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Alameda School Board Special Meeting, Tomorrow Morning

There will be a special board meeting for Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Trustees tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. at the District’s offices to evaluate the Superintendent’s performance. The Board president, currently Ron Mooney, has the discretion to call special board meetings with one business day’s notice.

The agenda for that meeting follows below. The public is entitled to provide public comment to the Board during agenda item C, “Communications.” There was a special board meeting last week, as well, to review the Superintendent’s performance. Over the weekend, Superintendent Kirsten Vital denied that she is leaving AUSD.

Special Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
8:00 AM

Alameda Unified School District
Superintendent’s Conference Room
2200 Central Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501





D. ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION – Superintendent’s Conference Room
D-1. Public Employee Performance Evaluation – Pursuant to Section 54957
Title: Superintendent

E. RECONVENE TO PUBLIC SESSION / REPORT OUT – Superintendent’s Conference Room


11 comments to Alameda School Board Special Meeting, Tomorrow Morning

  • Let’s be clear. Last week the Board of Education set the special meeting for tomorrow. It was announced at the regular Board meeting last Tuesday. So all FIVE Board members decided to meet tomorrow and not the Board President.

  • Let’s be clear… according to State Law:

    “A special meeting may be called at any time by the presiding officer of the legislative body of a local agency, or by a majority of the members of the legislative body…”

    Can you show us in the meeting notice, Mike, where it indicates that the board, rather than the presiding officer, Board President Ron Mooney, called the meeting?

    CAL. GOV. CODE § 54956 : California Code – Section 54956

    A special meeting may be called at any time by the presiding officer of the legislative body of a local agency, or by a majority of the members of the legislative body, by delivering written notice to each member of the legislative body and to each local newspaper of general circulation and radio or television station requesting notice in writing. The notice shall be delivered personally or by any other means and shall be received at least 24 hours before the time of the meeting as specified in the notice. The call and notice shall specify the time and place of the special meeting and the business to be transacted or discussed. No other business shall be considered at these meetings by the legislative body. The written notice may be dispensed with as to any member who at or prior to the time the meeting convenes files with the clerk or secretary of the legislative body a written waiver of notice. The waiver may be given by telegram. The written notice may also be dispensed with as to any member who is actually present at the meeting at the time it convenes.

    The call and notice shall be posted at least 24 hours prior to the special meeting in a location that is freely accessible to members of the public.

  • Smart voter

    The BOE has violated the Brown Act so many times already and have gotten away with it. It’s time someone reminds them, there not above the law.
    BOE member Spencer seems the only one familiar with it. She is the only one on the board that truly knows her stuff and makes all the others look bad. It’s time to elect some new people. There will be two vacancies this year, hopefully someone with some brain will apply.

  • This is not a potential violation of the Brown act, but it’s hard to know who called the special meeting – the Board or the Board President – when it’s not included in the notice of the special meeting, no minutes of the meeting wherein the special meeting was called are available, and it’s not on the agenda for last week’s meeting.

    That last point, we went to double-check again, but AUSD’s website seems to be broken right now:

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    Name Last modified Size Description
    kickstart-2.3.2/ 03-May-2010 16:07 –
    Apache/2.2.11 (Win32) DAV/2 mod_ssl/2.2.11 OpenSSL/0.9.8i PHP/5.2.9 Server at Port 80

  • Anon

    Where oh where can that little Webmaster have gone?

  • Her Dad was here earlier…

  • Anonymous

    Over the weekend, Superintendent Kirsten Vital denied that she is leaving AUSD.
    To bad, that would resolve a number of issues and problems.
    I wonder how far the school board will let the district sink before they step in and change things.
    None of this passes the nose test.

  • No doubt Mike McMahon, Tracy Jensen and Ron Mooney promptly brought Kirsten up to speed on Let Me Tell You How Things Work Around Here in Alameda….

  • When I interviewed Mike McMahon, he was really startled when I asked him whether Superintendent Vital would leave if the parcel tax doesn’t pass. He stuttered some reference to her contract period. Likewise, when I popped the question to Vital, she seemed taken aback at first, but she is clever enough that as her assurance unfolded that she would stick around, her expression also showed that she fully understood the implications of my question. She has made herself the bullseye at the heart of the parcel tax, the lawsuits, and the controversial hiring of the outside lawyers, political consultants, as well as the implications of the new Master Plan, a thinly-disguised protectionist document for saving the status quo.

  • propubliceducation

    Has anyone figured out how much the Measure H political consultants (Erwin & Muir) have been paid by AUSD? Isn’t it unusual to have a political consulting firm writing letters to the Chamber of Commerce and “Good News” items to Alamedans on behalf of the School District’s Sup who earns close to $200K, especially when they’re increasing class sizes and going for another parcel tax?

  • It’s on the order of $80,000 since 2008, with most of it being paid in the last year. We’ve seen invoices that show that E&M writes a lot of the Superintendents letters.