CVCHS Administrators Looking to Open Two Charter Schools in Antioch

March 9, 2018 19:21 pm · 58 comments

Administrators at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord are looking to open two charter schools in Antioch; a middle school and a high school.

The Antioch Unified School District will hold a public hearing next week to discuss the proposed ‘East Bay Tech Academy Antioch Middle School’, and ‘East Bay Tech Academy Antioch High School,’ according to the agenda for the meeting.

The petitioners say East Bay Tech will be independent public charter schools developed by the newly-formed nonprofit public benefit corporation: East Bay Tech Academies – Antioch.

The lead petitioner is Megan Moilanen, who is currently the Director of Guidance, Assessment and Testing at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord. The co-lead petitioner is Bill Morones, who for the past two years has worked as the Superintendent of Gustine Unified School District until they recently parted ways. Current Clayton Valley Charter High School Executive Director David Linzey is listed as a ‘Senior Advisor’ in the proposed charter documents.

The March 14 public hearing will be located at the Antioch Unified School District Office Board Room, 510 G Street, Antioch. It will start at 7 p.m.

To view more about these proposed charter schools, please view the agenda by clicking on the following link:

Again? March 9, 2018 at 7:45 PM

Who is Bill Morones? I don’t see him listed anywhere on the CVCHS website. I think he left Gustine due issues related to bond money.

You know Linzey had to be part of this. There is something in it for him.

Great, but misleading March 9, 2018 at 8:06 PM

Sitting in the CVCHS Multi-Use room during the admissions lottery and watching the hundreds of names being pulled from the barrel is something everyone should witness. Each student gets a # on the waiting list. Hundreds. It’s clear MDUSD is failing families and students because the demand to go to CVCHS is so high that it is drawing students from all over the district.
There’s a clear need for public alternatives to MDUSD.

Why would Claycord pluralize Administrators in the headline? That’s editorial and according the documents, false. 1 petitioner and 1 listed as an Advisor. March 9, 2018 at 8:10 PM

Why did we pluralize ‘Administrators’? Because it’s pluralized in the letter shown above.

Csue Conner March 9, 2018 at 8:30 PM

I would LOVE having representive from Clayton Valley come and open a high school in Antioch. We chose to remove our child from the Antioch School District and applied for Clayton Valley Charter because we wanted the best education we could get for her. Believe me, I hate going so far out of the way to educate my child. Having a school in Antioch comparable to CVCHS would be great!

Again? March 9, 2018 at 8:33 PM

Both Ms. Moilanen and Mr. Morones are listed as petitioners. So it appears there are 2 petitioners- 1 lead petitioner, 1 co-lead petitioner. If the need for alternatives is in MDUSD why are they going out to Antioch?

dd March 9, 2018 at 10:10 PM

Csue Conner, CVCHS is not that great. I’m not happy with my daughter’s teachers!!!

Former Eagle March 11, 2018 at 9:38 PM

Hey “Great but Misleading”: MDUSD is not the one failing students if so many of the people applying for enrollment at CV are actually coming from outside MDUSD areas.

By the way, I wonder if they are using any funds meant for CV students to start up that charter! Charters are a business with huge turnover. They are not institutions dedicated to the greater cause of public education. And if you think CVCHS is a good school, you need to get out more. What makes a school “good”? I would think a great school should have a faculty of experienced and respected educators that are able to work cohesively, well-supported by their administration, to create programs that adequately prepare students for real-world skills and college. Can you honestly say that is happening at CV? Unfortunately, CV has too much turnover and they really don’t care who is put in charge of teaching those AP classes either.

Hmm March 9, 2018 at 8:23 PM

Hearing CV just lowered the “Honor Roll” GPA TO A 3.0
We can all expect a press release touting the huge number of Honor Roll students🤣

Csue Conner March 9, 2018 at 8:36 PM

I haven’t heard this. Where are you getting your information? I would like to check your source, please.

Anonymous March 9, 2018 at 8:50 PM

It is true, 3.0 is the honor roll noe and the school is touring the success. CVCHS likes to manipulate the data to fit their narrative. They even combine their 4 year and community college bound students to inflate their college bound numbers. There are many great dedicated teachers and staff at the school but the leadership is more invested in their image so they can market it for personal gain.

MVP March 9, 2018 at 9:56 PM

Honor Roll for all high schools is a 3.0 GPA requirement. You would all know if you were on the Honor Roll.

dd March 9, 2018 at 10:17 PM

Why are lots of kids getting straight A’s that were getting D’s & F’s in middle school? My freshman has no homework and gets all A’s.

Bwah ha March 10, 2018 at 12:43 AM

@MVP – honor roll at DLS is 3.5 and higher.

MVP March 10, 2018 at 3:28 PM

@Bwah ha- Oh, De La Salle the school where you must pay $18K to enroll…simply not worth it. Not to mention, grades are inflated over there as well.

Again? March 10, 2018 at 9:28 PM

@MVP- So we’re acknowledging that grades are inflated at CVCHS?

Bwah ha March 10, 2018 at 11:13 PM

@MVP are you trying to tell me that a 3.5 at DLS is the same as a 3.0 at CVCHS? If so, what are you smoking, and can I have some of it?

Publius March 9, 2018 at 8:27 PM

Interesting – Bill Morones, former principal at YV who brought his students down to protest the CV Charter, is now working for the charter. Northgate’s $40,000 man, John McMorris was the CV charter principal last year until he left for parts unknown. Two of their newest administrators, Allen and Steele barely got out of Albany and San Ramon. And who is the Senior Advisor? None other than the infamous Dave Linzey who doesn’t even hold a teaching credential. He keeps trying to slip in some half baked “tech charter” which he defines as online instruction and a lot of money for
himself. Oh, Mrs. Linzey, also without credential, is making a nice six figured salary at the charter too
The MDUSD, which still owns the property at the charter, has been forced to sue because the charter has not paid its rent for years.The Charter is over 1 million dollars in arrears and they refuse to pay. This is taxpayer money that belongs to us, not them The County Board of Education has the authority to put an end to this clown show once and for all but they don’t have the guts to do it and for that they should be driven from office. Do a Public Records Act request as I have repeatedly asking for teaching salaries, contract information for employees, student data on residency, grade audits, email and text communications, and you will get nothing in return. If you got nothing to hide, then why do you to hide?

As for Antioch, be afraid, be very afraid. Do not let them in, they are a malignancy that must be removed.

Mika March 9, 2018 at 8:36 PM

While principal at Ygnacio Valley high, Bill Morones was against the charter at CVHS, speaking at the board meeting and encouraging us who worked at YV to tell the board we were against it. I guess tigers do change their stripes.

Hmm March 9, 2018 at 10:56 PM

For the right amount of money, many people will sell their integrity.

No Excuses March 10, 2018 at 6:21 PM

Those who begin with nil integrity, generally sell out even faster and for less. Dr. J tried to warn MDUSD about Morones and his 5 previous districts in under 2 years.

Follow The Money March 9, 2018 at 8:43 PM

All roads lead back to Linzey. Antioch would do well to steer clear. Another TVLC in the making.

Follow The Money March 9, 2018 at 9:03 PM

Notice that these charters would be governed by a self-appointed board with zero accountability to the Antioch community. No elections, no local control. Antioch public school funds would be controlled by outsiders, for outsiders.

The Wave of the Future March 9, 2018 at 9:37 PM

Big mistake. Just like Clayton Valley making the south move.

MVP March 9, 2018 at 9:55 PM

CV is doing pretty well actually.

It March 11, 2018 at 7:42 AM

Of course, they are doing well. They have unlimited access to our bank accounts. What school wouln’t benefit from completely unrestrained spending? Charter schools are a scourge on the community and that they are allowed to exist is a criminal threat to the taxpayers of the area. Someone needs to put an end to this immediately. Your property taxes are in jeopardy of skyrocketing beyond affordability if this “privilege of the few” is allowed to continue.

MVP March 9, 2018 at 9:54 PM

Dave Linzey is a true MVP on both sides of the floor, like LeBron James. We should let him continue to open up charter schools, as a Clayton parent I am proud.

It March 11, 2018 at 7:50 AM

The nepotism practiced by that entire group is completely illegal where public funds are involved. You have given an immoral collection of beggars and thieves a blank check. It is why they hire relatives. Honor among thieves.

Hmm March 9, 2018 at 10:07 PM

Oh MVP, I wholeheartedly disagree with you!

no March 9, 2018 at 10:22 PM

Hmm, I agree with you

MVP March 13, 2018 at 6:22 PM

Hmm- If you disagree with me about Mr. Linzey, the statement about LeBron is completely factual. If there is a disagreement there, you are probably just a Warriors bandwagoner LOL

Hmm March 14, 2018 at 12:22 AM

Not a follower of basketball, so please explain.
Thank you!

Link March 10, 2018 at 12:02 AM

The colleges will eventually find out how the graduates from Clayton Valley Charter do at their schools, and adjust their admissions. It might take a few years, but it will happen soon enough.

I know a few kids who transferred out of the charter school. They had all As at Clayton Valley, but they no longer have all As at their current schools.

Also check each school’s ACT and SAT scores, and how they score on AP tests. You will find out the truth about the charter school. However, some top students at the charter school do well on those tests regardless. Those kids do well anywhere.

JustAGuy March 13, 2018 at 10:34 AM

You’re absolutely right. Not that anyone wants to do the actual research but in 2016 (the most recent data we have), the results for the SAT are as follows:

Clayton Valley Charter High School

508 Reading
505 Math
501 Writing
53% scored higher than 1500

Northgate High School

570 Reading
591 Math
570 Writing
81% scored higher than 1500

As you say, it doesn’t take admissions long to figure out which schools have inflated grade point averages when they bump them up against standardized testing.

The fleecing of taxpayers will continue until the adults understand how they’ve been conned.

MVP March 13, 2018 at 6:15 PM

JustAGuy-that’s absolutely incorrect as the SAT was out of 1600 in 2016. Are you just pulling numbers of your butt? There is no way 81% of students at Northgate scored 1500 or more.

Again? March 13, 2018 at 9:05 PM

MVP- You didn’t bother to check? The change back to 1600 for the SAT didn’t happen until the spring 2016, so the 2015-16 SAT scores are under the 2400 total.

All the data JustAGuy posted is correct according to the CA Department of Education Dataquest database. I just checked it right now. Yes, 81% of Northgate students scored higher than 1500.

MovingOutOfCa March 10, 2018 at 5:29 AM

We need vouchers in this country so parents can choose. The public school system is a disaster. For now, we have charters and we need more.

Always Right March 10, 2018 at 9:25 AM

Amen to that. A voucher system would empower the parents and put all schools on notice their survival depends on a quality product, not a government monopoly entitlement.

It March 11, 2018 at 7:52 AM

Get a better job and send your brat to a private school. Don’t expect the general public to pay for your mistakes.

Lyle Lanley March 10, 2018 at 5:39 AM


Ok now March 10, 2018 at 6:59 AM

So the petitions were all for the February 21st meeting… what was the outcome?

TeacherMom March 10, 2018 at 7:42 AM

Anonymous- Community college IS college, so it would not be manipulative for CVCHS to include those numbers in their college bound graduate data. No, I do not work there.

Publius March 10, 2018 at 10:40 AM

Admission is one thing; enrollment is another. A student is admitted when they apply and are accepted. A student enrolls in community college or technical school when they sign up…A significant difference. The charter’s actual admission numbers aren’t really notable except they hedge on them by claiming a student who is admitted to three schools counts as three students.
A number the charter doesn’t release is the number of students who return home after less than two years because they were academically unprepared.

A large number of charter students who prepare for AP tests will go to private tutoring or go to AP teachers from MDUSD district sites for tutoring because of the poor instruction in their charter classes. Some of these teachers are former charter teachers who were driven out by Linzey.

Antioch, Beware!

RANDOM TASK March 10, 2018 at 10:33 AM

woah snowflakes remember everyone participates everyone is the same …
everyone gets to be on the honor roll ….buy your stickers now !!!!

Mrs. Brown March 10, 2018 at 10:35 AM

Good idea let’s move all the corruption and scandal out to Antioch. That’s a swell idea! I’m all for a better education for ALL but I read Claycord everyday. CVCHS has been beleaguered with scandals since the day it opened. It seems fitting they would move this model to a disadvantaged area where the parents are likely to be but involved, speak English or financially able to make a stink. No I’m not an Antioch hater either AHS Class of 97.

Follow The Money March 10, 2018 at 1:40 PM

Dear Antioch USD,

In 2011-2012, the year prior to becoming a charter, Clayton Valley had 98 English Language Learners (5.2% of the student body). Source = Dataquest

In 2016-2017, Clayton Valley Charter has 58 English Language Learners (2.6% of the student body).

This is not a normal trend for the area.

If the proposed charter is going to present itself as a savior based on the track record and waiting list of CVCHS, make sure you dig into the data they present you with. All is not as it appears. The proposed charter says they will meet the needs of English Learners with “digital content”. What does this mean? Kids behind computers all day? (talk to a few ex-students from CoCo SPA to see how this brilliant strategy is working)

This is a typical paint-by-numbers Linzey charter proposal. Trying to wow you by name-dropping Marzano and Daggett, infographics from Google images, a list of “meaningfully interested” teachers who consist of basically the entire CVCHS athletics department, a carbon copy of the CVCHS course catalog, and a lot of vague, unenforceable promises. At least make them come up with something novel – this certainly is not.

Who stands to benefit financially from this?

It March 10, 2018 at 2:40 PM

Prior to the Charter of Clayton Valley High School, senior citizens were exempted from paying the Special Assessment to their yearly Property Taxes for Mt. Diablo Unified School District. After the Charter of Clayton Valley High School, Mt. Diablo Unified School District began issuing bonds, much as the community colleges do, to pay for this expensive form of education for which property owners pay a premium on their taxes and senior citizens are not exempt. My property taxes have increased 34% in the past eleven years. This is against the law! Property taxes are permitted by law to increase only 2% per year. Follow the money. Charter schools are bleeding you dry to pay for an expensive education for “dreamers.” They are too good for public school and you’re paying for an expensive perk for a select few. It is not fair to the taxpayer. It is unjust for all students of the district. It is the creation of Contra Costa’s own little “Animal Farm” where “Some … are more equal than others.”

Hmmm March 10, 2018 at 5:54 PM

Except CVCHS isn’t spending it on the students’ education, they are sitting on a surplus of over $14,000,000! What might Linzey be hoarding that for?

It March 10, 2018 at 11:50 PM

They’re going to need it for the lawsuits which will ensue.

Hmm March 10, 2018 at 3:11 PM

The petition is laughable, way too much cut and paste from other sources, and literally the Clayton Valley course catalog and student handbook!

The teacher signatures who signed, certifying that they are “meaningfully interested” in teaching at the new charter, should be utterly ashamed of themselves. I think we can honestly predict that none of them meanifully plan to go teach there.
Here is the CVCHS staff who certified their intent with their own signatures:
Middle School:
Bob Ralston
Tim Murphy
Casey Coakley
Guillermo Jara
Eric Bamberger
Agnieszka Hoda
Jenna Ebert
Tom Spark(s) -not correct on part of petition???
Andrew Doss
Kathleen Coakley

High School:
Ronald Leone — isn’t he running for the County Superintendent position, and yes, he is working for CVCHS!
Sarah Lovick
Ruth Steele
Gia Bevilacqua
Kelsey Thomas
Jason Warner

Who will be left to work at CVCHS???

So we are supposed to believe that this group of teachers/admins/coaches are going to leave CVCHS and go to Antioch? Not going to happen!

So, my question is, why on earth would they sign this? What does Linzey hold over you to cause you to compromise your integrity? Is it worth it?

I just don’t get it.

If charter schools are the answer to everyting, as Linzey et al would like you to believe, why are they not pushing them in Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Danville, etc? Why? Because by opening in, and preying on lower income areas, they know they get more ADA money for ESL and Free/Reduced Lunch students, yet do not need to prove that they are using the additional revenue on meeting the needs of those students.

Guessing Linzey is rushing this, because if Antioch denies, they will appeal to the county. I don’t know exactly what Linzey has going on with county board member Jeff Belle, but it’s odd how much Belle fawns over Linzey. Belle is up for re-election in November, and Linzey may need his vote to get it approved at the county level. Belle just gave the county board a huge song and dance routine, begging them to pay his registration to the California Charter School Association ($650) annual convention in San Diego, but did state he would cover his own travel expenses. Looking at Belle’s history of writing bad checks, and misrepresenting himself on multiple platforms, I wonder where he is getting the money to cover those expenses? Does he have a job?

Then, take a look at the parent signatures, they are many duplicate signatures.

What a total farce!!!

Mrs. Brown March 10, 2018 at 6:49 PM

Can I get an amen!!!!

Again? March 10, 2018 at 9:30 PM


It March 11, 2018 at 8:06 AM

Charter schools got their start in Berkeley in the 1970s as “experimental” schools when a small but vocal segment of the population demanded their children get the same education the wealthy members of the community gave their kids in private school. They wanted it, however, at taxpayer expense and Berkeley, being what it is, gave it to them. It is simply absurd and wrong to siphon off district funds from public schools to fund charters for a select few of the area’s students.

Mrs. Brown March 11, 2018 at 7:43 PM

@It My children who are now grown went to a a private charter school up north for a few years of elementary while I finished my masters. Perhaps they should take this idea to a more affluent community.

Mika March 11, 2018 at 8:20 PM

Isn’t Tim Murphy the football coach at CVCHS?

Insider March 14, 2018 at 9:08 PM

Look, most of you are right. CV is a great school for some students and some teachers. There are people there who have dedicated their lives to be the best they can be as educators and their students thrive and love them. There are parents who bully those teachers for their students, too, and the powers support them. There are teachers that shouldn’t have a job that work there, too. And that list is not a list of teachers, it is a list of mostly people in the office who support the boss. The corruption is real, those are not all teachers on that list, about 4 of them aren’t working either in the office or as coaches and three of them are related to each other, as well. A couple of them only have a job because they are friends of friends or relatives and one of them has a job doing nothing. There is a new guy who used to be mayor of Clayton in 2012 who is now working at the school doing nothing but drawing a paycheck, too. There are good data because they don’t count the students who fail and are sent to other schools, also. The turnover in principals and vice principals has been a clear indicator that things don’t function; sound familiar? “You’re fired!” if you don’t agree with the #1 guy. There are programs and technology that CV needs, not new unexperienced teachers every year, but no money to provide that? The money is going to be somehow transferred to Antioch, maybe? They started their own non-profit to start a new school for profit? Money missing in 2012 and everyone ignored it. People love Trump, too…same game, on a different level. We thought this person was going to retire? Still pulling all the strings and what teachers are left from the Originals? Too insecure to say anything. Can you blame them? They have mortgages and kids in college, too. It won’t get better unless the community gets involved…and they won’t…because they don’t know and don’t want to know. The union president who left was the only one who could figure out and follow the money. More of best teachers leaving this year. Politics and disgust for the way things are done.

Concord parent March 11, 2018 at 10:38 PM

Yes Tim Murphy is the football coach and Eric Baumberger is the basketball coach. Let’s not forget that the tech academy did not gain approval in Concord. I wonder how AUSD will respond to this proposal.

hmm March 12, 2018 at 4:20 PM

So, either all the staff who signed plan to go teach there if the Tech Academy gets approved, or they all lied.
Hoping they are not all liars, as I assume they expect honesty and integrity from their students, athletes, and co-workers.

So, staff who signed, which is it?

hmm March 14, 2018 at 10:38 PM

CV staff or supporters, no comment? If tech academy goes through, when is Murphy leaving? When does the tech academy football team start practicing?
And Bamberger? Tech Basketball team?

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