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

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, May 12th, 2014 at 4:40 pm in Mt. Diablo school district.

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?

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  • g. de la verdad

    The district’s right hand has no idea what its left hand is up to. If staff doesn’t read it aloud, the board plays the three monkeys …hear no evil…see no evil……District form produced by lorene Joseph, 8/5/11. Northgate copy reproduced by Athletic Director Steve Chappell 11/18/13. I imagine there are more copies being used at other schools. http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/a58c04a1-4673-409a-a55c-ff7a0bba6d26.pdf

  • Doctor J

    and the “model” is working fantastic according to Bill Morones commenting after Cheryl’s lambasting other districts. Who is training the school athletic directors ? Bill Morones of course. what a “model” !!! Morones doesn’t even have a clue what the schools under his supervision are doing. and we pay “clueless” how much ?

  • tmharrington

    On a positive note, I see board action summaries have appeared: http://www.mdusd.org/boe/Pages/boe-sam.aspx

  • tmharrington

    I was surprised when Morones confidently told the board that he would be conducting the training, after it was announced that his position would be abolished in the reorg. This led me to wonder whether he has been offered one of the new positions.

  • Doctor J

    Schoenke didn’t like it the other night; wonder how he’s feeling now knowing it’s been going on 3 years and the General Counsel didn’t even know it — well maybe Crooksey knew it. less than 45 days for Schoenke to get his department sanitized . Maybe Schoenke knows where the vermin are coming from ?

  • Doctor J

    Friday night at the funnies: Instant replay of Morones performance. You be the judge. He didn’t have a clue. Morones appears at about 2:35, at 2:42 he says coaches for the last several years have been collection donations from the athletes; at 2:44:39 Cheryl start in about transportation; at 2:45:26 Cheryl makes the comment about students driving students commenting on Schoenke shaking his head. then Morones laughs. Was he ignorant or covering up ? Either is unacceptable for a school administrator that should have been protecting the lives of our children.

  • tmharrington
  • tmharrington

    FYI: Walnut Creek police will be conducting a training at WCI on Saturday that will include screaming and simulated gunfire: https://local.nixle.com/alert/5199445/

  • g. de la verdad

    I suspect we’ll soon be told we’re paying him to be the Asst Superintendent of High Schools.

  • Doctor J

    Morones ? He has no track record of success. This is his longest stint in a district as an administrator.