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

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 5:26 pm in Clayton, Clayton Valley Charter High, Concord, Education.

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?

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  • Doctor J

    Claycord blogger reports Pat Middendorf has been terminated.

  • tmharrington

    We had a freelancer at the meeting who confirms this. Apparently closed session went about four or five hours, with about 100 people wanting to speak and 50 who actually spoke. I hear about 250 people were still there waiting when our reporter left.

  • Doctor J

    The freelancer didn’t stay until the end ?? that’s when the human interest reaction to the decision would have made a huge story. seems like lately the Times has been a little short in providing stories and updates on the breaking Education news like the BANG lawsuit heard yesterday, last nights CVCHS bloodbath, and a few others.

  • tmharrington

    I have been working on covering the WCCUSD bond measure, so we had to send a freelancer to the CVCHS meeting: http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_25817117/Concord:-Clayton-Valley-Charter-High-School

  • Giorgio C

    Dr. J,
    We desperately need Theresa covering WCCUSD issues from time-to-time (Thank you, Theresa!). I wish a percentage of our bond and parcel tax monies would go towards funding a CC Times reporter as a mechanism for accountability and transparency for these monies. What good is an oversight committee of any kind if no one sees or hears them? Maybe we can ask MDUSD and WCCUSD to try to limit their lawsuits and scandals to a specified yearly minimum. If one exceeds the minimum, they get stuck with the freelancer, who in my opinion, is sometimes biased, assuming it is the same freelancer.

  • tmharrington

    We have different freelancers covering West County and Central Contra Costa.

  • tmharrington

    Here’s a letter to WCCUSD Supt. Harter from the CBOC regarding the debt waiver application: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceXzFLVjlPSmp6a2c/edit?usp=sharing