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MDUSD board and Walnut Creek City Council to meet on Monday

The Mt. Diablo school board and Walnut City Council will hold a joint special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Northgate High School Little Theater at 425 Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek to discuss issues of mutual interest and ongoing partnerships.

Here is the agenda:

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 Meeting Location: Northgate High School, Little Theater, 425 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 Info
1.2 Pledge of Allegiance Info
1.3 Roll Call Info

2.0 Public Comment
2.1 Public Comment Info

3.0 Business/Action Items
3.1 Information Exchange Between Walnut Creek City Council and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Info

4.0 Adjournment
4.1 Adjourn Meeting Action”

Here is the detailed agenda report for the Item 3.1 discussion:

“The Mt. Diablo Unified School District Governing Board and the Walnut Creek City Council will provide each other updates on items of mutual interest and discuss current partnerships and other areas of cooperation. Discussion items may include:

Mt. Diablo Unified School District:
-District/School Supports
-Academics/Common Core State Standards
-Facilities Upgrades

City of Walnut Creek:
-Summary of City Funds allocated to School Functions
-Police Department Update on Resource Officer
-Drought Plan for City and School District
-Capital Projects Update
-Development Project Update”

What issues or topics do you think the school board and city council should discuss?

Posted on Saturday, June 27th, 2015
Under: Mt. Diablo school district, Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek City Council | 101 Comments »

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

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”

Do you support the creation of assistant director for personnel, compliance administrator and community liaison positions?

Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 23 Comments »

MDUSD appointments

Here is a list of the appointments made by the Mt. Diablo school board on June 22:

· Jose Espinoza, Director, English Learner Services

· Beverly Tom, School Support Administrator

· Samantha Allen, Administrator, Necessary Small High School – Crossroads

· Lynsie Shatswell, Principal, Continuation School – Olympic High School

· Eric Wood, Middle School Principal – Riverview Middle School

· Laura Casdia, Elementary Principal – Ayers Elementary

· Ifeoma Obodozie, Elementary Principal – Pleasant Hill Elementary

· Kelly Eagan, High School Vice Principal – Northgate High School

· David Ramirez, High School Vice Principal – Ygnacio Valley High School

· Jessica Brown, High School Vice Principal – Ygnacio Valley High School

· Stephen Slater, Middle School Vice Principal – Diablo View Middle School

· Melissa Brennan, Middle School Vice Principal – Pine Hollow Middle School

· Heather Fontanilla, Program Specialist, Career Pathways/Linked Learning

Summer School:

· Rochelle Hooks and Efa Huckaby, Summer School Administrators

The board also unanimously agreed to authorize Superintendent Nellie Meyer to make administrative appointments during the summer break, to be ratified by trustees in August.

Thanks to Debbie Maher, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, for providing me with this list.

I will try to update this post as new appointments are made.

Posted on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 5 Comments »

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

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?

Posted on Monday, June 22nd, 2015
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 19 Comments »

MDUSD board on Monday to make appointments, hold public hearings, discuss Middle College at DVC and vote on restoring 4th grade music

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord.

The board expects to appoint an assistant superintendent for elementary schools, executive director of instructional support and principal of Ygnacio Valley High.

In addition, it will hold public hearings on its 2-15-16 Local Control Accountability Plan and budget and discuss a planned Middle College program at Diablo Valley College and the creation of a district community liaison position.

And good news for music supporters – the board plans to vote on the restoration of fourth-grade instrumental music.

Here’s 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
2.1 Announcements Action

3.0 Closed Session Agenda
3.1 (Item #1) Expulsion of Student # 16-15 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
3.2 (Item #2) Readmission of Student # 7-15 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
3.3 (Item #3) Readmission of Student # 9-15 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
3.4 (Item #4) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Info/Action
3.5 (Item #5) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Info/Action
3.6 (Item #6) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Info/Action
3.7 (Item #7) Discipline, Dismissal, Release or Reassignment of Public Employee – 8 cases

Info/Action
3.8 (Item #8) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 4 cases Info/Action
3.9 (Item #9) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel Government Code Section 54956.9(a) California Taxpayers Action Network (CTAN) v. MDUSD and Tabor Const., Inc., Contra Costa Superior Court Case No. MSC14-00996 Info/Action
3.10 (Item #10) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel (Paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Government Code Section 54956.9) H.W., a Minor v. Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Contra Costa Superior Court Case No. C13-02080 Info/Action
3.11 (Item #11) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel (Paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Government Code Section 54956.9) Mt. Diablo Unified School District v. Clayton Valley Charter High School, et al., Contra Costa Superior Court Case No. MSC15-00574 Info/Action
3.12 (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: Lawrence Shoenke and Deborah Cooksey, Agencies: MDEA, DMA, MDSPA, CST Local 1 and Teamsters Local 856 Info/Action

4.0 Public Comment
4.1 Public Comment Info

5.0 Adjourn to Closed Session at 5:00 p.m.
5.1 Adjourn to Closed Session at 5:00 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 (Item #1) Expulsion of Student # 16-15 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.2 (Item #2) Readmission of Student #7-15 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.3 (Item #3) Readmission of Student #9-15 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.4 (Item #4) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Info/Action
8.5 (Item #5) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Info/Action
8.6 (Item #6) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Info/Action
8.7 (Item #7) Discipline, Dismissal, Release or Reassignment of Public Employee – 8 cases Info/Action
8.8 (Item #8) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 4 cases Info/Action
8.9 (Item #9) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel Government Code Section 54956.9(a) California Taxpayers Action Network (CTAN) v. MDUSD and Tabor Const., Inc., Contra Costa Superior Court Case No. MSC14-00996 Info/Action
8.10 (Item #10) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel (Paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Government Code Section 54956.9) H.W., a Minor v. Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Contra Costa Superior Court Case No. C13-02080 Info/Action
8.11 (Item #11) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel (Paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Government Code Section 54956.9) Mt. Diablo Unified School District v. Clayton Valley Charter High School, et al., Contra Costa Superior Court Case No. MSC15-00574 Info/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: Lawrence Shoenke and Deborah Cooksey, Agencies: MDEA, DMA, MDSPA, CST Local 1 and Teamsters Local 856 Info/Action

9.0 Board Member Reports
9.1 Board Member Reports Info

10.0 Superintendent’s Report
10.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

11.0 Reports/Information

12.0 Public Employee Appointment
12.1 Appointment of Assistant Superintendent, Elementary Action

12.2 Appointment of Executive Director of Instructional Support Action

12.3 Appointment of Principal, High School – Ygnacio Valley High School Action

13.0 Consent Agenda Action
13.1 (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
13.2 (Item #2) College Park High School’s Independent Contract for The Event Group for Junior Prom on 3/19/16 & Senior Ball on 5/14/16 Action
13.3 (Item #3) Increase in the Independent Service Contract Between The Event Group and College Park High School Action
13.4 (Item #4) Contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District Valhalla Elementary and Marin County Office of Education Action
13.5 (Item #5) Amendment to the Contract Between Mt. Diablo Unified School District Shore Acres and Soul Shoppe Action
13.6 (Item #6) Amendment to the contract between Camp Silverspur and Wren Ave Elementary Action
13.7 (Item #7) CIF Representatives Action
13.8 (Item #8) Memorandum of Understanding and Contract Amendment Between Seneca Family of Agencies and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
13.9 (Item #9) Contract Increase with Non-Public Agency Ed Support Services Action
13.10 (Item #10) Approval of Non-Public Agencies Purchase Order/Master Contract for Speech & Language Therapy Services for the 2015-2016 School Year. Action
13.11 (Item #11) Joint Use Lease Agreement between Mt. Diablo Unified School District and Anova Center for Education Action
13.12 (Item #12) Independent Services Contract with November Learning, LLC and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
13.13 (Item #13) Contract with Bay Area Community Resources (BACR)for the 2015/16 School Year Action
13.14 (Item #14) Contract with Resource Development and Associates (RDA) Action
13.15 (Item #15) Independent Service Contracts for Transportation Vendors for 2015-2016 School Year Action
13.16 (Item #16) Independent Service Agreement with David H. Costa for Courier Services Action
13.17 (Item #17) Addendum to the Independent Service Agreement with Dale Scott & Company, Inc. for Financial Advisory Services Action
13.18 (Item #18) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
13.19 (Item #19) Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-2015 School Year and 2015-2016 School Year Action
13.20 (Item #20) Release of Temporary Certificated Employees Action
13.21 (Item #21) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
13.22 (Item #22) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase/Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 School Year Action
13.23 (Item #23) Increase Current RFP #1665 – Swimming Pool Maintenance Service contract with East Bay Pool Services Action
13.24 (Item #24) Approve Architectural Contract for PHd Architect Design Services for Northgate High School Action
13.25 (Item #25) Approve Turf Removal and Replacement at Ygnacio Valley High School and College Park High School Action
13.26 (Item #26) Award of Bid #1710: Tennis Court Resurfacing at Pleasant Hill Middle School Action
13.27 (Item #27) Award of RFQ 1711: Electrical Upgrades at Rio Vista Elementary Action
13.28 (Item #28) Award of Bid #1686: Classroom Technology Enhancement Action
13.29 (Item #29) Award of Bid #1708: Door Refinishing Modernization Group 1 Action
13.30 (Item #30) Award of Bid #1707 for Classroom Furniture 2015 Action
13.31 (Item #31) Award of Bid #1709 for Printing and Mailing of Adult Education Class Schedules Action
13.32 (Item #32) Project Inspector Contract for Athletic Facility Improvement Project #1675 at Mt. Diablo High School. Action
13.33 (Item #33) Project Inspector Contract for Athletic Facility Improvement Project #1619 at College Park High School. Action
13.34 (Item #34) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on May 4, 2015 Action
14.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

15.0 Communications
15.1 District Organizations Info

16.0 Public Comment
16.1 Public Comment Info

17.0 Business/Action Item

17.1 2015 – 2016 Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA) Info

17.2 Public Hearing Resolution 14/15-53 Education Protection Account. Action

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

17.4 Public Hearing of Proposed Budget 2015-16 Action

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

17.6 Public Hearing and Adoption of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Special Education Annual Budget Plan, Annual Service Plan, Service Plan Forms and the California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS) Service Descriptions for the 2015-2016 School Year. Action

17.7 Middle College Program at Diablo Valley College Info

17.8 Restoration of Instrumental Music at 4th Grade for the 2015-2016 school year Action

17.9 Authorization to Make Year-End Intra-Budget Transfers Action

17.10 Meeting Extension Action

17.11 Reclassification of Management Position – Supervisor, Warehouse. Action

17.12 Reclassification of Management Position – Administrator, School Linked Services Action

17.13 Reclassification of Management Position – Supervisor, Print Shop Action

17.14 Reclassification of Classified Positions for Public Employees Union, Local One, Clerical Secretarial and Technical Unit Action

17.15 Reclassification of Classified Positions for Public Employees Union, Local One, Clerical Secretarial and Technical Unit Action

17.16 Reclassification of Classified Positions for Public Employees Union, Local One, Clerical Secretarial and Technical Unit Action

17.17 Reclassification of Classified Positions for Public Employees Union, Local One, Clerical Secretarial and Technical Unit Action

17.18 Reclassification of Classified Positions for Public Employees Union, Local One, Clerical Secretarial and Technical Unit Action

17.19 Reclassification of Classified Positions for Public Employees Union, Local One, Clerical Secretarial and Technical Unit Action

17.20 Reclassification of Classified Position for Teamsters Local Union No. 856 Action

17.21 Updated CSEA Job Descriptions Info

17.22 Creation of a District Community Liaison Position Info

17.23 Presentation of new US Government textbook. Info

17.24 Presentation of proposed new textbook for World History course. Info

17.25 Revision of BP and AR 5141.21, Administering Medication and Monitoring Health Conditions Action

17.26 Revision of BP and AR 5141.22, Infectious Diseases Prevention Action

17.27 Revision of BP and AR 5141.23, Asthma Management Action

17.28 Creation of new BP and AR 5141.3, Health Examinations Action

17.29 Revision of AR 5141.24 and Elimination of Exhibit 5141.24, Specialized Health Care Services Action

17.30 Revision of BP and AR 5141.26, Tuberculosis Testing Action

17.31 Adoption of DSA Approved Project and Lease/leaseback contract for EF Brett & Company, Inc. for construction necessary to support Athletic Facility Improvements at College Park High School for a guaranteed maximum cost of $2,799,623.87. Action

17.32 Execution of Documents Action

18.0 Future Agenda Items
18.1 Future Agenda Items Info

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

20.0 Reconvene Open Session

21.0 Adjournment
21.1 Adjourn Meeting Action”

Do you believe the district has given the public adequate information about its proposed 2015-16 budget and Local Control Accountability Plan?

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2015
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 75 Comments »

How do you think MDUSD could strengthen partnerships with community colleges?

The Mt. Diablo school board will hold a joint meeting with the Contra Costa Community College District Board at 6 p.m. tonight in the Diablo room at Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill to discuss issues of mutual interest. Here is the agenda:

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 Roll Call Info

2.0 Preliminary Business
2.1 Pledge of Allegiance Info

3.0 Public Comment
3.1 Public Comment Info

4.0 Business/Action Items

4.1 Opening Remarks Info

4.2 Informational Exchange: Dual Enrollment Classes and Integration into Career Technical Education Courses Info

4.3 Informational Exchange: Middle College Info

4.4 Informational Exchange: Counseling Partnerships to Ease Transitions from High School to College Info

5.0 Adjournment
5.1 Adjourn Meeting Action”

How do you think the district could strengthen partnerships with the community college district?

Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2015
Under: Contra Costa Community College District, Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 55 Comments »

MDUSD board to vote tonight on bond issuance of up to $77 million, creation of 23 counselor positions, increasing meal prices

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. Items up for discussion and votes include proposals to issue up to $77 million in remaining 2010 Measure C bond funds, creating 23 counselor positions and raising the price of student meals next year.

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 Public Comment
2.1 Public Comment Info

3.0 Closed Session Agenda
3.1 (Item #1) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 3 cases Info/Action
3.2 (Item #2) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee (Gov. Code Sec. 54957(b)(1) Info/Action
3.3 (Item #3) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee (Gov. Code Sec. 54957(b)(1) Info/Action
4.0 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m.
4.1 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m. Action

5.0 Reconvene Open Session
5.1 Reconvene for Open Session at 7:00 p.m. Info
6.0 Preliminary Business
6.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

7.0 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session
7.1 (Item #1) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 3 cases Info/Action
7.2 (Item #2) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee (Gov. Code Sec. 54957(b)(1) Info/Action
7.3 (Item #3) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee (Gov. Code Sec. 54957(b)(1) Info/Action

8.0 Recognitions and Resolutions
8.1 Resolution No. 14/15-47 – Asian Pacific Heritage Month Action
8.2 Resolution No. 14/15-51 – Day of the Teacher, May 13, 2015 Action
8.3 Resolution No. 14/15-52 – Classified Employees’ Week, May 17-23, 2015 Action

9.0 Board Member Reports
9.1 Board Member Reports Info

10.0 Superintendent’s Report
10.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

11.0 Reports/Information
11.1 Next Generation Science Standards(NGSS)Presentation Info

12.0 Public Employee Appointment
12.1 Appointment of Assistant Superintendent for Middle School Action

13.0 Consent Agenda Action
13.1 (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
13.2 (Item #2) Mt. Diablo High School’s trip to Big Basin State Park 5/16-17/2015 Action
13.3 (Item #3) Mt. Diablo High School’s trip to Los Angeles 5/16-20/2015 Action
13.4 (Item #4) Ygnacio Valley High School’s Independent Contract with Events to the T, Inc. Action
13.5 (Item #5) Independent Service Contract with Ygnacio Valley High School and Marzano Research Laboratory Action
13.6 (Item #6) Contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District Bel Air Elementary and Soul Shoppe Action
13.7 (Item #7) Independent Service Contract between Exploring New Horizons Loma Mar and El Monte Elementary for Outdoor Education Action
13.8 (Item #8) Increase to YMCA Camp Arroyo and Meadow Homes Contract for Outdoor Education Action
13.9 (Item #9) Independent Services Contract with November Learning, LLC and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
13.10 (Item #10) Contract with Angela Barra for professional development services provided at Oak Grove Middle School through the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year. Action
13.11 (Item #11) Cyber High Use Licenses & Service Agreement 5/15/15 – 6/30/16 Action
13.12 (Item #12) Increase in Contract for California Translation International (CTI) Action
13.13 (Item #13) Non-Public School Adjustments Action
13.14 (Item #14) Increase to Master Contract with Non-Pubic Agency, Community Options for Families and Youth (COFY) Action
13.15 (Item #15) Continued Funding of the Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention Grant with Contra Costa Health Services Action
13.16 (Item #16) Continued Funding for the Pleasant Hill/Concord Health Care District Grant Action
13.17 (Item #17) Request ratification of submission by Riverview Middle for the Keller Mitigation Grant for 2015-2016. Action
13.18 (Item #18) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
13.19 (Item #19) Request to Increase Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2015-2016 School Year Action
13.20 (Item #20) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
13.21 (Item #21) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase/Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 School Year Action
13.22 (Item #22) Field Trip Board Policy and Administrative Policy #6153 Action
13.23 (Item #23) Award of Bid for RFQ #1702; Fire Alarm Testing Action
13.24 (Item #24) Award of TCPN Contract #R141703: Office Supplies and Classroom Supplies-District Wide Action
13.25 (Item #25) Minutes for the Special Study Session Board of Education Meeting held on March 30, 2015 Action
13.26 (Item #26) Minutes for the Special Closed Session Board Meeting on March 30, 2015 Action

14.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

15.0 Communications
15.1 District Organizations Info

16.0 Public Comment
16.1 Public Comment Info

17.0 Business/Action Item

17.1 Contract with Dale Scott & Company, Inc. for Financial Advisory Services Action

17.2 Bond Sales Action

17.3 Resolution No. 14/15-45 of the Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of its General Obligation Bonds, 2010 Election, 2015 Series F in an Aggregate Principal Amount Not to Exceed Thirty-Eight Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars and No Cents Action

17.4 Creation of 23 School Counselor Positions Action

17.5 Creation of Job Description for Program Specialist, Career Pathways/Linked Learning Action

17.6 Create 1.0 FTE Program Specialist, Career Pathways/Linked Learning position Action

17.7 Appointment of Summer School Administrator for Olympic High School. Action

17.8 Athletic Field Turf Info

17.9 Price Increase for Student Meals Beginning 2015-2016 School Year Info/Action

17.10 Proposal for Base Camp Agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Action

17.11 Application to Quest Foundation for New Funding to Implement the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch Action

17.12 Application to Chevron for New Funding to Implement Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch Action

17.13 Adoption of DSA approval and award of Lease/leaseback contract to Robert A. Bothman Construction, Inc., for all work necessary to support Athletic Facility Improvements at Mt. Diablo High School for a guaranteed maximum price of $2,115,898.10. Action

17.14 Meeting Extension Action

17.15 Execution of Documents Action

18.0 Future Agenda Items
18.1 Future Agenda Items Info

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

20.0 Reconvene Open Session
20.1 Reconvene to Open Session and Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session Info

21.0 Adjournment
21.1 Adjourn Meeting Action”

Do you think the board should agree to issue more bonds?

Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2015
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 80 Comments »

Mt. Diablo school board to hold board governance workshop on Monday

The Mt. Diablo school board will hold a board governance workshop at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. Here is the agenda:

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 President Will Call the Meeting to Order at 3:30 p.m. Info
1.2 Preliminary Business Info

2.0 Public Comment
2.1 Public Comment Info

3.0 Business/Action Items
3.1 Governance Workshop Info

4.0 Adjournment
4.1 Adjourn Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Action”

Here is the agenda report for item 3.1, the governance workshop:

“3.1 Governance Workshop

Summary: A Governance Workshop will be conducted in order for all governing Board members and the Superintendent to participate in ongoing updates and review of the Brown Act. Our goal will be to stay informed and current, as well as to reflect upon the specific role and responsibilities of School Board members to ensure effectiveness.

The Governance Meeting will be conducted in two parts:

Part 1: Marilyn Cleveland, attorney with the law firm of Dannis, Wolliver and Kelley, will present an update on the Brown Act. Time has been provided for questions and discussion.

Part 2: The Board, in collaboration with the Superintendent, will participate in discussion and review the following areas:

1. Preparation for meetings
2. Seeking information for agenda items
3. Seeking information from Staff for other issues
4. Responses to Public Comment
5. Speaking as an individual/Board
6. School visitation process

Recommendation: Information and discussion.”

How do you think the board could improve its governance practices?

Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2015
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 59 Comments »

Three Contra Costa County districts struggle to prioritize construction projects

Three school boards in Contra Costa County are deciding how to prioritize construction projects to complete with remaining money from their districts’ voter-approved bond measures.

The Martinez school board’s discussion of about $17.3 million left from its $45 million Measure K bond passed in 2010 made the news last week when an edited video of Trustee Denise Elsken’s comments about air conditioning proposed at two schools went viral. Elsken said she supported air conditioning at John Swett Elementary, but not at Las Juntas Elementary, in part because she believed Las Juntas students are more “acclimated” to heat than students at John Swett.

Elsken based her conclusion on the assumption that about 95 percent of John Swett students have air conditioning at home, while about 95 percent of Las Juntas students do not. However, the video did not include Elsken’s further comments explaining her position.

Unfortunately, the Martinez district’s audio recording of the meeting is of such poor quality that Elsken’s comments about air conditioning cannot be clearly heard. It appears the district placed microphones in front of some trustees and public speakers — but not all — resulting in a recording that is not an accurate record of what happened.

However, based on another recording obtained by a colleague, Elsken reminisced about attending Las Juntas herself and sitting under shady trees on the “eight to ten hot days a year.” She also pointed out that Las Juntas did not rank air conditioning as a high priority.

Elsken said staffers instead preferred other upgrades, including “teaching walls.” The Martinez agenda report listed field renovation at Las Juntas as the only staff priority for the school, with a note from the principal stating: “Field/track has holes that are major tripping hazards.”

Besides discussing specific projects, the Martinez board spent considerable time discussing values, including safety, integrity, education and communication. Trustees plan to continue discussing “equity” on Monday, along with the projects they informally agreed to support March 30, including air conditioning at John Swett Elementary, which was listed as a staff priority.

Equity has also been a hot topic in the Mt. Diablo and West Contra Costa school districts. The Mt. Diablo school board may vote April 20 on several different proposals for issuing $77 million in remaining Measure C bonds voters approved in 2010.

At two study sessions last month, several Mt. Diablo trustees who were not on the board in 2010 said they needed to see updated project lists before they would agree to spend the money. A consultant suggested the board might also want to consider issuing less than $77 million now and waiting until 2016 to ask voters to pass a new bond measure.

The Martinez and West Contra Costa school boards have also begun talking about asking voters to approve new bond measures to finish additional projects.

In an email to some community members after she was widely criticized for her comments, Elsken said that she believes Las Juntas should be torn down and rebuilt within the next 10 years, which would require a new bond measure.

Similarly, the West Contra Costa school district is planning to rebuild several schools, even though the remaining approximately $592 million from $1.6 billion approved by district voters in six bond measures will not be enough to complete them all. The school board recently agreed to update its Facilities Master Plan and to set up a committee to rank projects based on factors such as age, condition and enrollment.

Although the West Contra Costa district has told voters in the past that it wanted to pass new bond measures to provide equitable facilities for all students, it still has a long way to go to meet that goal after 16 years of construction. It has spent millions to provide top-notch facilities for some, while others are still waiting for their turns.

How do you think school boards should prioritize projects?

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2015
Under: Education, Martinez school district, Mt. Diablo school district, West Contra Costa school district | 17 Comments »

WCCUSD contentious community engagement led to more open and constructive dialogue over district plan

TThe West Contra Costa school district’s attempt to create a plan showing how it would spend its state money got off to a rocky start last year, according to a study.

But the case study, released recently by the nonprofit Education Trust-West student advocacy group, found that contentious community engagement at the beginning of the process eventually led to more open and constructive dialogues between district officials and the community.

This spring, the district is again engaging the community in meetings as it prepares its second Local Control Accountability Plan, which determines in part how education dollars are spent to boost achievement. And a presentation to the board Wednesday surprised some board members.

The presentation showed only 27 percent of high school students were considered ready for college in English last year and 37 percent were prepared for college in math, and the district’s goal this year is to raise those levels by a mere 2 percentage points.

“We need to better than that,” said Trustee Liz Block.

But Nicole Joyner, director of accountability and chief data officer, said the Contra Costa County Office of Education advised the district to set goals that were achievable.

Ryan Smith, executive director of Ed Trust-West, said his organization is concerned about low-performing districts setting goals that are not high enough, especially those with large percentages of low-income students, English learners and foster youth.

“The resources that were given to districts like West Contra Costa were explicitly (intended) to improve their outcomes and it should not be over a century that we’ll see these students become proficient,” he said. “It should be within this lifetime. That’s sad if only 2 percent (improvement) is all we can do for these students.”

Only 36 percent of West Contra Costa third-graders and 45 percent of ninth-graders are proficient in English language arts, and about 75 percent graduate from high school, the report found.

The district received $23.2 million in supplemental and “concentration” funds through the state’s Local Control Funding Formula in 2014-15 because 75 percent of its students are low-income, English learners or foster youth. The district also received $189 million in “base grants” for every student, according to the report.

Ryan said low-performing districts “have a disincentive to empower parents to ask the critical questions and to hold them accountable.”

The report said tensions mounted last year when the district began meeting with parents about the plan because district officials didn’t explain that they wouldn’t have enough money to implement all the ideas people suggested. The district also initially failed to hold a town-hall meeting in the Iron Triangle area of Richmond, but later made up for it by opening its parent advisory and English learner advisory meetings to the public, the study said.

It also found that Superintendent Bruce Harter did not initially embrace community involvement by organizations such as CCISCO, which offered to help train parents about the plan. Although Harter eventually agreed to include the groups, the report said the district would not sponsor the meetings and required the groups to pay for janitorial services and a sound system.

As parents became more empowered, they asked why the district hadn’t translated information into Spanish as required by law. The district then began translating its meetings and materials, the report said.

“By the end of the community engagement process,” the study said, “community advocates felt that WCCUSD leaders seemed humbled by the experience and ready to build stronger ties to the community.”

Is your district reaching out to parents to create its plan?

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 7 Comments »