WCCUSD 6-13-2012 School Board Meeting

It looks like I’m go­ing to miss today’s school board meet­ing. Here’s the agenda. And here’re some of the items of in­ter­est from the agenda:

*CI C.6 Approval of Agreement with United Teachers of Richmond (UTR)/ AB1200 Public
Disclosure of Collective Bargaining Agreement with UTR

As a con­sent item, there will prob­a­bly be no dis­cus­sion. It’s the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of a tem­po­rary 1-year agree­ment with the UTR. Even though this was the year for the multi-year con­tract to come up for rat­i­fi­ca­tion lead­ing to po­ten­tial strife, both sides de­cided to kick the can down the road for an­other year. Of the five fur­lough days in the cur­rent con­tract, two sun­set au­to­mat­i­cally at the end of June. This agree­ment tem­porar­ily takes two more fur­lough days off, so teach­ers have just one fur­lough day.

*CI C.13 Collins Elementary School New Fire Alarm Project Award of Contract
*CI C.14 Ellerhorst Elementary School, Harding Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School,
and Tara Hills Elementary School Restroom Renovation Project Award of Contract
*CI C.15 Mira Vista Elementary School Concrete Stoops Project Award of Contract
*CI C.16 Sheldon Elementary School, Murphy Elementary School, and Mira Vista Elementary
School Restroom Renovation Project Award of Contract

The cost for all of these con­sent items is lit­er­ally “Funded from the Measure X Bond”. That’s so in­for­ma­tive. Is it that hard to list the cost of the project?

* D.5 Preliminary Budget for 2012 – 2013

This is the point where board and pub­lic com­ment will prob­a­bly go over the par­cel tax de­feat. If I were there I would ask about whether the City of Richmond is go­ing to pay its “WCCUSDgeld” of $1.5M for this com­ing year to keep the three schools on the clo­sure list from be­ing closed. Or is every­one go­ing to just pre­tend the board res­o­lu­tion man­dat­ing this arrange­ment can just be winky-winked away with­out any for­mal ac­tion. Then, where’s the $1.5M go­ing to come from in the bud­get?

* E.3 WCCUSD Public Comment

My fa­vorite time. That’s why I archive the video clips of these seg­ments.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how many peo­ple show up who were riled up by Charles Ramsey’s re­marks about break­ing up the dis­trict be­cause the par­cel tax didn’t pass and the sup­port for it var­ied by com­mu­nity. Just check any of the “Patches” (El Cerritto, Hercules, Pinole) to see some of the up­roar.

* F.1 West County Community High School Charter Renewal Petition Staff Findings and
Resolution No. 1201112

This is in­ter­est­ing in three ways:

  1. The in­ter­sec­tion of the district’s brass knuck­les ap­proach to most char­ters with the at­tempt of an elit­ist char­ter school as­so­ci­a­tion to liq­ui­date a com­mu­nity-based char­ter. The idea of the California Charter Schools Association is to throw a few char­ter schools they don’t like un­der the bus to ad­vance the in­ter­ests of the more ed-re­formy char­ters they do like.
  2. The ut­ter vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the com­mu­nity-based char­ters, the ones I sym­pa­thize with, ver­sus the chain and big-money char­ters when school boards take the kind of bel­liger­ent ap­proach they are en­cour­aged to.
  3. The bad tim­ing of these de­ci­sions: this is a de­ci­sion to shut a school down in a few weeks. This kind of de­ci­sion should hap­pen not later than February. If it’s a prob­lem with State laws, they should be changed.

If the board ap­proves, we’ll see whether this is taken up to the County level on ap­peal.

Recording from 5-30-2012 CBOC Meeting Is Up

I’ve posted the of­fi­cial au­dio record­ing for the May 30, 2012 WCCUSD Citizens Bond Oversight Committee on the site I main­tain for these record­ings. The record­ing can be down­loaded as a pod­cast or a sound file or be lis­tened to on­line. Highlights from the record­ing:

  • Starting around 4 min­utes and 15 sec­onds – Minutes re­view in­cluded a ques­tion from Kris Hunt about why the min­utes go through so many re­vi­sions even be­fore the com­mit­tee sees them. Kris Hunt also ob­jected to a crit­i­cal com­ment she had made at the last meet­ing be­ing left out of the min­utes. She made the com­ment un­der Public Comment, but in the min­utes it just said “NONE” un­der Public Comment. Instead of just be­ing fixed, this led to some dis­cus­sion first.
  • 15:11 – Under chair’s re­port, Robert Studdiford did some sort of eu­logy for re­cently de­ceased County Supervisor Gayle Uilkema whom he didn’t seem to know. Then he switched to some­thing about sub­com­mit­tee e-mails be­ing pub­lic and that this was some­thing to be on-guard about. He then men­tioned me by name. After the meet­ing, I con­firmed that he didn’t like me post­ing this e-mail on­line to link to in other e-mails. (The thread for that e-mail in­cluded the whole WCCUSD school board.)
  • 29:00 This was the be­gin­ning of our Brown Act train­ing ses­sion. The at­tor­ney mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion seemed to be a lit­tle bit more fo­cused on get­ting around the Brown Act, etc. in­stead of just fol­low­ing it, but lis­ten and judge for your­self.

WriterCoach Connection Described for WCCUSD Board

The lat­est ad­di­tion to my video archive of gen­eral pub­lic com­ments con­sists of just one com­ment, but it’s a good com­ment. Robert Menzimer, Executive Director of Community Alliance for Learning, de­scribes the gen­e­sis of WriterCoach Connection, pro­vid­ing one-on-one vol­un­teer tu­tor­ing in writ­ing to sec­ondary school stu­dents, and how it’s been ex­tend­ing into the West Contra Costa Unified School District. (Although he doesn’t men­tion Todd Groves, he’s been in­stru­men­tal in this ex­ten­sion.) Sadly, he only had two min­utes even though there were only 4 speak­ers listed.

Anyway, lis­ten to the video for a cap­sule sum­mary and check out the pro­gram.