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

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, May 12th, 2014 at 2:56 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

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:

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

  1. Doctor J Says:

    NO discussion permitted as I said earlier this morning. I think Schoenke is asleep at the wheel in his retirement. “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.

  2. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s a new blog post with the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting, which includes VOTES on the district reorganization apparently under discussion tonight during closed session, along with VOTES on major budget expenditures BEFORE the district has presented its Local Control Accountability Plan:

    The district appears to want to keep the public in the dark, while the board approves things piecemeal. Where is the LCAP?

  3. Doctor J Says:

    Rumors swirling that at least one of the Big 4 are being told to have all reports finished by June 30. Speculation would lead one to believe that all four now know their fate. As for the LCAP, being written behind closed doors without MEANINGFUL parent and community input. Will be presented to staff and select parents for rubber stamp on May 22.

  4. tmharrington Says:

    As Mike Langley pointed out, the SSC item doesn’t explain what will happen to the originally intended SSC positions. Dr. Meyer told the CAC she wants to bring back counselors. If that is part of the vp/SSC plan, it should be presented at the same time so the public doesn’t have to try to guess what the ultimate goal is.
    Voting on pieces of the plan before it is publicly revealed turns the LCAP process on its head, making it like a jigsaw puzzle without a big picture to guide the public, who may not know what it will finally look like until the board already has put all the pieces into place.

  5. Giorgio C Says:


    One thing I’ll point out to the WCCUSD board is that the LCAP is supposed to be integrated into the SSC. All of the shortcomings of any SSC infrastructure need to be corrected for purpose of establishing continuity and harmony between the LCAP and SSC. Some of the following Public Advocates document does a good job at articulating the relationship between the LCAP and SSC, including the fact that the LCAP has to be consistent with the SPSA.

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