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.

Appears to be a Hijacking June 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

in Progress.

Johnny Football June 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Tom, like Pat, must be in opposition of the transferring of students for athletic(football) reasons from out of the area and not having to go through the wait list or lottery like any ordinary student.

funny man June 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM

i wonder how much MDUSD can sell the campus for after the charter implodes… maybe seeno can bribe the council into putting more high density homes there

down and out June 11, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I bet there will be a lot of posts on this thread. Who cares about stupid schools anyway? I could not care less who was fired/hired/ousted. I guess people in Claycord have nothing better to do than complain.

It’s summer–time to forget about school and go about your business.

CV Parent June 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM

It’s dirty politics people. No more, no less. Come witness it so that you can read between the lines.

bigdaddy June 11, 2014 at 11:12 AM

nice!!!! get rid of all the dead weight.

Most will agree... June 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM

What a cluster “F”!

eric June 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Wow, glad they went through all that trouble and created the charter school so they could leave behind all that “MDUSD politics, mismanagement and drama and run the school the right way”. How’s that working out for you CVCHS? Move along now….there’s nothing new to see here.

Con Mom June 11, 2014 at 11:52 AM

How interesting, wanting to get rid of the board chair…. So soon after Middendorf was fired. Since Branich has been on the board for about eight months and the Chair such a short period of time, can only mean that Linzey wants him gone so one of his puppets to take the chair position. Oh goodie, no over site on anything that happens at CVCHS including finance and football players.

Horse n around June 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM

When they first made it a charter school I was really hoping to be able to send my kids there. But now, all you read about is all the drama that goes on at that school. To bad.

JET June 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM

SO tired of the CVCHS drama. Enough already! This school is a joke.

other agenda items.... June 11, 2014 at 1:01 PM

the board will AGAIN amend charter By-Laws, one having to do with student and employee complaint procedure, and assigning executive director Linzey to lead investigations of complaints, with some appeals going to the president of the board. Guess who holds the title of President of the board?: Linzey. Unbelievable….

parent June 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Linzey is an employee answering to the board he can not be president

Also the boosters is not shut down, the board just announced that they would not be seeking re-election, their positions were ending anyway at the end of July, and nominations were actively being sought to replace those board members

The Mamba June 11, 2014 at 1:55 PM

All is well! All is well!

Can this really be happening? June 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

How can this be allowed to happen? One person comes in and tries to push out two of some of the hardest working people for the school. Amending by-laws so he can have his way even more??? This must be stopped..

ANNONeeemoose June 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Parent, unfortunately that is not 100% accurate. The boosters announced very callously and irresponsibly that they were resigning effective immediately. They shut down the facebook page (I have screen shots of exactly what as said) after they didn’t get the support they thought they’d get. Only Pat’s most inner circle is so militant in their support that they would throw the kids under the bus. THEY FINALLY READ THE BY-LAWS and realized what they did was wrong. Wrong for the kids, wrong per the by-laws. They did a complete about face and NOW they are seeking nominations and “stepping down” at the end of their terms. Don’t let them fool you… they would’ve been happy to leave the booster decimated “in honor of” Pat. In support of Pat they stepped down… to (apparently) destroy everything Pat created.

ANNONeeemoose June 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM

#12, what?? This always just shocks me, though I have no idea why I should be shocked anymore, that people like you spout off stuff that you clearly have no idea about. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA that Linzey was the board president?!?!?!?!?!? Really… where??

Holly Tillman June 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

@ANNONeeemoose, you can find the verbiage on page 12 of the current CVCHS bylaws. See Article VIII, Section 8. I pasted it below for you.

Section 8. PRESIDENT. The President, also known as the Executive Director, shall be the general manager of the corporation and shall supervise, direct, and control the corporation’s activities, affairs, and officers as fully described in any applicable employment contract, agreement, charter, or job specification. The President shall have such other powers and duties as the Board of Directors or the bylaws may require. If there is no Chairman of the Board, the President shall also preside at the Board of Directors’ meetings.

Insider June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I got the word that Linzey was on the bubble, only he turned the tables and got Pat M. ousted. Now it looks like he’s closing ranks. Very political. So glad my children won’t be affected. This is what you get with a “corporate” approach to education….-politics.

Thankful June 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

As the parent of a high school student in Walnut Creek, this just feeds our correct feelings of superiority.

From now on we can proudly say ‘Sure MDSD is a sack of turds, but at least we’re not CVHS!’

Thank you CVHS, thank you.
You’re bringing us closer together.

Wow... June 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

This place has more drama than an episode of All My Children

AllenR June 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

This is what you get when you give a bunch of trailer trash a bit of power and authority. They use and abuse it because they don’t know how to act.

I am so happy I didn’t put my kids in this dysfunctional mess.
C’mon Concord. Stop being Concord!

Doctor J June 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Aside from the power drama and egos, the problem lies in how the Governing Board is selected and removed. Some board members elected by special interests, and some by Board vote. The Board was given power to dethrone fellow board members for no reason at all. That leads to lynch mob justice. Then when a board member votes against the majority, the board member can be removed at the will of the majority. The by-laws need major revision. I even saw one that referenced itself. Trade in the turnip truck for a school bus.

Doctor J June 11, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Ponder this: Remember when Eberhart, Strange and Whitmarsh dominated the MDUSD Board — what if they had the power to remove dissenting Board members ? It was bad enough when Eberhart proposed a board policy to censure dissenting board members. CVCHS, find a better set of by-laws. Democracy deserves better.

Killjoy June 11, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Don’t forget to give him his award after he’s been fired.

Disappointed Parent June 11, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Just goes to show the low quality of the people on the Governing Board. If they had any sense of ethics they would wait until the elections had been held to fill the empty seats on the Board so that all stakeholders would be represented when they considered such a foolish move.

This school started out with such high hopes and promise. Now it’s circling the drain because it’s run by idiots. That’s the problem with charter schools. If the wrong people gain control of the governing board, there’s nothing the rest of us can do but watch it implode.

If you want to understand why the teachers are so upset, read this article Executive Director David Linzey wrote a few years ago. He doesn’t believe teachers should have a say in how the school is run. All decisions should be imposed from above. He’s a my-way-or-the-highway kind of guy who thinks he has all the answers.

Those of us who were around for the charter fight know that one of the main reasons the teachers wanted to turn CVHS into a charter school was so they would have a bigger say in how the school was run. So this conflict between the teachers and Linzey was inevitable.

HERE IS WHERE June 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Minutes of the 2/12/14 meeting:

10.2 Consider approving amended corporate bylaws with changes to focus on Article VIII – Officers of the Corporation. Comments from Paul:
 Paul spoke to the need to correct Section 1 of Article VIII of the bylaws striking “Officers, except for the Chairman of the Board, shall not also be directors (Board Members).
 Also on page 14, Section 8 titled President, under roles of President adding the word “charter” to “any applicable employment contract, agreement, “charter” or job specification.
Discussion: It was explained that the charter President, Vice President, should be Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, without changing what is in the charter. He stated that the role of President is your Executive Director. It was also stated that the Secretary and the CFO can be board members but that is not required. Neil stated that the administration is willing to assist by offering the Director of Administrative Services to fill the Secretary position and the CFO being the Treasurer. Motion: Ted motioned to approve the amended corporate bylaws with changes as presented. Second: Diane

taken from on the website

Tom June 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM

I’ve sat on a few Board’s in the past, and I can honestly say I don’t miss it.

Sitting on a board is like being on a committee, jury or council. Unless you’re surrounded by people who think like you, it can be very frustrating.

Thankfully, I was never involved in anything like this.

I feel badly for the students.

CV Parent June 11, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Dr. J, you are speaking truth my friend.

Linzey is a joke June 11, 2014 at 4:26 PM

I don’t know a lot of what’s going on, but it sounds to me this guy has a little bit of a Napoleon complex. What he really is doing is destroying this school because the board and staff will not toe the line. He was hired out of Huntington Beach area and had no claycord roots. He has come up here tears apart a great community and is breaking apart a system that is not broke. I hope people start to realize this guy is the problem and should force him to resign. How many of the board members is this school going to lose before everyone realizes he is the problem. We should start a funding page to get this guy a moving company and get him moved back to Southern California and return CVCHS back to a drama free campus. Again this is my opinion and don’t have children that high school bound anytime soon. Thank you for letting me vent

Just Some Guy June 11, 2014 at 4:33 PM

*gets popcorn*

But seriously, this is just sad. Predictable but sad. You know what they say about the grass being greener eh?

Disappointed Parent June 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM

The meeting starts are 5:00. Would someone who’s attending please post updates? Thanks.

Holly Tillman June 11, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Here is the letter I sent around 4pm. I figured I’d share it with all of you. I’m at the meeting now and will report back if they discuss this topic tonight.

Dear Governing Board,

I called the Contra Costa County Board of Ed to ask if the charter was in any jeopardy since Dave Linzey and Neil McChesney submitted two new charter petitions and three people signed the document certifying that they were teachers. Jane assured me that everything was fine since Mr. Linzey later rescinded the proposals, but she said the only way the charter was in jeopardy is if the bylaws weren’t being followed.

I didn’t understand what she meant, so she asked how terminations and voting were taking place. I told her that to my knowledge the governing board is Brown Act compliant and posts the agendas 72 hours in advance, etc. Jane then asked me how many people sat on the board. I told her 7 and she said the bylaws state 9 people are supposed to be on the board. I explained that there was an open teacher position that has yet to be filled, which took the board to 8 members; and we are down to 7 now that Pat was fired last month. Per the CCCBOE, the governing board has been in direct violation of the bylaws and she’s going to investigate it!

She looked up the agenda while we were on the phone and said any votes tonight without the full board is in violation. I just wanted you to know before tonight since Jane said she’d be watching.


Disappointed Parent June 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Holly, Linzey and McChesney submitted two new charter petitions? What’s that all about?

Doctor J June 11, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Holly points out more flaws with the by-laws. According to Jane the approval of the LCAP will be invalid. Since the by-laws don’t allow operation of less than a full board, the two vacancies may bring the school to a grinding halt. I think both are dependent on others outside the board appointing them. Obviously the charter founders did not employ a quality legal counsel to draft and write and counsel the by laws. Sounds serious. The COE might be ready to take legal action.

Donna Tong June 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

ANNONeeemoose why don’t you step out from behind your alias if you really stand behind your comments. As a very involved parent from 1999 thru 2009 I can’t believe that the people that work the hardest for this school to provide the very best for the students are being made out to be the bad guy here!!

...... June 11, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Gotta be careful… can’t run an organization by committee, as nothing will be accomplished.

ANNONeeemoose June 11, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Donna, I’m not the one who threw the kids under the bus with my hasty and immature “resignation” of the athletic boosters, and shut it down. Nope. Not me. I continue my job FOR the students and leave the politics to others. Is this a tit for tat? Who’s involved longer? Please , the proof is in who resigned and who shut down the assets of the boosters. And it sure wasn’t me.

Ghoonsquad June 11, 2014 at 9:33 PM

All I hear is Linzey isn’t from this community and frankly who cares! He was hired to do a job and according to test scores the job is getting done. The man has a track record for turning schools around. The “community and school” had a track record of being a joke before Linzey showed up. It should also be noted the “community” and board agreed on hiring Linzey.

Ghoonsquad June 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

It should also be pointed out that annoneeemoose is correct. Pats supports acted like spoiled brats and threw fits. It was never about the kids it was about their little world crumbling and in their eyes Linzey was to blame. At least Pat and her supports got to go to Cabo on a private jet over spring break courtesy of gonsalves. One must assume to hatch this I’ll advised plan.

Pro Fi June 11, 2014 at 10:02 PM


This is one messed up situation. I feel really bad for the students attending this “school”. Seems to me all the are learning is how to play the game and get what they want. This is not what education should be. My observations have nothing to do with what happens in the classroom… the fact the administration handles their communication through a local news blog ASTOUNDS me. Yes, I am in education and I can not imagine how these people were entrusted with the students of this school. Their public actions alone are unethical at best. Test scores mean nothing if you don’t lead by example. Shame on you all.. parents, administration and teaching staff.

Disappointed Parent June 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM

What happened at tonight’s meeting? Did they kick Branich off the board?

Linzey is a Bully June 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM

@ ghoonsquad It’s funny how everything got tabled tonight, thanks to holly calling the BOE. In my opinion this has just started to unravel and Dave linzey’s action will finally show what kind of bully he really is. I think it’s funny how @ghoonsquad would throw the Gonsalves and Pat under the bus by making a statement that her supporters took her to Cabo. We don’t know the facts there, we don’t know if they are personal friends all I know is that the Gonsalves have been major contributors to the school for ever. But making a statement like that could be damming. I’m sure Dave Linzey hiring his wife to work at the same school is completely acceptable right. Call a spade a spade dave is a politician he is trying to save he tail, the school is where it is because of the teaching staff period. I have zero tie to the school and it’s staff.

Holly Tillman June 11, 2014 at 11:23 PM

The meeting just adjourned about 10 minutes ago and I’m pleased to report back that the agenda items to remove Tom Branich were struck from the agenda after closed session. 4 other items were also struck and not voted on tonight. The bylaws were also not changed, but may be voted on next month. The next meeting is July 9th.

Curious June 12, 2014 at 12:37 AM


What else happened at the meeting? Did the closed session last for hours? Was anything reported out of the closed session? Was anything discussed in open session? I guess your conversation with staff at the County BOE must have thrown a monkey wrench into their plans.

Can you pass along any more info on the charter proposals Linzey and McChesney had submitted?

Thanks in advance,

Haha idiots June 12, 2014 at 1:18 AM

@ Linzey is a bully. I don’t have to make the assumption these idiots posted the pictures of their little trip on FB. Then Gonsalves showed up and cried at the meeting along with the rest of Pats relatives. It really not hard to connect the dots here is it? Power play was tried power play failed. As for it all being the work of Pat and the teaching staff? Ok I will buy that so what Pat and the teaching staffs excuse for the other 20 years the school was a train wreck? Not hard to see here again. Linzey has a resume that says he turns schools around. Pat and those teachers resumes just don’t add up now do they. In fact quite the opposite. Theirs resumes say they were complaisant for ever in the education of this community. They probably thought when the charter went through they would have the run of the place to do as they see fit. But like the previous 20 years they didn’t do their homework. They hired Linzey. And had they done their homework they would have known he isn’t a puppet he is a doer. Clearly that didn’t sit well with pat and a minority of teachers. So she is gone and the teachers had better get on board or be gone as well.

Holly Tillman June 12, 2014 at 1:58 AM

@curious, a lot happened tonight. It is late so please excuse the typos.

The board went into closed session around 5:05 pm and did not return until almost 8:45ish! The size of the audience grew as time passed. When the board returned and routine agenda items were completed, they moved to item 5 and Ted Meriam stated which sections would be struck from the agenda and the board would not allow discussion on those topics. The crowd voiced their outrage and demanded that open session for those topics remain open. The board made a motion to strike the items from the agenda, and the attorney advised the board that it was up to them to allow open comments or not. The board chose to allow open comments to resume.

During the open comments a handful of people spoke about Tom Branich not following proper protocol during meetings (I’m paraphrasing) and that he should be removed the board. The majority of the comments were aimed at the board members and how their conduct/rationale for terminating board members was questionable. People were outspoken on the board’s willingness to fire those who challenge Linzey. Others questioned the integrity of the budget and asked for clarification on where the numbers came from and asked to speak to the finance committee. Dave Linzey said they could speak to him and the gentleman from CMCS (don’t quote me on this as the agenda is not in front of me, but he was the guy who reviewed the budget items. Miles I think) if they had questions. After a couple of probing questions regarding who comprised the finance committee, Dave Linzey reiterated that he and Miles were available, but we never found out who the other members were. Or maybe that was the answer.

The speakers ranged from teachers, community members, and staff. I don’t think I would be exaggerating by saying it was a rough night Dave Linzey. He seemed fine for most of the meeting until a speaker held up a document and asked if we all knew that Dave Linzey had applied for another position in New Orleans in March. She then went on to inform us that Dave listed Megan Kommer as his supervisor on the application. (I guess she technically is since she’s on the board, but it might have been more straightforward to list Tom Branich.) The speaker questioned his commitment to CVCHS if he was applying elsewhere in March. I thought it was a valid question. I asked to have the document sent to me so I can see it for myself.

I’ll fast forward to the agenda item to amend the bylaws. Ted walked us through the redline version that he and Neil created. Open comments focused on a couple of sections: allowing a board member to keep their seat without an election. In other words, if the board liked the person in the seat they could remain on the board for another term. And, should there be a vacancy, the board would have discretion on when that seat got filled. It seemed most everyone was in favor of following a democratic process and allowing new people to throw their hat in the ring, and that the vacancy language was too vague. The board gave Ted verbiage to fix the amendment and asked that it is voted on next meeting. Other speakers also pointed out other issues with the bylaws during open comments.

From the audience reaction it was evident that people were pleased that these crucial items were not voted on tonight. I still don’t think we are where we need to be as a charter community, but as long as we all keep attending meetings and voicing our concern we will get there.

Holly Tillman June 12, 2014 at 2:00 AM

@curious, what else do you want to know about the rescinded charter petitions?

Doctor J June 12, 2014 at 7:13 AM

The “ultimate quandary” — The CVCHS Board cannot act without a minimum of nine Board members. The two current vacancies are “teacher” and “administrator”. but the Board cannot appoint these members and neither the teachers nor administrators are inclined to appoint new directors. It is doubtful that the vote on removing Pat Middendorf was legal since there were only 8 directors then. In fact any past action while there were less than 9 directors is questionable. Look for the COE to step in quickly. who wrote these idiotic by-laws ?? “Section 3. The number of directors shall be no less than nine (9) and no more than ten (10), unless changed by amendments to these bylaws. All directors shall have full voting rights, including any representative appointed by the charter authorizer as consistent with Education Code Section 47604(c). The Board of Directors shall consist of at least nine (9) directors unless changed by amendment to these bylaws.”

Judge Roy Bean June 12, 2014 at 7:44 AM

CV Football is a Rogue operation, in the worst sense.
The deadwood at the school has also gone rogue and is creating a FUBAR situation which the board of directors need to get a grip on. There comes a time when a big stick and a bully pulpit come in handy. Get a grip on the wheel or the ship is destined to rollover.

2020 NCS Vision June 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Our football program can do what needs to be done to stay on top. We do it our way. I suggest people worry about there own issues. Nobody can do anything about it anyways.

David June 12, 2014 at 9:41 AM

@2020 NCS Vision
You are the poster child for what is wrong with the CVHS athletic program.
Your meat-heads are not going anywhere but community college or Heald Institute. You are deluded if you think these kids have anything but marginal talent.

2020 NCS Vision June 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

I thought Game of Thrones Season was ending this week? It is going all summer at the charter! Who needs HBO?

David "Shoe" Shuey - Clayton Vice Mayor June 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Just a clarification on the Board and ability to take action. Under Section 21 of the by-laws it clearly states:
Section 21. QUORUM. A majority of the directors then in office shall constitute a quorum. All acts or decisions of the Board of Directors will be by majority vote of the directors in attendance, based upon the presence of a quorum. Should there be less than a majority of the directors present at any meeting, the meeting shall be adjourned. Directors may not vote by proxy.
This is no different than any other Board or city council. Sometimes people cannot attend meetings, sometimes vacancies happen but the Board can still act as long as there is a quorum. There was a quorum for all of the recent actions by the Board and there was a quorum last night. The attorneys who helped draft the by-laws are probably the pre-eminent charter law firm and are experienced education attorneys and they were at these meetings to ensure that the Board acted in compliance with the law and the by-laws.
In addition, the last action item I believe last night was to seat the two open positions on the Board. I was not present as it was way past my bedtime but I believe that both the open teacher and open admin position were filled at the end of the meeting and so the Board should now be back up to full strength.
Finally, I choose to take the glass is half full approach and am encouraged that the school has gone through some growing pains and will emerge stronger and better going forward. I would urge everyone to take a step back from both sides and strive going forward to meet in the middle and continue the great strides the charter has already taken. Mend fences, move on and become better!

Mike June 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM

What’s that Greek saying?
“A fish rots from the head down”

dave da lassly June 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Well at least the cafe food is the best in the county!!!!!!

mtzman June 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

@Doctor J #47, such an interpretation would lead to absurd results. I suspect the two vacancies were not the first to occur, so by your interpretation the school would have to have come to a standstill quite awhile ago. And friends of Pat, if you want to go with that concept, please refund your back pay to the school immediately because if Pat’s termination was not legal then neither was the ratification of your contract. Nor does Tom Branich sit on the board because he was appointed to replace another board member who had resigned, leaving the board with only eight members. This could be fun …

Mom to Four June 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Go ahead and quit. SO you got your little panties in a wad? There are many people looking for teaching and coaching positions, they will take your place and life will go on.

@Dovtor J #24 June 12, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Your reference to how Whitmarsh, Eberhart and Strange “dominated” the board was interesting.

Most of us call it a board majority.

Did you feel that way when it was Mayo, Allen and Treece?

Curious June 12, 2014 at 3:20 PM


Thanks for the great recap of the meeting. Those of us who couldn’t make it in person really appreciate it.

Did they fill the open positions on the governing board? If so, who are the new members?

That was an interesting discussion about the finance committee. I remember somebody asking who was on it before. I went back and tried to find out who was on it by reading the governing board minutes. There was no mention of a finance committee at all. No record of one being appointed that I could find. Then one month the actions of the finance committee are referenced, but no one’s name is ever mentioned. I found it very odd and very suspicious.

I’m glad the audience was questioning the budget numbers. I don’t think the governing board has a strong grasp of school finance. The numbers posted on the school’s website are so high level as to be almost worthless. The board needs to be a lot more transparent and detailed with the public when it comes to the school finances. The governing board especially needs to explain the impact of the new teacher contract as well as the impact of expanding enrollment.

I’m not surprised that Linzey is looking for a new job. If you go back and look at his career, he has always been a job hopper. He never stays anyplace very long. He’s one of those people who stirs things up, claims to have done a great job, then moves on so he doesn’t have to live with the results of his actions. Someone else has to clean up the messes he leaves behind when the —- hits the fan. Well, it’s certainly hitting the fan now. Clearly Megan Kommer knew he was looking for a new job. I wonder if the rest of the board knew.

Why were Linzey and McChesney submitting charter petitions to the County? Are they trying to start a new charter school or replace Clayton Valley’s existing charter? Is this just routine or are they up to something? Why did they withdraw their petitions? I don’t remember reading about this in the governing board minutes. I’m worried that they are trying to sneak something past us.

Curious June 12, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Holly, David Linzey must have a thing for New Orleans. I found this article that says he was a candidate for a job there in 2009. He didn’t get the job.

Con Mom June 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Oh great. Shuey is back and using his title of “vice mayor” to voice “his”opinions. Note: please speak as a private citizen & don’t insinuate that your view reflects those of your community. It is interesting though to see your journey from being ” the most vocal in support of Linzey” (Clayton Pioneer), to ” striving forward to meet in the middle” & ” taking the glass half full approach”. Claycord.

Anon June 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I’m sure where ever Linzey goes this stuff will follow him.

@ Con Mom
I totally agree with you regarding “Shoe”. Hopefully this stuff follows him too.
Some Vice Mayor!! He certainly is into slandering people and stirring the pot.

What a mess June 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I seriously hope the CCOE gets involved. It seems like things are falling apart and this is a little bit more serious than growing pains. I don’t understand the whole point of having this school be a charter. It seems to me it was ultimately done to give the teachers more power and more money. In the mean time the rest of the schools in the district continue to pay for this mess.

Con Mom June 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Ok. Just when you think things are bad….. We have the Linzey created embarrassment at the high school. We have a seemingly back peddling, know it all, vice mayor “shoe”, that uses his title at every opportunity to voice his opinion, and now…. Wait for it… Vice mayor Julie Pierce refers to community member Pat Middendorf as a ” cancer that needs to be excised to save the remaining organism”. (Clayton Pioneer). Is it me or is this a completely inappropriate comment from an elected official? Ms.Pierce has been around this community long enough to be aware of Ms. Middendorfs contributions to the city of Clayton & CVCHS. Even if she wasn’t, what an insensitive, unkind remark. With leadership like this, the city is going to implode with the school. Next election when?

Roy Parker June 12, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Julie Pierce comparing Pat Middendorf to cancer is disgusting and an offense to people who are dealing with REAL cancer. How about not electing her in 2016. There are real problems at that school and Linzey’s statement that parents are happy is NOT true. I do not believe I am the only parent to feel this way. I am glad whoever it was called DOE and prevented (maybe temporarily) any more firings and hopefully someone outside the circle can do a proper evaluation before the school implodes.

@Con Mom June 12, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Wow, Con Mom. I just read the Clayton Pioneer article. I thought Julie Pierces’s comment was totally out of line. Here’s something else that caught my eye. The Article says Middendorf raised objections to CVCHS hiring Linzey’s wife. Then there’s this line:

“Linzey says the subject of hiring his wife was addressed at the time of his hire since he said his family would need to find her employment in order to move to this area.”

So there was an agreement to hire Linzey’s wife if he took the job at Clayton Valley????? Was that part of his contract? If not, was it an under the table agreement? It must be illegal for a public agency to hire an employee with the understanding that his wife will also be hired. Not to mention the fact that it’s an incredibly bad management practice to have a husband supervise his wife. There must be state laws or regulations that say you can’t do either one with taxpayer money. It would explain why they let her get away with working a second job (allegedly) while she as on the CVCHS payroll. It wasn’t a real job. It was just part of the original deal to get him here. Wow.

I would think the CCC Board of Education might be interested in this as evidence of the mismanagement at CVCHS, especially if presented with research that showed arrangements like this are illegal when you’re talking about public employees paid with taxpayer dollars.

Concerned Citizens of Clayton and Conord June 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Citizens and community members – remember to give Shoey the boot next election. This guy has got to go!

Concerned Parent June 12, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Does anyone know the name of the man that was so vocal in the crowd last night? He seemed to know his way around the procedures. Hopefully he keeps coming back. We need more outspoken people like him. The board we have now appears to be very misinformed and useless. Lord help us.

CVCHS football parent June 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

It’s been touched on in comments on this article and others on Claycord, that one point of contention in all this drama is the “recruiting” of football players by Tim Murphy and others involved with the CVCHS football program. In particular, I’ve heard that at least one blue-chip player from College Park was being allowed to transfer in, even though he lives outside the boundary and was NOT in the lottery.

CIF has very explicit rules against “athletic transfers”, and a clearly defined list of criteria which must be met in order for the transfer to be allowed. We’ve heard there are others, and that multiple area coaches/admins are furious with Murphy and CVCHS.

Besides the kid from CP, we’ve heard of a few others, plus we know two kids who WERE in the lottery, but had such high numbers they have no chance of getting in on that basis…YET, they will begin practicing next week with the freshman football team. Soooo…anyone want to explain how that happens?

We love how our first year went, but it’s very disappointing to see that CVCHS is so blind in their quest for athletic dominance that they’re engaging in questionable practices which in turn might be causing friction within the administration, which in the long run could well jeopardize the charter.

@CVCHS football parent June 12, 2014 at 10:24 PM

It’s not fair to the players who live within the boundaries. It’s not fair to the families who follow the rules. It’s not fair to the players at other area schools. It sends the message to the students that it’s OK to cheat as long as you don’t get caught. I can guarantee that every other player on the team knows who got in by bending or breaking the rules. Clayton Valley has really lost its way since it became a charter.

Soon to be CVCHS parent June 12, 2014 at 10:42 PM

The problem is that section 21 provides that a quorum is a majority of the directors “then in office.” Thus, if the board does not fill vacant positions, the quorum number changes based on the number of board members. Based on the language of section 21, what’s to say that you can’t have a 5-member board, and as long as a majority—three people—are present at the meeting to conduct business? Or a three member board, as long as two members are present at the meeting?
On the other hand, according to section 3, the board “shall” consist of 9 members. That language is mandatory, which implies that vacant positions must be filled before other business is conducted. Unfortunately, the bylaws provide no specific timeline for filling vacancies, which means, at the very least, sections 3 and 21 are ambiguous; at worst they directly conflict. And where there is conflict or ambiguity, we should go with the interpretation that best effectuates the purpose of the charter. (Charter, p. 66 [bylaws shall be maintained to remain consistent with the terms of this charter].) Does the charter envision a system that would allow a majority to remove dissenting board members and not fill the vacancies, so that the board shrinks in size and allows only those in the majority to have a voice?

@71 June 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM

I totally agree. Local kids are shut out. Star football players are not
from either Clayton or Concord.
It is nice for the school and the players who get to play, but so many local players were replaced by the kids from other area.
The exact same thing will be happening on the baseball team soon.

Soon to be CVCHS parent June 12, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Also, in reading all the bylaws, I assume that Pat Middendorf was removed from the board pursuant to section 10(d) because her employment at CVCHS was terminated. However, the bylaws also provide a specific recall process for the removal of the directors based on a petition, and 2/3 secret ballot vote of that representative’s constituency (Section 13.) Even assuming no ill intent by the current board members, if at any point in the future there are board members wishing to silence dissent and consolidate power, it certainly seems that section 10(d) provides an convenient end-run for removal without having to have a vote of that board member’s constituency. If the board member works at CVCHS, then he or she can be terminated by the board, and automatically loses his or her board seat. That provision applies to four of the nine board members. That seems to go against the spirit, if not the letter, of the charter. Maybe section 10(d) needs to be amended to provide that a board seat becomes vacant if the employment is terminated, AND if there is a 2/3 vote for removal by the member’s constituency.

Impressed June 12, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Soon to be CVCHS Parent, I don’t know you, but I like you. Will you please run for a seat on the board once you become “CVCHS Parent”? We need a smart person on the board.

chs alum June 13, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Wow sounds like CV is getting worse by the minute.Too bad. Looks like a lot of egos are involved. I really think the cancer remark by the clayton council person is way out of line. In my opinion I don’t see how this Linzey can stay.He should take the Job in New Orleans because I think he has lost the Teachers confidence. Too Bad I would not want to be a Board Member there.

Doctor J June 13, 2014 at 6:46 AM

@Soon#72, I think your post shows how poorly written the By-laws are written. If the CVCHS lawyers are the “pre-eminent” charter lawyers as my friend Shoe says, God save the Queen ! My lawyer contacts tell me that these by-laws likely have been fiddled with from the original boilerplate by-laws that are used in the corporate formation text published by the Continuing Education of the Bar and thus all the inconsistencies. funny how no lawyer is standing up to say “I recommended those by-laws.” Instead I think you had teachers playing lawyers, much like Alec Baldwin says, “On TV, I play a pilot.” will any lawyer who recommended these by-laws as written, please stand up and show us your malpractice insurance ?

chs alum June 13, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Doctor J ..I agree…Lots of ” Fiddleing Around at CV “

@CVCHS football parent June 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Who can we contact about my daughter not getting into CVCHS Lottery but all of these Football players transfer/enroll at will? Has anyone had any success talking to anyone with all of the Board turmoil going on?

Clayton Resident June 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM

#68 – wholeheartedly agree! – especially seeing certain comments by some of our councilmembers making it into print – how long will it be before one of their statements gets the city into a lawsuit. In my opinion (long-held), the Clayton City Council needs new blood on a regular basis – and yet, we the good townspeople of Clayton vote the usual suspects back into office again and again and again.

@Former Coach June 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Ted Meriam was behind that by-law change? There’s one more local wanna-be politician who will never get my vote. Too bad we can’t vote him off the CVCHS board. It pisses me off that I, a taxpayer whose tax dollars are paying for that school, have absolutely no say in how this school is run. We taxpayers have no say over who is on that board. All we can do is stand by and watch our school spiral downward.

Former CVHS Parent June 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

#80, Consider yourself lucky your daughter didn’t get in, You know the saying “Aint’t no one happy if Mama ain’t happy”? Consider the CVCHS teachers to be Mama. They’re not happy, so next year is going o be an awful year at CVCHS. The first year and a half was the honeymoon phase when everyone was happy and thrilled to be a charter school. Now the honeymoon is over and things are getting very ugly. The teachers aren’t happy. The parents aren’t happy. The students aren’t happy. It’s all out war on the governing board. Just walk away and be glad you and your daughter aren’t involved.

Outsider June 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I am not connected to the school or its Board but I have heard from a very dedicated teacher that Linzey is a real piece of work. Apparently many people feel the same. Common sense tells me the school’s success is due to the teachers themselves, not Linzey. From what I’ve learned HE’s got to go.

Where are the minutes? June 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Why haven’t the minutes for the 5/21 meeting been posted?

What’s the word on the new board members – Patrick Gaffney in Middendorf’s place and Christine Reimer in the teacher spot? Which side are they on? Pro or anti Linzey?

@Former CVHS Parent June 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I guess you are correct after the fact. But what about all of the future families that invest their time/emotions like us, only to have their siblings not make the cut because the charter lets all of these Football players transfer in under a different criteria? My tax dollars are contributing toward this cause? CRAZY!

An UnMarried Man June 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Home schooling, folks. That is the only way to do it.

Clayton Parent June 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

So here’s the deal: Linzey will get fired or quit soon enough. He hangs out with King and Madrano, so we know what kind of guy he is (I mean what guy hires his own wife for more money than almost all other administrators make?!?). Once we’re rid ofhim, Megan will drop off out of embarrassment for her role in this drama (talk about ruining one’s legacy!). Ted Miriam is absolutely a wannabe politician, but buying votes ain’t no way to go about it. The teachers need to keep the kids out of the politics. I can’t imagine for the life of me why Ted Branich tolerates these fools, but we’re lucky he does as hes seems to be the only sane one on the Board.

That bomb about Dave applying to the charter school in New Orleans was breathtaking. I bet Megan wet herself.

Stop Wining June 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Its so funny how everyone gets upset that the students from Clayton are there but when the teams are winning there are no complaints. My child was on the waiting list and she is an honors student at a private school. She is active in the community and is the type of student that CVCHS claims to want but the Clayton community doesn’t seem to think she should be there because we don’t live there. We in Bay Point and no I do not want her at Mt. Diablo. Did I purchase my home in your prestigious community NO but that doesn’t make me or my family less than you.

Well well well June 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Maleficent says Gaffney is Linzey’s fella, so unless these guys grow a pair, we won’t see anything change. More drama, less fun.

Former CVHS Parent June 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM

The board members need to put aside their egos and do what is right for the students. Linzey has become such a polarizing figure that he can no longer manage effectively. He needs to go. Even the board members who like what he’s doing have to admit that he can no longer be an effective leader. For the good of the school, he has to go.

The board should hire in someone who understands that you can’t manage a conversion charter school the same way you run a start-up charter. A conversion charter comes with a predetermined student/family base with longstanding ties to the community and a history. It comes with a union teaching staff already in place. It comes with people who fought to convert it to a charter school for their own reasons and have their own views on what the new school should be. A conversion charter like Clayton Valley is nothing like a start up charter. A start-up charter school is not a neighborhood school, attracts only families who want the particular educational philosophy it espouses, and hires non-union teachers it can fire at will if they dare to disagree with management. Why Linzey didn’t understand that you can’t run CVCHS like you can an LA ghetto start-up charter is a mystery to me. Neither the teachers nor the parents will stand for it.

The school needs a new director who is a people person and can work to unite people. It’s going to be bloody with lots of hard feelings all around. But the only way told get this school back on track is to admit Linzey isn’t working out and fire him.

Warrior Parent June 13, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Seems to me that the Charter initially was a great plan due to the poorly ran MDUSD. Smaller classrooms and a better education. With structure in place both academics and athletics should obviously improve as well as a better working environment for staff and administration. The Charter bill finally passed and the wheels began to turn. As the wheel turned the faces changed starting with the new head football coach. In June of 2012 Joe and Mikey Prothero transferred out of Clayton Valley to College Park but re-enrolled at CV two days later after Coach Murphy persuaded them to as well as hiring their Dad Pat Prothero as an assistant coach who had just been banned from coaching in the MDUSD. They went on to have a great season but by the end of the first semester after the football season the younger brother dropped out of school after several altercations with Coach Murphy and poor academic performance. From that point on things went down hill due to the introduction of athletic transfers vs the lack of academic quality. Shane Morris and Xavier Crawford from Pittsburgh transferred in and ended up on the football team. I believe Morris was a legitimate transfer but the Crawford transfer was unbelievable considering the reasons he was initially expelled from Pittsburgh. Next in line was one of our own Sean Vaisima 6’4″ 250lb junior that transferred with a less than 2.0 gpa and no change of address but was allowed to participate during the 2013 season. The starting qb last season Gabe Taylor from College Park transferred to the charter, after the hiring of Murphy, during the summer of 2012. This post is not to tear down Coach Murphy but to simply point out the transfers that have taken place for athletics since his arrival. Several more outstanding football players have recently transferred to the charter and apparently lucked out with the lottery system in place. I respectively will not name these athletes due to the current crisis at the charter. It seems to me that the battle between administration and teachers as far as what the charter agenda is all about has been greatly affected by the number of athletes that are getting into the charter as to students that don’t participate in sports. With that being said there all multiple issues that need to be addressed but a lot of these problems stem from athletic transfers the majority of which are football. It will be old news shortly but the football program was penalized earlier today for multiple infractions. In business, academics or athletics it always starts at the top.

Rudy June 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM

@ Stop Wining [sic] #89,

First off, it’s “wHining”, just thought you should know.

Second, no idea what you mean by “teams winning” and “no complaints”. I guess it made sense to you.

Third, your daughter is an honors student, how wonderful…is CVCHS supposed to throw a parade for her and instantly enroll her? Get in line with everyone else who is outside the boundary and has to enter the lottery, INCLUDING many hundreds of people in Concord.

Come down off your cross and stop playing victim, although something tells me it’s something you’re quite used to doing and you’re very good in that role.

@warrior parent June 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

What were the penalties?

@Former #91 June 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Couldn’t agree with you MORE! Seems like the community is together on this but the few ninnies on the Board who stand to gain something have their heads in the sand (or elsewhere). Hoping the Board will spend the summer sorting out who is really in it for the kids.

Penalized? June 13, 2014 at 7:37 PM

@warrior parent

How was the football program penalized today?

.... June 13, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Time to revoke the charter….we have a bunch of wanna-bes trying to implement something they know nothing about,

Lovely lady June 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

@Rudy I don’t expect that she would get any special treatment. I just read all the comments on Claycord and the feeling I get is that if you don’t live in Clayton not Concord that you are not good enough to mingle with the Clayton Community. No one is playing the victim because no matter where my child goes she will be successful.
We know several people who lied about the address to get into the school but we are a family of integrity so we went through the lottery process which unfortunately was not as we expected. We will move on if it’s God’s plan for her to be at CVCHS then it will happen.

@warrior parent June 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Wow, Warrior Parent. I had no idea what kind of shenanigans were going on with the football team. I’m very sad to learn that’s what our charter school has turned into. Was Pat Prothero paid to coach? That would be such a lapse in morality and judgement to pay the Dad to get the kids on the team, especially when the dad had been banned from coaching in MDUSD. That must be some type of rules violation, too. It’s all so very, very sad. What terrible examples the school’s leaders are setting for our children.

@warrior parent June 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

This is an example of the failure of this charter. The claycord community would be upset if they knew about these underhanded dealings. These were not the principals that the charter was built on. Who was going to report these deals to the community? This is what happens with a lack of oversight. Now we hear that the North Coast Section will levy the punishments due to this lack of oversight. Horrid!

chs alum June 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM

How can this Director survive? I wouldnt want to be in his shoes.Too bad I thought cv had it going jn the right direction.With all the unrest it sounds like he has lost control and I know those people will not let up. Too Bad.

.... 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.

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.”

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. June 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM

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

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. June 14, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Thanks, Warrior Parent.

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.

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. June 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM

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

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?

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 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….

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.

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.

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. 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:

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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?

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”.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mustang Pride June 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Sorry that last comment was meant for “Want Answers”

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.

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?

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.

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.

Want Answers June 15, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Now I’m done

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.

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.

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.

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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