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Editorial on the teacher turnover at Clayton Valley Charter

 

There have been various reasons why teachers have left CV. But regardless, the amount of turnover that CV is seeing is absolutely abnormal, especially in the midst of a teacher shortage in California. Overall, many teachers simply disagree with the direction the school is taking. Mr Linzey cares more about building an empire and creating an image, and the governing board rubber stamps whatever he wants.

Professional development and collaboration has become a bumbling mess, and there is little effective communication amongst the staff as a result. The division of two years ago is still there, it is just quieter now. Academic programs seem to take a back seat to certain athletic programs. Achieve 3000 is touted as a panacea for literacy problems when really it is a waste of time that is forced on teachers and students and takes time away from meaningful learning and teaching. Teachers are scolded and punished for complaining or speaking out. Student discipline is not effectively handled and there is little to no avenue for teachers to have any input. The list goes on, but in the end, CV still has a lot of work to do- more than ever- if it still wants to go from “good to great”.

The public needs to be educated about the fact that teachers are professionals with extensive training, but their contributions are not valued at CV, or only valued if they’ve sworn allegiance to Mr. Linzey, and often the direction he wants to go is not student-centered. However, pointing that out will get one labeled a “traitor” and discredited as “just another disgruntled teacher.” Such a toxic place to be if one truly believes in education and working for young people. It is insulting to advocate for students, only to be dismissed and discredited as the opposite.

~Anonymous CVCHS Teacher

 

Stakeholders for Transparency posted the list of staff that have left this (2015-2016) school year so far:

 

Miguel Romo – Student Services Administrator

Greg Fister – Dean of Students (Discipline & Character)

Jackie Valdez – Counselor

Katelyn James – Psychologist/Special Education

Kirsten Owen – Office Manager

Joey Scott – Band/Orchestra Instructor

Kipp Penovich – Science/Physics Teacher

Jennifer Garcia –Teacher

Cristina Valle – Teacher, Special Education Transition Specialist

Sabine Becker – Teacher

Suzanne Chenault- Teacher

Clarice Hammett – French Teacher

Lauren Lewis –Resource Teacher

Maurice Maier – Teacher

Renee Tresse – Teacher

Paul Tucker – Teacher

Jillian Winkler – Teacher, Yearbook Leadership

Melissa Chesnut – Special Education Assistant

Kathleent Prato – Special Education Assistant

Jhullli Rogers – Special Education Assistant

Paula Dillon – Teacher

A letter from CV’s most recent staff resignation

Jennifer Ferrari Letter

“A letter from CV’s most recent staff resignation”

I worked for the MDUSD for 20+years. 4 years ago, I started working at Clayton Valley knowing the school was trying to go Charter. It was a very exciting time. It was also scary leaving a place I’ve known for so long but I took a leap of faith and went with the Charter.

Things changed for me once the office staff was reorganized. We were being micro managed and a once happy staff working together was now divided and unhappy. I’m not going to speak about Mr. Linzey, although I could. Working outside his office I have seen and heard a lot. I work in a TOXIC work environment. I felt I was harassed and bullied out of that school. My co-work/member of our Board posted on Facebook, “if you don’t like it then leave”. I can tell you it was very hard for me to make this decision to leave CVCHS. I kept hoping things would get better. Unfortunately, for me it only got worse. Working in the front office where it was known I was on the side of the teachers, the students and wasn’t going to give in, was painful to go to work. I felt I was being harassed. I didn’t know when the next time I would get written up or accused of doing something wrong. There were a lot of anonymous things being reported about me. A he said/ she said with no names. I felt I had to watch what I did all day long. I had to keep a log of what and when I was doing things. I had anxiety of what I was going to get accused of next. To keep my sanity and health I had to leave.

It angers me and saddens me that people on the “I support Clayton valley charter” page and other community members don’t believe us… The staff that work there. (I was even blocked from their page.) We know what kind of environment it is. WE ARE LEAVING. It shouldn’t be if you don’t like it leave. It shouldn’t be teachers are a dime a dozen. It shouldn’t be a handful of disgruntled employees or this is all because of Pat Middendorf. People commenting on these sites don’t even attend the board meetings. Although at this point, I don’t know if it matters. The 15 members from the I support Clayton Valley Charter page come to the last 2 board meetings and they don’t listen or see what’s going on. They are blinded by Mr. Linzey. They are not listening to the teachers who signed the no vote in confidence against Mr. Linzey. They are not listening to the almost 600 people who signed the petition asking Mr. Linzey to resign.

It’s unbelievable to me what goes on at the board meetings. I don’t understand why they won’t do the right thing. How do they fire Matthew Rosso before Thanksgiving in a special election in which was put together so quietly over break most couldn’t attend, how are the elections mishandled, how the F was Bud Beemer not seated on the board. And now it’s all the Board Members against Amber Lineweaver. WE THE STAFF SHOULD HAVE A VOICE. WE THE COMMUNITY AS PARENTS SHOULD HAVE A VOICE.

I welcome the CCCOE and DA. It’s too late for me and the ones that have already left. Not sure how long others can hold out in this unhealthy work environment. I feel bad for the kids who lose their teacher mid-year but as a parent, could you imagine your child growing up and working in this environment? Surely you can listen to the teachers and staff who are imploring everyone to do the right thing. I can tell you working in the education field for 24 years, it is NOT normal for this many teachers and staff to leave mid-year…

The next Board meeting is March 11. I hope to see you there.

# savecvchs .

Jennifer Ferrari
February 15, 2015

COMMENTS:
Allison Wintery: I’m so sorry Jenn. CVCHS’ loss is MDUSD’s gain. #SaveCVCHS indeed.
15 February at 13:25 · Like · 3

Maria Bekakis: Thank you Jenn for stating correct facts. I am truly sorry you are leaving.
15 February at 13:31 · Like · 3

Kristi Ramey Buchholz: So thankful for your words here Jenn, we will miss you so much!!!!!
15 February at 13:44 · Like · 2

Shannon Brandt: Thanks for posting Jenn. The “I support” page blocking employees of the school like yourself says all you need to know about that page.
15 February at 13:59 · Like · 5

Karley Bohner: I’m so sorry.
15 February at 14:04 · Like · 1

Sharon Garcia Degener: Jenn, thank you. I hope that your honesty and perspective will help open up our community’s eyes. You will be missed.
15 February at 14:36 · Like · 4

Jaime Jimno-Lynch: Such a bummer! I will miss knowing you are working where my kiddos go to school. Good luck on your new adventure!
15 February at 14:40 · Like · 1

Becky Feeney Heindel: Sorry you had to leave a job that you once loved and hoped to stay at for a long time. Welcome back to MDUSD where you won’t get bullied and written up every day!
15 February at 15:09 · Like · 5

Amber Lineweaver: Love you Jenn.
15 February at 15:43 · Like · 4

Lisa Hamilton: Sorry you’ve had to go through all this Jenn. 
15 February at 17:11 · Like · 1

Pat Middendorf: So sorry Jenn. I really hate this!
15 February at 18:43 · Like · 3

Michele Neys Hill: Thank you Jenn for stating the facts. I can’t understand why some people don’t believe what’s going on. Good luck at your new job, I know you will be loved and appreciated there.
15 February at 19:21 · Like · 5

Maggie Wise: Wow, wow, wow!
15 February at 19:23 · Like

Jeanne Klenow Costello: I admire your courage to speak about your experience. No one should have to go through that. We’ll miss you!!!
15 February at 19:34 · Like · 3

Cheryl Schaefer: BRAVO, brave friend!
15 February at 22:36 · Like

Debra Elizabeth Gonsalves: Spoken like a true soldier!! You did the right thing. Best of luck. We DO believe you.
22 hrs · Like · 1

Susan Oksenendler: Jenn, you will be missed! I always enjoyed working with you.
2 hrs · Like

Change.org Petition to terminate Dave Linzey

Petitioning Clayton Valley Charter HS Governing Board and Contra Costa County Board of Education

Please follow this link to sign the petition to terminate Clayton Valley Charter High School’s Executive Director, David Linzey.

https://www.change.org/p/clayton-valley-charter-hs-governing-board-and-contra-costa-county-board-of-education-our-governing-board-needs-to-hear-our-concerns-and-terminate-dave-linzey

Here is the summary: Continue reading

CVCHS Board Meeting Summary by Shannon Brandt

Shan Man is seriously disappointed in the Governing Board at Clayton Valley Charter High School. What a complete embarrassment. First they do not allow interested parents to run for a board position so Megan Kommer can stay on, then they fire Matt Rosso the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so that he cannot run against and take Diane Bailey seat, so she stays on.

Keep in mind Diane did NOT want to be on the board until recently changing her mind. I wonder why? President Ted Meriam decides he would like to stay on the board so he votes for himself along with Megan, Diane, and April Winship at tonight’s meeting. You would think he wouldn’t get to vote right? There were over 110 people at the meeting tonight, 3 spoke positive of the board and Dave Linzey. Only 3. One was Kevin King, who used to be on the board and whose wife was hired by the charter with no prior experience. At tonight’s meeting the board voted to hire Kevin King. Continue reading

CVCHS Board proposes bylaw changes to further consolidate its power and to exclude stakeholder input

There is a new bylaw amendment proposed on Wednesday’s Board agenda.  It removes the provisions in the bylaws that require the elected Board members (teachers, staff, parents, administrative) to be recalled by their constituents before being removed from the Board.  The change will now allow the Board, by a 2/3 vote, to remove any Board member.

If this bylaw change passes, the teachers, staff, parents, administration can elect their representatives, but just 6 people on the Board can remove them.  Clearly, the Board has wanted Amber Lineweaver gone for months.  But they could not do it without a recall by the teachers who elected her.  This bylaw eliminates the constituents’ power and consolidates it in the Board. Why should 6 Board members be able to overrule a group of constituents–whether it be parents, teachers, or staff? Continue reading

The story behind the attempt to terminate Matt Rosso

We were provided more information regarding David Linzey’s attempt to terminate Matt Rosso’s employment at CVCHS.  From Matt’s wife Katie:

“In the interest of transparency, we want to tell those who have shown support, of which we are humbled by, the reason that Dave has for recommending Matt’s termination.Dave has stated that he can no longer trust Matt. His reasoning, which is listed in the intent to dismiss being given to the board, is summarized below. Continue reading

CVCHS Board will vote to Terminate Matthew Rosso

We found out that the person being targeted for termination at tomorrow’s board meeting is Matthew Rosso.  Is it a coincidence that he is running against Diane Bailey?  The Executive Director’s actions are reprehensible in every way.  We applaud Matthew and his family’s courage and we as a community need to be there tomorrow night to show David Linzey that we will not stand for this!

From Matthew’s Facebook page:

NO MORE paternity leave. So on my 4th day of paternity Im asked to come in and sign some paternity leave paperwork. So I go in with my daughter to show her off. When I arrived I am asked to meet with our Executive Director. I am then told he is asking the board to fire me.
He then claims to not want to hurt my family, so he offers me a small severance if I agree to keep the whole thing quiet and resign. My wife and I decided we can’t abide by such deceptive tactics. So tomorrow at 4:00pm at Clayton Valley Charter’s Library a special meeting is taking place to vote on my dismissal. The night before thanksgiving, OH and only non-interested board members voting.
Not a happy father. Continue reading

CVCHS Board to Terminate – Special Governing Board Meeting

The CVCHS Board, yet again, has called another Special Governing Board Meeting on short notice at an irregular time.

WHO IS BEING FIRED THIS TIME?!?

Special Governing Board Meeting called the day before Thanksgiving…….why?

CLAYTON VALLEY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
SPECIAL GOVERNING BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
4:00 PM, CVCHS Library
1101 Alberta Way, Concord, CA 94521

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Tom Barnidge from the Contra Costa Times mentions Dave Linzey

Barnidge: These are the people who really need to give thanks

From the Article:

Who: David Linzey, executive director of Clayton Valley Charter High School

Why: His job security and $200,000 salary are not contingent on the approval of the school’s academic staff because 27 of the 40 full-time teachers recently evaluated his performance with a vote of “no confidence.”

 

CVCHS Board Members Manipulate the Election Process

CVCHS Board succeeds in disenfranchising parents from the upcoming Board election. Sharon Degener provides a behind-the-scenes look at the obstacles and inconsistencies she has encountered while volunteering on the election committee.

I have been on the election committee for the CVCHS Board and conveyed my disappointment with this entire process to the Board last week, but after our committee meeting yesterday, I cannot keep quiet any longer.

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