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MDUSD board to adopt LCAP, 2015-16 budget, appoint five elementary principals and create new job descriptions

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 4:15 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord.

The board expects to adopt its Local Control Accountability Plan and 2015-16 budget, appoint five elementary principals, create three new job descriptions and revise another job description.

Please note that the closed session portion of the meeting will start at 5 p.m., but the open session will begin at 7 p.m., according to the superintendent’s administrative assistant.

Here is the agenda:

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 President Will Call the Meeting to Order at 5:00 p.m. Info
1.2 Preliminary Business Info

2.0 Announcements

3.0 Public Comment
3.1 Public Comment: The public may address the Board concerning Items that are scheduled for discussion during Special 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) Superintendent’s Evaluation Info/Action
5.0 Adjourn to Closed Session #1
5.1 Adjourn to Closed Session Info

6.0 Reconvene Open Session
6.1 Reconvene Open 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 (Item #1) Superintendent’s Evaluation Info/Action

9.0 Public Comment
9.1 Public Comment: The public may address the Board concerning items that are scheduled for discussion during the Special Board Meeting 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

10.0 Business/Action Items

10.1 2015-2016 District Budget Action

10.2 Adoption of the 2015-2016 Mt. Diablo Unified School District Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Action

10.3 Updating LEA Plan Goal 2: English Proficient/Title III Immigrant Annual Plan and Budget Update Action

10.4 Appointment of Elementary Principal – Cambridge Elementary Action

10.5 Appointment of Elementary Principal – Meadow Homes Elementary Action

10.6 Appointment of Elementary Principal – Silverwood Elementary Action

10.7 Appointment of Elementary Principal – Valle Verde Elementary Action

10.8 Appointment of Elementary Principal – Westwood Elementary Action

10.9 Create Job Description for Assistant Director of Personnel Info/Action

10.10 Create Job Description for Administrator, Compliance Info/Action

10.11 Create Job Description for Community Liaison Info/Action

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

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

10.14 Nomination of New Member to the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) for the 2015-2016 School Year Action

10.15 Meeting Extension Action

11.0 Adjourn to Closed Session #2
11.1 Items Not Completed During the First Closed Session will be Carried Over to this Closed Session. Action

12.0 Reconvene Open Session
12.1 Reconvene to Open Session and Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session Info

13.0 Adjournment
13.1 Adjourn Meeting Action”

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23 Responses to “MDUSD board to adopt LCAP, 2015-16 budget, appoint five elementary principals and create new job descriptions”

  1. anon Says:

    Some of those positions were just vacated on Tuesday. How exactly did they conduct a search for replacements in less than 48 hours?

  2. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Perhaps the principals gave their notice earlier.

  3. Doctor J Says:

    Some principals were GIVEN notice, some gave notice. We don’t have a published list of reassignments yet. Think Woodside and Cindy Mateoni. Just a week ago and later, there were still on going interviews for positions on the Board agenda for Monday June 22. Parent involvement was once again minimized by Leyla Benson. Background checks aren’t getting done — remember NugentGATE ?

  4. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Yes, I noticed that google checks were not listed as part of the screening process, even though the board asked for that after the Nugent fiasco.

  5. Doctor J Says:

    Despite promises to improve parent involvement, it hasn’t improved in 5 years ! Here is a post from 5 years ago ! “Nobody Says: June 29th, 2010 at 9:02 pm
    Mt. Diablo Elem was scheduled a second meeting due to the last minute notice. Only about 10 people showed. So another meeting is being held tomorrow night Weds 6/30). Will be very curious if they appoint a principal for MDE on Thurs, as won’t it be pretty clear the opinions weren’t needed and they were just being patronizing?”.

  6. Doctor J Says:

    The MDE principal appointment became NugentGATE: “Concerned For Our Kids Says:
    July 2nd, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    The blog on has uncovered a not-so-pretty past with the newly appointed Mt. Diablo Elementary Principal, Dr. Christopher Nugent. Do your own internet search and up pops all kinds of information on the reason he had to “resign” from Williamson County school district in Tennessee.”
    Is this the type of person we want as our children’s administrator?

  7. Doctor J Says:

    Here is Theresa’s story on the 2010 MDE Principal appointment along with mugshot. Noteworthy is that parents met on June 30th and were told by Julie B-M that a principal who matched their needs would be appointed in late July or early August — instead Nugent was hired the next day. And you wonder why parents still don’t trust district officials ?

  8. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Also through a simple Internet search, I recently uncovered the fact that an ostensibly “independent” attorney the West Contra Costa school board president had hired to guide trustees in launching a forensic audit had previously worked with the parents of former Trustee Charles Ramsey. Although many WCCUSD residents have privately praised my “investigative reporting,” I have told them all I did was Google the attorney’s name and the name “Ramsey.” Up popped the staff reports, Powerpoint presentations and legal documents linking the attorney to the Ramseys. This is not rocket science and MDUSD should not skip this important step. And those who don’t trust the district should do their own Google searches, just as they did when they found out about Nugent’s past.

    The Nugent story also points out that former Trustee Dick Allen said he would have preferred to get some sort of background info on the candidates before voting on them. When Trustee Brian Lawrence first came on the board, he also pushed to get the names of candidates placed on agendas ahead of time, so the board and public could research them. But it looks like Supt. Meyer has resisted that. On Monday’s agenda, only the names of the Summer School administrators – who already work in the district – were revealed ahead of time.

  9. Doctor J Says:

    More important was then Supt. Steven Lawrence’s statement that it would be incorporated into the formal procedure. Like so many things he said, it never happened, and was just patronizing of the Board, the parents and public. I wish Brian Lawrence had questioned Leyla Benson specifically before he voted for her to make sure the procedure was going to change to an open agenda posting of names of prospective appointments so the Board and public could vet the names. More information is better than less.

  10. Doctor J Says:

    LCAP approved this evening was NOT the LCAP presented at the public hearing 3 days ago — it was sigificantly modified today and not presented to the public. I believe the Budget had also been significantly modified since Monday’s public hearing.

  11. Theresa Harrington Says:

    How do you know?

    FYI, there will be a joint MDUSD/Walnut Creek City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Northgate HS Little Theater:

  12. Doctor J Says:

    Nellie announced that the LCAP had been significantly modified since the Public Hearing and the Board was given the new copy before the hearing.

  13. Anon Says:

    Does anyne have a list of these appointments?

  14. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Some of the agenda reports show the votes:
    Nothing listed for Cambridge. Apparently there was an Electronic School Board glitch. According to the Superintendent’s Secretary, Garry Galvan was appointed 4-0-1 (Lawrence was just arriving, so abstained).
    Sandra Wilbanks appointed Principal – Meadow Homes Elementary.
    Julie Johnson Principal – Silverwood Elementary.
    Valle Verde and Westwood pulled by staff.

    The district is still trying to see if it can videotape tonight’s meeting.

  15. Jim Says:

    @14 Theresa, So if the Cambridge appointment wasn’t pulled from the agenda, and the agenda stipulated board “action”, but no action was recorded, what happened, I wonder? Did the board vote, or not? Or did someone just get bored reporting out the results of the meeting and figure, “Who cares anyway?”

  16. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I edited that comment to note that the superintendent’s secretary told me there was an Electronic School Board glitch on that vote, which is why it doesn’t show up on the official agenda report. However, she told me the vote was 4-0-1 for Garry Galvan, with Lawrence abstaining because he had just arrived late to the meeting. I assume the minutes will accurately reflect the vote.

  17. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here’s a Guest Commentary by two WCCUSD residents calling for Trustee Madeline Kronenberg to recuse herself from discussions and votes related a planned forensic audit of the district’s $1.6 billion bond construction program, citing the appearance of a conflict of interest:

  18. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Meeting tonight will not be recorded

  19. k. saint Says:

    Bummer. I was hoping to log on and hear if Northgate CAPS has public comment.

  20. Doctor J Says:

    Game changer. SCOTUS to rule on whether mandatory Union dues to CTA are legal or wether teachers can opt out.

  21. Jim Says:

    @20 Dr J, According to the 2/22/15 Washington Post, NEA membership dropped by a third and AFT membership dropped by 50% in Wisconsin, after union dues were no longer compulsory deductions from teacher paychecks in that state. Game-changer is correct.

  22. Doctor J Says:

    “It’s not going to be pretty” says one honest school superintendent, referring to the upcoming release of Common Core test results. She said that classes who transitioned a year early to Common Core did much better on the tests as opposed to classes who startedvthisvyear. Unfortunately MDUSD had the slows and lacked leadership in implementing CC and did not get a head start.

  23. k. saint Says:

    It’s a mess. The CCSS are sub par to original CA standards.
    There is no defined curriculum. There are no adopted textbooks. There is teacher discord. There is parent frustration. There is student confusion. The adaptive tests are, by definition, not standard. The list goes on and on.

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