive. I’ve attended several LCAP meetings and I have not, to my recollection, heard an utter that the district resume funding for athletics. If we want to stop Uniform complaints and stop requiring parents to fund public education, then send your LCAP demands to the district/ attend an LCAP meeting.

  49. g. de la verdad Says:

    Interesting timing for the issue to come up on next Wednesday’s agenda. Item 18.5. Nothing is mentioned regarding several recent Uniform Complaints that have been filed over both sports and classroom fees in all grade levels, the CDE’s involvement in those Complaints, or refunding of what parents have doled out due to mandatory pay to play and pay to participate for the past several years.

  50. Doctor J Says:

    18.5 Mandatory Transportation only parially funded — who pays the rest ? NO ANSWERS GIVEN. Only part of sports costs paid — who pays the rest ?? Is the Board rubber stamping a blank check ? I am concerned there are private communications from staff to Board members that might be considered serial communications violating the Brown Act. let’s see the full spreadsheet on school athletics and not a generalized “hide what we won’t pay for”.

  51. Doctor J Says:

    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 ?

  52. Doctor J Says:

    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.

  53. tmharrington Says:

    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

  54. tmharrington Says:

    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

  55. tmharrington Says:

    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

  56. Doctor J Says:

    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

  57. Doctor J Says:

    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”.

  58. tmharrington Says:

    FYI, looks like there’s a dust-up in SRVUSD over the SRVHS varsity basketball coach: http://www.change.org/petitions/san-ramon-valley-high-school-administration-reconsider-brian-botteen-for-the-san-ramon-valley-high-school-varsity-basketball-coaching-job?recruiter=64072353&utm_campaign=twitter_link_

  59. tmharrington Says:

    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/

  60. Marci Finley Says:

    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.

  61. g. de la verdad Says:

    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.

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