Clayton Valley Charter High School Governing Board Schedules Special Meeting For 2 p.m. On Monday

May 20, 2018 18:48 pm · 51 comments

The Clayton Valley Charter High School Governing Board has scheduled a special meeting for Monday at 2 p.m. at Clayton City Hall.

The board will discuss expected and existing litigation, appoint an interim executive director, and discuss employee dismissal/discipline/release.

This meeting comes after the abrupt apparent resignation of three top administrators. The school has not said if the administrators were fired or resigned.

As we previously reported, the Contra Costa County Office of Education plans to conduct a forensic financial audit of Clayton Valley Charter High School due to the departure of the administrators.

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

Fed Up May 20, 2018 at 6:56 PM

A meeting at 2:00 on a workday to discuss all those extremely controversial issues? Methinks they don’t want anyone from the public there including the media and members of the Stakeholder group. What a bunch of gutless you know what’s! Laughable how transparent the timing of this meeting is and pretty pathetic if you ask me. This Charter needs to be Revoked.

Lena May 20, 2018 at 9:02 PM

Yes, very inconvenient time. And, they’re just meeting at 2:00 pm to adjourn at 2:15 pm to a Closed Session. In other words, if you get there at 2 pm, fifteen minutes later they enter a Closed Session so you will have to sit around and wait until they’re done to hear any public business. And, you can’t really come late because you don’t know how long the Closed Session will last and you might just miss the public parts. I’d say they set it up in the best possible way to discourage public attendance and input, but I think we can all guess why. If nobody shows up to disagree or voice concerns, they can continue to tell themselves they have “community support.”

Rollo Tomasi May 21, 2018 at 7:44 AM

Seems like it’s very, very important to you. Take the day off and attend.

Bwah ha May 21, 2018 at 10:57 AM

To the Board and Rollo – ever heard of “Do the Right Thing”? LMAO

Lena May 21, 2018 at 2:04 PM

Sorry, happens to be my naptime. Funny how Clayton so aptly portrays the “Do as I say, not as I do” philosophy with regard to its “Do the right thing” agenda.

Hmm May 22, 2018 at 8:01 AM

One public speaker called out the board for failing to uphold their own protocols, including adhering to the “Do the right thing” program they themselves adopted. She then told them all to resign.

Rollo Tomasi May 22, 2018 at 11:05 AM

No apology necessary. You get to decide for yourself whether a nap or a meeting is more important. Ain’t freedom great?

Rollo Tomasi May 22, 2018 at 11:07 AM

“Do the Right Thing”? Yep. Spike Lee joint. Didn’t think much of it myself.

Lena May 22, 2018 at 11:55 AM

The operative word being “joint.”

Rollo Tomasi May 22, 2018 at 1:04 PM

I’m sure when Spike uses it he’s referring to the articulation between two bones.

Lisa May 20, 2018 at 7:12 PM

They have not conducted the audit yet. But I can’t wait to see what they turn up.

Alf May 20, 2018 at 7:59 PM

I’ll keep paying for private school. These “charter”school people can keep dealing with the drama. Lol

WC resident May 21, 2018 at 4:05 PM

All organizations have drama. Private schools are certainly not immune.

As CVCHS is a public school funded using taxpayer money it’s required to be a little more public about affairs. It’s also harder for them to sweep evidence of drama or issues under the rug the way a private school can.

Rollo Tomasi May 22, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Google “Carondelet basketball”

Peter May 20, 2018 at 9:19 PM

This school’s admin is corrupt.

Follow the money May 20, 2018 at 9:33 PM

If you look at the policies they are dealing with in open session at the end of this meeting, you need to know about policy 701 A- financial threshold for approval of contracts by the executive director. This is the threshold below which the executive director would not have to ask for governing board approval for spending.

When CVCHS first opened, I think the limit was $5,000. Anything above that would require board approval. Later this was increased to $25,000, which is too much. But it gets even crazier. In the January 10, 2018 (THIS YEAR) governing board meeting, the board unanimously approved increasing that limit to $100,000! That is CRAZY! That means since that approval, Mr. Linzey had been able to enter into binding contracts or pay out up to $100,000 for any single item without ever needing board approval.

This board is MESSED UP. Furthermore, where was the school’s legal firm advising them that this was not a wise move? They should fire their present legal firm, Young, Minney & Corr, and get new legal counsel that will watch out for the school, not the executive director.

Publius May 20, 2018 at 9:53 PM

There is now way in hell that these people should be entrusted with any decision making. What we need to hear are nine voices speaking up and saying that they have suffered from hubris and rectal cranial inversion and cannot be trusted to make an intelligent decision so they resign immediately and go away.

What do you need an interim executive director for.?You had one executive director and he was an absolute waste of human DNA so now you want to appoint an interim? That is insanity! I thought Leone was the assistant superintendent so doesn’t he become the executive director?

The rest with new board counsel and changes to bylaws are just evidence of how screwed up this outfit is.

What the Board needs to do is go to the County and tell them that they have screwed this thing up beyond all belief, it is impossible for them to fix, and ask that the school be returned to the MDUSD.

The last thing that should happen is anyone who had anything to do with the finances or leadership of the Clayton Valley Charter should either be stripped of their credentials, perp walked in cuffs and orange suit, and make a public apology for being dumber than a bag of nails. Finally, they should not be allowed within a mile of any school in the nation.

The county has been complicit in this from the beginning and outgoing (thank god) superintendent Karen Sakata has never spoken up about any ot these issues. She’s the Sergeant Shultz of the county – ” I know nuzzing”!. There are many people who are celebrating that David Linzey, his wife, and whatever the hell Ted Meriam was are gone. But the sickening truth is the County is still there and it was as much their neglect and failure to oversee the charter as it was anything else. The approved it, it was on their heads, and they dropped the ball big time. An absolute failure of leadership from the top down who let this happened.
You are right – I sound angry and I am angry.I am sick and tired of idiots and phony’s screwing up the works for educators who actually care passionate;y about what they do. Those of us who treasure the promise and purpose of education – parents, teachers, business people, community members, and students should stand up finally in Contra Costa County and tell Karen Sakata and her minions, the County Board, and the charters who abuse the system and rob the taxpayers, that WE ARE MAD AS HELL AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE

Russ Sayin May 21, 2018 at 7:07 AM

style points for use of the word “hubris”

well done

Former CV Parent May 20, 2018 at 10:43 PM

Does this look like a Brown Act violation?

So let me get this straight…. The last time the Board met was an emergency closed session meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting, they said no action was taken, therefore there was nothing to report to the public. Yet immediately afterward, both Linzeys and Ted Meriam were gone from the school. No Board meetings have taken place since then. Yet at tomorrow’s Board meeting, they are prepared to approve a contract for someone who has already been selected to be the interim Executive Director and also approve a contract for consulting services for a firm that apparently has already been selected to do a job that has already been defined for the transition period leading up to the selection of a new Executive Director.

When did the Board get together to discuss the fact that three top administrators are gone and they need to figure out what to do both short term and long term? When did the Board discuss the process for selecting an interim Executive Director, direct someone to come up with a list of candidates, make someone an offer, and direct someone to negotiate a contract? If the Board got together to discuss this privately, outside of a public, properly noticed meeting, wouldn’t that be a Brown Act violation?

When did the Board discuss the need to hire consulting services for the transition to a new Executive Director? How could they have made the decision to hire a particular consultant for this task and had a contract drawn up, ready for approval, if Linzey was still the Executive Director at the conclusion of the last Board meeting? Did they meet privately to discuss this? Wouldn’t that be a Brown Act violation?

The County Office of Education is already investigating a possible Brown Act violation based on the last Board meeting. I would think these actions would be just as suspicious.

frenchdawg May 21, 2018 at 7:12 AM

how can 14 hour notice of PUBLIC meeting b ok wth

Former CV Parent May 21, 2018 at 8:25 AM

The Brown Act requires 24 hour public notice for a special meeting. Here’s the text of the Brown Act:

The County Office of Education is currently investigating the Board for a possible Brown Act violation at their previous meeting, where they reported to the public that no action taken in the 90 minute meeting, yet the Linzeys were gone the following day.

Rollo Tomasi May 22, 2018 at 11:12 AM

My understanding is that the Linzeys resigned. How would that constitute an action by the board?

hmm May 22, 2018 at 4:27 PM

Rollo, even a resignation requires a board approval to accept it. They must have some pretty good evidence/motivation for not announcing, accepting a resignation.

biggus thinkus May 21, 2018 at 8:51 AM

my biggest question at hand, is how is this going to affect the students? this has got to be a very difficult time for both the parents and students that are going to there, as well as the perspective freshman class. my daughter wanted to go there, and now she’s not sure if it’s really going to be a good school to attend. how sad.

Not Buying What You're Selling May 21, 2018 at 8:57 AM

The saddest part of the situation is that is was preventable. The Board was warned for YEARS that Dave was up to no good. Sitting Board members who were “in the know” voiced concerns and were eventually pushed out by Dave and his blind followers. The arrogance of some of the Board members through the years is disturbing. I would love to hear from them now. A Coffee with Dave segment is linked below. Fast forward to 15 minutes in and listen to Dave, Diane Bailey and Aril Winship talk about how the Board is in the know and the audience members are just hostile people with a gripe. YES, YES, YES Diane! People were griping because he was mismanaging funds and you were complicit in it! Isn’t that a good reason to gripe? You shouldn’t have been so quick in dismissing peoples concerns. THIS CURRENT SITUATION WAS PREVENTABLE!

Not Buying What You're Selling May 21, 2018 at 12:55 PM

Unfortunately, the link that was working fine this morning is no longer working. Those who have nothing to hide, hide nothing……

Marianne May 21, 2018 at 9:21 AM


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Concord Mom May 21, 2018 at 2:17 PM

Can someone keep us updated on what happens at the meeting?
I’m at work, no way for me to attend meeting.

Concord School Mom May 21, 2018 at 3:13 PM

Why in the heck is the meeting held in Clayton when the school is located in Concord? This board needs to resign. The tax payers and other concerned members of the community have a right to proper notice and time of the meeting. They are holding this meeting while people are still at work. I guess the level of shadiness continues! People are sick and tired of the secrets and lack of transparency.

Lena May 21, 2018 at 8:10 PM

They hold the meetings in Clayton, because Clayton City Council has been kissing CVCHS butt since before its inception and bent over backwards to see that it happened: I’d like to know why, when I can’t see that their participation has done anything positive for the community, including Shuey’s constant reassurance that every little thing is A-ok. Well, it isn’t, and it wasn’t, and I think it is high time Clayton City Council admitted their participation in keeping the entire sham going which just prolonged the whole mess … and apologize to the community and the students who they have put through Hell.

Former CV Parent May 22, 2018 at 5:41 PM

They are required to hold their meetings within the attendance boundaries of the school, which includes all of Clayton and a portion of Concord. I wouldn’t read too much into their choice of location. I don’t think there are many suitable locations available on short notice in the Concord portion of their attendance area.

Angry Squash May 21, 2018 at 3:53 PM

You know who has meetings at 2 pm on a weekday with less than 24 hour notice? People who want to make sure you don’t know what the %#@& they are up to.
Glad Linzey is gone but this board is complicit and doesn’t seem interested in real change. Hopefully they have everyone’s attention now.

Ms P May 21, 2018 at 4:32 PM

And the nonsense continues! The board should all resign. What a preventable MESS!!!

Concord resident May 21, 2018 at 6:15 PM

“This meeting comes after the abrupt apparent resignation of three top administrators. The school has not said if the administrators were fired or resigned”

I can assure you that one of these 3 administrators was NOT fired however I don’t know about the other two. I know this one administrator personally and this person has had enough of the BS at this school. Glad my friend is getting out of there! I bet the other two have had enough as well. It will be interesting to find out the details of this meeting.

KAD May 21, 2018 at 7:22 PM

Did anyone go to the meeting? Details, please.

Dr Jellyfinger May 21, 2018 at 10:22 PM

Same ol’ same ol’ …..pray we know the difference between the things we can change and the things we can’t…review the 12 steps & exchange drunken sex stories.

Summer May 21, 2018 at 9:27 PM

Kristy Downs, Katie Dresdow, Richard Assadoorian, Sarah Lovick, Tom Sparks, Diane Bailey- none of you know what the hell youre doing up there on that board. The school is imploding and you know it. You don’t know what to do so you hand it all over to another version of Linzey. Charters are bad because they put amateurs, like Kristy Downs and other crazy mommy types that think a stint on the PTA makes them an expert, in charge of governing entire schools. But they are naive so they hand it all to these business types that only want to expand and make money. The only way to save this school is to revoke the charter. As long as it stays a charter, the bullsh** will continue.

Annie May 21, 2018 at 9:29 PM

It was a joke. They were in closed session from 2:15 till 5:20.only talked about 3.1-3.5. No action on anything else. The meeting was about 20 minutes. It’s now 25,000 not 100,000. the new Interim Executive Director is Bob Hampton. Couldn’t ask questions and no public comment

Summer May 21, 2018 at 9:31 PM

Concord Resident you CANNOT possibly be talking about Ted Meriam. He is literally the cause of all this chaos. He was the biggest enabler of Dave Linzey and this corrupt and idiotic board. You think he’s tired of the craziness? This is his circus and these are his monkeys. Wow, that’s amazing that Ted actually has people thinking that he is somehow an innocent bystander in all this. That might be one of the biggest lies I’ve ever heard.

Publius May 21, 2018 at 10:15 PM

What is a Bob Hampton?

Hmm May 22, 2018 at 7:58 AM

Another charter school leader clone. Was involved with a conflict of interest issue at one school, then hired as interim director at the now failed/closed charter school in Livermore.
Short answer: Linzey, version 2

Former CV Parent May 22, 2018 at 12:12 AM

Sounds like a typical CVCHS governing board meeting. All discussion is held in private, not in public. After a decision is reached behind closed doors, the board votes in public session with no discussion. It is against the law for the board to conduct business this way. The law requires that all discussion be held in public, except for a few limited topics that can be discussed in closed session.

The board has held two special meetings with the closed session agenda item “Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release”. Both times they said they had no action to report from closed session. Yet David Linzey, Eileen Linzey, and Ted Meriam are all apparently gone from CVCHS, with no explanation. What exactly is their status? Have they been fired? Have they resigned? Are they on unpaid leave? Are they on paid leave?

Concord resident May 22, 2018 at 6:19 AM

@ Summer

If you noticed in my previous post, I did not mention which administrator I was referring to so please do not assume.

Not Buying What You’re Selling May 22, 2018 at 9:37 AM

@Comcord Resident

Oh good golly, if you aren’t speaking of Ted then you are clearly speaking about one of the Linzeys, as the only fact that has come out of this is that Dave, Eileen and Ted are the three top administrators that have left CVCHS. Have you been following what is happening? You do realize that people are working hard to scrub any evidence of Dave and Eileen from the school, right? If they did nothing wrong, why do you think the school is doing that? If you are going to bat for Dave, you’ve left me speechless because not a single one of his past, vocal suppporters has even come to his defense. If you are talking about Eileen, maybe you can answer this….if she was so sick of the BS, why did she return to CV, even after the county advised against it? Apparently she wasn’t sick of the fat salary and all the perks her husband bestowed on her. Like so many others at CVCHS, it seems her integrity was for sale.

Hmm May 22, 2018 at 8:44 PM

I am hearing that Gia Bevilacqua is gone as well.

Not Buying What You’re Selling May 23, 2018 at 7:39 AM


Maybe, I don’t know. I’m solely going off the very little information the school has decided to send out to parents, which as of yesterday, was that only Dave, Eileen and Ted were no longer working at the school.

Lisa May 22, 2018 at 6:51 AM

The meeting, which was held at the Library and not City Hall as advertised, and which had a guard who asked what we were there for posted at the door, started off with Downs telling us how we had to behave during the meeting. No yelling or speaking out of turn, etc. Our first offense would result in a warning and our second would get us escorted out by security. Then they went into closed session for 3 hours and 13 minutes, where they took no action. Without discussion during what was the alleged public portion of the meeting, they voted to change the bank account signatories from Linzey to an unnamed person, voted to retain a specific law firm as special legal counsel to the board, named an interim ED (I love that that is the abbreviation for their leader), and voted to reduce the financial threshold for contracts approved by the ED from the mind-boggling $100K to $25K.
They adjourned without taking questions or comments on any of this and, when asked afterwards why they hired an interim ED when they already have an ED, Downs said she could not comment on that.

Meemo May 22, 2018 at 10:59 AM

Lock them up!

RolloTomasi May 22, 2018 at 11:21 AM

Is it OK with you if we wait until someone is convicted of a crime?

Clayton Squirrel May 22, 2018 at 3:20 PM

I’m not a CVCHS parent but I do remember how rundown CVHS before it became a charter school. MDUSD had let the weeds grow to three feet tall in front of the school and my husband pulled them all out after a CYO track clean-up day years before my son even went to CVHS. CVHS had thousands and thousands of dried pieces of gum on the asphalt and tree graffiti, trash, broken down sports equipment, and disintegrating junk that hadn’t been moved in decades. You almost didn’t notice it because it had been there so long. Some of the teachers were very ineffective and I remember my jaw dropping at what was going on in one of them. CVCHS has had a lot of negative attention on the administration but the kids and the teachers have been more successful with academics than before. The Board members have changed over the years but they are always berated on social media no matter who they are and how hard they are trying. Yes, let’s find out if money has been misspent but let’s not vilify every person who steps up to try to do the right thing. All of the ones whom I have known were good people who stepped up to volunteer often in the past. They’ve gone on after CVCHS to still be good people. CVCHS has been a successful school for students by and large. Of course there will be problems that students have because I can tell you bad stories about every high school that we’ve looked at including Northgate and the private schools. We should all keep working to make schools good learning environments with the most fair treatment of students and staff that we can. That’s why a lot of my friends stepped up to help years ago. If I had another child to send through high school, I would pick CVCHS.

CV Parent May 22, 2018 at 3:52 PM

Ted Meriam is still employed at CV through the end of May.

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