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MDUSD board to make several appointments tonight

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 7:21 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district

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”

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Nearly 100 candidates seek school board seats in Contra Costa County

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 6:30 pm in 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

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.

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Torlakson or Tuck? Who will you choose for state Superintendent of Public Instruction?

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, August 4th, 2014 at 5:26 pm in California, Education, Tom Torlakson

Marshall Tuck greets Dan Hatfield

Marshall Tuck greets Dan Hatfield

Tom Torlakson walks into Contra Costa Times editorial board interview

Tom Torlakson walks into Contra Costa Times editorial board interview

An incumbent former teacher who is a seasoned politician is running against a challenger known as an education reformer and political outsider in the race for state schools chief.

In interviews with the editorial board of this newspaper, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and his opponent Marshall Tuck revealed similarities and differences in their opinions about education issues.

Torlakson said he waiting to see the final judgment in the recent Vergara court case, where a judge struck down California’s teacher tenure laws, before deciding whether or not to appeal.

“We want the most highly qualified, excellent teachers in front of all of our students in all of their classes, so I am working diligently on different ways to accomplish that,” Torlakson said. “At the same time, I want to make sure that the final judgment doesn’t detrimentally affect our ability to recruit and retain our teachers.”

Granting tenure after two years is reasonable if teacher training programs provide hands-on classroom experience and if competent administrators provide adequate programs to mentor and evaluate teachers, along with peer reviews when they first become teachers, he said.

Tuck wholeheartedly supported the judge’s decision and promised to drop any appeal the state files if he’s elected. He said most people he’s talked to in the state believe that tenure laws are not benefiting kids.

“I think that kind of lack of leadership — where it requires a lawsuit by students rather than true leadership by elected officials to really drive change that we know our kids need — was a big challenge,” he said.

After the lawsuit was filed, Tuck said the state superintendent of public instruction, whose job is to advocate for kids, should have been the first witness for the plaintiffs. After the ruling came out, Tuck said the state superintendent should have immediately begun working to fix the system.

Both men are passionate about improving education statewide. They agree that it’s important to help charter schools succeed and to share best practices among teachers at all public schools. They also want to help schools involve parents in their children’s education.

However, they have taken different paths to accomplish their goals.

Torlakson has worked as a classroom teacher and legislator, collaborating with others to pass laws to benefit students. While in office, he has convened education leaders and others to create a Greatness By Design report focused on “supporting outstanding teaching to sustain a golden state,” A Blueprint for Great Schools report, No Child Left Offline report and a report on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM. He has worked to implement Common Core standards and the new Local Control Funding Formula, which shifts more money to schools with a high percentage of disadvantaged students.

“I’m determined. I‘m a bulldog when it comes to getting things done,” Torlakson said. “I’m a coalition builder. I’m a team builder. I’m a coach. I’m a teacher. I’ve done some good work by building strong teams.”

Tuck, who started his career as an investment banker in his early 20s, later transitioned into running Green Dot charter schools, then working with the Mayor of Los Angeles to turn around low-performing schools in the city.

“I jumped into education full time in 2002. I made the decision that I wanted to spend my time and energy helping as many people have a better life as possible,” he said. “(With the) combination of values I was raised with growing up, I decided, ‘I’m jumping off the material success train and jumping on the helping people and better life train.’ And to me, there’s nothing better than education to do that.”

Torlakson has strong backing from the California Teachers’ Association. Tuck says the voices of parents should be given more weight.

But, like Torlakson, Tuck said change can only happen if everyone comes together behind common goals.
“Without question,” Tuck said, “to get to where California needs to get to — which is everybody focused on a kids first agenda — we’re going to need everybody on the same team.”

Here’s the complete video of the Torlakson interview: http://www.contracostatimes.com/endorsements/ci_26245676/editorial-board-meeting-incumbent-tom-torlakson

Here’s the complete video of the Tuck interview: http://www.contracostatimes.com/endorsements/ci_26245679/editorial-board-meeting-marshall-tuck

Here are two short videos of Torlakson and Tuck in which they were free to talk for one minute about why they want to be California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Torlakson: http://www.tout.com/m/f4d4j2

Tuck: http://www.tout.com/m/8kgfj5

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Middle and high school students can vote in mock statewide election this fall

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 9:59 am in Education, Election

Poster encourages students to vote in mock election

Poster encourages students to vote in mock election

To interest students in the candidates for governor and proposition issues on the November statewide ballot, the Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction are sponsoring an October 28 mock election.

“Mock elections are a great way for young people to experience firsthand what it’s like to make informed decisions at the ballot box,” said Debra Bowen, Secretary of State, in a prepared statement. “As students learn about the candidates and issues, they discover how government and politics affect every part of their lives.”

Since 2004, the Secretary of State’s office has sponsored a mock election for middle and high school students every two years. Participation has grown from 647 schools a decade ago to a record 735 schools in 2012, including 88 from the East Bay.

This year, the state is hoping that even more schools will sign up for the 2014 My Vote Mock Election, which will include the race for governor and all seven propositions, said Nicole Winger, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State.

“We have a few hundred registered and we’re looking to surpass our record of schools participating,” she said. “For some schools, it’s simply a civics or history or government teacher distributing the ballots on a single date.”

But at the other end of the spectrum, Winger said, some schools conduct mock debates between students who study the positions of candidates or proponents and opponents of ballot measures.

“Some students and teachers will really get into it and build classes around elections or civic engagement,” she said. “Some will pick issues, such as the water bond.”

A science teacher could use the Proposition 43 water bond proposal as a starting point for discussions about the drought and how it affects residents and farmers, Winger said.

The Secretary of State’s website includes information about registering your school at www.sos.ca.gov/elections. Click on “My Vote: Student Mock Election.” Schools that register by Sept. 19 will receive free instructional materials and student voter information guides in time for the election. Those registering by Oct. 27 can print materials from the website.

After the Oct. 28 mock election, registered schools can report their results to the Secretary of State to be included in an announcement of the statewide student voting results that will be released Oct. 29. Students can also get “I voted stickers” just like adult voters receive.

Posters and fliers on the My Vote website can help students understand that voting is one way for citizens to help make changes in the state.

One poster says: “Change your ringtone. Change your hairstyle. Change your playlist. Change your oil. Change your BFF. Change your shoes. Change your attitude. Vote. It may be the best change you make all year.”

Schools are encouraged to share ideas for making the mock election fun online. Ideas posted from previous mock elections include:

— Voting in official booths used in the real election or in booths created by wood shop classes

— Enlisting parent volunteers or students to act as poll workers and sign in students, before voting

— Creating “Vote Here” signs for the mock polling site

— Encouraging students to make posters for and against propositions

— Mock debates covered by journalism students with mock press passes

— Inviting guest speakers to address students about the election process and media coverage

— Encouraging students who are 18 or older to talk to classmates about their experience of registering to vote and voting

— Partnering with an after-school program, which could provide a pep rally the day before the mock election and count the votes afterward

Voting in the mock election can help engage students in assignments related to the real election.
“Part of the debriefing was to analyze voter participation in California and the nation,” one teacher wrote. “Students also analyzed and evaluated exit poll data. The fact that they participated in the mock election made these activities more meaningful and relevant.”

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Acalanes district “sues” residents, warning court may decide against them without their being heard

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 11:53 am in Acalanes school district, Education

The Acalanes Union High School District has published the following legal notice in the Contra Costa Times, warning residents that the Contra Costa County Superior Court could take action that would adversely affect them, unless they respond by Aug. 18 to a complaint seeking to validate the issuance of $15 million in current interest bonds that will exceed the tax rate of $35.58 promised in the 2008 Measure E ballot language:

“NOTICE! YOU HAVE BEEN SUED. THE COURT MAY DECIDE AGAINST YOU WITHOUT YOUR BEING HEARD UNLESS YOU RESPOND BY AUGUST 18, 2014. READ INFORMATION BELOW.

AVISO! USTED HA SIDO DEMANDADO. EL TRIBUNAL PUEDE DECIDER CONTRA USTED SIN AUDIENCIA A MENOS QUE USTED REPONDA ANTES DEL 18 DE AGOSTO DE 2014. POR FAVOR LEA LA INFORMACION QUE SIGUE.

SUMMONS

NOTICE TO DEFENDANTS:

ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE MATTER OF THE ISSUANCE BY ACALANES UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE ELECTION OF 2008 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AS AUTHORIZED BY THE NOVEMBER 4, 2008 PROPOSITION 39 BOND MEASURE ELECTION APPROVING THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS IN BALLOT MEASURE E, THE ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION OF ISSUANCE OF GOVERNMENT CODE BONDS, THE SALE OF SUCH BONDS, AND PROCEEDINGS AND MATTERS RELATED TO THE ABOVE

YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF:

ACALANES UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE MATTER, PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that you may contest the legality or validity of the matter by appearing and filing a written answer to the Complaint not later than August 18, 2014.

Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 861.1, any person who contests the legality or validity of the matter will not be subject to punitive action, such as wage garnishment or seizure of real or personal property.

YOU MAY SEEK THE ADVICE OF AN ATTORNEY IN ANY MATTER CONNECTED WITH THE COMPLAINT OR THIS SUMMONS. SUCH ATTORNEY SHOULD BE CONSULTED PROMPTLY SO THAT YOUR PLEADING MAY BE FILED OR ENTERED WITHIN THE TIME REQUIRED BY THIS SUMMONS.

The Acalanes Union High School District has brought this action for the purpose of obtaining a judgment validating documents and processes relating to the issuance of bonds of the District (“District Bonds”) in an aggregate principal amount not-to-exceed $15,000,000 at a projected ad valorem tax rate of not more than $30.00 per $100,000 in assessed value which is projected to result in an ad valorem tax rate in excess of the initial projected tax rate for the issuance as originally projected in estimates included in Ballot Measure E, the November 2008 Proposition 39 Bond Measure Election approving the issuance of such bonds; the adoption of a Resolution Of Issuance Of Government Code Bonds; the execution of a Continuing Disclosure Certificate; and, the sale of such Bonds.

The purpose of the District Bonds is to raise money for the Acalanes Union High School District to fund projects to achieve energy-savings, for new and upgraded instructional facilities, and for needed repairs to school facilities, in addition to the other needs of the District as approved by the electorate voting on Measure E (which includes, to establish a ten-year technology fund, upgrade instructional classroom technology, replace worn, aging roofs, convert obsolete facilities into additional classroom space, upgrade electrical and energy management systems to improve efficiency and repair, construct, equip or upgrade school facilities), and, to pay all necessary legal, financial and contingent costs in connection with the issuance of the District Bonds.

CASE NO.: C14-01298

THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE COURT IS:

Contra Costa County Superior Court 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553

THE NAME, ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY IS: Sean B. Absher Jeremiah I. Nelson Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 4200 San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: (415) 283-2240 Facsimile: (415) 283-2255

DATE: July 14 , 2014 Clerk, by D. WAGNER, Deputy [Insert Name of Deputy Clerk]
CCT# 5241182 July 18, 24, 31, 2014″
Appeared in: Bay Area News Group on Friday, 07/18/2014

Here are links to the documents the district filed in court.

Complaint seeking court validation to issue $15 million in bonds that will exceed tax rate promised in ballot language:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceUmI4cmJqbHlKT1k/edit?usp=sharing

Exhibit A (July 2008 Board Resolution Authorizing $93 million construction bond measure election):
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceMTUyT0VEZEtpZGc/edit?usp=sharing

Exhibit B (December 2008 Board Resolution certifying results of Nov. 8, 2008 Measure E bond election):
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceNGJJdHozZDNGSGs/edit?usp=sharing

Exhibit C (June 2014 Board Resolution authorizing issuance of $15 million in current interest bonds and seeking court validation for the issuance):
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceM3lOOEZ2RlRRSkE/edit?usp=sharing

Here is my most recent story about the validation issue, which includes some video clips from the June meeting where the board voted 4-1 to issue the bonds and seek court validation for their decision, since it will require property owners to pay more than the tax rate their were promised in the ballot language: http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_26162494/Acalanes-district-seeks-to-validate-bond-issuance-exceeding-promised-tax-rate

I have received phone calls and emails from several area residents who are concerned about this issue and have indicated they may look into filing an answer to the court complaint. However, they are also concerned about the possible filing fee and are unsure how to go about filing an answer. Some believe this case could set a precedent for other districts that may also exceed tax rates promised in their ballot language.

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How does your district’s accountability plan compare to others around the state?

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 3:59 pm in Education

Many school district officials are breathing sighs of relief this summer, after completing plans for the next three years that show how they will spend state money to benefit students.

The process was arduous and confusing to some, as they waited for details from the state Board of Education about how the plans should be created and what they should include.

Districts were supposed to ask parents, students and community members what their priorities were and to craft their plans based on the feedback they received. They were required to respond to comments and questions from the public in their final plans.

How well this process worked varied from one district to another. Some held community meetings, some created special advisory committees and a few wrote their own draft plans before ever meeting with parents or other stakeholders.

Now that the plans are done, the public can review them to determine whether they truly meet the needs of local students. Ultimately, the money is expected to improve student achievement, as well as school environments.

Local communities can hold districts accountable for following through on their promises by reading the plans on their district websites or comparing them to others on a site created by the nonprofit student advocacy group Education Trust-West in conjunction with more than 30 other organizations.

Called LCAP Watch, the site aims to compile every Local Control Accountability Plan in the state from 1,000 districts. Launched earlier this month, it can be found at http://lcapwatch.org.

You can review your district’s goals, planned actions and expenditures and find out how progress will be measured. After the next school year, districts must report how their actions have improved student outcomes, as part of requirements established under the state’s Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF.

“Under LCFF, parents play an important role in deciding how their district spends state funds to serve all students, especially those who are low income, English learners, and foster youth,” said Valerie Cuevas, Interim Executive Director of The Education Trust—West, in a news release. “Every parent in California must have access to their district LCAP if LCFF is going to live up to its promise and full potential for our students.”

The site includes hundreds of LCAPs, including drafts and final versions. But Education Trust-West hopes to expand the database through crowd sourcing.

Visitors can see existing plans or add plans that have not yet been uploaded. These will be confirmed, then posted by an administrator.

The website also includes additional resources offering best practices for addressing state priority areas, including school climate and student engagement.

“We encourage parents, educators, and community stakeholders to view and share LCAPs,” said Carrie Hahnel, Director of Research and Policy Analysis at Education Trust-West. “We also urge them to engage with their local school districts to monitor and improve the plans over time as a way to ensure their schools meet the needs of all students.”

How does your plan compare to others in the state?

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Principal of Northgate High in Walnut Creek resigns

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 12:56 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Walnut Creek

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”

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Acalanes district residents seek transparency and accountability related to bond measure’s broken promise

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 6:01 pm in Education

In the Acalanes school district — which includes Acalanes, Campolindo, Las Lomas and Miramonte high schools — some residents are seeking greater accountability and transparency regarding bond measures and financing.

Several residents were alarmed Tuesday when they found they could not trust the 2008 Measure E ballot language promising not to raise their property tax rates for $93 million in new construction bonds.

The Acalanes board voted 4-1 that night to issue $15 million in current interest bonds authorized through Measure E. That ballot measure included language that promised tax rates would not increase above the $35.58 per $100,000 in assessed valuation property owners were paying for previous bond measure debt. The new debt pushes tax rates over that amount.

District officials said Tuesday that the tax rate promise is likely to be broken this year, regardless of whether trustees approved the new bonds. The additional $15 million just pushes it farther over the promised limit.

Since Tuesday, I have received phone calls and e-mails from community members expressing concerns about the board action, which includes a decision to seek validation in Contra Costa County Superior Court regarding the legality of issuing bonds that contradict the ballot language.

The district is relying on the county counsel’s impartial analysis of the measure, which said the tax rate projections were only estimates, “which are not binding on the district,” and could fluctuate based on a variety of factors.

Although the board has discussed the likelihood of exceeding the promised tax rate for a year-and-a-half, it hadn’t yet gotten around to officially informing property owners. So, the news appeared to blindside many residents, including Michael Cochrane, of Lafayette, who questioned the district’s reasoning when it agreed to issue $68 million in Capital Appreciation Bonds, or CABs in 2010 and 2011 under the assumption that assessed property valuation in the district would climb 5.75 percent a year.

At that time, Cochrane said in a Friday phone interview, the state was in the midst of a recession and real estate values were growing more slowly than projected.

“At best it was negligent, assuming rates were going to go up that much, and at worst it was fraudulent,” he said. “They should have known this was one of the biggest recessions of all time. People could see it.”

Cochrane said trustees and financial advisers who relied on such rosy projections should be held accountable.

Trustees Kathy Coppersmith, Tom Mulvaney and Richard Whitmore were on the board in 2010 when $30 million in CABs were issued. Trustee Susie Epstein joined the trio when $38 million in CABs were approved in 2011. Trustee Nancy Kendzierski was not on the board when either CAB was issued.

But Tuesday, Kendzierski voted with the majority to approve the $15 million in new bonds, while Mulvaney was the lone dissenter. Whitmore expressed regret that Mulvaney, whom he called the king of the bond program, did not feel comfortable approving the additional $15 million.

Mulvaney said he struggled with his vote because he had personally assured voters in 2008 that their tax rates wouldn’t go up. But meeting minutes from 2010 show Mulvaney appeared eager to believe estimates provided by Keygent financial adviser Tony Hsieh, who persuaded the board that the 5.75 percent annual growth rate was reasonable.

“Mr. Mulvaney stated that the assumptions were very conservative,” according to the March 3, 2010 meeting minutes.

Yet, Hsieh cautioned that “recent weakness in the California real estate market may have an impact on the district’s bond program.” His report also showed that assessed valuation grew only 2.37 percent the previous year.

The minutes also show the board was keenly aware of the recession.

“Coppersmith opined there was irony as they prepare to sell bonds,” which could be used for facilities, but not for salaries or education programs, according to the minutes. Earlier in the meeting, the board approved layoffs, furloughs and praised staff for making sacrifices required by deep budget cuts.

“She was hopeful that in several years the economy would change,” the 2010 minutes state.

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

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 7:30 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district

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”

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What will your kids learn this summer?

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 5:20 pm in Education, Summer Learning

Now that students are on summer vacation, children’s advocates including first lady Michelle Obama are reminding parents, educators and community leaders about the need to make sure kids keep learning during breaks from school.

Kids who sit around watching TV all day or playing noneducational video games can suffer “summer learning loss,” which can put them behind their classmates when they head back to school in the fall.

To highlight quality programs and research that shows what can happen to kids who won’t use their brains over the next few months, Obama and other children’s advocates across the state and country celebrated National Summer Learning Day on Friday. Obama spoke to more than 200 youth and education leaders at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., where she also found out about some of the programs in which they were involved.

She praised summer programs that allowed kids to have fun while learning by creating a game about heroes like Jackie Robinson, cooking healthy foods, building houses and Lego cities, and dissecting things like frogs, sheep’s eyes and flowers. The best way to get a head start on fulfilling lifelong dreams to go to college and eventually land a great job, she said, is to make the most of summer.

Athletes, musicians, entertainers and teachers all spend time during the summer practicing their crafts, Obama said. Similarly, she said students should make summer plans that can help steer them toward their goals.

Here is some of Obama’s excerpted summer advice:

“ … if you want to be an engineer or a doctor, for example, think about signing up for a science camp or asking your science teacher what you can do to get ahead in physics or biology over the summer. If you want to perform on stage, maybe you can join a community theater or sign up for an acting class at your Boys and Girls Clubs in your community. If you fell behind in your classes, well, now is the time to buckle down and work to catch up over the summer.

And no matter what you do, every single one of you should read, read, read. That’s what the President tells our daughters. Libraries all across the country are hosting outstanding summer reading programs every single year. So you all have got to go in and pick up some of those new books, maybe on some subjects you don’t know much about. Because reading might be the most important thing you can do for your future. And you can never do enough of it. I know your parents tell you this, and we struggle in our own household to get our kids to turn off the screens and pick up books. But truly, reading is going to do so much for you. So pick up those books and really get into it.

But here’s the thing: Summer isn’t just about building new skills and gaining new experiences; it’s also about keeping your minds fresh. Research shows that if you just sit around and you don’t work out your brain all summer, you not only miss out on new information and skills, you can actually lose up to three months’ worth of knowledge from the previous year. That’s a lot. So in some instances, you can actually go backward.

So if you’re not picking up a book, and all you’re doing all summer long is sitting on the couch and catching up on TV shows, then I guarantee that you’re going to lose some ground next year in school. And that won’t just make a difference this fall, it can show up in the years ahead. Because once you begin applying to colleges — which all of you are going to do, right? You’re going to be competing against kids who are already making the most of their summers.

Let me just share this with you — there are kids who are really serious about getting into college, and they work on this with the help of parents and tutors, and they’re prepping for their SATs already. They’re completing phenomenal internships. They’re doing everything they can to improve their chances of getting into college. And so you don’t want to fall behind just because you took the summer off …”

How will your kids exercise their brains this summer?

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