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Kudos to Meadow Homes Elementary in Concord for hard-earned White House recognition!

I was excited to visit Meadow Homes Elementary in Concord earlier this week to see the students, staff and parents showing famous artists and White House officials how they are turning around their school by integrating visual arts, drama and music into their classes.

Alejandra Ceja, executive director of The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence said Meadow Homes is a model for underperforming schools around the country that want to engage students in learning.

“I want you to know you’re putting this conversation on the map and people are paying attention to what’s happening here,” Ceja said during a round table discussion with Mt. Diablo school district staff, Monument Community Partnership representatives and parents. “This is exactly what we need to continue to do across the country. And for us, it’s going to be so critical when we go into those emerging communities — Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee — where there’s parents and students that are trying to figure out: How do they become more of an community in the school district? And so we’re definitely going to take away a lot of the information that was shared and follow up.”

Principal Mary-Louise Newling, teachers and parents talked enthusiastically about how rigorous instruction in painting, drawing, dance, singing and instrumental music is lighting a fire in students for learning, including some who previously didn’t want to come to school or who had behavior problems. Vice Principal Margo Peckham said the parent community at the school is very active and interested in what their children are doing, with some meetings drawing 100 people.

John Abodeely, deputy director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, said hearing about the parent involvement at the school gave him goose bumps. At some schools, he said, the only time parents visit is for disciplinary issues.

The premise of the “Turnaround Arts” program Abodeely is overseeing, he said, is that art is not a flower, it’s a wrench.

“The arts are not something you provide to students when you’ve fixed all the other problems,” he said. “Just like music is not something that’s been a part of humanities after we’ve figured out all of our other problems. It’s been a part of our soul and heart forever. So, the arts are a critical element in reform strategies.”

Despite the impressive work going on the Meadow Homes, some parents and teachers expressed frustration about the negative reputation the school has in the Concord community. Many people don’t understand how special the school is and some students fail to live up to their potential after they leave, one teacher said.

“We want them to take that empowerment with them beyond Meadow Homes,” she said. “They sense it here. We believe in them. But, there’s a point where I see them come back — and I know how smart they were and I know what they could have achieved — and I see that they didn’t. And so that saddens me.”

The teacher said that when she tells people where she works, she often gets the response: “Oh.”

Instead, she said she wants people to say, “Wow, that must be a great place to work!”

“Because that’s what I feel every day,” she said. “I feel honored to come to work here.”

Choking back tears, she added: “And I just want the community of Concord to realize that.”

Opera singer Carla Dirlikov, who dazzled the students with a mezzo-soprano song from Carmen, along with two Spanish songs, said she wants to reach out to other artists to help bring music into schools. Representatives from the Monument Community Partnership said they believe more community members — including elected officials — may be willing to visit the school and possibly partner on programs or activities. Newling said the school will need these kinds of partnerships to continue to flourish after the campus’ School Improvement Grant runs out in June. She described the school’s transformation as nothing short of a “renaissance.”

How do you think the community can help to support the arts in schools?

Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2014
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | No Comments »

MDUSD board to make several appointments tonight

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

“1.0 Call to Order

1.1 Board Member, Brian Lawrence, will participate via teleconference from Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Business Center, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Info
1.2 President Will Call the Meeting to Order at 5:00 p.m. Info
2.0 Announcements
2.1 In Closed Session, the Board will consider the items listed on the Closed Session Agenda. Info

3.0 Public Comment
3.1 The public may address the Board concerning items that are scheduled for discussion during Closed Session only. These presentations are limited to three minutes each, or a total of thirty minutes for all speakers or the three minute limit may be shortened. Speakers are not allowed to yield their time. Info

4.0 Adjourn to Closed Session at 5:00 p.m.
4.1 The Board of Education will adjourn to Closed Session at 5:00 p.m. to consider items listed on the Closed Session Agenda. Action
5.0 Closed Session Agenda
5.1 (Item #1) Expulsion of Student #14-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
5.2 (Item #2) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Action
5.3 (Item #3) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Action
5.4 (Item #4) Negotiations – The Board may discuss negotiations or provide direction to its representatives regarding represented employees, pursuant to EERA (Govt. Code Section 3549.1) Agency negotiators: Julie Braun Martin and Deborah Cooksey, Agencies: MDEA, CSEA, Teamsters M&O, Local One CST, MDSPA, and Supervisory. Info/Action
5.5 (Item #5) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of California Taxpayers Action Network v. MDUSD, MSC14-00996 Info/Action
5.6 (Item #6) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Rhinehart v. MDUSD, USDC 4:13-CV-05919-CW Info/Action
5.7 (Item #7) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of John Does v. MDUSD, Case Nos. MSC14-00262, MSC14-00289, MSC14-00312 Info/Action
5.8 (Item #8) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Kovasti v. MDUSD, EEOC Charge No. 555-2009-01175 Info/Action
5.9 (Item #9) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Richard Heyer v. MDUSD, Case No. MSC11-01425 Info/Action
5.10 (Item #10) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Roaldson v. MDUSD, MSC11-02675 Info/Action
5.11 (Item #11) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b, Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases Info/Action
5.12 (Item #12) Conference with Negotiator(s) pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54957.6; Agency Negotiator: Barbara Oaks; Unrepresented Employee: Superintendent Info/Action
5.13 (Item #13) Conference with Negotiator(s) pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54957.6; Agency Negotiator: Dr. Nellie Meyer; Unrepresented Employee: Director Info/Action

6.0 Reconvene Open Session at 7:30 p.m.
6.1 Reconvene Open Session at 7:30 p.m. Info
7.0 Preliminary Business
7.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

8.0 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session
8.1 (Item #1) Expulsion of Student #14-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.2 (Item #2) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Action
8.3 (Item #3) Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee Action
8.4 (Item #4) Negotiations – The Board may discuss negotiations or provide direction to its representatives regarding represented employees, pursuant to EERA (Govt. Code Section 3549.1) Agency negotiators: Julie Braun Martin and Deborah Cooksey, Agencies: MDEA, CSEA, Local One M&O, Local One CST, MDSPA, and Supervisory. Info/Action
8.5 (Item #5) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of California Taxpayers Action Network v. MDUSD, MSC14-00996 Info/Action
8.6 (Item #6) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Rhinehart v. MDUSD, USDC 4:13-CV-05919-CW Info/Action
8.7 (Item #7) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of John Does v. MDUSD, Case Nos. MSC14-00262, MSC14-00289, MSC14-00312 Info/Action
8.8 (Item #8) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Kovasti v. MDUSD, EEOC Charge No. 555-2009-01175 Info/Action
8.9 (Item #9) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Richard Heyer v. MDUSD, Case No. MSC11-01425 Info/Action
8.10 (Item #10) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Roaldson v. MDUSD, MSC11-02675 Info/Action
8.11 (Item #11) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b, Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases Info/Action
8.12 (Item #13) Conference with Negotiator(s) pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54957.6; Agency Negotiator: Barbara Oaks; Unrepresented Employee: Superintendent Info/Action
8.13 (Item #12) Conference with Negotiator(s) pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54957.6; Agency Negotiator: Dr. Nellie Meyer; Unrepresented Employee: Director Info/Action

9.0 Board Member Reports
9.1 Board Reports Info

10.0 Superintendent’s Report
10.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

11.0 Reports/Information
11.1 Presentation by the Pleasant Hill Green Team Info

12.0 Public Employee Appointment
12.1 Appointment of Director, Special Education Action

12.2 Appointment of Director, Personnel Action

12.3 Appointment of Vice Principal, High School – Concord High School Action

12.4 Appointment of Vice Principal, High School – Mt. Diablo High School Action

12.5 Appointment of Vice Principal – Northgate High School Action

12.6 Appointment of Vice Principal – El Dorado Middle School Action

12.7 Appointment of Vice Principal – Riverview Middle School Action

12.8 Appointment of Vice Principal, Elementary – Bel Air Elementary and Delta View Elementary Action

12.9 Appointment of Vice Principal, Elementary – Cambridge Elementary Action

12.10 Appointment of Vice Principal, Elementary – Meadow Homes Elementary Action

12.11 Appointment of Vice Principal, Elementary – Mt. Diablo Elementary School and Ygnacio Valley Elementary School Action

12.12 Appointment of Vice Principal, Elementary – Shore Acres Elementary and Hidden Valley Elementary Action

12.13 Appointment of Program Specialist, Categorical Programs, Site Based – Meadow Homes Elementary 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) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
13.3 (Item #3) Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-2015 School Year Action
13.4 (Item #4) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
13.5 (Item #5) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase/Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-15 School Year Action
13.6 (Item #6) Fiscal Transactions for the month of June 2014 Action
13.7 (Item #7) Correction of Funding Source for Director of Measure C Action
13.8 (Item #8) Increase of days per year for the position of Director, School Support & Accountability Action
13.9 (Item #9) Approve contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Maxim Healthcare Services, Non Public Agency (NPA) for the 2014-2015 school year. Action
13.10 (Item #10) Execution of Non-Public School Contracts for the 2014-15 School Year Action
13.11 (Item #11) Internship Agreement between San Francisco State University and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
13.12 (Item #12) Internship Agreement between Brandman University and Mt. Diablo Unified School District for Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Education Specialist Internship programs. Action
13.13 (Item #13) Student Teaching Agreement between University of Phoenix and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
13.14 (Item #14) Internship and Fieldwork Agreement between Brandman University and Mt. Diablo Unified School District for School Counseling and School Psychology programs. Action
13.15 (Item #15) Internship Credential Program Agreement between National University and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
13.16 (Item #16) Student Placement Agreement between Saint Mary’s College of California and Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
13.17 (Item #17) Approval of 2014-15 independent contract with Carol Teltschick-Fall for $55,000 as S3 Grant Coordinator for College Park High School. Action
13.18 (Item #18) Partial Award RFP #1683: Supplemental Student Transportation – Ambulatory Action
13.19 (Item #19) Partial Award of RFP #1683: Supplemental Student Transportation – Ambulatory and Non-Ambulatory Action
13.20 (Item #20) Partial Award of RFP #1683: Supplemental Student Transportation – Sports and Field Trips Action
13.21 (Item #21) Award of Bid #1682: Building E Window Replacement at CPHS Action
13.22 (Item #22) Williams Quarterly Summary Report Action
13.23 (Item #23) Approve textbook for Career Choices High School course. Action
13.24 (Item #24) Education Code 44263 – Board Authorization Action
13.25 (Item #25) Amended Certificate of Signatures Action

14.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

15.0 Public Comment
15.1 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

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 Business/Action Items

17.1 Opportunity for public response to the additional Sunshine Proposal from Teamsters Local Union #856 (M&O) to Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action

17.2 Approve Memo of Understanding between Maintenance and Operations, Teamsters Local No. 856 and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action

17.3 Conduct Public Hearing Regarding Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for College Park High School Athletic Facility Improvements. Action

17.4 Creation of Board Policy 5131.62 and Administrative Regulation 5131.62 to prohibit students against tobacco use. Info

17.5 Revision of Board Policy 3513.3 and Administrative Regulation 3513.3 Info

17.6 BP 6174 Education for English Learners AP 6174 Education for English Language Learners Info

17.7 Revise Job Description for Assistant Director, College and Career, Adult Education Action

17.8 Mt. Diablo Adult Education seeks approval to submit a grant application for $75,000 to Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) Action

17.9 Meeting Extension Action

17.10 Approve agreement between Mt. Diablo Unified School District and Santa Clara County Office of Education Action

17.11 Memorandum of Understanding with City of Concord to co-fund School Resource Officers for the 2014/2015 School Year at District High Schools in Concord Action

17.12 Legal Services Contracts Action

17.13 Adoption of Middle School Math Common Core Courses of Study. Info/Action

17.14 Approve course name change from Algebra Readiness to Math 8. Action

17.15 Community Facilities District # 1 (Measure A) Action

17.16 Hold Public Hearing and adopt Resolution of Intent to Dedicate an Easement at Clayton Valley Charter High School Action

17.17 Approve Short Term Facilities Lease Agreement with YMCA of the Central Bay Area at Strandwood ES. 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 Info

21.0 Adjournment
21.1 Adjourn Meeting Info”

What items are of most interest to you?

Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 145 Comments »

Nearly 100 candidates seek school board seats in Contra Costa County

As the election filing deadline neared in Contra Costa County on Friday, nearly 100 candidates had taken out papers for more than 20 school board races.

The filing deadline will be extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday in 11 districts where some incumbents are not seeking re-election. These include: The Acalanes, Brentwood, Byron, John Swett, Lafayette, Moraga, Mt. Diablo, Orinda, Pittsburg, Walnut Creek and West Contra Costa districts.

Just before the filing deadline, it appeared that nearly all of the races would be contested, with most incumbents facing challengers. Here is a list of the races and candidates who had qualified for the ballot by 5 p.m. Friday, followed by potential candidates who had taken out papers, but had not yet completed all the ballot requirements.

County Board of Education, Area 2: Incumbent Christine Deane and Ray Andersen.

County Board of Education, Area 4: Incumbent Richard Asadoorian and Mike Maxwell.

County Board of Education, Area 5: Incumbent Cynthia Ruehling and Jeff Belle.

Community College, Ward 1: Incumbent John Marquez and Cheryl Sudduth.

Community College, Ward 3: Tim Farley and incumbent Matthew Rinn.

Community College, Ward 4: Incumbent John Nejedly (unopposed).

Acalanes: Incumbent Susan (Susie) Epstein, incumbent Nancy Kendzierski, Kristen Correll and Robert Hockett.

Acalanes (short term): Incumbent J. Richard Whitmore (unopposed).

Antioch Unified School District: Incumbent Joy Motts, Incumbent Gary Hack and Debra Vinson and Walter Ruehlig.

Brentwood: Incumbent Emil Geddes, incumbent Heather Partida, John A. Fjeldstad, Scott S. Dudek, Susan Wallace, Johnny Rodriguez, Christina Bell and Marci Lapriore.

Byron Union: Incumbent Jill Marlene Sprenkel, Felicia Schweller and Tania Salinas. Not yet qualified: Karri Jo Murayama.

Byron (short term): Incumbent Betty Sanchez. Not yet qualified: Gina Larmar Parish.

Canyon Elementary: Incumbent David James Smith, incumbent Ian Llewellyn and incumbent Geronimo Bernard.

John Swett: Incumbent Brian Colombo, Michael Kirker and Deborah A. Brandon.

Knightsen: Incumbent Liesel Williams, Patrick Hulleman and Kristen L. Fuller, incumbent Ralph Adam McMeans and Robin Denise Pastor.

Lafayette: Incumbent Teresa Gerringer and incumbent David Gerson and Suzy Pak.

Liberty: Incumbent Roy Ghiggeri, incumbent Daron Spears, incumbent Joanne Louise Byer and Pauline Allred.

Martinez: Incumbent Deidre Siguenza, incumbent Roberta “Bobbi” Horack and Ronald Skrehot.

Moraga: Incumbent Parker Colvin, Heather O’Donnell and Jonathan Nickens.

Moraga (short term): Not yet qualified: Heather o’Donnell.

Mt. Diablo: Incumbent Linda Mayo, incumbent Cheryl Hansen, Michael Langley, Herbert Lee, Debra Mason and James Ryan Egnor-Keil.

Oakley: Incumbent Gloria Jean Lott, incumbent Mark Jordan and incumbent Arthur Fernande.

Orinda: Incumbent Juliane Rossiter, Hillary Shayne Weiner, Carol Brown and Jason Kaune. Not yet qualified: incumbent Christopher Clark Severson.

Pittsburg: Incumbent Joe Arenivar, incumbent Duane Smith and De’Shawn Woolridge. Not yet qualified: Daniel Borsuk.

San Ramon Valley: Incumbent Ken Mintz, incumbent Rachel Hurd, incumbent Denise Jennison and Jerome Pandell.

Walnut Creek: Incumbent Barbara Pennington, Stacey Schweppe, Aimee Moss, Heidi Hernandez Gatty and Sherri McGoff.

West Contra Costa: Incumbent Madeline Kronenberg, incumbent Elaine Merriweather, Elizabeth (Liz) Block, Chester Stevens, Raquel Donoso, Otheree Christian, Mister Phillips and Peter Nicholas Chau. Not yet qualified: Charlene W. Harlan-Ogbeide, Valerie Cuevas and Giorgio Cosentino.

Which candidates do you support?

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014
Under: Contra Costa Community College District, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa County Board of Education, Education, Election, John Swett district, Lafayette school district, Liberty district, Martinez school district, Moraga, Mt. Diablo school district, Oakley district, Orinda, Pittsburg school district, San Ramon Valley school district, Walnut Creek School District, West Contra Costa school district | 14 Comments »

Principal of Northgate High in Walnut Creek resigns

I have received the following message from the Northgate HS Parent Faculty Club in Walnut Creek from Principal John McMorris, announcing his resignation.

“Dear Northgate Community,

It is with great regret that I announce to you that I have resigned as principal of Northgate High School.

For six years, it has been my biggest honor and highest accomplishment to be your principal. Together, we have moved Northgate forward and created a strong, collaborative and supportive community between all the stakeholders of our school. We have transformed Northgate into a school that we can all be proud of — Bronco spirit pervades our community; test scores are up; AP classes have increased; football lights shine and a pool is being built; dedicated teachers have been empowered to create dynamic and collaborative professional learning communities; WASC commended us for our outstanding leadership and direction; our athletes perform at the highest levels; our performing arts continue to win awards and recognition; and our students are learning at high levels and are committed and involved in their school. We have a lot to be proud of.

There is still work to be done, and I am confident that the collaboration between students, teachers, staff, administrators and parents will continue to build on our past successes. I know you will continue to fight for the best education for all of the Northgate students.

I have too many people to thank to name them all here. And, frankly, every parent, student, and staff member who has walked through those doors over the last 6 years has helped make Northgate a better place, and I am forever indebted to everyone’s hard work, dedication, and support.

As I have said over the past six years, Northgate has the best students I have ever had the privilege to work with. I leave with countless memories of these amazing students. Your children give me great hope for our future!

It has been a great six years to be a Bronco!

Most sincerely,

John McMorris”

Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2014
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Walnut Creek | 39 Comments »

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

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

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

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

6.0 Reconvene Open Session
6.1 Reconvene Open Session at 7:30 p.m. Info

7.0 Preliminary Business
7.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

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

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

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

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

11.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

12.0 Reports/Information
12.1 Community Advisory Committee Annual Report Info

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

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

14.0 Consent Agenda Action
14.1 (Item #1) Items listed under Consent Agenda are considered routine and will be approved/adopted by a single motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items; however, any item may be removed from the consent agenda upon the request of any member of the Board and acted upon separately. Action
14.2 (Item #2) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
14.3 (Item #3) Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-2015 School Year Action
14.4 (Item #4) Approval of Variable Term Waiver Request Action
14.5 (Item #5) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
14.6 (Item #6) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase/Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) and Change Funding for the 2014-15 School Year Action
14.7 (Item #7) Revision of Administrative Regulation 4317.1 Action
14.8 (Item #8) Fiscal Transactions for the month of May 2014. Action
14.9 (Item #9) Request to Approve Independent Services Contract with Mt. Diablo Unified School District and Solution Tree, Inc. Action
14.10 (Item #10) Approval of School Site Comprehensive School Safety Plans for 2014-15 Action
14.11 (Item #11) Approve Increase to Contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Paradigm HealthCare Services, Inc. for the 2013-14 Fiscal Year Action
14.12 (Item #12) Increase of Independent Services Contract with Martha Pollock, LCSW at Ygnacio Valley High School. Action
14.13 (Item #13) Approve contract increase to independent service contract with Kristin Obrinsky, Physical Therapist Action
14.14 (Item #14) Adjustments to Non Public Agency Ed Support Services for the 2013-14 school year for services rendered Action
14.15 (Item #15) Approve Master Contract/Purchase Order with Non-Public Agency Ed Support Services for the 2014-15 School Year Action
14.16 (Item #16) Execution of Master Contracts/Purchase Orders for Non-Public Schools for the 2014-15 school year Action
14.17 (Item #17) Approval of Master Contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Speech Pathology Group for Speech and Language services for the 2014 Extended School Year Program and the 2014-15 school year. Action
14.18 (Item #18) Approve contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and AccentCare Home Care Services, Non Public Agency (NPA), for the 2014-2015 school year Action
14.19 (Item #19) Memorandum of Understanding between Mt. Diablo Unified School District and the Contra Costa County Probation Department Action
14.20 (Item #20) Approve Independent Service Contract between Mt. Diablo CARES After School Program and Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) Action
14.21 (Item #21) Approve Independent Service Contract between Mt. Diablo CARES After School Program and Resource Development Associates (RDA) Action
14.22 (Item #22) Renewal of Independent Service Contract with David H. Costa for Courier Service for Food Services and site pick-up to financial institution. Action
14.23 (Item #23) Resolution #13/14-54 for Authorization to Award Summer Contracts Action
14.24 (Item #24) PULLED BY STAFF: Award of RFQ #1683: Supplemental Student Transportation Services Action
14.25 (Item #25) Food and Nutrition Services Purchase order 2014-2015 Action
14.26 (Item #26) Food and Nutrition Services Purchases 2014-2015 Action
14.27 (Item #27) Revise Environmental Course of Study Action
14.28 (Item #28) Approve 2014-2015 Single Plans for Student Achievement Action
14.29 (Item #29) Approval of Final (deductive) Change Order to Taber Construction, Inc. for LLB #1644 – New Chemistry Classroom Building at Ygnacio Valley High School Action
14.30 (Item #30) Award Design Services Contract to Verde Design, Inc. for Athletic Facility Improvements at Mt. Diablo High School Action
14.31 (Item #31) Notice of Completion for Lease Leaseback #1644: New Chemistry Classroom Building at Ygnacio Valley High School Action
14.32 (Item #32) Increase to Independent Services Contract with AA Medtrans Action
14.33 (Item #33) Request to increase Purchase Order for VeCare Health Services. Action
14.34 (Item #34) Minutes for the Board of Education Special Meeting held on August 21, 2013 Action
14.35 (Item #35) Minutes for the Board of Education Special Meeting held on August 5, 2013 Action
14.36 (Item #36) Minutes for the Board of Education Special Meeting held on July 31, 2013 Action
15.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

16.0 Communications
16.1 District Organizations – At regular Board meetings, a single spokesperson of each recognized district organization may make a brief presentation following the Consent Agenda. Items are limited to those which are informational. Info

17.0 Public Comment
17.1 The public may address the Board regarding any item within the jurisdiction of the Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District that is not on this agenda. These presentations are limited to three minutes each, or a total of thirty minutes for all speakers, or the three minute limit may be shortened. If there are multiple speakers on any one subject, the public comment period may be moved to the end of the meeting. Speakers are not allowed to yield their time. Info

18.0 Business/Action Items

18.1 Walnut Creek Sister City International Program Info/Action

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

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

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

18.5 Meeting Extension Action

18.6 Update to the Local Education Plan: Title III Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18.14 Addition of Monthly Board Meeting Action

18.15 Second Meeting Extension Action

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

18.17 Legal Services Contract with Latisha McCray, Contract Attorney Action

18.18 Post Retirement Contract for Adult Education Administrator. Action

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

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

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

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

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

18.24 Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on May 28, 2014 Action

19.0 Future Agenda Items
19.1 Future Agenda Items Info

20.0 Closed Session
20.1 Items not completed during the first Closed Session will be carried over to this closed session. Action
21.0 Adjournment
21.1 Adjourn Meeting Info
22.0 Reconvene Open Session
22.1 Reconvene Open Session Info”

What items interest you?

Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 91 Comments »

Northgate High senior projects help others

After reading about group research projects presented by eighth-graders at Foothill Middle School in Walnut Creek, Northgate High parent Mark Hearn contacted me to spread the word about intensive senior projects presented each year by students at that Mt. Diablo district school.

Here is what he wrote in an e-mail:

“As a local parent of three kids all in the Mt. Diablo system, Valle Verde, Foothill and Northgate, I cannot begin to express how valuable and special the Northgate Senior project is. For the past 15 years (as I understand) Northgate seniors have been required in their second semester to participate in this event as part of their English class.

“Not only have all three of my kids participated but thousands of other students and yes, us parents get sucked into this amazing process. Each student is required to ask a question, and then over the course of the semester write a paper and develop a project around their question with a final conclusion.

These range from how to raise awareness of human sex trafficking in young girls to why do doctors only want to medicate kids with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) versus using cognitive psychology.

“I am proud that our son Kyle raised over $4,750 for the Agape International Mission, whose charter is to prevent, rescue, restore and re-integrate those affected by sex trafficking. He not only spoke at the local St. Matthew church, but also Walnut Creek Presbyterian, and was recognized at Industrial Light and Magic’s (Lucas Films) recent screening of ‘The Pink Room’ — an Emmy-nominated documentary about this horrific yet huge issue.

“Right in our own backyard on Monument Boulevard is one of the largest hubs in Northern California and California is one of the largest regions in the U.S.,” Kyle stated during his presentation to the congregation.

“I mention all of this because for the fourth year in a row I judged with other parents, businessmen and even (Walnut Creek) Councilman Bob Simmons to hear some great presentations and thought you might want to raise awareness of this great program.”

More information about Agape International and The Pink Room is at agapewebsite.org.

I have previously written about Northgate senior Anna Waletzko, whose senior project was to put on a benefit concert to raise money for the Mt. Diablo Education Foundation. She and other music advocates spoke passionately to the school board about the need to reinstate elementary music, which was cut several years ago.

Based partially on this advocacy, the school board has decided to bring back instrumental music instruction in the fifth grade.

I also attended a benefit concert put on by another senior to raise money for The Eliminate Project, sponsored by Kiwanis International, to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide by providing vaccines. The sale of concert tickets and related merchandise raised $1,806.

“That ends up being a total of 1,000 mothers and their future children that we’ve saved,” said the student, while the audience stood and cheered.

A Kiwanis rep said UNICEF started Project Eliminate in 2000, when 59 countries were facing epidemics of neonatal tetanus.

“A baby is dying every nine minutes from this dreaded disease,” the rep said. “We don’t hear about it in the United States.”

He thanked the Northgate High community for helping to solve this global problem.

“Tonight, all of you who are here and bought a ticket saved three-and-a-half or four-and-a-half lives,” he said. “And as Kiwanian, I salute all of you.”

How are students in your community making a difference?

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | No Comments »

MDUSD board on Wednesday to appoint new administrators, unveil Local Control Accountability Plan

Now that the Mt. Diablo school board has approved a reorganization plan presented by Superintendent Nellie Meyer, it is ready to start appointing people to fill the newly created positions. On Wednesday, the board expects to appoint two new assistant superintendents, an executive director of operations, interim director of budget and fiscal services, director of College/Career/Adult School, director of Measure C, director of School Support and Accountability, director of special projects and five school support administrators.

Here is the complete agenda for the meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the district board room:

“TYPE: Regular Board Meeting
DATE: 6/4/2014 TIME: 7:30 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
2.0 Announcements
2.1 In closed session, the Board will consider the items listed on the closed session agenda. Info

3.0 Public Comment
3.1 The public may address the Board concerning items that are scheduled for discussion during closed session only. These presentations are limited to three minutes each, or a total of thirty minutes for all speakers or the three minute limit may be shortened. Speakers are not allowed to yield their time. Info

4.0 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m.
4.1 Adjourn to Closed Session Info

5.0 Closed Session Agenda
5.1 Negotiations – The Board may discuss negotiations or provide direction to its representatives regarding represented employees, pursuant to EERA (Govt. Code Section 3549.1) Agency negotiators: Julie Braun Martin and Deborah Cooksey, Agencies: MDEA, CSEA, Teamsters M&O, Local One CST, MDSPA, and Supervisory. Info/Action
5.2 Conference with Negotiators – Unrepresented Employees – Diablo Managers Association. Negotiators: Dr. Nellie Meyer and Larry Schoenke, Interim General Counsel Info/Action
5.3 Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation (Gov. Code Sec. 54956.9(b) Significant Exposure to Litigation: 1 case Info/Action

6.0 Reconvene Open Session
6.1 Reconvene Open Session at 7:30 p.m. Info

7.0 Preliminary Business
7.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

8.0 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session
8.1 Negotiations – The Board may discuss negotiations or provide direction to its representatives regarding represented employees, pursuant to EERA (Govt. Code Section 3549.1) Agency negotiators: Julie Braun Martin and Deborah Cooksey, Agencies: MDEA, CSEA, Teamsters M&O, Local One CST, MDSPA, and Supervisory. Info/Action
8.2 Conference with Negotiators – Unrepresented Employees – Diablo Managers Association. Negotiators: Dr. Nellie Meyer and Larry Schoenke, Interim General Counsel Info/Action
8.3 Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation (Gov. Code Sec. 54956.9(b) Significant Exposure to Litigation: 1 case Info/Action

9.0 Recognitions and Resolutions
9.1 Recognition of the Northgate High School Jazz Band Info

10.0 Board Member Reports
10.1 Board Member Reports Info

11.0 Superintendent’s Report
11.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

12.0 Reports/Information
12.1 Annual Report of the 2010 Measure C Citizens Bond Oversight Committee Info

12.2 Final Report – 2002 Measure C Citizens Bond Oversight Committee Info

13.0 Public Employee Appointment
13.1 Appointment of Assistant Superintendents (2) Action

13.2 Appointment of Executive Director, Operations Action

13.3 Appointment of Interim Director of Budget and Fiscal Services. Action

13.4 Appointment of Director of College/Career/Adult School Action

13.5 Appointment of Director, Measure C. Action

13.6 Appointment of Director, School Support and Accountability Action

13.7 Appointment of Director, Special Projects Action

13.8 Appointment of School Support Administrator, – 5 Positions 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) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
14.4 (Item #4) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 School Year Action
14.5 (Item #5) Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators Action
14.6 (Item #6) Approval of Variable Term Waiver for CBEST Request for 30-Day Substitute Teacher Permits for the 2014-2015 school year. Action
14.7 (Item #7) CIF North Coast Representative for MDUSD High Schools 2014-2015 Action
14.8 (Item #8) Adjustments to NPS Contracts/Purchase Orders Action
14.9 (Item #9) Approve Increase to Purchase Order for Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) to Provide Temporary One-to-One Assistants for Special Education Students during the 2013-2014 School Year Action
14.10 Item #10) Request approval of independent service contract with Laurie Gulutzan, MFT, to provide counseling services to the students at Crossroads High School Action
14.11 (Item #11) Approve contracts with DataWorks Educational Research for services provided at Bel Air Elementary during June and July 2014. Action
14.12 (Item #12) Approval of new text for Economics course, “Economics: Concepts and Choices”, Holt McDougal Action
14.13 (Item #13) Procurement of Technology upgrades, Installation and Wiring for Bel Air Elementary Action
14.14 (Item #14) Award of Bid #1676: Theatre Audio Equipment at College Park High School Action
14.15 (Item #15) Award of Bid #1677: Theatre Drapes and Curtains at College Park High School Action
14.16 (Item #16) Award of Bid #1678: Theatre Lighting Fixtures and Controls for College Park High School Action
14.17 (Item #17) Notice of Completion for Bid #1645: Sports Field Lighting at Ygnacio Valley High School Action
14.18 (Item #18) Approval of Final (deductive) Change Order to Taber Construction, Inc. for Bid 1645 – Sports Field Lighting at Ygnacio Valley High School Action
14.19 (Item #19) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on August 14, 2013 Action
14.20 (Item #20) Minutes for the Special Board of Education Meeting held on August 21, 2013 Action

15.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

16.0 Public Comment
16.1 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 presentation 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

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 Business/Action Items
18.1 Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Info

18.2 Public Hearing on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Info

18.3 Request to Approve Tentative Agreement between Public Employees Union Local I (CST) and the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD)Regarding Articles 41 and 42. Action

18.4 Salary Increase for all Classified and Certificated Employees not Represented by a Bargaining Unit Action

18.5 (Item #8) Increase purchase order with Speech Pathology Group. Action

18.6 Mt. Diablo Adult Education Memorandum of Understanding with Contra Costa Community College District. Action

18.7 Mt. Diablo Adult Education Memorandum of Understanding with Monument Impact. Action

18.8 CAC Membership Renewal Recommendation for Community Advisory Committee (CAC). Action

18.9 Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department contract with Mt. Diablo Adult Education. Action

18.10 Approval of the Course of Study for AP Physics C: Mechanics Info/Action

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

18.12 MDUSD Graduation Requirement Board Policy & Administrative Regulation Info/Action

18.13 Meeting Extension Action

18.14 Adoption of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Annual Budget Plan and Annual Service Plan for the 2014-2015 School Year. Action

18.15 Adoption of Multimedia I Course of Study Info

18.16 Adoption of Multimedia II Course of Study Info

18.17 Adoption of Multimedia III Course of Study Info

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

18.19 Revision of BP 5141.32 Child Health and Disability Prevention Program Info

18.20 Revision of BP 5141.31 Immunizations and AR 5141.31 Immunizations Info

18.21 2014-2015 Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA) Info

18.22 Title I Schoolwide – Diablo Community Day, Sunrise Elementary, El Dorado Middle, Mt. Diablo HS, Ygnacio Valley HS, , Gateway Continuation High, Crossroads Continuation High and Olympic Continuation High. Info

18.23 Public Hearing for the Adoption of the 2014-15 Proposed Budget. Info

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 Info

22.0 Adjournment
22.1 Adjourn Meeting Info”

The district is currently advertising to fill the third new assistant superintendent position, along with the director of personnel and director of special ed positions. Do you believe this reorganization will improve the district?

Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 56 Comments »

MDUSD superintendent aims to reorganize central office to improve accountability and support

MDUSD Superintendent Nellie Meyer has unveiled a plan to overhaul the district office administrative chain of command.

MDUSD Superintendent Nellie Meyer has unveiled a plan to overhaul the district office administrative chain of command.

Dramatic changes are on the horizon in the Mt. Diablo school district’s central office.

Superintendent Nellie Meyer, who came to the district from San Diego last September, unveiled a reorganization plan Wednesday that would abolish the current chief financial officer position, along with three assistant superintendent positions responsible for personnel, special education and student services, and Student Achievement and School Support, known as SASS.

Her report came two days after the board voted Monday in closed session not to renew contracts for the current administrators who hold those four positions: CFO Bryan Richards and assistant superintendents Julie Braun-Martin, Kerri Mills and Rose Lock.

“It is really a product of the first six months of my going to many different schools and looking at the organization and going through and asking a lot of questions about how things work and how things are organized,” Meyer said. “What I found, which is not atypical, is that after the series of years of budget cuts, there were gaps in the support. And then also there is the age-old perception or reality of central office versus site, which occurs often in very large districts.”

Meyer’s report cited “a strong perception of a disconnect between the students and schools, and the central office referred to as ‘DENT.” The district office’s official name is the James W. Dent Education Center.

“It was unclear who really was in charge of certain departments,” Meyer said. “It was unclear where a school might find support for different things.”

Meyer’s plan includes three new assistant superintendent positions: one each for elementary schools, middle schools and high schools.

“This is the structure by which we will see direct, responsive, clear lines of authority and support,” according to Meyer’s report. “All structures rely on strong staff, and the development and training of staff to these new roles will be ongoing. Staff will be required to think creatively, to problem-solve and to focus on our like mission of serving students.”

The assistant superintendents will be accountable for all academic and operational needs at the schools they oversee.

“This position is responsible for sharing and developing best practices, as well as ensuring equity of service,” Meyer’s report states. “In addition, they will be the point of contact to support the principal and community when resolving conflicts. As we continue to restore student supports, they will be responsible for a smooth implementation.”

Meyer also proposed creating two executive directors — one for operations and one for school support. Along with the general counsel, Meyer wants the executive directors and assistant superintendents to make up her “cabinet.” Now, the general counsel, chief financial officer and current assistant superintendents make up the superintendent’s council.

In the proposal, 10 administrators would report directly to Meyer: three assistant superintendents, two executive directors and five directors — one each for budget and fiscal services; human resources; Measure C bond construction projects; special projects; and college, career and adult school.

Meyer’s report calls for several of these top administrators to “be responsible for ensuring prompt, responsive, direct service” to schools and/or employees and the community.

The complete proposal is at http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=8526&mtgId=460.

Although the board appeared receptive to the plan, a special education parent expressed concerns about the elimination of an assistant superintendent level administrator overseeing special education services. Under the reorganization, a director of special education would report to the executive director of instructional support.

Meyer told the parent that she believes all directors should have direct access to the superintendent. She invited those with questions or concerns to e-mail her at meyern@mdusd.org.

The board expects to vote on the plan May 28.

Do you agree with the proposal?

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 139 Comments »

MDUSD board to meet Wednesday to discuss district office reorg., restoring funding for athletics, elementary vps and clerical positions

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the district office board room at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord to vote on a district office reorganization that appears to be under discussion in closed session tonight. In addition, the board expects to vote on restoring funding for high school sports, four elementary vice principals and restoring the hours of clerical, secretarial and technical staff that were cut during lean budget years.

Here is the complete agenda:

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

2.0 Announcements
2.1 In closed session, the Board will consider the items listed on the closed session agenda. Info

3.0 Public Comment
3.1 The public may address the Board concerning items that are scheduled for discussion during closed session only. These presentations are limited to three minutes each, or a total of thirty minutes for all speakers or the three minute limit may be shortened. Speakers are not allowed to yield their time. Info

4.0 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m.

5.0 Closed Session Agenda
5.1 Expulsion of Student #6-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
5.2 Expulsion of Student #7-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
5.3 Release of Public Employees Action
5.4 Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation (Gov. Code Sec. 54956.9(b) Significant Exposure to Litigation: 1 case Info/Action
5.5 Existing litigation – Roaldson v. MDUSD Info/Action
5.6 Existing litigation – Jane Doe v. MDUSD Info/Action
5.7 Conference with Negotiators – Unrepresented Employees – Diablo Managers Association. Negotiators: Dr. Nellie Meyer and Larry Schoenke, Interim General Counsel Info/Action
5.8 District Reorganization Action

6.0 Reconvene Open Session
6.1 Reconvene Open Session at 7:30 p.m. Info

7.0 Preliminary Business
7.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

8.0 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session
8.1 Expulsion of Student #6-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.2 Expulsion of Student #7-14 from all regular schools of Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Action
8.3 Release of Public Employees Action
8.4 Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation (Gov. Code Sec. 54956.9(b) Significant Exposure to Litigation: 1 case Info/Action
8.5 Existing litigation – Roaldson v. MDUSD Info/Action
8.6 Existing litigation – Jane Doe v. MDUSD Info/Action
8.7 Conference with Negotiators – Unrepresented Employees – Diablo Managers Association. Negotiators: Dr. Nellie Meyer and Larry Schoenke, Interim General Counsel Info/Action
8.8 District Reorganization Action

9.0 Student Representatives

10.0 Recognitions and Resolutions
10.1 Resolution #13/14-49 Day of the Teacher Action
10.2 Resolution #13/14-50 Classified Employees’ Week Action
10.3 Asian Pacific Heritage Month Action
10.4 Resolution #13/14-51 Brown v. Board of Education Action

11.0 Board Member Reports
11.1 Board Reports Info

12.0 Superintendent’s Report
12.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

13.0 Reports/Information
13.1 Presentaton of AB 1266 Info

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) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-15 School Year Action
14.4 (Item #4) Changes in status of the following classified employees. Action
14.5 (Item #5) Classified Personnel: Resolution of Reduction or Discontinuance of Classified Employees (Classified Layoff) Resolution No. 14/15-43 Action
14.6 (Item #6) Fiscal Transactions for the month of April 2014. Action
14.7 (Item #7) Adoption of “Pre-Calculus” Course of Study Action
14.8 (Item #8) Approve Independent Services Contract with Pivot Learning Partners Action
14.9 (Item #9) Contract addendum; Additional counseling services provided by John F. Kennedy University Action
14.10 (Item #10) Staff requests authorization for Meadow Homes Elementary to serve as a CREATE CA Turnaround Arts Program School. Action
14.11 (Item #11) Pine Hollow Middle School Trip to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Iowa Action
14.12 (Item #12) Award of Bid for RFQ #1679: Fire System Testing Action
14.13 (Item #13) Award of Request for Quotation #1673: Asbestos Abatement Services Action
14.14 (Item #14) Notice of Award for Request For Quotations #1681: Flooring Improvements Action
14.15 (Item #15) Notice of Completion for Lease Leaseback #1615: Campus Core Improvements at College Park High School Action
14.16 (Item #16) Approve Final Deductive Change Order #1615-001 (FCO) associated with Lease-Leaseback Agreement to Robert A. Bothman, Inc. for Campus Core Improvements at College Park High School. Action
14.17 (Item #17) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on September 11, 2013 Action

15.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

16.0 Public Comment
16.1 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 presentation 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

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 Business/Action Items
18.1 Revision of BP 5141.33 Head Lice Info

18.2 Creation of AR 5141.33 Head Lice to compliment BP 5141.33 Info

18.3 Revision of BP 5141.31 Immunizations and AR 5141.31 Immunizations Info

18.4 Revision of BP 5141.32 Child Health and Disability Prevention Program Info

18.5 Restoration of High School Athletics Info/Action

18.6 Restore Four (4) Elementary Vice Principal Positions Action

18.7 Restoration of hours and days for CST positions that were reduced during the budget cuts of 2010-11. Action

18.8 Salary Increase for all Classified and Certificated Employees not Represented by a Bargaining Unit Action

18.9 Reclassify eligible Coordinator, Student Services 6-8 to Vice Principal, Middle School and eligible Coordinator, Student/Community Services 9-12 positions to Vice Principal, High School Action

18.10 Reclassification of Classified Position in the Local One, Clerical, Secretarial, Technical (CST) Unit Action

18.11 Opportunity for public response to the Sunshine Reopener from Local One, Clerical, Secretarial & Technical (CST) Unit. Action

18.12 Approve 3D Modeling Course of Study Action

18.13 Presentation of new text for Economics course, “Economics: Concepts and Choices”, Holt McDougal Info

18.14 Revision of Board Policy 0410 (Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities). Action

18.15 Creation of Administrative Regulation 5145.3 (Nondiscrimination/Harassment & Transgender Regulation). Action

18.16 Revision of Administrative Regulation 6145.2 (Nondiscrimination and Equivalent Opportunities in the Athletic Program) Action

18.17 Revision of Board Policy 5145.3(Nondiscrimination/Harassment) Action

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

18.19 YVHS’s Contract with Martha Pollock Increase Info/Action

18.20 Award lease/leaseback contract to EF Brett & Company, Inc. for construction of the CVCHS Athletic Facility Improvements Project for a guaranteed maximum cost of $2,716,886.64. Action

18.21 Minutes for the Special Board of Education Meeting held on March 24, 2014 Action

18.22 Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on April 30, 2014 Action

18.23 District Reorganization 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 Info

22.0 Adjournment
22.1 Adjourn Meeting Info”

It is interesting that the board is voting on the expensive restoration of programs and positions BEFORE presenting its draft Local Control Accountability Plan. These items are likely part of the plan. But by voting on them before showing the public the entire plan, it’s difficult for the public to know how these ideas fit into the bigger picture.

It is also surprising that the board intends to VOTE on a “District Reorganization” at the very end of the meeting, with NO written staff report explaining what that reorganization entails. This gives the public virtually NO information ahead of time, meaning the board plans to make this important decision with very little public input.

Many other districts, including West Contra Costa and Berkeley, have already released their draft Local Accountability Plans for discussion before major budget decisions are made.

Do you think the board should vote on major district expenditures and changes before discussing its draft Local Accountability Plan?

Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014
Under: Mt. Diablo school district | 60 Comments »

MDUSD board to meet tonight to vote on layoff, hold closed session regarding top district administrator contracts and reorganization

The Mt. Diablo school board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to vote on the layoff of one PE teacher at Concord High, then a closed session to discuss the release of unspecified public employees, the contracts of the CFO and three assistant superintendents, and future reorganization.

The open session is in the district office board room at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. Here is the agenda:

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 President will call the meeting to order Info
2.0 Preliminary Business
2.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

3.0 Public Comment
3.1 The public may address the Board regarding any item within the jurisdiction of the Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District regardless of whether or not it is agendized on the Open or Closed Session 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. Speakers are not allowed to yield their time. Info

4.0 Business/Action Items
4.1 Implement Staff’s Recommendation to Decrease the Number of Certificated Employees Due to a Reduction or Elimination of Particular Kinds of Service Action

5.0 Adjourn to Closed Session

5.1 Release of Public Employees Action

5.2 Conference with Negotiators – Unrepresented Employees – Diablo Managers Association. Negotiators: Dr. Nellie Meyer and Larry Schoenke, Interim General Counsel Action

6.0 Reconvene Open Session
6.1 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session Action
7.0 Adjournment”

The agenda item for item 5.2 states: “Discussion of Superintendent’s Council Contracts and future reorganization.”

The superintendent’s council consists of: CFO Bryan Richards, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Julie Braun-Martin, Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement and School Support Rose Lock and Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services/Special Education Kerri Mills. Although it also includes the general counsel, Braun-Martin has informed me that the current general counsel is on a post-retirement contract, so I don’t believe his contract is up for discussion at this time, especially since he will be meeting with the board along with Superintendent Nellie Meyer to discuss this agenda item.

Normally, the district webcasts the open portions of the meeting live and later archives them at: http://www.livestream.com/mtdiablounifiedschooldistrict/

Do you believe the board should renew the contracts for members of the superintendent’s council?

Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014
Under: Education, Mt. Diablo school district | 5 Comments »