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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 | 55 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 | 16 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 »

MDUSD board tonight to hold study session regarding issuance of remaining $77 million in Measure C bond funds

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord to vote on a Concord HS Choir trip to New Orleans and hold a study session regarding a proposal to issue the remaining $77 million remaining from the district’s 2010 Measure C.

Here is the agenda:

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 President Will Call the Meeting to Order at 5:30 p.m. Info

1.2 Preliminary Business Info
2.0 Public Comment
2.1 Public Comment Info

3.0 Business / Action Item
3.1 Concord High School Choir Trip to New Orleans April 22-26, 2015 Action

4.0 Study Session
4.1 Study Session to Discuss Future Bond Sales Info

5.0 Adjournment
5.1 Adjourn Meeting Action”

Here is the agenda report for the study session:

“Subject: 4.1 Study Session to Discuss Future Bond Sales

Summary: Dale Scott and Mark Ferrell of DS&C, will make a presentation during this Study Session to consider a potential future resolution authorizing Issuance and Sale of General Obligation Bonds, 2010 Election, 2010 Series F. Aggregate Principal Amount not to Exceed Seventy-Seven Million Dollars as authorized by the June 8, 2010 bond election. The proceeds of the bonds would be used to fund capital improvements/modernization work as previously deemed by the Board of Education to be essential to the maintenance and improvement of educational programming. Work includes, but is not limited to: Classroom technology improvements, roof replacements, restroom renovations, and kitchen improvements (Priority 1 projects). Also, next steps to meet ongoing needs of the District through a Bond Program will be discussed.

Funding:
Fiscal Impact : No impact to the General Fund. All costs of a future bond sale would be paid from monies raised through the sale of the bonds.

Recommendation: Study Session”

Do you support the proposed bond issuance?

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Uncategorized | 90 Comments »

MDUSD Board tonight to discuss Eagle Peak Charter MOU, CSEA contract and Immigrant Funds

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. Items of interest on the agenda include a presentation about Ygnacio Valley High School’s IB application, the district’s MOU with the Eagle Peak Charter School, the CSEA contract and an application for Title III, Part A Immigrant Funds.

Here is the agenda:

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 Board Member, Brian Lawrence, will participate via teleconference from the lobby at Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle’s Eastside, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, Washington 98004 Info
1.2 Board President Will Call The Meeting To Order Info

2.0 Public Comment
2.1 Public Comment Info

3.0 Announcements
3.1 In Closed Session, the Board will consider the items listed on the Closed Session Agenda. Info
4.0 Closed Session Agenda
4.1 (Item #1) Expulsion of Student # 10-15 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.2 (Item #2) Expulsion of Student # 11-15 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.3 (Item #3) Expulsion of Student # 12-15 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.4 (Item #4) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee (Gov. Code Sec. 54957(b)(1) Info/Action
4.5 (Item #5) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee (Gov. Code Sec. 54957(b)(1) Info/Action
4.6 (Item #6) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee (Gov. Code Sec. 54957(b)(1) Info/Action
4.7 (Item #7) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee (Gov. Code Sec. 54957(b)(1) Info/Action
4.8 (Item #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 negotiator: Deborah Cooksey, Agencies: MDSPA and CSEA Info/Action
4.9 (Item #9) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 4 cases 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. 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 # 10-15 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.2 (Item #2) Expulsion of Student # 11-15 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.3 (Item #3) Expulsion of Student # 12-15 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.4 (Item #4) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee (Gov. Code Sec. 54957(b)(1) Info/Action
8.5 (Item #5) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee (Gov. Code Sec. 54957(b)(1) Info/Action
8.6 (Item #6) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee (Gov. Code Sec. 54957(b)(1) Info/Action
8.7 (Item #7) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee (Gov. Code Sec. 54957(b)(1) Info/Action
8.8 (Item #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 negotiator: Deborah Cooksey, Agencies: MDSPA and CSEA Info/Action
8.9 (Item #9) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 4 cases Info/Action

9.0 Recognitions and Resolutions

10.0 Student Representatives
10.1 Student Representative Reports Info

11.0 Board Member Reports
11.1 Board Member Reports Info

12.0 Superintendent’s Report
12.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

13.0 Reports/Information
13.1 School Spotlight: Ygnacio Valley High School Info

14.0 Public Employee Appointment
14.1 Appointment of Administrator-Assessment, Research and Evaluation Action
14.2 Classified Personnel: Appointment of Occupational Therapist Action

15.0 Consent Agenda Action
15.1 (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
15.2 (Item #2) College Park High School and Ygnacio Valley High School Trip to California Association of Student Leaders Conference in San Jose, CA, March 28-30, 2015 Action
15.3 (Item #3) Concord High School’s Junior/Senior Ball, May 21, 2016 Action
15.4 (Item #4) Mt. Diablo High School’s trip change to St. Francis High School, La Canada, CA on 3/27/15 Action
15.5 (Item #5) Mt. Diablo High School JROTC trip to Camp San Luis Obispo, April 22-26, 2015 Action
15.6 (Item #6) Mt. Diablo High School’s International Hospitality Tourism Academy trip to New Brighton State Beach, May 11-13, 2015 Action
15.7 (Item #7) Northgate High School’s Trip to the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, March 20-22, 2015 Action
15.8 (Item #8) Northgate High School’s trip to the Next Generation Jazz Festival, March 27 – 29, 2015 Action
15.9 (Item #9) Northgate High School’s Spring Instrumental Music Tour to California State University, Long Beach, April 22-26, 2015 Action
15.10 (Item #10) Northgate High School’s trip to Ashland, Oregon, May 22-25, 2015 Action
15.11 (Item #11) Amendment to the Contract Between University Corp/Camp Sea Lab and Highlands Elementary Outdoor Education Action
15.12 (Item #12) Overnight Camping Trip for Sunrise Elementary School 4th and 5th grade Students at Mt. Diablo State Park Action
15.13 (Item #13) MDUSD Youth Ambassador Exchange Program Action
15.14 (Item #14) Non-Public School Adjustments Action
15.15 (Item #15) Independent Services Contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District and Nicole Padoan Action
15.16 (Item #16) Contract Increase with Speech Pathology Group Action
15.17 (Item #17) Annual Renewal of Follett Software Company Contract for Destiny Software Action
15.18 (Item #18) Contract Extension for Eagle Software Aeries Student Information System for 2015-2016 Action
15.19 (Item #19) Contra Costa County Office of Education Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)- Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Consortium Collaborative Action
15.20 (Item #20) Fiscal Transactions for the month of February 2015 Action
15.21 (Item #21) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
15.22 (Item #22) Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-2015 School Year Action
15.23 (Item #23) Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2015-2016 School Year Action
15.24 (Item #24) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
15.25 (Item #25) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase/Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 School Year Action
15.26 (Item #26) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on February 9, 2015 Action
15.27 (Item #27) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on February 23, 2015 Action
15.28 (Item #28) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on March 2, 2015 Action
16.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

17.0 Communications
17.1 District Organizations Info

18.0 Public Comment
18.1 Public Comment Info

19.0 Business/Action Item
19.1 Financial and Operational Memorandum of Understanding and Supplemental Charter Agreement Between the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (“District”) and The Eagle Peak Montessori Charter School (“EPMS”) Action
19.2 Public presentation of the Initial Proposal for the Contract Reopener for California School Employees Association (CSEA) and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Info/Action
19.3 Approve Updated Application for Funding to Include Title III, Part A, Immigrant Funds Action
19.4 Reclassification of EL Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities Info/Action
19.5 Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act Funds for 2015-2016. Action
19.6 Request ratification of submission by Mt. Diablo Adult Education of its annual application for Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA): Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Title II, Section 231 and the English Literacy and Civics Education (EL Civics) supplemental funding for 2015-2016. Action
19.7 Reclassification of Management Positions Action
19.8 Award of Service Contract to Skyline Engineering for Assessment and Design of 2010 Measure C, Modernization Group 1, Roofing Renovations at Various sites. Action
19.9 Final Change Order 1682-001 to Home Tech Remodeling, Inc. for Bid#1682 – Building E Window Replacement at College Park High School. Action
19.10 Notice of Completion for Bid #1682: Building E Window Replacement at College Park High School Action
19.11 Final Change Order 1627-001 (DEDUCTIVE) to Taber Construction, Inc. for Lease/Leaseback #1627 – Security System Replacement. Action
19.12 Notice of Completion for Lease Leaseback #1627: Security System Upgrades at Various Sites Action

19.13 Meeting Extension Action

19.14 Execution of Documents Action

20.0 Future Agenda Items
20.1 Future Agenda Items Info

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

22.0 Reconvene Open Session
22.1 Reconvene Open Session and Report Out Info”

I am surprised the board is not voting on the proposal to issue the remaining $77 million in Measure C Bond Funds, which it discussed during a special March 9 study session.

Of note is the planned retirement of Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools Rose Lock, Director of Adult Education Joanne Durkee and School Support Administrator Marie Schirmer, who is a former longtime principal.

How do you think the loss of Lock, Durkee and Schirmer will affect the district next year?

Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 37 Comments »

MDUSD holds study session on $77 million bond issuance

The Mt. Diablo school board is meeting tonight to discuss issuing the remaining $77 million in 2010 Measure C funds. Here is the agenda:

“TYPE: Study Session
DATE: 3/9/2015 TIME: 6:30 PM CODE:
LOCATION: School District Board Room-1936 Carlotta Drive, Co

1.0 Call to Order
1.1 President Will Call the Meeting to Order Info

1.2 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

2.0 Public Comment
2.1 The public may address the Board regarding any item within the jurisdiction of the Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. 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

3.0 Study Session
3.1 Study Session to Discuss Future Bond Sales Info

4.0 Adjournment
4.1 Adjourn Meeting Action”

Here is the agenda report:

“Study Session to consider potential future resolution authorizing Issuance and Sale of General Obligation Bonds, 2010 Election, 2010 Series F. Aggregate Principal Amount not to Exceed Seventy-Seven Million Dollars as authorized by the June 8, 2010 bond election. The proceeds of the bonds would be used to fund capital improvements/modernization work as previously deemed by the Board of Education to be essential to the maintenance and improvement of educational programming. Work includes, but is not limited to: Classroom technology improvements, roof replacements, restroom renovations, and kitchen improvements (Priority 1 projects).

Funding:
Fiscal Impact : No impact to the General Fund. All costs of a future bond sale would be paid from monies raised through the sale of the bonds.

Recommendation: Study Session”

Here is the PowerPoint: http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/d747325e-678f-428a-89a1-c7f4dc4829ee.pdf

Unfortunately, it does not appear that the study session will be videotaped or archived.

What do you think of the proposal to sell the remaining $77 million in bonds in time for the 2015-16 building season?

Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 112 Comments »

MDUSD board tonight to vote on summer school intervention, Eagle Peak charter MOU, review special ed transportation handbook

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. Some items of interest include summer school intervention and high school credit recovery, an MOU with the Eagle Peak Montessori charter school and a review of a special ed transportation handbook.

Here is the agenda:

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 Board President Will Call The Meeting To Order at 6:00pm Info
2.0 Public Comment
2.1 Public Comment Info
3.0 Announcements

3.1 In Closed Session, the Board will consider the items listed on the Closed Session Agenda Info
4.0 Closed Session Agenda
4.1 (Item #1) Admission of Student #B-15 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.2 (Item #2) Negotiations – The Board may discuss negotiations or provide direction to its representatives regarding represented employees, pursuant to EERA (Govt. Code Section 3549.1) Agency negotiator: Deborah Cooksey, Agency: MDSPA Info/Action
4.3 (Item #3) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases 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. 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) Admission of Student #B-15 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.2 (Item #2) Negotiations – The Board may discuss negotia3ions or provide direction to its representatives regarding represented employees, pursuant to EERA (Govt. Code Section 3549.1) Agency negotiator: Deborah Cooksey, Agency: MDSPA Info/Action
8.3 (Item #3) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 3 cases Info/Action

9.0 Recognitions and Resolutions
9.1 Recognition of the MDUSD 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year Nominees and Finalists. Recognition of the MDUSD 2014-2015 Teachers of the Year for the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year 2015-2016 Program. Info

9.2 California Adult Schools Week – March 22-28, 2015. 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 Reports/Information
12.1 School Spotlight: Adult Education Info

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) Contract between the YMCA at Camp Arroyo and Meadow Homes Elementary Action
13.3 (Item #3) Contract between University Corporation Camp SEA Lab and Westwood Elementary Action
13.4 (Item #4) Mt. Diablo High School’s FAME Academy trip to Los Angeles April 6 – April 9, 2015 Action
13.5 (Item #5) Increase to the Contract for Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) to Provide Temporary One-to-One Assistants for Students Served by the CCCOE Special Education Programs during the 2014-2015 School Year. Action
13.6 (Item #6) Increase to Master Contract with Non-Public Agency Progressus Therapy for the 2014-15 School Year Action
13.7 (Item #7) Independent Service Agreement between MDUSD and G. Wayne Oetken & Associates Action
13.8 (Item #8) Adjustments to Position Control for the 2015-16 School Year Action
13.9 (Item #9) Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-2015 School Year Action
13.10 (Item #10) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action

14.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

15.0 Communications
15.1 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

16.0 Public Comment
16.1 Public Comment Info

17.0 Business/Action Item
17.1 2015 Summer School Intervention for grades 1, 5, 8 and High School Credit Recovery: Extended School Year, Title I Summer Program and District Summer Program Info/Action

17.2 Appointment of Summer School Administrators Action

17.3 Contract Between Mt. Diablo Unified School District and AVID for Implementation at College Park High School, Mt. Diablo High School, El Dorado Middle School, Oak Grove Middle School and District Leadership Info/Action

17.4 2015-16 School Calendar Action

17.5 PULLED BY STAFF: Financial and Operational Memorandum of Understanding and Supplemental Charter Agreement Between the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (“District”) and The Eagle Peak Montessori Charter School (“EPMS”) Action

17.6 Chabot Las Positas Community College District Inter-Agency Agreement with Mt. Diablo Adult Education and related MOUs with Pittsburg, Liberty, and West Contra Costa Adult Education. Action

17.7 Second Interim Report Action

17.8 Create Job Description for Administrator-Assessment, Research and Evaluation Action

17.9 Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-2015 School Year. Action

17.10 Updated Cellular Phone Allowance Action

17.11 Review of Special Education Transportation Parent Handbook Info

17.12 Revised Job Description for Transportation Services Coordinator Info/Action

17.13 Membership Recommendation of Mr. John Parker as mandated taxpayer organization representative for the 2010 Measure C Citizens Bond Oversight Committee Action

17.14 Membership Recommendation for Mr. Todd Silva to serve on the 2010 Measure C Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. Action

17.15 Award of Service Contract to PHd Architects for Design of 2010 Measure C, Group 1, Restroom Renovations at Various Sites Action

17.16 Lozano Smith Legal Services Contract Action

17.17 Meeting Extension Action

17.18 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 Open Session and Report Out Info

21.0 Adjournment
21.1 Adjourn Meeting Action”

What items most interest you?

Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 44 Comments »

MDUSD Board tonight to discuss Common Core implementation, UC Berkeley History-Social Science project

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. Of particular interest is a planned presentation about the district’s implementation of Common Core standards. The board also plans to extend its contract for UC Berkeley’s History-Social Science project and discuss a new job description for an administrator of assessment, research and evaluation to replace the position of Manager, Research and Evaluation.

Here is the agenda:

1.0 Call to Order
1.1 Board President Will Call The Meeting To Order Info
2.0 Public Comment
2.1 Public Comment Info
3.0 Announcements

3.1 In Closed Session, the Board will consider the items listed on the Closed Session Agenda Info
4.0 Closed Session Agenda
4.1 Item #1) Readmission of Student #03-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Info/Action
4.2 (Item #2) Request for second extension of the District Administrative Panel Hearing for Student E-A15. Action
4.3 (Item #3) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases Info/Action
4.4 (Item #4) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Larsen v. MDUSD Info/Action
4.5 (Item #5) Public Employment (Gov. Code Sec. 54957.6) Info

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. 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) Readmission of Student #03-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Info/Action
8.2 (Item #2) Request for second extension of the District Administrative Panel Hearing for Student E-A15. Action
8.3 (Item #3) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases Info/Action
8.4 (Item #4) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Larsen v. MDUSD Info/Action
8.5 (Item #5) Public Employment (Gov. Code Sec. 54957.6) Info

9.0 Public Employee Appointment
9.1 Appointment of Program Specialist, Special Education Action

10.0 Recognitions and Resolutions
10.1 Resolution #14/15-39 Women’s History Month Info/Action
10.2 Resolution #14/15-40 Arts Education Month Info/Action

11.0 Student Representatives
11.1 Student Representative Reports Info

12.0 Board Member Reports
12.1 Board Member Reports Info

13.0 Superintendent’s Report
13.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

14.0 Reports/Information
14.1 Common Core Presentation Info

15.0 Consent Agenda Action
15.1 (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
15.2 (Item #2) Approve the contract between Silverspur Christian Camp and Wren Ave Elementary Action
15.3 (Item #3) Diablo View Middle School Symphonic Band and Jazz Band Field Trip to Anaheim, California Action
15.4 (Item #4) Concord High School’s Band Trip to Anaheim CA, March 25-29, 2015 Action
15.5 (Item #5) Mt. Diablo High School’s Sustainable Hospitality trip to Washington DC, April 5 – 10, 2015 Action
15.6 (Item #6) Northgate High School’s Choir trip to Anaheim CA, April 22 – 26, 2015 Action
15.7 (Item #7) Student Teaching Agreement between San Francisco State University and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
15.8 (Item #8) Contract with Rainbow Community Center to serve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) youth under MDUSD Workforce Investment Act Youth Employment Services Program (Mt. Diablo YES) Action
15.9 (Item #9) Fiscal Transactions for the month of January 2015 Action
15.10 (Item #10) Submission of the Kaiser Grant Action
15.11 (Item #11) 2015 Career Integrated Academics Committee Membership, in compliance with Carl Perkins Applied Technology funding. Action
15.12 (Item #12) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
15.13 (Item #13) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
15.14 (Item #14) Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-2015 School Year Action
15.15 (Item #15) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase/Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014/15 School Year. Action
15.16 (Item #16) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on January 26, 2015 Action
15.17 (Item #17) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on February 2, 2015 Action

16.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

17.0 Communications
17.1 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

18.0 Public Comment
18.1 Public Comment Info

19.0 Business/Action Item

19.1 Amend Independent Contract with The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project Action

19.2 Create Job Description for Administrator-Assessment, Research and Evaluation. Info

19.3 Contract Extension of CALNET II State Contract to June 30, 2016 Action

19.4 Meeting Extension Action

19.5 Execution of Documents Action

20.0 Future Agenda Items
20.1 Future Agenda Items Info

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

22.0 Reconvene Open Session
22.1 Reconvene Open Session and Report Out Info

23.0 Adjournment
23.1 Adjourn Meeting Action”

How have the Common Core standards changed your child’s instruction?

Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Under: Mt. Diablo school district, UC Berkeley | 32 Comments »

Mt. Diablo school board tonight to discuss linked learning, special ed identification, audit and early retirement notification incentive

The Mt. Diablo school board has agreed to meet at 7 p.m. Mondays instead of at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting tonight. Here is the agenda for tonight’s meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the district office board room at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord.

Highlights include the district’s participation in a regional career pathways consortium, revisions to identification and evaluation for special education, the 2013-14 audit and a $1,000 early retirement notice incentive.

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 President Will Call the Meeting to Order at 6:00 p.m. Info
2.0 Public Comment
2.1 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
3.0 Announcements

3.1 In Closed Session, the Board will consider the items listed on the Closed Session Agenda. Info
4.0 Closed Session Agenda
4.1 (Item #1) Expulsion of Student #04-15. Action
4.2 (Item #2) Admission of Student #A-15 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
4.3 (Item #3) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Info/Action
4.4 (Item #4) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases 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. 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 #04-15. Action
8.2 (Item #2) Admission of Student #A-15 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.3 (Item #3) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Info/Action
8.4 (Item #4) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases Info/Action

9.0 Recognitions and Resolutions

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
13.0 Public Employee Appointment
13.1 PULLED BY STAFF: Appointment of Vice Principal, Adult School Action
13.2 Appointment of Manager, Grounds & Facilities Assessment 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/Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-2015 School Year Action
14.4 (Item #4) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
14.5 (Item #5) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase/Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014/15 School Year. Action
14.6 (Item #6) Provisional Internship Permit (PIP) Request Action
14.7 (Item #7) Education Code 44256(b Board Authorization Action
14.8 (Item #8) Variable Term Waiver Resolution Action
14.9 (Item #9) Ygnacio Valley High School Marching Band & Jazz Ensemble New Orleans Performance Tour, February 4-9, 2015 Action
14.10 (Item #10) Sequoia Middle School’s Leadership Field Trip Action
14.11 (Item #11) Northgate’s Folsom Jazz Festival January 23-25, 2015 Action
14.12 (Item #12) Contract between University Corporation-Camp Sea Lab and Ayers Elementary Action
14.13 (Item #13) Contract between ENH-Loma Mar and Woodside Elementary Action
14.14 (Item #14) Clinical Affiliation Agreement-Nursing between California State University Dominguez Hills and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
14.15 (Item #15) Submission of Two Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for Eleven Eligible Bay Point and Concord Mt. Diablo CARES After School Programs Action
14.16 (Item #16) Notice of Completion Lease/Leaseback #1635: Athletic Facility Improvements Project at Clayton Valley Charter High School Action
14.17 PULLED BY STAFF: (Item #17) Joint Use Agreement between Pleasant Hill Recreation and Mt. Diablo Unified School District regarding Pleasant Hill Middle School Tennis Courts Action
14.18 (Item #18) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on December 10, 2014 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 Item
18.1 Board of Education Committee Assignments for 2015 Action

18.2 MOU between MDUSD and Contra Costa County Office of Education for the Regional Diablo Gateway to Innovation California Career Pathways Trust grant. Action

18.3 Independent Services Contract with ConnectEd Action

18.4 AP US History Textbook Adoption Presentation Info

18.5 Psychology Textbook Adoption Presentation Info

18.6 Amended Contract With Bay Area Community Resource (BACR) Action

18.7 Revision to BP 6164.4 – Identification and Evaluation of Individuals for Special Education Action

18.8 Revision to AR 6159.4 – Behavioral Interventions for Special Education Students (Post-Hughes Bill) Action

18.9 Budget Development Calendar 2015-2016 Action

18.10 2013-2014 Audit Report Action

18.11 2014-15 Early Retirement Notification Incentive Action

18.12 Approval of Tentative Agreement between CSEA (Mt. Diablo 43) and MDUSD for 2014/15 Re-Opener (Benefits Action

18.13 Public Hearing for Resolution 14/15-30: Increase Statutory School Facility Fees Imposed on New Residential and Commercial/Industrial Construction Action

18.14 Resolution No. 14/15-30 Increasing the Statutory School Fees Imposed on New Residential and Commercial/Industrial Development Projects Action

18.15 Meeting Extension Action

18.16 Execution of Documents 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 Reconvene Open Session
21.1 Reconvene Open Session and Report Out Info

22.0 Adjournment
22.1 Adjourn Meeting Action”

What items pique your interest?

Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015
Under: Education, linked learning, Mt. Diablo school district | 135 Comments »

A look back at some significant state and local education stories in 2014

Here’s a sampling of some significant education stories that appeared in this newspaper in 2014.

1. New school funding, curriculum and testing

- The California Board of Education adopted regulations to help districts implement the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula, which changed the ways schools were funded and required districts to create plans showing how they would spend money, especially for English language learners, low-income students and foster youth.

- Districts implemented new Common Core standards for education, focusing less on memorization and more on critical thinking.

- Students piloted new computer-based tests aimed at gauging how well they were learning with the new standards.

2. School child abuse cases

- The Brentwood school district agreed to pay $8 million to settle a lawsuit with the families of eight special needs children over its handling of a special-education teacher who was convicted of child abuse, yet allowed to remain in the classroom.

- An Antioch district teacher charged with abusing special-education students pleaded guilty to one felony count of child abuse and two misdemeanor charges.

n The Moraga school district agreed to pay $14 million to two women who sued over sex abuse by a former teacher, in what was believed to be the nation’s largest molestation settlement per student.

n Former Woodside Elementary teacher Joseph Martin was charged with 150 counts of child molestation involving 14 students. The District Attorney later dismissed 34 charges, a jury acquitted Martin of 21 more and failed to reach consensus on 95 charges. The District Attorney is retrying the former Mt. Diablo school district teacher on 24 felony molestation counts involving nine students.

3. Charter schools

n The Contra Costa County Board of Education approved an agreement paving the way for the Summit K2 Charter School to open in El Cerrito in the fall, after the West Contra Costa school board rejected the charter petition.

n The Antioch school district reached an agreement with Dozier-Libbey High teachers to keep the site under its authority, after a months-long campaign to convert the school into an independent charter. The Antioch school board and Contra Costa County Board of Education denied the charter petition and teachers dropped their appeal to the state Board of Education.

n Although the Contra Costa County Board of Education renewed the charter for Clayton Valley Charter High for five years, tensions built throughout the year between some staff members and the school’s governing board. An original petitioner for the school was fired, the board president resigned and a teacher board member was asked to resign, but refused. Teachers voted no confidence in Executive Director Dave Linzey and the board dismissed the school’s coordinator of technology after he was accused of breaching Linzey’s confidence.

n The West Contra Costa school board approved three charter petitions in December, after initially proposing to seeking a waiver from its responsibility to vote on charters, saying the independent schools negatively impact the district.

n The Knightsen school board rejected a charter proposed by ChartHouse Public Schools, which also seeks to operate a countywide Performing Arts charter.

4. West Contra Costa bond program

n Voters rejected a $270 million bond measure in June.

n The Securities and Exchange Commission subpoenaed the district, board president, county, and district financial advisers and consultants in an inquiry into the district’s bond financing. The school board approved hundreds of thousands in contracts for legal representation related to the SEC inquiry, along with representation related to separate questions from the FBI.

What do you think were the most significant education stories in 2014?

Posted on Friday, January 2nd, 2015
Under: Antioch school district, Brentwood school district, California Department of Education, Clayton Valley Charter High, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa County Board of Education, Education, Knightsen school district, Moraga school district, Mt. Diablo school district, West Contra Costa school district | 7 Comments »