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Mt. Diablo school board to make appointments, approve accountability plan and budget

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 7:30 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

Here is the agenda for tonight’s MDUSD board meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord.

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 President will call the meeting to order Info
2.0 Announcements

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 Closed Session Agenda
4.1 (Item #1) Expulsion of Student # 10-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.2 (Item #2) Expulsion of Student #11-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.3 (Item #3) Expulsion of Student #12-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.4 (Item #4) Expulsion of Student #13-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.5 (Item #5) Readmission of Student # 24-12 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.6 (Item #6) Readmission of Student #20-13 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.7 (Item #7) Readmission of Student #21-13 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.8 (Item #8) Readmission of Student #2-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.9 (Item #9) Denial of Readmission of Student # C-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.10 (Item #10) Denial of readmission of Student #8-13 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.11 (Item #11) Denial of Readmission of Student #19-13 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.12 (Item #12) Negotiations – The Board may discuss negotiations or provide direction to its representatives regarding represented employees, pursuant to EERA (Govt. Code Section 3549.1) Agency negotiators: Julie Braun Martin and Deborah Cooksey, Agencies: MDEA, CSEA, Teamsters M&O, Local One CST, MDSPA, and Supervisory. Info/Action
4.13 (Item #13) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Richard Heyer v. MDUSD, Case No. MSC11-01425 Info/Action
4.14 (Item #14) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of John Does 1-15 v. MDUSD, Case Nos. MSC14-00262, MSC14-00289, MSC14-00312 Info/Action
4.15 (Item #15) Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation (Gov. Code Sec. 54956.9(b) Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases Info/Action
4.16 (Item #16) Conference with Negotiators; Unrepresented Employees; Diablo Managers Association and others. Negotiators: Dr. Nellie Meyer and Larry Schoenke, Interim General Counsel Info/Action
4.17 (Item #17) Superintendent’s Evaluation Info/Action
5.0 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m.
5.1 Adjourn to Closed Session Info

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 (Item #1) Expulsion of Student # 10-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.2 (Item #2) Expulsion of Student #11-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.3 (Item #3) Expulsion of Student #12-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.4 (Item #4) Expulsion of Student #13-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.5 (Item #5) Readmission of Student # 24-12 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.6 (Item #6) Readmission of Student #20-13 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.7 (Item #7) Readmission of Student #21-13 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.8 (Item #8) Readmission of Student #2-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.9 (Item #9) Denial of Readmission of Student # C-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.10 (Item #10) Denial of readmission of Student #8-13 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.11 (Item #11) Denial of Readmission of Student #19-13 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.12 (Item #12) Negotiations – The Board may discuss negotiations or provide direction to its representatives regarding represented employees, pursuant to EERA (Govt. Code Section 3549.1) Agency negotiators: Julie Braun Martin and Deborah Cooksey, Agencies: MDEA, CSEA, Teamsters M&O, Local One CST, MDSPA, and Supervisory. Info/Action
8.13 (Item #13) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Richard Heyer v. MDUSD, Case No. MSC11-01425 Info/Action
8.14 (Item #14) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of John Does 1-15 v. MDUSD, Case Nos. MSC14-00262, MSC14-00289, MSC14-00312 Info/Action
8.15 (Item #15) Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation (Gov. Code Sec. 54956.9(b) Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases Info/Action
8.16 (Item #16) Conference with Negotiators; Unrepresented Employees; Diablo Managers Association and others. Negotiators: Dr. Nellie Meyer and Larry Schoenke, Interim General Counsel Info/Action
8.17 (Item #17) Superintendent’s Evaluation Info/Action

9.0 Recognitions and Resolutions
9.1 Recognition of 2014 High School Valedictorians and Salutatorians Info

9.2 Recognition of MDUSD’s District English Learners Advisory Council (DELAC) Info

10.0 Board Member Reports
10.1 Board Member Reports Info
11.0 Superintendent’s Report

11.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

12.0 Reports/Information
12.1 Community Advisory Committee Annual Report Info

12.2 PULLED BY STAFF: Presentation by the Pleasant Hill “Green Team” Info

13.0 Public Employee Appointment
13.1 Appointment of Principal, High School – Concord High School Action
13.2 PULLED BY STAFF: Appointment of Vice Principal, High School – Concord High School Action
13.3 Appointment of Principal, Middle School – Riverview Middle School Action
13.4 PULLED BY STAFF: Appointment of Principal, Middle School – Oak Grove Middle School Action
13.5 Appointment of Director, School Support and Accountability Action
13.6 Appointment of Administrator, Equity & Disproportionality Action
13.7 Revise Job Description for School Support Administrator Action
13.8 Appointment of School Support Administrator Action
13.9 Appointment of School Support Administrator Action
13.10 Appointment of School Support Administrator Action
13.11 Appointment of School Support Administrator Action
13.12 Appointment of School Support Administrator Action
13.13 Appointment of Director, Facilities, Operations and Resource Conservation Action
13.14 Appointment of Interim Manager, Building & Grounds Action
13.15 PULLED BY STAFF: Classified Personnel: Appointment of Occupational Therapist Action
13.16 Classified Personnel: Appointment of Occupational Therapist Action

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) Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-2015 School Year Action
14.4 (Item #4) Approval of Variable Term Waiver Request Action
14.5 (Item #5) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
14.6 (Item #6) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase/Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) and Change Funding for the 2014-15 School Year Action
14.7 (Item #7) Revision of Administrative Regulation 4317.1 Action
14.8 (Item #8) Fiscal Transactions for the month of May 2014. Action
14.9 (Item #9) Request to Approve Independent Services Contract with Mt. Diablo Unified School District and Solution Tree, Inc. Action
14.10 (Item #10) Approval of School Site Comprehensive School Safety Plans for 2014-15 Action
14.11 (Item #11) Approve Increase to Contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Paradigm HealthCare Services, Inc. for the 2013-14 Fiscal Year Action
14.12 (Item #12) Increase of Independent Services Contract with Martha Pollock, LCSW at Ygnacio Valley High School. Action
14.13 (Item #13) Approve contract increase to independent service contract with Kristin Obrinsky, Physical Therapist Action
14.14 (Item #14) Adjustments to Non Public Agency Ed Support Services for the 2013-14 school year for services rendered Action
14.15 (Item #15) Approve Master Contract/Purchase Order with Non-Public Agency Ed Support Services for the 2014-15 School Year Action
14.16 (Item #16) Execution of Master Contracts/Purchase Orders for Non-Public Schools for the 2014-15 school year Action
14.17 (Item #17) Approval of Master Contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Speech Pathology Group for Speech and Language services for the 2014 Extended School Year Program and the 2014-15 school year. Action
14.18 (Item #18) Approve contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and AccentCare Home Care Services, Non Public Agency (NPA), for the 2014-2015 school year Action
14.19 (Item #19) Memorandum of Understanding between Mt. Diablo Unified School District and the Contra Costa County Probation Department Action
14.20 (Item #20) Approve Independent Service Contract between Mt. Diablo CARES After School Program and Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) Action
14.21 (Item #21) Approve Independent Service Contract between Mt. Diablo CARES After School Program and Resource Development Associates (RDA) Action
14.22 (Item #22) Renewal of Independent Service Contract with David H. Costa for Courier Service for Food Services and site pick-up to financial institution. Action
14.23 (Item #23) Resolution #13/14-54 for Authorization to Award Summer Contracts Action
14.24 (Item #24) PULLED BY STAFF: Award of RFQ #1683: Supplemental Student Transportation Services Action
14.25 (Item #25) Food and Nutrition Services Purchase order 2014-2015 Action
14.26 (Item #26) Food and Nutrition Services Purchases 2014-2015 Action
14.27 (Item #27) Revise Environmental Course of Study Action
14.28 (Item #28) Approve 2014-2015 Single Plans for Student Achievement Action
14.29 (Item #29) Approval of Final (deductive) Change Order to Taber Construction, Inc. for LLB #1644 – New Chemistry Classroom Building at Ygnacio Valley High School Action
14.30 (Item #30) Award Design Services Contract to Verde Design, Inc. for Athletic Facility Improvements at Mt. Diablo High School Action
14.31 (Item #31) Notice of Completion for Lease Leaseback #1644: New Chemistry Classroom Building at Ygnacio Valley High School Action
14.32 (Item #32) Increase to Independent Services Contract with AA Medtrans Action
14.33 (Item #33) Request to increase Purchase Order for VeCare Health Services. Action
14.34 (Item #34) Minutes for the Board of Education Special Meeting held on August 21, 2013 Action
14.35 (Item #35) Minutes for the Board of Education Special Meeting held on August 5, 2013 Action
14.36 (Item #36) Minutes for the Board of Education Special Meeting held on July 31, 2013 Action
15.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

16.0 Communications
16.1 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

17.0 Public Comment
17.1 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 presentations 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

18.0 Business/Action Items

18.1 Walnut Creek Sister City International Program Info/Action

18.2 Authorization to proceed with execution of a short-term agreement with YMCA of the Central Bay Area for temporary facilities at the Strandwood site. Info/Action

18.3 Public presentation of an additional proposal to sunshine from Teamsters Local 856. Info

18.4 Opportunity for public response to the additional proposal to sunshine from Teamsters Local 856. Action

18.5 Meeting Extension Action

18.6 Update to the Local Education Plan: Title III Action

18.7 Approve the Submission of the 2014-2015 Consolidated Application for Funding. Action

18.8 Adoption of Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Action

18.9 Public Hearing and Adoption of the 2014-2015 Budget Action

18.10 Public Hearing for Resolution 13/14-42 to Utilize Flexibility of SBX3 4 and SB70 Action

18.11 Resolution 13/14-42 to Utilize Flexibility Authorized by SBX3 4 and SB70 Action

18.12 Application for Vendorization for Mt. Diablo Adult Education, Adults with Disabilities TOPS program to the Regional Center of the East Bay. Action

18.13 PULLED BY STAFF: Request authorization to submit the 2014-2017 Technology Plan to California Department of Education Action

18.14 Addition of Monthly Board Meeting Action

18.15 Second Meeting Extension Action

18.16 Resolution No. 13/14-55 in the matter of employment of retired classified employee Lawrence M. Schoenke. Action

18.17 Legal Services Contract with Latisha McCray, Contract Attorney Action

18.18 Post Retirement Contract for Adult Education Administrator. Action

18.19 Approval of School Counselor Position and Creation of Six School Counselor Positions Info/Action

18.20 Authorize the Superintendent to Make Interim Appointments to Administrative Positions Action

18.21 Independent Services Agreement with Total School Solutions for Consulting Services Action

18.22 Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Concord for the Restoration of School Resource Officers at 3 MDUSD High Schools Action

18.23 Minutes for the Board of Education Special Meeting held on May 27, 2014 Action

18.24 Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on May 28, 2014 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 Adjournment
21.1 Adjourn Meeting Info
22.0 Reconvene Open Session
22.1 Reconvene Open Session Info”

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91 Responses to “Mt. Diablo school board to make appointments, approve accountability plan and budget”

  1. Doctor J Says:

    Nellie posts Aug 1991 Job Description for Traveling Elementary Music Teacher. Not a single mention of having to manage a district owned supply of free for student use : musical instruments, sheet music, music stands, or other music accessories. Don’t forget AB 1575. http://www.edjoin.org/JobDescriptions/92/3201%20elem%20traveling%20music%20teachers-20140611153206.pdf

  2. Doctor J Says:

    Nellie, who is the “District Program Administrator, Music Education” that the Elementary Traveling Music Teacher works with as specified in paragraphs 7 and 14 of the Job Description ??? That position was eliminated years ago and your reorganization didn’t bring it back. Unless you feel your carte Blanche appointments would also include establishing new positions. None of your reorganization job descriptions cover this position. Either you think the public is dumber than a rock or your lack of putting this on today’s agenda is incompetence. Please start explaining your miscues.

  3. g. de la verdad Says:

    And the two people who should have advised her of this, and other miscues, are now going to run our elementary and middle schools! Dr. Meyer: Being personally likable won’t make up for poor management choices.

  4. Doctor J Says:

    Nellie’s double-talk in LCAP question responses are absurd. My response: Nellie has kept all of her academic administrators and “we don’t know enough to make detailed plans” ????? WTH ?? Many examples, but take #35 Q: There isn’t enough specificity in the plan. This is a vision, not actions.
    Nellie’s Response(redacted): In most cases the actions are broad actions. . . . . The second challenge is that for many things we just don’t know yet everything we need to do. We know we need to improve communication across the district but we need some time to find out everything we can about what is happening everywhere, get input about what is working and isn’t from students, parents, community members, and staff. We need to work with communication experts about how to make it better and create the plan. Then, we need to roll it out, get ongoing feedback and make adjustments. Right now we just don’t know enough to make detailed plans. . . . .

  5. tmharrington Says:

    Ed Trust-West has created a website clearinghouse for all district LCAPs in the state: http://lcapwatch.org/results-page/?CDS=07617540000000

    Here, the public can compare LCAPs to see if other districts were able to come up with more specific plans or if everyone claims they don’t know enough yet.

  6. Doctor J Says:

    Great EdSource article on whether LCAP will become another meaningless acronym. And SBE Board member Patricia Rucker’s comments were spot on ! Hope Theresa can get a transcript of her remarks just before the LCAP vote ! read this article: http://edsource.org/2014/will-the-lcap-become-just-another-obscure-acronym/65328#comment-11384

  7. tmharrington Says:

    Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to watch the proceedings, but I’m eager to see what Mims and Rucker had to say. They both call it like they see it.

  8. Doctor J Says:

    SBE Board Member Patricia Rucker lambastes Districts for sending out class syllabi that instruct students to buy books and materials for a class. She was critical of school and district officials from allowing that to happen “unchecked” and “they should have known better”. How many schools in MDUSD do that ? How many classes are still asking for students to bring supplies from home ?

  9. tmharrington Says:

    Speaking of accountability, it’s almost time for those who want to run for school board to file their papers: http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_26124582/contra-costa-county-nomination-period-nov-4-election

  10. Doctor J Says:

    The election issues should be interesting — typical MDUSD can of worms. What if MDUSD voted by election districts instead of at-large ? How would that effect the voting ? Bay Point with a school board member ? So far the can of worms has in it, residual effects from Linda Mayo opposing the CVCHS charter and Cheryl Hansen supporting it, the recent Northgate rebellion, McMorris’ $40,000 PFC payments, the McMorris sudden resignation, two more years of school bus issues, failure to settle the Martin lawsuits, no wholesale management changes by Nellie, a change-the-titles with big raises to Dent administrators, and I have probably missed a few. The likely candidates are: Mike Langley, Debra Mason, Cheryl Hansen, and Linda Mayo.

  11. tmharrington Says:

    To clarify, there are three seats up for election, I believe. Lynne Dennler is not seeking re-election.

  12. tmharrington Says:

    Congrats to newly announced college-sponsored National Merit Scholars, including five from Contra Costa County, with one from College Park HS in MDUSD: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKcec0htU1Jwczlla3M/edit?usp=sharing

  13. tmharrington Says:

    Back on the subject of LCAPs, the state Board of Ed meeting video is now available online: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/sbewebcastarchive.asp

  14. Doctor J Says:

    “Salutary Neglect” discussed by SBE Member Patricia Rucker is very descriptive of the MDUSD process to be just minimally compliant to check off the statutory requirements. The failure of MDUSD to have genuine parent, community and student “engagement” “early in the process” and not just “after it’s written by staff”. It’s clear that MDUSD failed to include students, parents, and the public in the development of the LCAP — rather MDUSD did the opposite — it presented information to the stakeholder groups, and controlled the input by controlling the discussions, and dividing the groups. Rucker and ther board members were clear that student engagement was more than presentations to student councils the last few weeks of school. Board members were clear the intent of the LCAP statute was to engage shareholders early and often in the LCAP Process. Instead MDUSD behaved more like the Kern HSD.

  15. Doctor J Says:

    “If I stacked up the 25 largest districts, about half of them are capable of and conditioned to thinking ahead in putting together plans and mobilizing people,” he said. “Others are not unwilling to do that – they are not capable of doing it for a variety of reasons. They are getting through the night, this week and next week and they are really scrambling.” Those with “great continuity and consistency of leadership,” led by superintendents who stay longer than a few years, tend to do better,” said David Gordon, Supt. of Sacramento COE. Sounds like MDUSD is one of those districts incapable as described by Gordon. Compounding the problem is that Nellie made no significant changes to the core District academic leadership, keeping the same people who scramble day by day, night by night, and week after week. Jonathan Raymond, recently retired Supt. of Sacramento City schools warned her as I have previously quoted, and Nellie ignored his wise counsel.

  16. J Lo Says:

    Considering you led the charge to help make MDUSD have Superintendents that do not stay long, your agreement in the argument of continuity is comical. You then project an article you read on edsource seven months ago, as a personal warning from Jonathan Raymond to Nellie Meyer.

    http://edsource.org/2013/taking-stock-of-jonathan-raymonds-tenure-and-legacy-at-sac-city/54013#.U8Uga_ldV8H

    No such inference warning Dr. Meyer was made in the article and once again, your point is irrational, inarticulate, and scattered. You have to harbor extreme contempt of MDUSD to post such rubish. Could it be you are jealous of the real “Dr.” on Nellie Meyer’s Title, as opposed to your self gratifying handle “Dr. J.”

  17. Doctor J Says:

    My post Dec 2013 –3 months after Nellie took over: “Hints for Dr. Nellie: “Who you recruit and develop and retain is absolutely critical,” he said. “People make or break you in this business.” “Looking back, Jonathan Raymond said that he would have spent more time early on developing a deep leadership team.” Fensterwald’s analysis of Jonathan Raymond’s turnaround of Sacramento City Unified in 4 1/2 years. Raymond’s “Priority Schools” was successful — “Raymond hand-picked the principals for the schools, gave them full hiring authority, created positions for additional teacher coaches and site administrators, provided extra training and time for collaboration, and gave the schools more latitude to choose their curriculum. ” Along with increased attendance and declines in suspensions, API scores in four years rose significantly – 180 points in one case – in six of the seven schools. http://edsource.org/today/2013

  18. tmharrington Says:

    Speaking of accountability, the Acalanes school board president has issued a statement to the community explaining the board’s decision to issue bonds that will likely exceed the tax rate promised to voters: http://www.acalanes.k12.ca.us/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=790&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=1872&PageID=1

    In my experience, it is rare to see a school board president issue such a statement instead of a superintendent. I don’t recall ever seeing a message to the community from an MDUSD school board president.

  19. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s a rundown of assist. principal appointments in Acalanes dist: Zachary Pinkerton (former assist. principal at SRVHS) at Acalanes HS, Karen Findlay at Campolindo HS (promoted from librarian), and Jon Campopiano at Miramonte HS (formerly at Oak Grove MS and Northgate HS in MDUSD).

  20. tmharrington Says:

    Stumbled across this website that shows how much MDUSD retirees are earning: http://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/2013/calstrs/?e=MT.%20DIABLO%20UNIFIED

    Interesting!

  21. J Lo Says:

    If your motive is to genuinely provide helpful tips to Doctor Meyer then why the self-aggrandizing belief that she actually reads this blog to seek out your advice? As another poster mentioned why not contact her directly? Are you so ashamed of yourself that you choose to hide in a dark anonymous cell hoping someone would read your wall graffiti? I find your tips disingenuous, your motives suspect, and your posts increasingly frail.

  22. Doctor J Says:

    Very interesting that Former Supt. Nicoll parlayed his one tear stint into the largest MDUSD pension in history. Also interesting that Cheryl Hansen has the largest public pension on the board.

  23. J Lo Says:

    So Theresa and J, is this what this blog is all about? I can see no positive outcome from posting and referring to a retiree compensation list. How does this make Mt. Diablo Unified a better place and for that matter why specifically look at MDUSD only? I thought this blog was for the betterment of education around the community the times served. Right now it looks as if you can take your own advice and provide a mission statement (strategic plan) and some transparency around what the purpose of this blog is.

  24. Doctor J Says:

    Why are teachers continuing to beg for classroom supplies ? Every district must consider STRS contributions in its budget and LCAP. Why were the Big 4 so insistent on getting their DMA “matches” ? It bumps their retirements ! so they had to back door it this time. the district is now paying over 18% to STRS for each administrator and teacher. So all of those hidden raises given in the guise of “new titles” without opening those jobs for application inside and outside the district have bumped retirements significantly. Let me show you how it’s done. Here are pensions, a former Supt., a former Asst. Supt., and three current board members. all of this is public record. R. Nicoll $172,236.12 ; M. Browne $159,087.42 ; C. Hansen $115,721.88 ; B. Oaks $59,695.20 ; L. Dennler $38,556.60. So let’s take down the classroom supply lists and give each teacher a budget for classroom supplies that is adequate.

  25. tmharrington Says:

    This blog focuses on a variety of education issues and has included an emphasis on MDUSD because that has been a major part of my beat. However, I agree that it makes sense to post the link for the entire state CalSTRS retiree list, which is here: http://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/2013/calstrs/

    As you can see, there are several retirees making more than $200,000 from the Bay Area, with the top earner from the San Mateo County Office of Education. This information is important because districts are now required to pay a larger portion of the CalSTRS costs, which was pointed out in the last MDUSD budget report. Unfortunately, however, the district did not post the budget Powerpoint or the handout, which showed the employer contribution rate will continue to increase annually from 8.25 perent currently to 19.10 percent in 2020/21.

  26. tmharrington Says:

    I found this list when I was Googling Gail Isserman to find out when she retired (2010): http://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/search/?a=calstrs&q=Isserman&y=2013

    As noted in the CCT story about the Martin trial, the DA also apparently was investigating her failure to report suspected abuse by Martin to police or CPS.

  27. Doctor J Says:

    Isn’t destruction of evidence a crime ? In addition to Bylund, Isserman, and Sachs, the article said there were others under investigation too but not named by the detective. Interesting that the DA’s press release only named Sachs but did not name Bylund or Isserman. The civil case will settle for big bucks based on how the MDUSD cover-up gets deeper by the minute. Remember that Braun-Martin was Isserman’s assistant when she left Delta View in the middle of a school year.

  28. tmharrington Says:

    The civil cases didn’t name Bylund or Isserman.

  29. J Lo Says:

    Theresa and J, Why the concern around pensions at the school district level? Pension checks to retirees are not from school district budgets so listing the costs is irrelevant to the financial health of local districts. Pension contributions are mandated by the State, yet you misguidedly post your beef here when it would better be brought to the attention of our State Lawmakers. Ex San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is leading such a fight, it might be more appropriate for relevance sake to take up your concerns at that level. J’s concern of Teachers begging for supplies is laughable when recently J blasted the District for giving them raises. Begging the question J could care less about teachers, and more about their own neural debauchery.

  30. Doctor J Says:

    It’s not too late to add others to the civil suit as their involvement is discovered, especially since it appears to have been covered up. Good forensic computer detective work uncovered the 2002 letter of reprimand. MDEA must have been involved since it was a disciplinary action against a teacher. Who was the MDEA president then ?

  31. tmharrington Says:

    JLo: Please do not personally disparage other commenters. I reserve the right to edit comments that include personal attacks.

    Did you look at the budget handout? Districts are now being required to pay a larger portion of the contribution needed to sustain the pension costs. These costs are very relevant to districts, as noted in the budget report. State lawmakers are keenly aware of the fact that CalSTRS is underfunded, which is why districts are now being asked to pay a larger share. These are not “my” concerns, these are concerns being expressed by school district officials, including those in MDUSD and WCCUSD.

  32. Doctor J Says:

    Pension bumping results in less money for the classroom from high STRS contribution rates. The district pays higher contribution rates for STRS
    than do the certificated employees — it’s not an even split.

  33. J Lo Says:

    Theresa and J,
    “Personally disparage”? Then why do you consistently allow J to do just that? Why did you not edit when Deborah Cooksey was called “Crooksey”? I resent your double standard here, you have so far edited Guy Moore and myself and yet you allow the narcissistic ramblings of others to continue. Yes pensions will effect district’s but it is out of their control, such concerns as you call them do little to solve the problem and concerns at this level.

  34. tmharrington Says:

    This commenting system allows readers to flag comments. I don’t see the Cooksey comment you are referencing in the recent posts, but if you flag it I will edit that too.

    Just because districts do not control pensions doesn’t mean they don’t need to be concerned about them. They DO need to plan for them. The first step is awareness of the problem, which is why I am pointing it out.

    Here is an overview of CalSTRS pension costs for all districts in the state: http://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/calstrs/employers/

  35. Concerned13 Says:

    Many were under investigation. But there were four that were the main ones for lack of reporting – at least pertaining to the 2006 incident. Along with Bylund, Isserman and Sachs – it was former Principal Michelle Batesole.

  36. Jim Says:

    Seriously? You don’t see the pertinence of discussing the significant costs of retirement contributions to the “betterment of education”?
    Wow.

  37. g. de la verdad Says:

    If a cover-up is exposed, maybe the DA will re-think the criminal case “timing” issue.

  38. J Lo Says:

    The CALSTRS rate hikes were passed down by Jerry Brown and the State legislature, blasting individuals at the local level serves no useful purpose in solving the problem. Chuck Reed former Mayor of San Jose is working on an initiative to have employees contribute more to their pensions, a move that our elected officials did not have the stomach to accomplish. If it is the wish of individuals to help solve this problem blasting local officials on this venue is not the way to do it.

  39. J Lo Says:

    Thanks, hopefully the conspiracy theories and accusations with no substantiation will also stop. Please note that posting retirees salaries does NOTHING to contribute to a local level plan. The CALSTRS mandate passed down by our elected officials is like any other unfunded mandate which makes the district have to prioritize these costs over other expenditures. A more helpful article might be around Jerry Brown and what the legislature did to school districts with this mandate.

  40. tmharrington Says:

    I am planning to do an article about that. Also, I don’t believe anyone is “blasting” local officials regarding this. However, seeing the actual pension payouts helps the public understand what they are paying for. When retirees can pull in more than $100,000 a year in perpetuity after they’re done working, that’s pretty eye-opening to taxpayers who don’t work in the public sector.

  41. tmharrington Says:

    Attention teachers looking for jobs: There will be a job fair from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Brandman University in Walnut Creek: http://www.brandman.edu./event/teacher-job-fair

  42. tmharrington Says:

    Here is a new blog post about the new LCAP Watch website, which allows the public to compare LCAPs from around the state: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2014/07/18/how-does-your-districts-accountability-plan-compare-to-others-around-the-state/

  43. Doctor J Says:

    Freshman witness describes seeing molestation in classroom ! this witness was called by the defense and backfired on the defense. http://www.contracostatimes.com/concord/ci_26169649/concord-teacher-abuse-bombshell-defense-witness-says-she

  44. tmharrington Says:

    I am covering trial today. Nina Pate is testifying. Gail Isserman is outside.

  45. Doctor J Says:

    Gail Isserman could be on the hot seat for failure to report and destruction of the letter of reprimand. Perhaps she will name names of who the Martin case was discussed with. I wonder who else is on the witness list ?

  46. tmharrington Says:

    Entire morning was spent questioning Pate. I’ve heard Sachs may be called this afternoon. I saw at least one adolescent boy waiting to be called. Attorney Stan Casper is representing Pate, who said she was not requesting immunity. Letter Pate wrote to Martin, Sachs and district asking Martin to stay away from her and her students was submitted into evidence. She also said Kevin Gilbert from Myers Nave downplayed charges against Martin during meeting with Woodside teachers in April, 2014.

  47. tmharrington Says:

    First witness of afternoon was a mom.

  48. Doctor J Says:

    Sounds like a concerted cover-up by Myers Nave downplaying the charges against Martin. What was date of letter by Pate that went to district ? Did district just ignore it ?

  49. Doctor J Says:

    I wonder if they will ask Jennifer about conversations with her father John Bernard, the interim Supt, about the Martin allegations ? Today’s testimony has all of the markings of a Peyton Place. Is Isserman still scheduled to testify ?

  50. tmharrington Says:

    A girl just testified. Now a boy is coming up.

  51. tmharrington Says:

    We’re on another break until 3:15 p.m. All witnesses have been pro-Martin this afternoon. Defense attorney is chatting with Sachs, Isserman and another woman who I don’t recognize. It’s possible she’s Jen Cronan.

  52. Doctor J Says:

    Should be quite a finish today or carry into tomorrow. I can’t think of another reporter who has more insight into the school personalities than you do ! Can’t wait until your full story tonight ,

  53. tmharrington Says:

    No bombshells today. Sachs will return to the stand tomorrow. She read from glowing performance evaluations for Martin. Defense appears to be trying to paint Pate as a gossip who stirred up controversy about Martin. But Pate named several other teachers whom she said were also concerned about Martin. These were: Mrs. MacDonald, Mrs. Nelson (formerly Ms. Sheldon), Mrs. Heindel, Miss Andrews, Mrs. Bergman, Ms. Roe, Mr. Garo, Ms. Wilmouth and Ms. Hutchison. She said Ms. Petricelli had a few altercations with Martin as well. Testimony also appears to show that several boys were considered disruptive in the class, but that Martin had a way of settling them down.

    I believe reporter Matthias Gafni will take over coverage tomorrow, when Cronan and Isserman may also take the stand.

  54. tmharrington Says:

    Pate said she wrote the letter in about May of 2006, after a meeting with Sachs and Martin, during which she said Martin vehemently denied allegations against him. Hopefully further testimony will reveal what the district’s reaction was.
    Also, Martin’s attorney made a concerted effort to distance himself from Myers Nave, asking the court to enter into the record that he has always been Martin’s criminal defense lawyer and pointing out that he was not at the Myers Nave meeting.

  55. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s my story on today’s trial: http://www.contracostatimes.com/concord/ci_26191064/teacher-expresses-concerns-about-colleagues-behavior-parents-and

  56. Doctor J Says:

    I guess that Cooksey –did I spell that correctly– did not produce or object to that letter in the PRA request. How does she justify that deceptive behavior ?

  57. tmharrington Says:

    No, I don’t believe this letter was included in the district’s list of non-privileged documents. I will inform our lawyer about this.

    The prosecution also entered into evidence a section of the 2006 internal investigation that detailed an interview with a school parent about concerns related to Martin.

    The defense entered into evidence a performance evaluation of Martin by Sachs, along with some photos of Pate with Martin and others, and some Valentine’s messages to Martin from his students.

  58. Doctor J Says:

    The Pate letter is evidence that Cooksey’s search was inadequate and superficial, or it could mean that certain documents like the Roger Bylund letter of reprimand to Martin just found the circular file. I hope BANG gets the court to appoint a forensic database researcher to search all district emails. So far the district continues to prove it cannot be trusted.

  59. tmharrington Says:

    Reporter Matthias Gafni told me that Isserman also testified yesterday, although she wasn’t mentioned in his story: http://www.contracostatimes.com/walnut-creek/ci_26197979/concord-three-former-joseph-martin-principals-testify-two

    He said she was one of Martin’s principals. Surprisingly, Gafni told me that Isserman’s role as assistant superintendent for personnel in 2006 was barely touched on.

  60. Doctor J Says:

    gafni article raised more questions than answers. the meeting attended by Jenn Sachs was in May what year ? who were the dozen that attended ? what happened to the 2002 reprimand ? Who destroyed it ? And the 2006 Pate letter ? what happened to it ?

  61. tmharrington Says:

    On Monday, Pate said she thought the meeting was in April of 2014. She said Sara Hutcheson, Sara Stice, Jen Cronan, Lori Bergman, Emily Andrews, Jennifer Sachs and the second substitute who took over after Martin left attended the meeting, along with herself, and Meyers Nave attorneys Kevin Gilbert and Lillian Yoo.

    It appears that the 2002 reprimand may have been destroyed at Martin’s request, but it’s unclear who may have destroyed it. As previously mentioned, it’s also unclear what happened to Pate’s 2006 letter, which she said she gave to Sachs and the district. In court, Pate produced a copy of it herself, which was entered into evidence.

    There had also been suggestions by the defense that Pate may have written some sort of allegedly “romantic” letter or note to Martin. But Gafni said no such document was produced yesterday. He said Sachs testified that Martin had showed her a note or card from Pate, but she couldn’t remember if it was romantic and he never gave it to her. Whe questioned about the existence of such a letter on Monday, Pate adamantly denied that she had ever written anything romantic to Martin and said she has been happily married for decades.

  62. Guest Says:

    Reading this article and Teresa’s coverage, either the alleged victims are all making up claims of molestation, or, they are not, and Sachs is either untruthful or in denial. That Sachs seems to have decided on her own after the 2006 investigation that there was no basis for suspicion, even though the investigator found otherwise, strikes me as arrogant. Maybe Pate did gossip-so do a lot of teachers-but district legal obviously found there was enough concern to investigate the matter. If this man is found guilty of some or all of the charges, I have to think so much of this comes down on Sachs for what appears to be turning a blind eye, even though I guess she has civil immunity.

  63. Doctor J Says:

    There have been suggestions your blog created hysteria about Martin which I find laughable. Has the blog or BANG personnel been subpoenaed ?

  64. Doctor J Says:

    Others also ignored the warning signs and the mandated reporting law. How different this might have been if when the 2002 letter of reprimand was given that a report to CPS had been made and investigated. Why did all of these principals need immunity ? They must be worried about the truth. Was John Bernard given immunity ? Was Deborah Cooksey given immunity ? (Did I spell her name correctly? )

  65. Doctor J Says:

    What was MDEA’s role, if any, in the disappearance of the 2002 reprimand and 2006 Pate letter ? Can Mike Langley’s photographic memory shed some light on this ? He never forgets a thing !

  66. Guest Says:

    Teres d was the 2002 reprimand related to inappropriate conduct with students, or another disciplinary issue?

  67. tmharrington Says:

    According to reporter Matthias Gafni, the blog being referenced during the trial has been Claycord.com. I also heard that blog mentioned on Monday.

    No BANG personnel have been subpoenaed and no officials have contacted me about my blog.

  68. tmharrington Says:

    According to reporter Matthias Gafni, the content of the 2002 reprimand has not been revealed, so it’s unknown what it was about.

  69. Doctor J Says:

    Perhaps current Paradise Supt. Roger Bylund will be subpoenaed to give the details. Has the prosecution “rested” ? If Bylund testifies, it might be the bombshell testimony before the prosecution rests.

  70. Doctor J Says:

    No article of yesterday’s proceedings ?

  71. tmharrington Says:

    No, we didn’t send a reporter. It was expert witness testimony for defense. We didn’t report on prosecution’s expert witness testimony either.

  72. tmharrington Says:

    MDUSD is recruiting two elem principals, two ms principals and two high school principals: http://www.topschooljobs.org/search/by/a/3-4/curriculum-jobs/org/Mt.+Diablo+USD/Mt-Diablo-USD

    I know about the Northgate HS and Oak Grove MS openings, but was not aware of all these other openings! Meanwhile, the Livermore District has hired a new elementary principal: https://t.co/nS1bF0WI7z. The district also recently announced another elem principal and two vice principals: http://www.livermoreschools.com/

  73. Doctor J Says:

    were any of the experts opining on the effect of the blogs ?

  74. tmharrington Says:

    I don’t know, since we didn’t have a reporter there.

  75. Doctor J Says:

    Interesting way to make a coverage decision not knowing the subjects to be covered by experts who testify based on all kinds of facts that may not be testified to by other witnesses. No wonder the trial history seems disjointed.

  76. Doctor J Says:

    I think the ad is bogus since it just links to “pool candidates”. Ed Join only has posted the Northgate HS and Oak Grove MS principals as open along with pool postings for Elementary but not Secondary principals. there are VP Pool postings for both secondary and elementary. Typical MDUSD sleight of hand.

  77. Doctor J Says:

    Third post in 3.5 hours has been censored and deleted without explanation. Why??

  78. Doctor J Says:

    Now this morning a 4th and a 5th. The authors of the Bill of Rights would be ashamed !

  79. J Lo Says:

    What’s the matter J? (Did I spell that correctly? Are you getting a little worried about Martin’s lawyer mentioning the blogs? Could it be that certain posters are now being called on their slanderous remarks? Maybe the Defense has issued inquiries into the identity of some of these posters. If J’s identity is made public they will not have any friends left. LOL!

  80. Doctor J Says:

    No Lo you did not. It’s Doctor J. the lawyer’s smokescreen of the blog is merely to muddy the waters. All of the jurors passed with flying colors of not being influenced by the blogs. the will decide on the facts presented to them !

  81. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s information about a free online driver’s ed course offered in MDUSD: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceOEhnRnZXOGpzdFE/edit?usp=sharing

  82. Doctor J Says:

    Martin testifies today in own defense and states his version of missing reprimand. He faces tough cross examination tomorrow. Will this mean Paradise Supt Roger Bylund testify as the author of the reprimand ? http://www.contracostatimes.com/walnut-creek/ci_26244855/accused-child-molester-joseph-martin-takes-stand

  83. tmharrington Says:

    I don’t see anything about the missing reprimand in that story. Here’s today’s story: http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_26253104/accused-concord-molester-calm-during-cross-examination

  84. Doctor J Says:

    Yesterday’s story was significantly changed from the original. Today Martin admitted he did not follow the 2006 directive. “A 2006 school investigation into Martin resulted in a directive that barred the teacher from physical contact with the boy and from being alone with any students.
    “You did not follow that directive with (the boy),” Butts said.
    “That’s right,” Martin said.”
    Once again, the story is left hanging — did the defense rest ? Will there be rebuttal witnesses ? For several days the story keeps saying closing arguments “tomorrow” — now its Monday. Really ?

  85. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s today’s early story from the morning session, focusing on the prosecution’s closing argument: http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_26273642/accused-concord-teacher-puppeteer-prosecutor-says

  86. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s today’s early story from the morning session, focusing on the prosecution’s closing argument: http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_26273642/accused-concord-teacher-puppeteer-prosecutor-says

  87. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s today’s early story about this morning’s session, focusing on closing arguments from both sides: http://www.contracostatimes.com/walnut-creek/ci_26279719/concord-teachers-defense-attorney-compares-boys-charges-salem

  88. Doctor J Says:

    New Director of Special Ed is Wendi Aghily. New website identifies her so she must have started work.

  89. tmharrington Says:

    Where on the website do you see that? Staff directory lists position as vacant: http://demo.mdusd.org/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1399564562371

  90. tmharrington Says:

    Also, the superintendent’s 2014 Summer Message appears to be missing: http://demo.mdusd.org/Superintendent

  91. Doctor J Says:

    Special Education/contact us.

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