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MDUSD board tonight to make appointments, vote on $38.5 million bond issuance preliminary official statement, discuss reopening two schools

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, June 22nd, 2015 at 5:26 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 7 p.m. in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. The board expects to make several appointments, vote on the preliminary official statement for the issuance of $38.5 million in remaining Measure C bonds and to discuss reopening Holbrook Elementary and Glenbrook Middle School, which are both in Concord, near the Naval Weapons Station. The superintendent is also asking the board to authorize her to enter into construction and administrator contracts during summer.

Here is the agenda:

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 President Will Call the Meeting to Order at 6:00 p.m. Info
1.2 Preliminary Business Info
2.0 Announcements
2.1 Announcements Action

3.0 Public Comment
3.1 Public Comment: 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 Readmission of Student #B-15 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.2 Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: John Doe v. MDUSD, USDC Case No. 3:14 CV 2167 Info/Action
4.3 Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 5 cases Info/Action
4.4 PULLED BY STAFF: Conference with Real Property Negotiators (Gov. Code Sec. 54956.8) Property: District Negotiator: Nellie Meyer Negotiating Parties: City of Pleasant Hill Info/Action
4.5 Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Info/Action
4.6 Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Info/Action
4.7 Discipline, Dismissal, Release or Reassignment of Public Employee – 14 cases Info/Action
4.8 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: Lawrence Shoenke and Deborah Cooksey, Agencies: MDEA, DMA, MDSPA, CST Local 1 and Teamsters Local 856 Info/Action

5.0 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m.
5.1 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m. Action

6.0 Reconvene Open Session
6.1 Reconvene to Open Session at 7:00 p.m. and Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session 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 Readmission of Student # B-15 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.2 Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: John Doe v. MDUSD, USDC Case No. 3:14 CV 2167 Info/Action
8.3 Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 5 cases Info/Action
8.4 PULLED BY STAFF: Conference with Real Property Negotiators (Gov. Code Sec. 54956.8) Property: District Negotiator: Nellie Meyer Negotiating Parties: City of Pleasant Hill Info/Action
8.5 Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Info/Action
8.6 Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Info/Action
8.7 Discipline, Dismissal, Release or Reassignment of Public Employee – 14 cases Info/Action
8.8 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: Lawrence Shoenke and Deborah Cooksey, Agencies: MDEA, DMA, MDSPA, CST Local 1 and Teamsters Local 856 Info/Action

9.0 Public Employee Appointment
9.1 Appointment of Director, English Language Services Action
9.2 Appointment of School Support Administrator Action
9.3 PULLED BY STAFF: Appointment of School Support Administrator Action
9.4 Appointment of Administrator, Necessary Small High School – Crossroads Action
9.5 Appointment of Principal, Continuation School – Olympic High School Action
9.6 Appointment of Middle School Principal – Riverview Middle School Action
9.7 Appointment of Elementary Principal – Ayers Elementary Action
9.8 PULLED BY STAFF: Appointment of Elementary Principal – Meadow Homes Elementary Action
9.9 Appointment of Elementary Principal – Pleasant Hill Elementary Action
9.10 PULLED BY STAFF: Appointment of High School Vice Principal – College Park High School Action
9.11 PULLED BY STAFF: Appointment of High School Vice Principal – Concord High School (.60 FTE) and Middle School Vice Principal – Pleasant Hill Middle School (.40 FTE) Action
9.12 PULLED BY STAFF: Appointment of High School Vice Principal – Mt. Diablo High School Action
9.13 Appointment of High School Vice Principal – Northgate High School Action
9.14 Appointment of High School Vice Principal – Ygnacio Valley High School Action
9.15 Appointment of High School Vice Principal – Ygnacio Valley High School Action
9.16 Appointment of Middle School Vice Principal – Diablo View Middle School Action
9.17 Appointment of Middle School Vice Principal – Pine Hollow Middle School Action
9.18 PULLED BY STAFF: Appointment of High School Vice Principal – Mt. Diablo High School. Action
9.19 PULLED BY STAFF: Appointment of Middle School Vice Principal – Riverview Middle School Action
9.20 PULLED BY STAFF: Appointment of Middle School Vice Principal – Riverview Middle School Action
9.21 Appointment of Program Specialist, Career Pathways/Linked Learning Action
9.22 Appointment of Summer School Adminstrators Action

10.0 Board Member Reports
10.1 Board Member Reports Info

11.0 Superintendent’s Report
11.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

12.0 Consent Agenda Action
12.1 (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
12.2 (Item #2) Mt. Diablo High School’s Trip to Cherry Lake, Stanislaus National Forest, July 7 – 9, 2015 Action
12.3 (Item #3) Independent Contract with Laurie Gulutzan, MFT, to Provide Counseling Services to Students Attending Crossroads Necessary Small High School Action
12.4 (Item #4) Independent Services Contract between Valley View Middle School, Mt. Diablo Unified School District and New Tech Network, LLC Action
12.5 (Item #5) Amendment to the Contract between Exploring New Horizons and Ygnacio Valley Elementary School Action
12.6 (Item #6) District Adoption of New Text for Government Course Action
12.7 (Item #7) District Adoption of new Textbook for World History Course Action
12.8 (Item #8) Contract with Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County Action
12.9 (Item #9) Interagency Agreement #74-371-6 Between Mt. Diablo USD and Contra Costa County Mental Health Services Division for the 2014-2015 School Year Action
12.10 (Item #10) Interagency Agreement #29-513-17 Between Mt. Diablo USD and Contra Costa County Mental Health Services Division for the 2014/2015 School Year Action
12.11 (Item #11) Non-Public School Adjustments Action
12.12 (Item #12) Contract Increase with Non-public Agency My Therapy Company for District-wide Occupational/Physical Therapy Services for the 2014-15 School Year Action
12.13 (Item #13) Contract Increase for District-wide Physical Therapy services with Kristen O’Brinsky, Registered Physical Therapist Action
12.14 (Item #14) Contract Increase with Speech Pathology Group Action
12.15 (Item #15) Increase to the Contract with Beyond the Words for District-wide Educational Interpreter Services in the 2014-2015 School Year Action
12.16 (Item #16) Execution of Non-Public School Master Contracts for the 2015-16 School Year Action
12.17 (Item #17) Master Contract with Non-Public Agency Community Options for Families & Youth (COFY) for District-wide Mental Health Services for the 2015-2016 School Year Action
12.18 (Item #18) Contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Maxim Healthcare Services for the 2015/2016 school year. Action
12.19 (Item #19) Contract with Speech Pathology Group to Provide Contracted Speech Therapists to the District for the 2015/216 School Year Action
12.20 (Item #20) Master Contract with Non-public Agency Ed Support Services for the 2015-16 School Year Action
12.21 (Item #21) Master Contract with My Therapy Company for District-wide Occupational/Physical Therapy Services for the 2015-2016 School Year Action
12.22 (Item #22) Contract with Resource Development and Associates (RDA) Action
12.23 (Item #23) Increase to the Contract with Document Tracking Services Action
12.24 (Item #24) Increase to the Contract with California Translation International (CTI) for the 2014-2015 School Year Action
12.25 (Item #25) Food and Nutrition Services: Purchase Order with Gold Star Foods for the 2015-2016 School Year Action
12.26 (Item #26) Food and Nutrition Services Purchase Order with Foster Farms Dairy for the 2015-2016 School Year Action
12.27 (Item #27) Food and Nutrition Service Purchase Order with Hayes Distribution for the 2015-2016 School Year Action
12.28 (Item #28) Food and Nutrition Services Purchase Orders for Davi Produce and Rubino Produce Action
12.29 (Item #29) Fiscal Transactions for the Month of May, 2015 Action
12.30 (Item #30) Budget Transfer and/or Budget Increases/Decreases for April 2015 – May 2015 Action
12.31 (Item #31) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
12.32 (Item #32) Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2015-2016 School Year Action
12.33 (Item #33) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
12.34 (Item #34) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase/Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2015/16 School Year Action
12.35 PULLED BY STAFF (Item #35) Reclassification of Classified Positions for Public Employees Union, Local One, Clerical, Secretarial and Technical Unit Action
12.36 (Item #36) Updated CSEA Job Descriptions Action
12.37 (Item #37) Audit Report for the 2010 Measure C Bond Program: Fiscal Year 2014 Action
12.38 (Item #38) Purchase Order for Robertson Recreational Surfaces for Bancroft Elementary and El Monte Elementary Action
12.39 (Item #39) Award of Bid #1712: Painting at Concord High School Action
12.40 (Item #40) Award of RFQ #1714: Asbestos Abatement Services Action
12.41 (Item #41) Award of Bid No. 1718: Concrete Repair at Hidden Valley Elementary School. Action
12.42 (Item #42) Increase to the Open Purchase Order for Emergency Pool Repairs Action
12.43 (Item #43) Final Change Order 1631-001 (DEDUCTIVE) to Meehleis Modular Buildings Inc. for Lease/Leaseback of Project # 1631 Modular Gymnasium Building Project at Concord High School. Action
12.44 (Item #44) Notice of Completion for LLB 1631 New Modular Auxiliary Gymnasium at Concord High School Action
12.45 (Item #45) Resolution #14/15-62: Authorization to Award Summer Contracts – Operations Department Action
12.46 (Item #46) Resolution No. 14/15-55: Authorization to Award Summer Contracts – Measure C Action
12.47 (Item #47) Real Property Lease Agreement Renewals for the Contra Costa County Office of Education Programs at Woodside Elementary and Ygnacio Valley High School Action
12.48 (Item #48) Minutes for the Regular Board Meeting held on May 18, 2015 Action
12.49 (Item #50) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on June 1, 2015 Action

13.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

14.0 Communications
14.1 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

15.0 Public Comment
15.1 Public Comment: 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

16.0 Business/Action Item

16.1 Public Hearing for the Proposed 2015-2016 Mt. Diablo Unified School District Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Action

16.2 Public Hearing of Proposed Budget 2015-16 Action

16.3 Public Hearing for New Requirement Senate Bill 858, Chapter 32/2014 Action

16.4 Resolution 14/15-53 Education Protection Account (EPA) Action

16.5 Submission of the 2015-2016 Consolidated Application for Funding Action

16.6 Annual Report of the 2010 Measure C Citizens Bond Oversight Committee Info

16.7 2015 – 2016 Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA) Action

16.8 PULLED BY STAFF: Middle College Program at Diablo Valley College Info/Action

16.9 PULLED BY STAFF: District Technology Plan Info/Action

16.10 Meeting Extension Action

16.11 Presentation of Proposed Text for High School US History Course. Info

16.12 Sports Medicine II Course of Study Info

16.13 Service Agreement with BrightBytes, Inc. Info/Action

16.14 Department of Justice – Open Purchase Order Action

16.15 Nomination of New and Renewed Members to the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) for the 2015-2016 School Year Action

16.16 Revise Job Description for Administrator, Student Services Info/Action

16.17 Revise Job Description for Administrator, Assessment, Research & Evaluation Info/Action

16.18 Request to Increase and/or Delete Full Time Equivalent (FTE). Action

16.19 Resolution No. 14/15-54 in the matter of employment of retired classified employee Lawrence M. Schoenke Action

16.20 Post Retirement Contract for Adult Education Administrator Action

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

16.22 Resolution No. 14/15-57 of the Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Approving the Form of the Preliminary Official Statement Prepared in Connection with the Issuance of Mt. Diablo Unified School District (Contra Costa, County) General Obligation Bonds, 2010 Election, 2015 Series F Action

16.23 Reopening of Glenbrook Middle School and Holbrook Elementary School Info

17.0 Future Agenda Items
17.1 Future Agenda Items Info

18.0 Closed Session
18.1 Items not completed during the first Closed Session will be carried over to this Closed Session. Action

19.0 Reconvene Open Session
19.1 Reconvene to Open Session and Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session Info

20.0 Adjournment
20.1 Adjourn Meeting Action”

Do you believe the board should agree to allow the superintendent to enter into construction and administrator contracts over the summer?

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19 Responses to “MDUSD board tonight to make appointments, vote on $38.5 million bond issuance preliminary official statement, discuss reopening two schools”

  1. Flippin' Tired Says:

    Yes, the superintendent should be able to appoint administrators during the summer. Principals need to be in place on August 1 so they can hit the ground running. As to construction contracts, I’d like a bit more oversight by the board in those cases.

  2. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here’s a new story out of Fresno regarding lease-leaseback questions: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article25205506.html?utm_source=Sue%27s+daily+email%2C+June+23%2C+2015&utm_campaign=Daily_4-24-15&utm_medium=email

  3. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Do you think the district should reopen Holbrook Elementary and Glenbrook MS? Here’s my story on that discussion from last night’s meeting: http://www.contracostatimes.com/concord/ci_28367634/concord-mt-diablo-school-district-explore-reopening-two

  4. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here’s a new blog post with the appointments made last night: http://bayareane.ws/1RuwxGj

  5. Doctor J Says:

    Fresno Supt & Board Pres gang up against 3 Board members to keep Bond leasebacks secret — wonder what they are hiding ? Reminds me of Eberhart and Steven Lawrence’s boorish behavior vis-a-vis Cheryl Hansen. http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article25371361.html

  6. Doctor J Says:

    Linda Mayo’s nauseating defense, without factual support, of her vote to close Glenbrook and Holbrook and refusing to acknowledge the poor decision was just repulsive. Linda’s close personal friendship with Asst Supt Rose Lock who chaired the closure committee and who resorted to illegal voting by the committee in violation of the Brown Act, plus her lack of capacity to intellectually properly weigh the pros and cons, coupled with her refusal to ask for the truth on the closure costs, only magnify that she needs to resign from the Board before her lack of relevancy is totally dissipated.

  7. Doctor J Says:

    Approval of Larry Schoenke’s fourth renewal of his contract as Interim General Counsel has now shed light on Deborah Cooksey’s lack of future at MDUSD — confirmed rumors are the Board was considering at one point of appointing her, but questions concerning her judgment and performance keep arising, so the Board once again keeps Schoenke from full retirement, and rumors persist that Cooksey is looking for other opportunities. My prediction: Cooksey will leave MDUSD before the end of the year.

  8. Doctor J Says:

    What a farce ! Go back four years to Linda Mayo joining Steven Lawrence, Gary Eberhart, and Sherry Whitmarsh in proclaiming $1.5 Million “savings” from closing Holbrook/Glenbrook schools. Now four current Board members admit they never got straight answers on the closing “savings” from Steven Lawrence. You will enjoy reading the blog from four years ago. Lacking are any posts from the current Board members questioning the phoney “savings” promoted by Steven Lawrence, Gary Eberhart, Sherry Whitmarsh or Linda Mayo. Enjoy the read. http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2011/06/06/an-updated-look-at-mdusd-school-closure-costs-and-savings/

  9. Theresa Harrington Says:

    That post also recalls that former Supt. Lawrence planned to redraw the boundaries for Meadow Homes Elementary to get part of the savings, which I don’t think was ever done. It also doesn’t factor in the busing for some Glenbrook students that was later offered and for which parents had to pay a portion of the cost for overcrowded seats.

  10. Doctor J Says:

    MDUSD is scrambling at the last minute to find more classrooms to accommodate a larger than planned NCLB transfer requests PLUS having to implement Class Size Reduction. Once again, poor planning by staff in Student Services. The fact is there has been no prior planning done for the full implementation of CSR nor for the contingency of increasing NCLB transfers. So school is out, teachers gone, administrators leaving on vacation, and students haven’t been assigned to classes. Nellie, may I introduce you to the Marine Corp PPPPP — Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

  11. Doctor J Says:

    Speaking of phoney savings, Nellie promised in a Board meeting several months ago to get the actual electric savings from solar. Where is it ? It was never provided to the public.

  12. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I thought some trustees wanted to see that before voting for the bond issuance.

  13. Doctor J Says:

    @TH#12, maybe Nellie sent all Trusteesa secret email with that information ? Brown Act issue since Trustees tied it to the Bond sale approval ? Or just lack of transparency once again ?

  14. Jim Says:

    @TH#12 & DrJ#13, Or lack of substance. Maybe the supposed solar electrical savings from MDUSD’s analyses didn’t make sense, even to Supt Meyer, and she couldn’t consider distributing them.

  15. anon Says:

    Dr J
    Are you indicating that the district HAS to have CSR in place next year?

  16. Doctor J Says:

    Anon, QEIA schools had strict CSR — apparently there is some one time replacement money for MDUSD losing QEIA and not getting concentration grants. This was in place as of Feb in the LAO summary — not as grandstanded by Guy at the last board meeting. Regular CSR, part of LCFF, is not fully implemented in MDUSD — the district has been hiding behind its “negotiated” MDEA class sizes, much larger than CSR numbers from the state. Nellie is trying slowly to close the gap but with all those raises it has become expensive. So no, there will not be fully implemented CSR in MDUSD next year, but depending on the one time money for QEIAschools, it may remain.

  17. Theresa Harrington Says:

    This Fresno Bee story says some lobbyists are trying to get legislators, including possibly Jim Frazier in Oakley, to retroactively change the law to make lease-leasebacks legal: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article24922018.html

  18. Anon Says:

    Dr J
    Thanks for the clarification! I must admit I was really hoping that CSR would be equalized across the schools though. Doesn’t seem right that QEIA schools and others who can afford it are the only ones with smaller classes. All of our kids deserve smaller classes.

  19. g. de la verdad Says:

    NOTE: Bond Index Rate on 7/2/15 was 3.85% — MDUSD Series F is about to hit the street at 5%(non-competitive)interest cost, with 1-10 yr maturities. Why such high interest? Why pay 2009-2010 rates? Credit rating– Aa3, is not a bad rating.

    Compare some statistics:
    http://www.munibondadvisor.com/market.htm

    And well worth reading (again): “The study found that competitive sales result in 23.5 to 24.2 lower basis points than negotiated sales. The issuers included in the study will pay approximately $43 million in added interest as a result of selling their bonds with a negotiated rather than competitive sale.” http://www.munibondadvisor.com/AuditorsReport-2013%20-%20GO%20Sales.pdf

    Recommendations– “School district and other local governments:
    1.1 Obtain the services of a financial advisor who is independent from the underwriting function, regardless of the method of sale used.
    1.2 Utilize the competitive method of sale when issuing GO bonds, particularly when the issuing entity maintains a credit rating of ‘A’ or higher.”

    AND, DON’T SELL DIRECTLY TO YOUR UNDERWRITER at 5% so they can turn around and resell on secondary market for 1%-2.5%

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