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Did Dave Linzey receive CVCHS Board approval for financial assistance to fund his new charter?

The CVCHS Board is governed by the state open meeting laws, meaning any decisions have to be discussed and voted on in open public meetings.

Why has the Board not discussed the financial assistance for David Linzey’s new charter in an open board meeting?

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And why is it not on the agenda for this Wednesday’s meeting seeing as the charter petition is being presented to the county on October 19?

See the agenda here:

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CVCHS Administration and Board have no interest in collaborating with concerned students or community members.

https://www.suggestionox.com/r/cvchs

Contrary to their claims, the CV administration and Board really have no interest in collaborating with concerned students or community members. At the Board meeting ex-Board member Mike Fine set up, at his own expense, an anonymous suggestion website to help facilitate better communication between the school and the community. Less than 24 hours later, Mike Fine posted this:

Clayton Valley Charter High School Anonymous Suggestion Box

***** IMPORTANT NOTE: At 7:58am Thursday, September 15, 2016, after only five suggestions had been submitted via this site (four of which were serious, one of which was not), I received the following email from a support rep at Suggestion Ox: “We had a request from some folks at Clayton Valley Charter School not to receive emails via Suggestion Ox. To honor their request, we’ve removed those email addresses from the Additional Recipients section for your box.” Because of this, submissions will no longer go directly to the Executive Director, Principal, and Governing Board. Frankly, I find it appalling that someone at the school or on the Board actively decided to REJECT hearing from administrators, teachers, students and others. At this point, I personally will forward suggestions to these people and others as I see fit. *****

9/14/16 CVCHS Governing Board Meeting Narrative

Clayton Valley Charter High School
September 14, 2016
Governing Board Meeting Narrative

The CVCHS board meeting started shortly after 6:00pm. The audience appeared to be made up of 150+ unhappy students, teachers, parents, and community members. There also appeared to be several happy Executive Director Linzey supporters in the front row. The meeting began with Chairperson Ted Meriam giving the audience instructions on proper behavior at a board meeting. He then called on members of the audience who had filled out a speaking card to come up and speak for their exact allotted speaking time of either 2 or 3 minutes. There were over a dozen speakers with all but one expressing their concerns about the executive director, the school board, the flight of teachers and staff, and the unexplained budget.

While memorializing the teachers that had touched their lives so profoundly, teachers who had each in turn fled the charter, the emotionally charged students begged the board members to listen to them. It appeared as though the entire leadership class of the school was in attendance. One after another they went to the speaking podium and poured out their feelings of frustration at the disappearance of their teachers, their counselors, and the staff that supported and mentored them. Some of those students were not only saddened by loss, but were also angry that nothing was being done to stop the landslide of disappearing staff. Another teacher had resigned that week, following dozens before her. Each student was loudly cheered by the audience for their heartfelt speeches, and as the room became more on edge, one very brave student stood up and with an air of confidence and resolve called on the board to wake up and solve the problem. Over and over again she pointed out that the problems at the school lead back to the executive director. She then looked at Executive Director Dave Linzey and asked him to resign. Of course the room erupted in cheers. The audience was with her.

One notable speaker pointed out the strange shifting of money in the budget from last year and the 11 million dollar surplus that could be used for students, but it appeared that it was being stockpiled for some unknown future use. Another speaker also pointed to the lack of detail in the budget and stated that she has tried numerous times to request explanations from the administration. This person is a respected, hard working elected board member of the Athletic Booster Board and was recently asked to resign by the athletic director, noting her unwelcome inquiries and negative comments about the administration. He told her if she didn’t resign the athletic booster club would be effectively shut down and kept from operating on campus.

After the students finished their impassioned speeches, but before any agenda “business” began, the executive director showed how much he cared by condescendingly giving the students “permission” to leave the meeting to go do their homework. The students looked around incredulously and stayed in their seats.

The board chair then gave a lengthy speech about how the Board has no say in, and cannot address personnel issues. He left out, however, the fact the Board does in fact have one personnel responsibility—to oversee, hire, and fire the Executive Director.

The board continued and as usual there were no comments about anything, no questions to the executive director, no promise to look into the issues, no questioning of the budget that no one in the room appeared to have a copy of. The board gave the appearance of puppets on a string bobbing their heads yes to everything the executive director proposed. There was no discussion of any item and no board business conducted at any time. A seemingly endless list of new hires was announced, some very obviously causing a controversy afterwards. Not one of the new staff, not even the new administrators were at the meeting to be introduced. Mr. Linzey stated that he would be visiting the leadership class the next day. The meeting was adjourned by 7:30pm.

Many people milled around talking after the meeting was over. A board member came down and chastised the students for their behavior. Another staff member from the school did the same. The parents also seemed incredulous that not even a single word was uttered by board members that gave them any indication that they recognized the problem and they would look into it. Parents wondered what they could do next. What can they do? This is a charter run by one person with no apparent oversight by anyone. One group already tried and where are they now? Retaliation is an often repeated word. Speaking up can have life time consequences. Good luck to the amazing students who spoke at the meeting and to all the students and parents who came to support them. Hopefully they will find the answer.

 

A Tale of Two Clayton Valley High Schools. What a difference a charter school makes!

A Tale of Two Charter Schools - Clayton Valley Charter High School -Then and NowA Tale of Two Charter Schools – Clayton Valley Charter High School -Then and Now

Neil McChesney Bills CVCHS For Consulting Work

Neil McChesney Resignation Letter 3-2-15

FINAL CVCHS Closeout Report-Conflicts of Interest

According to a declaration made by Neil McChesney in a letter addressed to CVCHS, “I left (CVCHS) on or about March 2, 2015 to pursue other interests, notably creation of a performing arts charter school”.  Mr. McChesney continued to receive monthly payments, totaling $9,600.00 from Clayton Valley Charter High School between April 1, 2015 and August 1, 2015 for “consulting work.”

What exactly is Mr. McChesney doing for Clayton Valley Charter High School, besides receiving money that could be spent on the students’ education?  Stakeholders for Transparency has requested a contract describing his duties, but have been told that the school needs extra time to “search for and collect” the requested information.

We are especially concerned because McChesney has been working to open the School of Performing Arts (SPA), and in the Contra Cost County Board of Education’s final report, “CVCHS provided the requested written confirmation that no funds were provided to the SPA Charter” and “provided the requested copy of its annual budget, showing no funds have or will be transferred from CVCHS to the SPA Charter.”  (Final CCCBOE Report, page 4 –   presented at the Jan. 13, 2016 Board Meeting).

 

A Graduation Plea From CVCHS Student Body President

**Stakeholders for Transparency was asked to help spread the following message from the CVCHS Class of 2015**

Stakeholders,

Recently, the Class of 2015 was notified of changes to their graduation. It is a Clayton Valley tradition for the Student Body Leadership to nominate teachers they would like to shake hands with at graduation.

This year, Mrs. Ihle and Mrs. Lineweaver were nominated. Tuesday, we were told that rather than teachers, Governing Board members Ted Meriam and Megan Kommer will be handing out diplomas and shaking seniors’ hands.

Students are outraged and are trying to fight for their right to decide who receives this privilege. However, we are struggling.

The following has been sent out to seniors through social media, in efforts to influence change. If you could please help in spreading the word and joining the effort, we would appreciate it.

Administration has taken away teachers’ privileges of handing out diplomas at our graduation. Seniors, this is OUR graduation and we have the power to change this decision if we come together. Please email the board and executive director asking for students to nominate administration, teachers, or board members to shake hands with, rather than the board president and VP. We are asking for the school to compromise with students and allow our input on who we would like to share this special moment with.

Email the governing board:

ted.meriam@claytonvalley.org

megan.kommer@claytonvalley.org

april.winship@claytonvalley.org

diane.bailey@claytonvalley.org

mike.fine@claytonvalley.org

patrick.gaffney@claytonvalley.org

richard.asadoorian@claytonvalley.org

Email Mr. Linzey: david.linzey@claytonvalley.org

Please spread the word to students and parents, the more emails the better. Thank you

Thank you,

The Class of 2015

**Send a copy of your email to the County Board of Education**

pmirabella@cccoe.k12.ca.us

cdeane@cccoe.k12.ca.us

mmaxwell@cccoe.k12.ca.us

dgomes@cccoe.k12.ca.us

jbelle@cccoe.k12.ca.us

ksakata@cccoe.k12.ca.us

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 terminates Matt Rosso

Ted Meriam, Megan Kommer, April Winship, and Dick Ellis (the only CVCHS Board members that were allowed to vote) terminated Matt Rosso at the special board meeting this evening.

More information on Matt Rosso’s story:

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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CVCHS Board Meeting – A Vote of NO Confidence for David Linzey, the Executive Director.

Stakeholders,

The CVCHS governing board met on Wednesday, November 122014. It was a historic moment. We all knew it was going to be a very special evening as soon as we walked into the room.  Dozens of teachers filled the chairs and almost all were dressed in black.  Dozens of community members also attended and almost all were dressed in black.  This signified solidarity.  Two stakeholder groups came together that night and publicly supported each other once again.

No longer can anyone say this is a few disgruntled people. Kipp Penovich, the teacher union president handed the school board 27 sworn statements from 27 of the 40 permanent employed teachers. He testified that there would have been many more but the other teachers were too afraid of retaliation to make a public statement. They had already witnessed this too many times with their colleagues who spoke out. Continue reading