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Message from Superintendent Steven Lawrence 

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Mt. Diablo USD News Update

Where Kids Come First

August 27, 2012

Welcome back for another exciting school year. We hope that you had a great summer and created

some great memories. While school was out we have been busy hiring new employees, working on

Measure C facilities projects, and providing professional growth opportunities for teachers,

administrators, and classified staff members.


First, I would like to thank all of the parents, teachers, support staff members, and administrators who

gave up their summer time to help us interview potential administrative and teacher candidates.

Through this community effort we hired many great new teachers, support staff members, and

administrators. Overall we hired:

 81 Teachers

 16 SDC Teachers

 4 Resource Specialists

 3 Teacher Coaches in the areas of English Language Development and Math

 3 Speech Therapists

 4 Psychologists

 2 Behavioral Health Specialist

 6 Elementary Principals

 1 Middle School Principal

 1 High School Vice Principal

 1 Student Services Coordinator

 2 Program Specialists

We welcome these new team members to Mt. Diablo USD. We look forward to working with them to

serve the children of our district.

Measure C

 We have completed the solar installation at 41 of our sites. The remaining 10 sites are

scheduled to be completed, commissioned and fully operational by mid‐September. You can

observe how much electricity is being created at each site by:

1. going to

2. clicking on “Schools” link in the left hand column

3. clicking on the school name

4. clicking on “solar performance”

 HVAC work has been completed at Phase 1 schools: Foothill Middle School, Valley View Middle

School, Ayers Elementary, Sun Terrace Elementary, Sequoia Elementary, and Mt. Diablo


 Opteman fiber optic backbone has been completed at 19 sites with five additional sites to be

completed by October 1, 2012

 Classroom additions at Meadow Homes

 Concord HS – HVAC replacement, surveillance camera installation, classroom technology

enhancements, white board installation

 Ygnacio Valley HS – exterior painting, girls’ locker room locker replacement, wireless internet

installation, computer lab upgrades

 College Park HS – stadium infrastructure improvements, interior campus drainage

improvements, tennis court renovation

 Mt. Diablo HS – interim housing placed, Department of State Architect approval of new science

classrooms, design work for science lab up‐grades

 Northgate HS – Project Lead the Way remodel of auto/metal shop, pool/classroom design team


Adult Learning Opportunities

As a community of professionals, the adults in the Mt. Diablo USD are committed to continuous learning

to improve our skills and better serve your children. This summer, over 900 teachers, administrators,

and classified staff members participated in over 5,000 hours of summer growth opportunities focusing


 Singapore Math Strategies

 Agents of Change‐iPads

 Being a Writer

 Hands‐On Equations

 Board Math and Language

 Systematic English Language Development

 Advance Placement Course Training

 Expository Reading and Writing

 California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program

 Public Relations and Customer Service

 Response to Intervention

We would like to thank the teachers, administrators, and classified staff members who attended these

powerful learning opportunities.

Again, welcome back to the 2012‐13 school year. We look forward to working with our parents,

guardians, and community members to support all our students.