Happy new year! 2023 has started off well for our Mt Diablo school board, thanks to the hard work of staff and teachers as well as parents and community. Trustee Nzewi is now our school board President, and Trustee McFerrin is Vice President. I’m thankful to President Nzewi for opening our first board meeting with a thoughtful land acknowledgement to show respect to our Native American community.
Here are a few highlights from the January 18th meeting:
In efforts to attract and retain quality staff, our board focused on increasing salaries especially for our lowest paid workers. We:
- approved a tentative agreement with CSEA (CA School Employees Association) for the 2022-25 collective bargaining agreement,
- approved salary increases & schedule updates for Food & Nutrition staff,
- approved summer school higher compensation rates,
- approved salary schedule adjustment for school principals & administration.
We approved a 5 year contract to improve our district website. (Thank you to all who submitted feedback along the way!) The new site will include:
- User friendly design with search
- Improved ADA accessibility
- Mobile friendly app
- Integration with ParentSquare & calendars
- Translation into more than 100 languages
- Aiming to launch by July 1, 2023
- And we approved audits for the district, charter schools, and bonds - all of which showed overwhelmingly that funding is well managed and spent appropriately in MDUSD
Anonymous Reporting System Chosen
Dr Clark added a link to his Superintendent Goals here on the website. One of these goals has been to implement a districtwide anonymous reporting system that includes
- alignment with Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) social-emotional learning standards,
- multiple language access to report tips via phone, app, and website,
- trained crisis counselor response 24/7.
Thanks to all who contacted our board to prioritize this! Dr Clark reported at the January board meeting that after researching various options, the district has contracted with the Sandy Hook Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, which includes all of the criteria that you requested. Planning and setup begins this spring, with the system aiming to launch for the 2023-24 school year.
Did you see the new addition to our Board meetings page? It is the “Trustee questions and staff response”, which had been recommended by community members.
Both Student Trustee Navaflores and I spoke at a recent Concord City Council meeting in support of a city ordinance to stop the sale of vape & flavored tobacco that targets youth. I’m grateful to LGBTQ Minus Tobacco and all the organizations that provided key data that led the city council to vote 5-0 to direct staff to draft the ordinance. Our MDUSD Board had passed a resolution in 2020 asking all cities in MDUSD to take this action, and it’s good to see Concord stepping up now to follow suit along with Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill.
The next school board meeting is this Wednesday, February 1, 2023. We welcome your input via email or in person! See details at mdusd.org/boardmeetings