CVCHS Governing Board Agenda: “Possible Board Action To Remove Board Member Tom Branich From Chairman Position and/or From Board”

June 11, 2014 10:00 am · 146 comments

Clayton Valley Charter High School’s (CVCHS) Governing Board will possibly be removing their Chairperson, Tom Branich, during tonight’s meeting at CVCHS.

The agenda for the meeting states “Possible Board Action To Remove Board Member Tom Branich From Chairman Position and/or From Board”.

No other information is provided on the agenda regarding the possible removal of Branich from the board.

This comes just weeks after the CVCHS Governing Board fired long-time teacher/administrator Pat Middendorf, after she released a letter to the community criticizing the leadership at the school.

Although nobody will confirm the news, there are also rumors that at least three head-coaches at CVCHS have quit in recent weeks. Also, the athletic boosters website was abruptly shut down after Middendorf’s firing.

Tonight’s meeting starts at 5pm in the CVCHS Multi-Use Room on Alberta Way in Concord.

101 .... June 14, 2014 at 7:50 AM

A lapse in morality, judgement and ethics by all concerned.

Time to revoke the charter. The whole process was run by a bunch of rank power-hungry amateurs.

102 freshman football June 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Freshman football does start this Monday the 16th with their “voluntary” SPARQ training. I can confirm there are at least 2 kids attending the camp who were in the lottery but did not have high enough numbers to get it, and they are not currently enrolled at their respective home high schools. Are they enrolled at CVCHS? Don’t know, and also not sure if this camp is solely for CVCHS…the registration flyer is confusing, because it says players must have medical/insurance info on file with “their team”, implying that it could be a different team than CVCHS. However, on the part of the flyer where it says “who” this camp is for, it says “anyone wishing to play CV freshman football.”

103 Warrior Parent June 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

NCS penalized CVCHS due to multiple infractions by Coach Murphy and his staff. NCS ruled that CVCHS will forfeit its first game ‘ The Honor Bowl’ vs Carson. CVCHS will also lose several practices ‘dates not disclosed’ that will precede the game forfeiture.

104 June 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Warrior Parent, do you have a source for that info? A link? Anything?

105 Warrior Parent June 14, 2014 at 2:27 PM

The meeting took place yesterday morning 6/13 CVCHS has been notified due to their presence at the meeting. All sports will be put on a one year probation due to other infractions. Your best bet is to contact Gil Lemmon with NCS. I did not get on the thread to criticize anyone in particular but due to the athletic transfers I felt it was important to share a part of the problem that the Charter is apart of.

106 June 14, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Thanks, Warrior Parent.

107 Disappointed Parent June 14, 2014 at 3:26 PM

CVCHS needs to update its home page. This notice still appears on it.

“In one of the biggest high school football events in the state, CVCHS will face off against Carson High School Senators in the final game of the Northern California Honor Bowl! Don’t miss this exciting event on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Del Oro High School in Loomis!”

Do you think they’ll add an explanation as to why they have to forfeit the game? Will they use it as a learning experience for the kids? Or will they sweep it under the rug.

108 Not a issue June 14, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Huh? No press release, no link, just a post on a blog from a anonymous parent and this is to be taken as fact? I’ll wait for the league to announce this.

109 June 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Contacted the NCS. Sounds like it might be true. More later.

110 Anonalalon June 14, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Disappointed parent, geez, this happened yesterday, it’s summer break and you’re worried and criticizing already that they’ve not updated the site? Though my guess is they will just take it off the schedule.

Does anyone know WTF Murph was thinking ??? I assume this about the practice in full pads with DVC?

111 p_reign June 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

uh oh… “now” an issue?

I hope none of the t murph supporters twist an ankle backpedaling over the next couple days

112 June 14, 2014 at 7:06 PM

NCS Commissioner Gil Lemmon told “There was a league hearing Friday where sanctions were applied. I have not seen the decision letter but Clayton Valley Charter will receive the letter/decision within four days.”

Working to get more details….

113 NG Eyes June 14, 2014 at 7:43 PM

@Not a Issue,bigdaddy,Goonsquad. Don’t worry guys. This is a good thing. He pulled the wool over Clovis East fans eyes for 10 years. He only had the wool over your eyes for two years. Now you’re free.

114 Want Answers June 14, 2014 at 8:29 PM

NOT AN ISSUE- so your facts obviously were completely wrong. Maybe them concord,cp, and NG fans are little more in the know than you think.
Sometimes it’s easier to accuse crying than accepting facts.

115 Not a issue June 14, 2014 at 10:44 PM

And the facts are what? At this point worse case a forfeit may be a adjusted practice schedule. Either way a giant yawn on the “rumor”. As I said not a issue. See you on field.

116 June 14, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Here is a letter from the Diablo Valley Athletic League regarding the meeting on Friday to discuss possible penalties against CVCHS for allegedly conducting out of season practices:

117 NCAA June 15, 2014 at 12:05 AM

@u definitely have issues
You say a forfeit and losing practices is no big deal? The entire school being put on probation is no big deal? Clearly CVCHS along with Coach Murphy and his staff have been blatantly breaking CIF/NCS rules and now they are being dealt with. It’s unfortunate that their actions will cost student athletes games and practice times but at the same time a very mild punishment for consciously breaking rules. Murphy was suspended in 2007 for a duration of 4 games due to recruiting violations at Clovis, FYI there’s a link for that, hence a leopard doesn’t change it’s spots. These posts are helpful for information sharing not talking trash. On a new and interesting note Kahlil McKenzie will be withdrawing from the charter. Claycord your site is awesome keep it up!

118 Not a issue June 15, 2014 at 7:03 AM


reading comp isn’t your strong suit is it? That letter doesn’t say anything about any penalties does it? No. In fact it’s a meeting to discuss if there will be any penalties. At this point nothing has been shown that any penalties have been enforced just the chatter here. And the chatter here had kid coaches getting fired, kids losing eligibility, etc……….so again I take it with a grain of salt.

119 Want Answers June 15, 2014 at 7:20 AM

@Not An Issue- let’s be honest for the whole community: whenever ANY team from ANY school has it’s OWN meeting for violations IT IS AN ISSUE!
And if you wanna sweep it under the rug like no big deal, shame on you and what you are supposedly standing for at your Charter. I wouldn’t be surprised if Not An Isssue is Murphy or another CV coach who thinks a couple wins will make things right.
This isn’t just about the punishment, this is about following rules, integrity, and teaching kids the right way.
And not every school is perfect and CP,NG, and Con probably all have issues, but that doesn’t justify any rule breaking ANYWHERE.
Let’s get our perspective right on this topic!
Who cares what the penalties are. Let’s focus on doing the right things for our kids!

120 Not a issue June 15, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Want Answers…..

Again as noted many times here mountain out of a mole hill. Everything is hearsay at this point. Sorry I’m not willing to crucify the coach, school, or program like others here based on hearsay. And reality is if they held extra practices and get the penalty suggested here big deal! If that’s the best they have on a program I’m ok with that I mean your crying about extra practice. Not point shaving, gambling, drug use, phony grades,etc…….if anybody thinks this somehow gave them a competitive advantage so be it. My guess is any sanction against program/school will be minimal if any. I mean really a few posts back coaches are gonna be fired, kids were gonna lose high school eligibility, now KM is leaving the program, etc……….and you expect me to take all the crap serious? Please. As noted when penalties are in place we can move on here but for now everything is gossip nothing more nothing less.

121 Not a issue June 15, 2014 at 8:27 AM

@want answers

I almost forgot yeah lets be honest here. You did look at who is having the meeting right? Principles from NG, Con, CP, I mean really? No biased there on their parts no doubt.

122 chs alum June 15, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Why all of a sudden are all these issues at cvchs? Is this Linzey responsible for all of this?

123 NG Eyes June 15, 2014 at 8:55 AM

@Not a Issue…Weekend almost over, league and NCS people will be back at work and you will get all of the details of the sanctions that are levied. Notice how all of your buds are radio silent/hiding?
I am hearing it will be a historic amount of punishment laid down by the league and NCS that will include the charter being under athletic probation. I am sure you will have plenty of press links to click on. Might need more than that “grain of salt”.

124 Not a issue June 15, 2014 at 9:03 AM

@CHS alum

I mean really what issue? Extra practice time even if validated is pretty mundane in grand scheme of things. Middendorf firing? Not only was it warranted but probably a decade late. Reality is folks here will say or do just about anything to slam the charter. Is there issue? Sure but no more than any other place. Simple fact is if it were so bad would there be a waiting list to get in?

125 Mustang Pride June 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Not sure if know but Coach Murphy had these practices posted on the football website for months, I don’t think he was really trying to deceive anyone. It’s a pretty common thought that once school is out you can start your summer program practice. Cv got out of school May 30. This year the restrictions for full practice were lifted after the boys cif boys golf championship, but most schools didnt know this, including us. About a dozen other teams in the ncs were about to break the same rule going to the passing tournament at Laney College if Mr Lemmon didn’t contact them the day before the tournament and change the time you can practice to June 4th which is when the boys golf championship took place. And 2 other schools did do the same thing cv did, Moreau Catholic and a smaller school up North who’s name I can’t remember. I’ve known Coach Cotter at MC for years and he would never purposely break the rules either. As far the dvc thing every team in the dval and most in the east bay have done 7 vs 7 with DVC in the late 90 ‘s and early 2000 ‘s. 7 vs 7 is closer to basketball as far as contact than football, it is one hand touch and no one has gear on. I know you guys love to error on the side of negativity on this site but it really would add more if you truly knew the facts and not try to rip people down that you don’t know.

126 Not a issue June 15, 2014 at 9:08 AM

@NG Eyes……

If it’s a “historic” punishment so be it. Then you have something to talk about don’t you. Not only that you will be able to back up your claims. But again right now you have nothing. What you have is a meeting that’s it, and rumor. As for everybody else being silent I’m fine with that.

127 De La Salle Parent June 15, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Remember, this is the same athletic dept. that kicks disabled kids off a softball field so that their athletes can have a dog and pony show in front of recruiters. Football team cheating you say? Sounds like par for the course to me, although I’m sure CVCHS golfers would mark it as a birdie.

Cheating! It’s the ugly eagle way.

128 Mustang Pride June 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

“Not an issue” that’s a great point, those 3 guys determining the punishment, that’s insane! Cv started 3 days early with it obviously not being something they were trying to hide. So take 3 practices away from them and be done with it. Oh I forgot half these negative post are from the Hamilton and he will never be done with it until he actually beats Murph.

129 Not a issue June 15, 2014 at 9:32 AM

@mustang pride

Exactly. As I noted very early on CV wasn’t only school to break/misinterpret said rule and times. It’s really not a issue. If penalties are put in place so be it. If extra practices is all they have I can live with that.

130 mtzman June 15, 2014 at 9:35 AM

@chs alum #123, I assume CV had an athletic director that would be responsible for these kinds of things.

131 NCAA June 15, 2014 at 9:42 AM

@mustang pride
The 7on 7 wasn’t just at Dvc it was against Dvc. There were only 2 schools there, the charter and Dvc. Any type of scrimmage between a college and high school are illegal. The liability that goes with it is a serious issue. Explain this to me then if a player from each team collided and were injured, which happens a lot in 7on7, how could you justify that? It’s obvious why Murphy had his team there because they struggle to defend the spread offense but you canT go out and scrimmage college teams with high school teams it violates both CIF/NCS and NCAA RULES. As far as Gil Lemmon changing the dates it’s because he was blind sided by Laneys tournament the day before it took place and NCS would have had to punish 16 teams. The state track finals were the last CIF event of the year which was on the same day of the tournament thus putting all teams at fault. Of the 16 teams that were participating CVCHS is the only one with all of these other issues.

132 NCAA June 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

@kid with issues
You just keep taking it to the face. Your posts are simply biased and non informative. I’ve tried to show decorum with you time and time again but you’re just to immature and uneducated on these topics to continue addressing. The charter is a mess that NCS will clean up because the people in power at the charter are not capable of keeping their own house clean.

133 Want Answers June 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM

If you are a coach and a veteran coach at that, you know the rules in the first place. This wasn’t an oversight. Every head coach knows that summer does NOT start when school ends. It starts when the CIF athletic calendar ends!
So it’s not a just a little oversight by a VETERAN coach. A coach who in the last has been under scrutiny and faced penalties before.
And if you can live with extra practices and illegal 7ons then so be it. You obviously don’t care about rules. But if nobody stepped up to the plate and challenged rule breakers when it is blatant and in your face, then everyone would run with it.
The Charter can be penalized very minimal and I would be satisfied that it is in the open that illegal activities took place. No I don’t think anyone should or will be fired or a season lost. That’s ludicrous. But the mere fact that there was a meeting with the league involved shows there is substance and some integrity in the DVAL. That should make EVERYONE in the league feel good.

134 Want Answers June 15, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Whatever happens happens. The league did the right thing. Hopefully all schools follow suit. And now on to football.

135 Not a issue June 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

@want answers

When you come down off your soap box please take the time to read mustang prides post. Again CVCHS wasn’t the only team who did said practices. Murphy had practices listed for months a clear sign he wasn’t trying to skirt any rules. He wasn’t the only coach/team who had extra or illegal practices. The fact he may be sanctioned and nobody else speaks probably more about the crying being done by his league opponents than any real advantage or cheating that was done.

136 Mustang Pride June 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

NCAA, very true the league should take action and take away 3 practices from cv, no doubt. But if the rule was so clear and “everyone” knew it why were all those teams at the Laney tournament about to break the same rule? Northgate being one of them. And why did Mr Lemmon have to make a decision the day before the tournament to change the date of the regulations being lifted from June 9th to June 4th so the tournament would not have had to been canceled? And you say some very good things but this is where your obvious bias comes in, if cv was going to start early to get some sort of advantage why would murph post it on the website, he knows Hamilton stalks him and is out to get him in every way.

137 Mustang Pride June 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Sorry that last comment was meant for “Want Answers”

138 Mustang Pride June 15, 2014 at 11:49 AM

But yes, like”want answers” said, let’s move on to football. All this negative stuff needs to end. It’s Fathers Day, it would be much more valid if we focus our time on something that really matters like the courageous little girl fighting for her life on the other post that claycord has to offer.

139 Not a issue June 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

@mustang pride

Doesn’t matter who you were addressing in post. Both “NCAA” and “want answers” have a clear biased here. In fact both are prolly the same person. It should also be noted that that CP was scheduled to be at Laney but dropped out day before. So again as noted if rules were so clear why was everybody schedule to be there and break the rules?

140 NG Eyes June 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM

@Not a Issue, Mustang Pride. You keep on bringing up Laney Tourny that was deemed OK by the NCS. Included our team….
You guys will see next weeks sanctions will be due to the Full Contact practices during the week prior to the publicized NCS date and 7 on 7 games against DVC….
And to clarify to a former statement by Mustang Pride, there has never been any 7 on 7 games with a HS team against DVC. Only high school kids versus high school kids in a league set up by DVC. Not against college football players…
I have friends whose kids play at Las Lomas and the 7 on 7 tournament on Saturday at Clayton Valley and both said it was plenty physical with several big hits with out pads.
Please do not sweep these serious infractions under the rug, you are not one of the CVC kids being put through this to be on the team.

141 Want Answers June 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Not An Issue- you obviously are an assistant to Murph with this issue. Whoever breaks a rule should face some sort of repercussion. Is that not what you believe in? You seem to dismiss any notion of following rules. Of course people from different schools would have some bias. You are obviously very biased to Cv. That’s life,
You seem to side with the people who “don’t know” the rules than the ones who do. But now you and murph know the rules. Awesome!
I’ll come down off the soap box when you come up out from under the table in Murphs office.

142 Want Answers June 15, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Now I’m done

143 Not a issue June 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM


I know for fact CV has not held any full contact practices to date, not one! Stop spreading blatant lies here. As for the 7 on 7 passing tournament that was held yesterday and it being full of contact? Hardly I was there and it was no rougher than a pick up basketball game. I could see how the Los Lomas squad was intimidated by it though. As numerous people commented about the size of that team. And I don’t mean numbers wise, I mean physical size. They looked like a JV squad.

144 Mustang Pride June 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

NG Eyes

The reason I keep bringing up Laney is because you and all the other teams there were about to break the rule but Mr Lemmon changed it on Friday June 6th to avoid having to cancel it. Not sure why you don’t understand that? I’ll explain again, up until Friday June 6th the restrictions on football were June 9th which means if Mr Lemmon didn’t find out about the Tournament all teams would have broke the rule because the Tournament was on June 7th. And about the DVC thing, this is where you prove yourself wrong again, go ask Ted Tillian (northgate), Bill Kepler (CP), Bob Ladaceur (DLS) or Mike Darr (DVC), every team in the DVAL and several more in the East Bay who had 7 vs 7s with DVC in the early 2000’s every Tuesday and Thursday night at DVC and AGAINST DVC! This is why your posts are so invalid, you don’t go to the source, instead you hate Murph because his teams win and kids from everywhere want to be part of his program because they hear how much he takes care of his players. Instead of giving him some credit, you throw him under the bus about things you really don’t know about. Do you know why his teams always have a 3.0 plus gpa’s and he never loses kids to bad grades? I’m sure you will say he pays off teachers. But the truth is, he makes any kid who has an F in one or more of his classes study every day at lunch WITH HIM and the ones who are really struggling have to go in before and after school as well. This and the fact that he doesn’t have the heart to cut is why he has 70 plus kids on his team every year. Kids like structure and knowing someone is looking after them, especially since so many don’t have a father at home. Again, Happy Fathers Day, stop trying to bash this guy, to be honest I’ve never heard him say a bad thing about Northgate and he praises the effort your team has every year against him. As far as your comment on the passing tournament at CV, I only saw the last 4 games but it was as very clean, absolutely no hits. All coaches looked happy in the end and just for your information Murph didn’t charge a dime to the teams that came. I personally know Berkeley High was very appreciative about that. DLS is doing the same thing this Saturday and is charging $300 a team.

145 Not a issue June 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM

@NG eyes

The Lainey tournament is brought up because NCS deemed it ok the day before. Yet all these schools had committed weeks in advance. Why would they all commit if it was clearly illegal? If the rule was so clear in other words do you think everybody commits to play? Doubt it.

146 What a mess June 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

I find it very ironic that Linzey claims to be uspet in the Pioneer article that the students were involved in the Middendorf problem. He wouldn’t even have a job, nor would their be a charter if Middendorf hadn’t used the same exact tactics to campaign for the charter. Teachers literally stopped teaching that school year, classroom time was devoted to turning CVHS into a charter. So why would he expect that Middendorf would do anything differently when problems arose this time. It’s the way she operates, all the while claiming to be the one that will continue to “Do the right thing” as I’ve seen she is now stating on her personal facebook page. A huge motivation for Middendorf in getting the school turned into a charter was because she would then be able to have her teams recruit. That is now what we are seeing happen. It’s no surprise people, it’s what she had planned all along.

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