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Message from Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Dear MDUSD Staff and Families,

 

Last night, the County Committee on School District Reorganization voted 3-2 against approving a petition by the Northgate Community Advocacy for Public Schools (CAPS) to establish a new district with our five Northgate-area schools.  For a new unified school district to form, the petition for transfer of territory must “substantially meet” nine criteria.  Ultimately, the County Committee determined the petition fell short on five of the nine criteria.  Nearly 90 people provided public comments both in favor and in opposition of the petition over the course of the 8 ½ hour meeting.  I am grateful to each and every speaker –  representing teachers, neighbors, students and families – for caring enough about their schools and the education of our young people to stay up late and speak up.

 

While we believe the County Committee’s decision was correct and appropriate, their action serves only as a recommendation to the State Board of Education, which will consider the petition as required by law. The timing of this is unknown; it can take up to two years for such petitions to be added to the state board’s docket.  We would hope that the state trustees take similar action.   We respect and appreciate due process.

 

As a District, we had felt strongly that the petition was flawed.  The organizers are passionate in their beliefs. We share many of them including: a need to be accountable, to be responsible, and to be transparent. We also strive to be innovative, collaborative, and competitive.  We have made tremendous strides in these areas as a district and greater community over the last few years. Similar efforts in states across our nation have resulted in years being lost in adult conflict rather than student support and success.  We cannot allow that here.  We need to listen to each other, work together, and live together.  While each of us has a unique idea of what constitutes a “community,” there are – and should be – several communities and groups comprising the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

 

Parents want to be heard. Teachers want to be heard.  Students want to be heard.  In recent years, we have established a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Speaker Series, our Parent Advisory Committee and other district committees, and annual parent conferences as venues to promote communication and collaboration. We will continue to listen, and next plan to do so directly in our unique school communities where stakeholders can join us an informal setting and ask questions, offer ideas, and share input.  Starting in the next few weeks, I will coordinate a schedule of these informal sessions in our school communities and invite parents, staff, and students to join me and share what’s on their mind.  While we have some tremendous momentum going as a district, it can best accelerate by continuing to engage and include ideas and input from the community. What’s working? What’s not working so well? How can we do things better for kids?   We will listen, and ask questions, and ask that you hear us too.

 

Dr. Nellie Meyer

Superintendent

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

 

Posted by: Debbie Maher Published:8/30/17
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