UPDATE: Contra Costa County Office Of Education To Conduct Forensic Financial Audit Of Clayton Valley Charter High School After Sudden Departure Of Administrators

May 17, 2018 11:25 am · 110 comments

The Contra Costa County Office of Education plans to conduct a forensic financial audit of Clayton Valley Charter High School after the sudden departure of Executive Director David Linzey and at least one top level administrator, according to a statement issued by the Office of Education to Claycord.com.

“We are aware that there are significant issues at CVCHS in regards to the school’s top level leadership, and that the Executive Director and two other top level administrators are no longer in their positions. We have not, however, been informed of the nature of their departure,” said Contra Costa County Office of Education Chief Communications Officer Terry Koehne.

“Subsequently, we have sent formal notices to the Governing Board at CVCHS instructing them that we will be conducting a forensic financial audit of CVCHS and a full review of the school’s hiring practices. In addition, we have instructed them that they must preserve and retain all documents related to CVCHS finances and hiring practices,” Koehne said.

The two formal notices issued to Clayton Valley Charter High School can be read by clicking on the links shown below.

UPDATE: The Contra Costa County Office of Education says it is their understanding that Clayton Valley Charter High School Chief Innovation Officer Ted Meriam has also resigned.

ZZ May 16, 2018 at 7:31 PM

Uh oh, so there may have been corruption occurring at CVHS? Like at MDUSD?

JazzMan May 17, 2018 at 5:37 AM

Uh, no? Corruption at CVCHS from day one. None at MDUSD.

Kris May 17, 2018 at 6:59 PM

Sorry Jazz Man there is corruption at all levels at all districts in this State! Including MDUSD sorry the truth hurts!

Kris May 17, 2018 at 7:14 PM

Really Jazz Man you are living in a fantasy world. There is corruption in every school district in this State which includes MDUSD sorry the truth hurts.

Applejack May 16, 2018 at 8:28 PM

Sources I know are saying Dave and his wife were seen at SFO today. Probably on their way to Costa Rica by now…

WC resident May 16, 2018 at 11:28 PM

I think they were spotted in a gutter in Walnut Creek. See this for pictures.

Nature Rules May 16, 2018 at 8:53 PM

Remember that Ron Leone, a candidate for County Superintendent of Schools was involved in the “management” of this charter school. Keep him out of our schools!

Ano May 16, 2018 at 9:33 PM

He also ran one of our local pools into the ground .

Dave May 17, 2018 at 6:10 AM

Yes, this guy is bad news. Please Concord, don’t put him in office again.

Angry Squash May 17, 2018 at 12:46 PM

Agreed! Ron Leone not qualified to be county superintendent of schools. I won’t be voting for him,

Newellian May 17, 2018 at 2:42 PM

I have friends who teach at Deer Valley. When he was an assistant principal there, he, according to them, was a complete disaster…… Keep Cheryl Hanson out, as well.

commoncents May 16, 2018 at 9:01 PM

Shredders must have been working overtime.

CV Parent May 16, 2018 at 10:36 PM

Let’s see what the Governing Board is made of now, now that their leader is gone! A bunch of cowards!!!

Sara Hart May 17, 2018 at 10:03 AM

The public found out last year that the Emperor literally had No Clothes.

CV Parent May 18, 2018 at 7:17 AM

Good one Sara!

CLAYCORD.com May 16, 2018 at 11:17 PM

The Contra Costa County Office of Education says it is their understanding that Clayton Valley Charter High School Chief Innovation Officer Ted Meriam has also resigned.

CV Parent May 16, 2018 at 11:27 PM

Thank you for all the updates Claycord!!!

Charlie May 17, 2018 at 7:08 AM

Love this site. When I logged in this morning I knew if there were updates Claycord would be on it. Thank you Claycord!

Concerned Citizen of Clayton May 16, 2018 at 11:29 PM

The Contra Costa County Office Of Education should also conduct a forensic financial audit of Clayton Valley Charter High School’s past board members and their decisions!

Follow the votes and follow the money.

Publius May 16, 2018 at 11:33 PM

Hansen is the cure for what ails the County Office of Education.

The events of this week demonstrate how clueless Karen Sakata and her Deputy Superintendent Lynn Mackey are. The forensic audit is three years late and god knows how many millions of dollars short. This is what you get when complacency, cronyism, a sense of entitlement, and an unwillingness to tackle hard issues is the norm.

This forensic audit is way overdue and it can be laid right at the feet of the County leadership or lack of leadership. It is time for a change at the County Office of Education!

Leone needs to get out of the race right now. He’s so corrupted with all this it is hard to believe that anyone would even consider voting for him.

G. May 17, 2018 at 7:14 AM

So what are you doing to improve the problem ?

Jack May 17, 2018 at 9:47 AM

Not quite. Hansen is a self-serving toad.

JustAGuy May 18, 2018 at 3:26 PM

No, anyone but Hansen. She is the opposite of what we need. This is a person who is out of touch with the needs of her constituents and regularly makes decisions based on emotion instead of hard data.

No on Hansen.

Mad mom May 17, 2018 at 12:15 AM

It was about time that school went under some kind of investigation. My son went to that school during his freshman year and he was discrimated and i was forced to pull him out of school due to a bunch of false allegation. Most of the staff there kept on leaving.

Rollo Tomasi May 17, 2018 at 6:47 AM

Hopefully you didn’t home school him.

Kris May 17, 2018 at 7:03 PM

My daughter attended CVCHS all four years and graduated last year. She got a great education and has been better prepared for college than others. Now I don’t think it is good if it is found the Director and others violated the law but don’t trash the whole school.

Runaround Blue May 17, 2018 at 12:29 AM

Looks like the excrement hit the occilating rotor.

Bishop Estates May 17, 2018 at 11:44 AM

@ Rollo Tomasi

maxhdrm May 17, 2018 at 2:12 AM

So where does that leave leone? Out of a job, never had a legal job at CVCHS, lying about his “qualifications” in his bid to be school superintendent, or all of the above?

Under ‘Administration’ at CVCHS’s web site, leone has also been purged from the site.

According to the East Bay Times article, this shouldn’t garner votes at the ballot box:

The county has also expressed concern over the school’s transparency policies, particularly in denying a public records request sent by a former teacher for the contract for Assistant Superintendent Ron Leone. The school district does not have a superintendent for Leone to assist.

Leone’s contract was never approved by the governing board and was a direct hire from the executive director, David Linzey.

Graft, Concord style.

No More Ron Leone May 17, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Dude is a total phony. We need to make sure he never serves in elected office in our area again. What a hack!

Concord School Mom May 17, 2018 at 8:55 AM

Leone’s name is still on the school website. You just need to search and navigate through the site. David Linzey’s name is still on the CVCHS logo “The Voyage of the Eagle”. I just checked.

maxhdrmm May 17, 2018 at 2:18 AM

So where does that leave leone? Out of a job, never had a legal job at CVCHS, lying about his “qualifications” in his bid to be school superintendent, or all of the above?

Under ‘Administration’ at CVCHS’s web site, leone has also been purged from the site.

According to the East Bay Times article, this shouldn’t garner votes at the ballot box:

The county has also expressed concern over the school’s transparency policies, particularly in denying a public records request sent by a former teacher for the contract for Assistant Superintendent Ron Leone. The school district does not have a superintendent for Leone to assist.

Leone’s contract was never approved by the governing board and was a direct hire from the executive director, David Linzey.

Graft, Concord style.

Former CV Parent May 17, 2018 at 9:02 AM

Perhaps Claycord.com can confIrm if Ron Leone is no longer associated with CVCHS.

Will there be a debate held for the County School Superintendent candidates? If so, I have Few questions for Ron Leone:

CVCHS denied a public records request to release your contract. Will you release it to the public?

What is your salary from CVCHS? What are your job responsibilities?
When were you hired? Are you still employed there? What was the hiring process?

You state you are the assistant superintendent for the CVCHS school district. But CVCHS is just one neighborhood school and does not have a superintendent. Please explain what superintendent you report to and assist. Please explain your understanding of CVCHS as a “district”.

When did the CVCHS governing board approve your hiring? (Hint: it never did.)

You signed the charter petition stating that you are a teacher meaningfully interested in teaching at the new Antioch charter schools. Do you intend to teach there?

The two teacher representatives on the CVCHS governing board also signed the petition stating that they were meaningfully interested in teaching at the new school, as did the Head football coach and almost the entire PE department. Do you believe they all intended to resign from CVCHS to go to the new Antioch school?

Do you consider a charter school petition to be fraudulent if the teachers who provide the required signatures as teacher “meaningfully interested” in teaching at the new charter school, in reality, have no intention of teaching there?

The Antioch school district staff found that the East Bay Tech Academies charter petition was deficient and did not meet state requirements for approval. You signed your name to the petition. Presumably, you believe it did meet requirements. Address each of the concerns found by Antioch staff.

Do you believe it is appropriate for a neighborhood school such as CVCHS to use money given to it by the state to educate its students and instead use that money to start a chain of charter schools in a different district? Shouldn’t that money be used for the education of CVCHS students?

Russ Sayin May 17, 2018 at 5:55 AM

I’ve got a bad feeling about this………

In spite of the shenanigans going on behind the scenes, i’d like all of the CVCHS parents (like myself) to stop and ask yourself: has my child gotten a good education? I’ll be the first to say yes. Credit to the hard working teachers that keep that place going every day.

Concord Res 2 May 17, 2018 at 8:06 AM

Yes let’s just turn a blind eye to the crimes. This school is way overdue for an audit.

Jack May 17, 2018 at 9:56 AM

Sounds about right. Let’s just put our heads in the sand.

Rollo Tomasi May 17, 2018 at 11:30 AM

I think a lot of people should take a step back and ask themselves what is the ultimate role of a school. If there have been crimes committed, prosecute the offenders and let’s move on.

CV Parent May 17, 2018 at 11:42 AM

Russ, You’re just now having a bad feeling about this?! This has been going on for years! It’s unbelievable when other parents put their heads in the sand because their kid is not affected by the crap going on at CV, As long as their kid is happy and getting a “good education”, then.everything is just fine. Well, the campus is bigger then one student, maybe you should ask how you kid’s friends are doing? Or what they think of the school? The school has poor wi-fi, which the students need to do online testing, there aren’t enough computers to go around for each of the students to use, and the classrooms are overcrowded. But hey, as long as your kid is getting a good education, let the corruption continue. Sadly, the good teachers are suffering/suffered too from Dave Linzey and the board’s antics, which is why most of them left CV!

Dave May 17, 2018 at 6:35 AM

There is a lot that needs to be unearthed here. What we already know for sure is that no reasonable Concord resident should vote for Ron Leone on June 5th.

ManBearPig May 17, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Dun, dun, duuuuuuuun….

WhoDatGurl May 17, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Claycord, I want to offer a modification to your headline: the audit is a FINANCIAL audit, NOT a FORENSIC audit. The difference is significant: a forensic audit actually digs down to the receipt, paycheck, check and warrant level of a business. This is what’s SHOULD happen, as I requested of the Co Co Board of Ed over three years ago. However, what the Co Co Board of Ed is proposing is a desk audit of already audited financials. These audits do not look for discrepancies like a FORENSIC audit. I will be pushing Bill Clarke and the Co Co Board of Ed to modify their approach, so they can actually evaluate where the TAXPAYER monies have gone, and specifically how much the Linzeys have obtained over these past six years. Thank you.

CLAYCORD.com May 17, 2018 at 7:13 AM

The Office of Education told us they were doing a FORENSIC financial audit.

WhoDatGurl May 17, 2018 at 7:48 AM

I really really really REALLY hope and pray you’re right.

ScreenName May 17, 2018 at 7:54 AM

Sounds like Claycord.com has pinned down the distinction about audit type with the school board. Now, I hope Claycord.com pursues the story to ascertain exactly which kind of audit gets implemented.

Chef Curry May 17, 2018 at 1:09 PM

Forensic audit deals specifically with fraud and theft.

CV Parent May 17, 2018 at 7:13 AM

Whomever conducts the investigation, needs to make sure Jeff Belle is NOT involved!

Law Dog May 17, 2018 at 7:48 AM

Ron Leone is the used car sales man wearing the plaid jacket selling that car that grandma only drove on Sundays. Tell me how much do you want to pay a month kid ?

No More Ron Leone May 17, 2018 at 8:22 AM

Yeah, but he’s got connections with money that can afford big signs that tend to work quite well in our area. He knows how to get elected, he’s done it several times over. Hopefully Concord voters wise up and keep this guy out.

Silva May 17, 2018 at 5:31 PM

No More Ron Leone, I’ve really noticed that about this area. Whoever has the biggest signs always wins. It doesn’t matter how slippery they may be.

TIFOKCIS May 17, 2018 at 5:37 PM


Here in the Land of Liberals the monkey making he most noise wins.

You might want to think about that one.

Cowellian May 17, 2018 at 7:49 AM

Curiouser, and curiouser!

KJ May 17, 2018 at 7:59 AM

Am I correct in thinking that the people who insisted on making this school a charter school were really grifters all along and have been perhaps lining their pockets with money that should have been used to educate Concord teens?

Mary P May 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM

No KJ, The charter was initiated by parents and teachers, who lost control of the process once they hired Linzey, who already had a terrible track record in LA doing the same thing he does best: steal tax dollars and reward supporters and family. When they were in the process of trying to get the charter approved, many promises were made about innovative programs that CVCHS students would benefit from, including, and I remember specifically, that every student would have an iPad. If I remember correctly, there were differences of opinion as to how the charter would proceed (once it was approved) which caused a rift with some teachers and staff, and then Linzey was hired – the rest is history.

KJ May 17, 2018 at 10:15 AM

Mary: So they had the best of intentions, but then they hired a known unscrupulous character to do what “he does best: steal tax dollars and reward supporters…” If what they wanted was for every student to have an iPad, why didn’t they go to http://www.donorschoose.org and ask for donations? Seems to me, they, the students, and the school would have been better off financially going that route rather than turning the school into a charter school and ending up having to deal with a fraud audit.

BagsFlyFree May 17, 2018 at 8:14 AM

Can someone please recap what Leone was doing with CVCHS that seems off? Hired outside of normal practices, padding his resume, collecting paychecks for non work activities?


BFF Out!

Mary P May 17, 2018 at 8:19 AM

I attended some of those meetings, years ago, when we asked for a forensic audit of Clayton’s books. Jeff Belle was outraged that such a recommendation was made – the mumblings, the eye rolling, the flapping of arms – in true Jeff Belle style, indicated that he was a major supporter of charters whether or not they were above board. Essentially nothing happened. And our tax dollars continued to be spent by the CVCHS Board without oversight, without accountability, and without transparency. This is long overdue folks. It is truly a shame that the complaints of students and parents of the school were ignored.

Sara Hart May 17, 2018 at 11:54 PM

County Superintendent candidate Cheryl Hansen went to the County Board several times 3 years ago and asked for a forensic audit along with suggesting that the County could more than minimal oversight. She suggested that visiting the campus once or twice might be a start. She and others were met with crickets..
The County had contracted for a study of all the complaints from the public and got a 42 page document in return outlining many of the problems such as the blatant conflicts of interest i.e. Linzey hiring his wife, board member spouses having “jobs” on site, etc. The Board suggested they keep “an eye” on it and have someone report back. Guess what? Never happened. Superintendent Sakata never spoke to the issue, just as she didn’t on Wednesday night, never visited the campus, and never reported out on anything concerning the charter Her dereliction of duty caused a lot of problems and now she wants to replace herself with her clone, Lynn Mackey. who learned everything she knows from Karen Sakata.
Now the County is acting as if the forensic audit was their idea all along to cover their butts for ignoring their duty to the public for oversight.
It’s pathetic but when you have the County leadership unwilling to do anything, make changes, or see the need for changes you get what you have now.

Anonymoous May 17, 2018 at 8:27 AM

Someone told me that the FBI is looking into a wire fraud case. All it takes to get them involved is using a phone or internet to facilitate a fraudulent use of money.

Ron May 17, 2018 at 9:30 AM

For people that have no insight to the story and are relying on hearsay for their “facts”, you folks sure seem quick to call for heads to roll. People resign from their posts all the time, it doesn’t mean anyone is guilty of anything nefarious. I look forward to the audit’s conclusion so we can get past this dramatic distraction and get back to focusing on what matters.

Cowellian May 17, 2018 at 10:37 AM

Are you Ron Leone, and if so, what can you tell us about what has already happened? I guess you are aware that speculation runs rampant in the absence of verifiable facts.

Ron May 17, 2018 at 11:56 AM

I am not, but I do plan to vote for him.

EnoughZnough May 17, 2018 at 12:41 PM

Usually when there are simultaneous resignations of not one, but several people who are senior in an organization, it is not “business as usual.”

Annie May 17, 2018 at 9:39 AM

I am wondering what other money sources Vice Mayor is talking about in the previous posts. Where he said the city didn’t give them a loan.

Sara Hart May 17, 2018 at 9:49 AM

There is now a Chalio Medrano listed as the head of Discipline and Attendance at the charter. He doesn’t appear on the California teacher’s credentialing site as having any credentials. Is he any relation to the infamous Joe Medrano who was the housemate of former(?) Dean of Innovation and Designated Sycophant? The County and the State should start looking at credentials of these people.

The entire board needs to resign, and all the apologists like Allison Bacigalupo need to be terminated. This group is a disgrace.

CV alum May 17, 2018 at 5:33 PM

Sara Hart… Cant agree more!!

WC resident May 17, 2018 at 10:17 AM

I have been wondering – People are saying this school has “millions of dollars in reserve” and “there’s $14 million in reserve” (both comments about the reserve fund are here)

I checked http://claytonvalley.org and the word “reserve” appears a few times but none of them support $14 million. Where did this number come from?

Here are the six mentions of the word “reserve” on the http://claytonvalley.org that seemed to be relevant to the reserve fund.

[1] INTERIM FINANCIAL REPORT for Fiscal Year 2013/14. Ending Fund Balance on June 30, 2014 is $5,307,886.44.

[2] INTERIM FINANCIAL REPORT for Fiscal Year 2014/15. Ending Reserve Fund Balance on June 30, 2015 is $8,702,292.04.

[3] “CVCHS will utilize the reserve fund in its budget to undertake any expenses associated with the closure procedures identified above.” It seems the school started out with a reserve fund from when it was a MDUSD school. Other than that sentence this rather long document does not mention the reserve fund.

[4] This page has been deleted ???. Google does not have a cache available for the page but says the title was “Clayton Valley Charter High School PUBLIC BOARD STATEMENT …” and the snippet is “Sep 6, 2014 – CVCHS established a healthy fiscal reserve over the past two years due to the outstanding leadership of the Executive Director and Governing …” Maybe a Claycordian has been saying copies of CVCHS material as it seems someone is now in full shredding of evidence mode.

[5] This page has also been deleted. It was a “CHARTER SCHOOL MULTI-YEAR PROJECTION” for FY 2013-14.

[6] This page has also been deleted. The Google snippet is “Jun 12, 2013 – and financial reserve (Goal: be independent of line of credit borrowing and protect from future economic downturns); for the 3-5 year plan,”

Original G May 17, 2018 at 11:29 AM

WC resident … With all you have contributed here over the years, had to jump in and provide this URL. This is a webpage worth bookmarking, have several times found archived pages after original had been made to disappear.


There is also a tab on page ” Save Page Now ” allows a page to be archived most of the time.

WaybackMachine came back saying “2,016 URLs have been captured for this domain.” For claytonvalley dot org
41 pages of search results.
Buried in there may be what you’re looking for. ???

Curious May 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Go to the Budget & Finance page, click on Financial Year 2017-2018, and then click on the CVCHS 17-18 Second Interim Budget. The last line is ‘Unassigned/Unappropriated Reserve for Economic Uncertainties. The Unassigned/Unappropriated Amount is $14,861,874.73.

BTW – it is interesting to look at all of the expenses. Almost $550,000 for Travel & Conferences? $2.7M on Professional/Consulting services? For one school?

Randy May 17, 2018 at 12:03 PM

Surely they had an annual audit by an independent auditing firm.

Hmm May 17, 2018 at 7:08 PM

Of course, one they chose and paid

Lemurs May 17, 2018 at 12:23 PM


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Nutcreek Frontier May 17, 2018 at 12:34 PM

A shoutout to Megan K. For fighting against the abysmal quality of education offered by MDUSD, and providing an alternative for families concerned with academics. Most people won’t accomplish a tenth of what she has done on behalf of students.

CV alum May 17, 2018 at 5:36 PM

Are you kidding…She was terrible! Just another one of Linzeys flunkys

Sorry not sorry May 17, 2018 at 8:44 PM

CV Alum: Care to elaborate on anything specific Megan K did that was detrimental to students? While you’re at it, could you also enlighten us on anything specific you’ve done to improve academics?

CV alum May 18, 2018 at 12:24 PM

She was one of Linzeys top flunkys that was pushed out of shape when Tom Branich got voted in as the head of the board. They also Fired the Girls basketball coach for no good reason so her husband could coach. Her negative effect on the school was her covering up for a scumbag like linzey. As did Bailey, Bacigalupo,Meriam, and the rest of his stooges. TIME TO DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!!!

sorry not sorry May 18, 2018 at 1:18 PM

So, she was “pushed out of shape” when someone was voted head of the board? Without knowing all the facts, I’ll be generous and concede the point on basketball (athletics). So nothing: zero, zip, nada on anything detrimental to academics. And another zero, zip, nada on your contribution. You may want to look around from your high horse and maybe step down. Glass houses and all. Now I DO know all the facts on the academic boosters program Megan implemented at Diablo View- funding extra math classes to reduce student/teacher ratio and improve scores with more individual attention.

CV alum May 18, 2018 at 5:58 PM

Sorry, She knew what was going on just like the rest of the board. She had a voice and a vote to do the right thing. She chose to support Linzey. Remember the saying ..You sleep with the dogs you get the fleas!! This isn’t Diablo View!!!

Summer May 19, 2018 at 12:02 AM

Hey sorry not sorry,
CV Alum is right. CVCHS is NOT Diablo View. The difference is that at Cv she held and misused a position of power and instead of helping teachers, she silenced and was an instrumental tool for Dave Linzey to use to shit teachers out of the charter THEY established. See, the problem with people like Megan Kommer and Alison Bacigalupo is that they think they are professional educators because they’ve done some volunteer work for the PTA and that is somehow equivalent to an education degree or teaching credential. Wrong. Those women have no idea what they are doing up there. They have never truly studied educational policy, theory, code, or pedagogy. They are used to running their households and businesses and think that they can run a school too. They had no head for politics or policy, and assumed they knew better than the trained faculty. Then they screwed everything g up. Alison Bacigalupo and Diane Bailey don’t even have college degrees but they are in charge of a major part of operating a school. Hey, I’ve been to the doctor lots of times, can you put me in charge of running a hospital?

Please don’t act like being a volunteer on the PTA is equivalent to being on a school board. Megan, Alison, Diane, April, Ted, and the other Linzey mommy groupies knew they were in over their heads and they let Dave do whatever he wanted and were too spineless or stupid to stand up to him. If that school had a competent and intelligent board, it wouldn’t be imploding now. People have been screaming about this for 4 years and EVERYONE who turned their backs on the teachers and supported Linzey instead is 100% complicit. Otherwise, they would say something in their own defense. But they are silent instead.

Sorry not sorry May 19, 2018 at 8:29 AM

CV Alum and Summer: Your negativity has been a blessing for the kids and for the success of the school. Your hard work in volunteering and actively helping to be constructive is nothing short of amazing. There are those who do and those who complain. Your lack of any accomplishment is duly noted

CV Alum May 19, 2018 at 10:09 AM

Sorry not sorry. You don’t have a clue. These are facts. You have no idea of the real problems nor do you know what I have done or contributed through the years at CVHS way before the scammers arrived. The people I have mentioned previously can’t even walk among our community now as they have backed this crook because he promised them big positions with big money to stay on the board and vote the way he told them so he could open more charters with CV money. It will all come out soon. What one person did at Diablo View is nice but this is totally different. These people not only ruined a school they have changed people’s careers and divided a great community. I have donated many hours and money to CVHS just like many others. Now the hard work begins to rebuild the school.

Not Buying What You're selling May 19, 2018 at 10:33 AM

@sorry not sorry

You do know there were many people who were literally blocked by the Board from volunteering, right? Many people who had impressive resumes were vetted out and deemed unqualified because they did not share the same “vision” that Dave had. The Board of Directors literally changed the by-laws thus preventing diverse opinions and ultimately hand picked and appointed people they wanted on the Board. Keep that in mind when you accuse others of not doing anything.

Summer May 19, 2018 at 12:03 PM

Sorry not sorry,
You have no idea about the years I dedicated to CVHS and CVCHS. You don’t know anything at all, about any of this, and rather than criticize my “negativity” why don’t you recognize your own ignorance? How do you think I know what I know? I saw and experienced it for myself. If you don’t believe me, call up Megan herself right now and ask her to defend Dave Linzey. Go ahead I’ll wait.

CV alum May 19, 2018 at 12:25 PM

Thank You!!!

Sorry not sorry May 19, 2018 at 2:28 PM

CV Alum, Summer, Not Buying: Your consistency is to be commended. Accusations of my ignorance without anything but rage-filled protestations. Despite repeated pleas to inform us unwashed, no information forthcoming. More angry, self-righteous demands for attention when asked for accomplishment. I’d fear for the future of the school with your “support” but you’ve relayed above your history of ineffectiveness so there is hope after all

CV alum May 19, 2018 at 3:52 PM

Now your really rambling, You make no sense at all. Perhaps you were a board member,LOL !

Not Buying What You’re Selling May 19, 2018 at 5:41 PM

@sorry not sorry

I’m proud to say I’ve volunteered plenty. I’ve worked in classrooms, outside of classrooms, held positions on PFC Boards, campus clean ups, sports team mom, worked school auctions, headed up fundraisers, you name it…I’ve probably helped. You can relax, I’ve donated plenty of time and plenty of money to my kids schools. As a matter of fact, if you’ve done the same, then we probably know each other!

So now that I’ve answered your question about how I’ve helped can you acknowledge that the Board changed their by-laws to allow themselves the ability to vet out candidates they deemed unqualified because they didn’t share Dave’s “vision” thus eliminating a voting process and allowing themselves to hand pick board members? We ended up with a Board that chose to not oversee Dave for a substantial amount of time and look where it got us.
Do you think the board has any responsibility for our current situation?

CV Alum May 19, 2018 at 8:12 PM

Not buying what your selling, well said Thank you!!

CVCHS Mom May 17, 2018 at 12:52 PM

I hope they audit everybody and everything. I’ve had two kids go this school, one while the charter transitioned, and Linzey had a lot of folks on his side; “HELPING”.

RANDOM TASK May 17, 2018 at 4:45 PM

people why so surprised …this state is run this way on a larger scale and with more “funds” appropriated and hidden then you can imagine …kamala harris is next in line to inherit this state ….run while you can

TIFOKCIS May 17, 2018 at 5:41 PM

I know of a household with a Obama bumper sticker and a RESIST on another car. They have Ron Leone signs in their yard.

A legacy of ignorance and hypocrisy.

KAD May 17, 2018 at 6:12 PM

Ron probably put it there without their consent. He has been known to do that.

Cv Alum May 17, 2018 at 8:14 PM

This is a terrible situation. The people that secured this Charter then handed it over to a guy that already had problems down south. And the charter system with a few internal moves puts this guy in charge of millions of dollars as he puts layers of stupid people around him as hundreds of hard working administrators and teachers with credentials that were the fiber of the school were crying out and no one at any level district or county would listen. Our so called city leaders were supporting the bad along with other awful community people and parents as great teachers were resigning and finding other jobs. I hope they clean out the rest of the phonies that are still at the school acting like they didn’t know anything was going on. These people are terrible and shouldn’t be around children. This will set back CVHS years. Put the school back in the district. Thousands of kids got great educations there along with great memories. Time for the district and the county to get off there butts and step in. Fix this Disgrace now!!!

Summer May 17, 2018 at 9:31 PM

I’ve watched this thing unravel from the very beginning, and am well acquainted with all the parties involved. And I want to hear from all the crooked board members and toxic community members that blindly and stubbornly supported Dave Linzey and Ted Meriam, even taking their side over the achool’s teachers- many of which were beloved by students and very talented and experienced. So, Diane Bailey, Ms FISCAL MANAGER, can you really claim to know nothing of this financial mismanagement? You sure have a busy week ahead of you, getting all those records together. Alison Bacigalupo and Megan Kommer, the mommy-duo that think they know more about schools than the actual educators. You ripped apart your community and helped destroy a school for this guy. Are you proud? Sarah Lovick- wake up. You turned on your own friends, your blind faith in Dave is disturbing. You must be a miserable person. All of you have done something really terrible and you should be ashamed of yourselves, as this is all your fault.

CV alum May 17, 2018 at 9:45 PM

I can’t agree more. These people are disgraceful

Concord May 18, 2018 at 3:58 PM

I also agree with Summer!!!!! There is a old saying! What goes around comes around . Its called KARMA ! You can’t hide. God is always watching!

Can’t Wait for the charter School to return to CLAYTON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL. PROUND school of the Mt Diablo School District.

Mika May 17, 2018 at 10:41 PM

And where does Bill Morones end up with lunzey out? He also signed for the Antioch charter, even though he fought against the Clayton charter when he was principal at YV.

Mika May 17, 2018 at 10:43 PM

And where does Bill Morones end up with Linzey out? He signed and submitted the Antioch charter, even though he fought against the Clayton charter when he was principal at YV.

Concerned Citizen of Clayton May 18, 2018 at 7:59 AM

The Board of Directors put this guy in charge of millions $$$ of dollars as he puts layers of stupid people around him. Diane Bailey, Alison Bacigalupo and Megan Kommer, along with Sarah Lovick are a part of that group. (Clueless and stupid.)

Thank you for ripped apart our community and helped destroy a school that was once respected.

Diane Bailey, Alison Bacigalupo, Megan Kommer, Sarah Lovick, along with the rest of the Board Members (current and prior) must be held accountable! I’m sure they’ll be hearing from the District Attorney’s Office very soon.

CV Alum May 18, 2018 at 8:44 PM

I can’t agree with you more!!!

Former CV Parent May 18, 2018 at 8:26 AM

The County Office of Education is on the warpath. They’ve sent a third letter to CVCHS ordering the governing board to provide a plan for replacing the three administrators who have left and the others that are expected to leave because they are going to the Antioch charters. They want the Plan by May 30.

The letter notes that the co-lead petitioner for the Antioch charter schools is a CVCHS administrator and all of the people who signed the charter petition except one are teachers or administrators at CVCHS. I love it! They are calling out CVCHS on the fraud they are committing on the Antioch school district.

The letter wants the plan to detail how they will replace all these administrators in a way that ensures transparency and stakeholder involvement, as their own charter requires.

The letter also wants the governing board to provide documentation that there wasn’t a Brown Act violation, noting the departure of the Executive Director and Chief Innovation officer the day after a special, closed door Governing Board meeting to discuss “employee discipline/dismissal/release”, but the Board said there was nothing to report from the closed session and has not held a meeting since then.

sara May 18, 2018 at 9:03 PM

We (CCCOE) are not on the warpath. The internal discussion today was how to make this all go away and do it making the public think something was being done. We will probably do what we always have done – as little as possible with great paper shuffling, declarations of actions to be taken, and fervent prayers that people will forget. Ask one of us underlings how we do business and get the truth.

Mika May 18, 2018 at 7:23 PM

Wonder where Bill Morones landed after the fallout?

CV mom May 18, 2018 at 9:19 PM

I have a Junior and a Sophomore attending CV. They are both great students. FYI… there’s corruption everywhere!

Summer May 18, 2018 at 11:50 PM

You know what’s funny? Dave Shuey was all over the last post in which Claycord reported that Dave Linzey was gone. He was all about “trust the board, let the board do its job”. Funny, not a peep out of him here, now that news of a forensic audit and basic accusation of fraud against CVCHS has come to light. Hey Shuey! What’s wrong? Did you suddenly realize that the board had actually been a huge part of the problem all along? Or is there another reason you’re keeping quiet? I sure remember you being a pretty active supporter of all things Linzey, and your city council did everything they could to give him a blank check. I hope you and the rest of the Linzey Lovers are losing LOTS of sleep. No rest for the wicked.

Hey has anyone heard a peep from April Winship? Wasn’t she one of the original board members who voted to hand absolute power to Linzey by firing Pat Middendorf? What about Neil McChesney? I hear he’s running a pretty low-quality school now that calls itself a performing arts school but they aren’t learning jack sh**. I wonder where he got the financial support to start that? Didn’t he write that charter while “working” as an “administrator” and “board secretary” aka Linzey’s pageboy? I dunno. Seems like there’s a lot of bad stuff going on with charters… maybe that’s because CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE A SCHEME.

CV alum May 19, 2018 at 2:44 PM

Summer, I certainly agree, Everyone is a little quite. Those people are probably a little nervous.

WC resident May 21, 2018 at 3:58 PM

Thank you @Original G for mentioning archive.org. I’d forgotten about that site.

Thank you @Curious for digging. Hopefully the audit finds $14.9 million or more in the kitty and confirms that amount is showing in the school’s bank account for the reserve fund.

CLAYCORD.com May 17, 2018 at 7:51 AM

The county OoE is doing the audit, and they’re the one that said it.

Tired one May 17, 2018 at 10:58 AM

A great big SHOUT OUT to Claycord!!! You are the only media in CC County that we can turn to for absolutely-UP TO DATE and honest news. I just want you to know how much we appreciate YOU! I check it EVERY single morning!

CLAYCORD.com May 17, 2018 at 11:04 AM

Thank you, Tired One. Very much appreciate the kind comment.

Lela May 17, 2018 at 11:00 PM


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