Logo
Board Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes Board Members Board Policies Connections Newsletters Superintendent
Adult Education After School Program Assessment, Research & Evaluation Budget & Fiscal Services English Learner Services Equity & Disproportionality Food & Nutrition Home Instructional Support Legal Department Mail Services Maintenance & Operations Personnel Services Purchasing & Warehouse School Support Special Education Special Projects & Grants Student Services Superintendent Technology Transportation Willow Creek Center Contact Us
Parent Portal College Now Program Community Portal Donations Flyer Approval and Distribution Forms Library Get Involved LCAP Measure C Middle School Sports Permits Reports & Plans Schools Student Portal
Staff Portal Training

News Item: Homepage

MDUSD to outline opposition to Northgate CAPS proposal to segregate school district

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach (760) 705-6919

                 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District to outline opposition to Northgate CAPS proposal to segregate school district

 

Mt. Diablo Unified opposes petition for several key reasons, including racial segregation and inequitable distribution of assets and assessed property values

 

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified will be presenting its preliminary response in opposition to a petition by Northgate Community Advocacy for our Public Schools (Northgate CAPS) to carve out the most affluent portion of the District as part of its proposed transfer of territory chiseling out five schools - Northgate High School, and its feeder schools, Foothill Middle School, and Bancroft, Valle Verde, and Walnut Acres elementary schools - to form a separate district.  The preliminary response will be presented at public hearings conducted by the Contra Costa County Board of Education in its capacity as the County Committee on School District Reorganization.  (View Board Agenda)

 

WHEN:  May 2, 2017, 6 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Wisteria Room at the Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord  (Get directions)

 

BACKGROUND:

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) tomorrow will present its preliminary response in opposition to a proposal by Northgate Community Advocacy for our Public Schools (Northgate CAPS) to carve out the most affluent portion of the District to form a new school district. Their proposed transfer of territory would chisel out five schools: Northgate High School, and its feeder schools, Foothill Middle School, and Bancroft, Valle Verde, and Walnut Acres elementary schools.  The petitioner’s latest proposed attendance boundary map also includes addresses within the current boundaries for Ygnacio Valley High School, Oak Grove Middle School, and Highlands Elementary School.  Impacts of the proposed territory transfer would be felt by families and staff throughout the District, not just at the five Northgate-area schools.

 

“As a community, we cannot allow the interests of a few to supersede the interests of all,” said Debra Mason, President of the Board of Education for Mt. Diablo Unified. “Segregating our school district in this random and divisive way does not represent the values of our community.”

 

Data show the District has made great strides over the last few years that are now paying dividends in student achievement, teacher recruitment and retention, expanded partnerships and grants, and the provision of innovative educational programs and opportunities for every student in the District.

 

“This petition threatens to stop this momentum across the District,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, MDUSD Superintendent. “To divide us would be to derail the progress we’ve been making, and negatively and deeply impact all our students, families, teachers, and staff.”

 

“Every year, our District continues making improvements that translate directly into a better classroom teaching and learning experience,” said Guy Moore, President of the Mt. Diablo Education Association (MDEA).  “There have been significant investments in teacher professional development, classroom technology and technical infrastructure, and student support services. Teachers are better compensated and have better benefits than they’ve had in years.”

 

“The petition is divisive on so many levels – and, if segregated, students at both districts would suffer from having to start at ground zero,” added Moore.

 

According to the District, the petition fails to substantially meet many of the legal requirements by which such petitions may be considered for approval.

 

The District unequivocally opposes the petition for several key reasons, including the following:

  • The proposed division results in a new school district that is far more racially and socioeconomically segregated, depriving students in both districts of an integrated educational experience.
  • The proposed division results in an inequitable distribution of assets and assessed property values.
  • The proposed division separates communities and would result in increased negative traffic impacts community-wide.
  • The proposed division would reduce the size of both districts, resulting in the disruptive shuffling of teaching and staff assignments, including likely necessitating layoffs and the elimination of key District programs.
  • The proposed division has a negative impact on both potential districts’ financial health and educational programs.
  • The District has made great strides over the last few years that are now paying dividends in student achievement, teacher recruitment and retention, and the provision of innovative educational programs and opportunities for every student throughout the District.  This petition would derail this progress and negatively impact the District’s students, families, teachers and staff.

 

Following Tuesday’s hearing, a second public hearing will be held the following day on Wednesday, May 3rd at the Camellia Room at the Gardens at Heather Farm beginning at 6 p.m.  All are invited to attend.

 

Thereafter, the County Committee will further review the petition and whether or not it meets the required criteria. Additional hearings – potentially leading to a recommendation – will then be held in the coming months.

 

#  #  #

 

Posted by: Joshua Wittman Published:5/2/17
Audience: Homepage