Your voice is needed! Can you take a minute for two important actions - on superintendent qualities and on education funding?
The Mt Diablo School Board is promoting community involvement in both of these important items: Superintendent Qualities & Education Funding Letters to Legislators
Our consultants from Leadership Associates are seeking input about the desired personal and professional qualities anticipated in the incoming superintendent.
Please take a minute to fill in this online survey which the Board encourages everyone to complete. The survey will be open through May 10, 2019, and is on the District’s website here, or by going to this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P5TR6JV
Your comments will be used in the development of the candidate profile, recruitment process, and reference checking.
Times have also been scheduled for parents/guardians to meet in person with Leadership Associates. The consultants will compile a summary of all comments received during these sessions and share the report with the Board and with the new superintendent.
During the meetings, consultants will share an overview of the process, and then ask two primary questions:
- What are the desirable qualities, characteristics, background and professional and personal experiences for the next superintendent?
- What do you see as the strengths of the district and the major challenges facing the district in years ahead?
Several meeting options have been scheduled; we invite you to attend one which best fits your schedule. The meetings will be held:
- 10:15 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Board Room, District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, 94519
- 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Mt. Diablo High School – Library, 2450 Grant Street, Concord, 94520
- 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Northgate High School – Library, 425 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek, 94598
- 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Concord High School – Library, 4200 Concord Blvd., Concord, 94521
- 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Ygnacio Valley High School – Library, 755 Oak Grove Road, Concord, 94518
- 8:30 a.m., Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Riverview Middle School – Multi Use Room, 205 Pacifica Avenue, Bay Point, 94565
- 10:15 a.m., Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Board Room, District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, 94519
- 6:00 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2019 - College Park High School – Library, 201 Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, 94523
Education Funding - Write to Your Legislator
The Mt Diablo School Board team finalized a letter at our last meeting, to inform the community about the statewide education funding crisis and how YOU can take action. That letter was emailed out to parents on May 3rd, and includes:
- the www.fullandfairfunding.org site, on which you can sign a petition to legislators and also sign up for Rally Day in Sacramento, which is May 22nd and includes school board members, teachers, staff, parents, and community in a joint event to raise awareness for the "silent recession" hitting our schools.
- links to email your state legislators to say - it is time to move CA to the top in our nation's per pupil funding (we are now ranked in the bottom 10 states). Mt Diablo schools and others around the state are facing painful cuts, even while our state is the 5th largest economy in the world. (include a specific example from your school too if you can) - Here are clickable links:
- Senator Glazer (Dist 7- parts of Concord and Walnut Creek): https://sd07.senate.ca.gov/contact/email
- Senator Dodd (Dist 3 - Martinez & Pleasant Hill): https://sd03.senate.ca.gov/contact
- Assemblymember Grayson (Dist 14 - Martinez, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Clayton, parts of Walnut Creek): https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD14
- Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan (Dist 16 - parts of Walnut Creek): https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD16
- And here are a few more:
- Find Your State Legislator: http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/legislators/your_legislator.html
- State Superintendent Tony Thurmond: [email protected]
- Governor Newsom can be emailed through a web form at: https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/
Next MDUSD School Board Meeting - Monday May 13th
See all meeting agendas and schedule here: https://mdusd.org/agendasminutes
Happy Spring, Passover, Easter, Bihu to you all!
Here's the latest news from school board, including resources and how you can help:
Next MDUSD School Board Meeting - Monday April 22nd
See the agenda here, including a call to action education funding letter, Measure J Bond sales, and intent to establish trustee areas. Due to high interest in public comment, the first portion of the meeting may take place at Monte Gardens next door.
Thank you to our Board President Joanne Durkee for coordinating a group of us to meet together with our Assemblymember Grayson on March 28th – including the two of us, superintendent Dr Meyer, MDEA president Anita Johnson, and CSBA organizer Gabe Weis. We shared stories from our district schools, to give him clear examples of specific successes of our schools as well as serious challenges we face. Asm Grayson stated his support for AB39 as well as his passion for special education and career tech options.
That night at the Town Hall there was a good crowd with a lot of cheering as Asm Bauer-Kahan, Asm Grayson and Sen Glazer all publicly stated their support for full and fair education funding through AB39. They asked how many in the audience were parents, teachers, or students. I think it made a big difference that so many people attended and submitted education questions that night, as well as at previous Town Halls and through emails and visits. Keep sharing www.fullandfairfunding.org!
Measure J - Citizens Bond Oversight Committee is forming – apply here! We’re seeking broad representation from all areas of the district and including parents, business members, and even a student.
I attended the Budget Advisory Committee on March 27th. CBO Rose Ramos shared details with the committee from budget presentations, as well as answered questions on details such as the line item called “books & supplies”. Don't miss the Negotiations Update that is now posted publicly on the MDUSD website: view here.
Dr Nellie Meyer announced that she has accepted a job as superintendent of Mountain View Los Altos District, starting in July. We are so very thankful for all that she has done to build community and innovation in our Mt Diablo Schools, and wish her success in her new role! She will be greatly missed, and we will strive to continue her vision of thoughtful, strategic initiatives to ensure quality education for all.
Our school board is working hard as a team to ensure a clear process for our search for a quality superintendent who will be the best match for our district. Stay tuned for details on how community will be involved.
- NAACP: I enjoyed attending the NAACP annual membership & scholarship banquet on April 6th, which included scholarships for high school students from Pittsburg and Antioch. A big thank you and shout out to Willie Mims, Velma Wilson, and local NAACP East County leaders who volunteer countless hours for our communities.
PTA: On April 12th I attended PTA Advocacy Day for Education in San Ramon. The focus was mental health, including these resources -
- presentation by San Ramon Valley District Mental Wellness Task Force
- Hotlines to keep at hand:
- National Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-TALK, suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ: 866-488-7386, TheTrevorProject.org/resource
- County Resource Guide: https://www.capc-coco.org/about/resources/
- IHTA: On April 19th, Trustee Debra Mason and I attended the IHTA Community Sponsors Presentation at John Muir. Ms Mason opened the event with enthusiastic words of encouragement to the students, along with Concord's mayor Carlyn Obringer, County Superintendent Lynn Mackey, and Visit Concord's Elaine Schroth. The Mt Diablo High seniors presented professional business plans, costs, and video commercials for their upcoming Hospitality Fest, and interacted with local business leaders. IHTA teachers & staff are connecting the dots to build relationships between school, career and community!
Ask Your Legislators to Increase State Education Funding
Do you know that the majority of our education funding comes from the state? and that we are in the bottom 10 of all 50 states in per student spending? This level of investment means we also rank in the bottom 10 in class size (teachers per student), librarians per student, counselors per student and more. (see www.fullandfairfunding.org)
Newly elected local Assemblymember Bauer Kahan has just become a co-author for AB39, which would significantly increase the base state funding for all TK-12 schools. Let's get the rest of our state legislators to join her!
- TONIGHT - Monday March 11, 6:30pm-7:30pm - You can attend the Town Hall at Holbrook Elementary School, 3333 Ronald Way, Concord, with State Senator Glazer and Assemblymember Grayson. Call Grayson's District Office at (925) 521-1511 to RSVP. Please ask them both to sign on in support of AB39.
- Tuesday March 12 - I'll be meeting with each of our legislators in Sacramento, along with school board members from throughout our region, for CSBA lobby day (CA State School Boards Association)
Next School Board Meeting: TONIGHT - Monday March 11th, 7pm
Facilities Master Plan
- Draft large site maps are now at each school site office! --> Give your feedback to your principal before March 18th
- Track progress at http://lpamasterplans.com/mt-diablo-usd-fmp/
Spotlight on events
Support our Mt Diablo students at:
- Districtwide STEM Showcase - Swing by to see students present top projects from each elementary school, play with robots with our robotics teams, and more! This Saturday March 16th, 9-11am at Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord.
- County Spelling Bee - winners from our school sites each compete next Saturday March 23rd at the county level spelling bee. Tice Valley Gym, Walnut Creek. Stop by to cheer them on!
It's been a busy first month of 2019! Please read on to see how you can nominate excellent people for awards, attend facilities town halls, share out apprenticeship opportunities, and more...
Nominate Excellence Today
Know of an exceptional person in our Mt. Diablo schools? Please nominate them for an award! Deadline Feb 28.
Awards for Teachers:
- Leadership & Courage
- Creative Curriculum
- Most Inspirational
- Community Involvement
- Lifetime Achievement
Awards for Non-Teachers:
- Outstanding Classified Employee
- Outstanding Administrator
- Outstanding Parent Volunteer
- Outstanding Volunteer Organization
Take a minute to click here to nominate: https://www.mdedf.org/events
All nominees will be listed in the program.
Then save the date to attend the 2019 Gala & Academy Awards - Thursday, May 9 at Centre Concord, 5 - 9 pm.
Attend Facilities Town Hall Meetings
The districtwide Facilities Master Plan efforts are moving along, and are ready for YOUR input! Please prioritize attending a town hall meeting. They are all taking place in the next two weeks. See schedule below. (please note: Feb 20th, 3-4:30pm is an addition to the schedule - for Eagle Peak, Clayton Valley & Rocketship, location TBA)
Share Apprenticeship Opportunities
Our area has many well paid apprenticeship opportunities thanks to local unions, providing solid careers with minimum requirements of being 18 years old and in some cases passing a basic math test.
Here's one from www.sprinklerfitters483.org
WHEN: EVERY 2ND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 12:00 Noon to 4:30 P.M.
WHERE: SPRINKLER FITTERS U.A. LOCAL 483 APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING CENTER
2531 BARRINGTON COURT
HAYWARD, CA 94545
Next written test will be in June 2019. Hiring every January & August.
Join Budget Advisory Committee
Each school board member may appoint one community member to our district Budget Advisory Committee. They meet Wednesday nights at 5pm every other month. Please let me know if you are interested or know someone who is!
Next School Board Meeting: Monday February 11th, 7pm
Our district is facing possible budget cuts & layoffs, as are many districts around California this year. A detailed presentation on budget was given at our Jan 28th meeting and is on the agenda for Feb 11th as well. You can see both as attachments within the agendas online.
Take Action for Statewide Education Funding!
Please sign the petition at www.fullandfairfunding.org
and for detailed state level Stanford study see https://www.gettingdowntofacts.com/summary
Thanks to all of your support, I will begin my term on the Mt Diablo School Board this December. Our work is just beginning, as my role on school board is to represent all our constituents in our districtwide policy decisions and budget oversight. This cannot be done alone. As we begin this journey together, I want to recognize you for your participation and passion for our vision of a quality education for every student.
Please save the date to join me at the
Mt Diablo School Board Member Swearing In Ceremony
Date: Monday December 17th
Location: Mt Diablo Unified School District Office, Dent Center, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519.
This is a short ceremony at the beginning of the school board meeting that night. (please note, this meeting was originally set for December 10th, but was rescheduled to the 17th)
What a Journey!
While an uncontested school board race meant a sudden end to my campaign, we sure didn't stop campaigning this fall. I am so thankful for each of you who moved right over with me to volunteer for the urgent Measure J Campaign for Safe, Quality Schools. There was so much to do, starting a bond campaign committee from scratch, and Kathryn Durham Hammer stepped up to lead the campaign with gusto. Our small but mighty campaign team worked nonstop for months.
We did it! Measure J passed with an over 69% YES vote, thanks to the grassroots volunteer work of so many of you. Together we knocked on a total of 4,584 doors, made 1,627 phone calls, sent 15,207 text messages, and planted 900 lawn signs. Those person-to-person conversations are what makes the difference, and we worked all the way through on election day too, bringing in those last votes.
Here's a photo of wonderful teachers rallying for Measure J.
Parents, students, staff, principals and community groups all joined in too - walking miles for our schools.
This Thanksgiving, I am so thankful to live in a community of people who care so much about our students and schools, who are willing to step up and do the hard volunteer work it takes to ensure all voices are heard, and to invest in public education for all.
I hope to see you December 17th.
Our Mt Diablo students from Mt Diablo High and Riverview Middle truly inspire me. Over 50 of them walked the Bay Point neighborhoods on a Sunday afternoon for Measure J! They each had thought through exactly why Measure J school safety and upgrades were personally important, and bravely and enthusiastically knocked on doors.
But we can't be successful in this campaign without YOU. Each and every vote will show whether our communities are ready or not to invest in our school building safety & upgrades, and voting has already begun! Please join us to walk, text, email friends & colleagues to vote #YesonJMtDiablo .
This Saturday, take an hour or two to meet us at the beautiful Dave Brubeck park next to Concord High, eat our snacks & grab a clipboard, and then pair off to walk neighborhoods together. Your actions can make all the difference. Kids of all ages are welcome! Email [email protected] to RSVP and get our cool walking app. #TogetherWeCan
And please forward this email or share this video - an in depth view of Measure J:
Ever thankful for your participation,
Victory! Thank you all.
Our campaign was a success! An uncontested race means that I will begin as a Mt Diablo School Board member this December, and I will not be listed on the November ballot.
Thanks to all who came to our spontaneous victory ice cream celebration! You can view my thank you speech here:
and see the full album of photos on our Facebook page too.
Remember when I said I'd donate $10,000 to the Foundation? Yes, since we no longer needed to spend it on campaign materials for my school board race, we are able to give directly to the district-wide nonprofit to benefit all students. And we ended up deciding to write not just one large check, but two.
The first check we wrote was $8000 to the MDUSD Education Foundation, which is already providing arts this fall to students in our elementary schools, and will soon begin science and math enrichment as well. You can help these programs reach even more students -- Join the Foundation team for the Oct 6th Break a Sweat run/walk for education here.
The second was $2000 to the Yes on J - Neighbors for Safe, Quality Schools Campaign. We decided to invest some of our campaign funds in the Measure J campaign, because if it passes it will provide crucial funding to update our aging facilities and ensure student safety.
Call to Action - Get Involved to Pass Measure J for our kids!
Since that wonderful ice cream party, I've been busy non-stop volunteering for Measure J. To me this is one of the most urgent items on our local November ballot! I hope that you will join us.
The committee to pass Measure J is a grassroots organization of parents, teachers and community members who care about our students—and we need your help! Here are five ways you can make sure Measure J is a success:
- Vote YES on Measure J: Measure J will appear near the end of your long ballot—remember to go to the end and vote YES on J! If you vote by mail, look out for your ballot the week of October 8th.
- Endorse Measure J: Lend your name to the campaign by publicly endorsing the measure. Endorse by clicking here
- Put up a YES on J lawn sign: Show your support by putting up a YES on J sign in front of your home or business. Order yours here
- Donate to the campaign: This is a grassroots effort. Every donation — no matter how big or how small — will help get us over the top! Donate here.
- Precinct Walk for J: Walk your neighborhood with friends and help us talk to voters! Join us this Saturday in Clayton/Concord from noon-3pm, meeting at The Grove. Click here to RSVP!
See you out there soon.
Tonight our campaign is officially finished - and a success!
Only 3 people filed by tonight's deadline for the 3 seats, so I will become the new MDUSD school board member on December 7th.
Thank you to everyone who joined and helped along the way to build our community of people working to improve all our schools!
Please come to our Saturday Ice Cream event - which will now transition from a kickoff to a Thank You Celebration!
We can't wait to thank each and every one of you.
We'll also have news about upcoming actions you can take together with us to improve our schools.
Saturday August 18th, 1-3pm
Concord Community Park, Picnic Site #1 (by playground)
**Please RSVP so we know how much ice cream to buy!**
RSVP and see details here:
With less than 100 days til the election, I've pulled my papers and am getting ready to officially file my candidacy for Mt. Diablo School Board.
*What if only 3 people file for 3 spots? Then there would be no campaign, but I would still hold Meet & Greets in all communities to best represent everyone. (And if that happened, I would donate $10,000 of campaign funds to the MDUSD Education Foundation.)*
Either way, we'll soon be at a location near you!
Together we can reach every corner of our district to hear the hopes and concerns of our communities for our schools.
We have 3 Free events planned in Bay Point, Concord and Clayton:
Bay Point Meet & Greet, Saturday August 11th, 10am-2pm
- Free hot dog, corn dog, or car wash to the first 100 people!
- balloon animals for kids from Dilly Dally the Clown!
- Lorena Pena que habla español, estará también presente para poder facilitar
cualquier traducción que sea necesaria para sus preguntas y respuestas.
Concord Ice Cream Campaign Kickoff, Saturday August 18th, 1-3pm
- Free ice cream & toppings for all!
- Shady area with playground nearby
- Meet the campaign lead from your neighborhood!
- Share your ideas for our schools
Clayton Meet & Greet, Thursday August 30th, 7-8:30pm
- Informal opportunity to meet Cherise at a local Clayton home
Please take 5 minutes for 5 quick actions:
1. Click to endorse my campaign
2. Donate any amount - even $10 adds up
5. Invite - friends to like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter & Instagram, and to events in their neighborhood. Let me know if you can host a Meet & Greet at a park, cafe, or home in your neighborhood too!
See you out there soon,
Now that the June elections are over, we are getting ready for my November run for MDUSD School Board. It is ever more crucial that we get everyone out to vote who believes in quality public schools for all.
Save the Date August 18th Ice Cream Campaign Kickoff!
Join us to launch our Cherise Khaund for School Board campaign with Ice Cream in the Park! Bring your families and friends on August 18th to hear from the candidate. We’ll have ice cream, drinks, stickers & signs, volunteer signups, and ways for you to share your ideas about our schools.
In addition to our Campaign Kick-Off Event, we plan to hold several “Meet the Candidate” events throughout MDUSD. To best serve all students, it’s important for me to listen to voices from all corners of our district.
Our campaign committee is working hard and our momentum is strong, but we can’t make it to the finish line alone - and that’s where YOU come in!
Can you host a “Meet the Candidate” event? It’s easy - just check the host box here: http://www.cherisekhaund.com/volunteer Then pick a date and location - your home or a local business (great way to support your neighborhood cafe or bookstore!) Invite your neighbors & friends. We’ll take care of the rest! I will come to speak, listen, answer questions, and bring all the materials.
**Thank you to Torrey and Bijan for hosting our first Meet the Candidate event - planned for August 11th at Arco Gas Station in Bay Point/Pittsburg at the corner of San Marcos & Leland!**
More Early Endorsements:I’m pleased to announce that in addition to our strong grassroots support, our campaign has also secured early endorsements from Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, as well as from the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council, the Contra Costa AFL-CIO Labor Council, Plumbers and Steamfitters Locals 342 and 159, and Sprinklerfitter Local 483!
These last few months for me have been busy chaperoning my daughter's 4th grade class to the state capitol, leading our girl scout troop camping and high ropes trip, and planting our home garden, while also making great strides with the MDUSD Education Foundation.
Our Foundation volunteers & donations brought schoolwide chalk art and classroom art pilots to 7 elementary schools already this spring! I encourage all of you to give what you can to the Foundation here: https://www.mdedf.org/donate Together we can ensure quality public education for all. If you donate ANY amount before June 30, you will be listed as a Founding Donor!
We value and care about ALL families, and that is why I will be speaking this Saturday June 30th at the Families Belong Together Rally.
Will you be there?
CHOOSE LOVE. TAKE ACTION.
Gather at 10AM, Rally at 10:30AM @ Todos Santos Plaza, Downtown Concord
¡Todos juntos sí se puede! Together We Can!
Spread the Word
Person to person is the best way to spread the word about the upcoming election and get our neighbors involved. Please forward this message, invite people to "like" our campaign page, and most of all…make sure you are registered to vote.
Wishing you all a good Summer. Thank you for your support!