New Executive Director Takes Over At Clayton Valley Charter High School After Abrupt Departure Of David Linzey

August 9, 2018 15:38 pm · 26 comments

The Clayton Valley Charter High School (CVCHS) Governing Board of Directors today announced that Jim Scheible will serve as the school’s new Executive Director.

“It was an easy selection,” said Kristy Downs, CVCHS Board Chairperson. “After an exhaustive search and interview process, the Board was convinced that Jim was the best candidate. His pursuit for achieving ambitious goals has earned him respect and praise among his professional peers.  He is viewed as a great organizational leader and strong collaborator committed to building positive relationships with all stakeholders through effective communications.  But overall, the Board was impressed with his passion for student success and the enthusiasm he will bring to lead our staff and school community.”

The hiring of Scheible comes three months months after the abrupt departure of former Executive Director David Linzey and at least one top level administrator, believed to be his wife, Eileen, according to a statement issued by the Office of Education to

The Office of Education announced in May they plan to conduct a forensic financial audit of the school.

Clayton Valley has not released details on Linzey’s sudden departure, and they have not commented on the audit by the Office of Education.


Rosie O'Donnell's Proctologist August 9, 2018 at 4:28 PM

So, how’s that forensic audit coming along?

maxhdrmm August 9, 2018 at 5:41 PM

Where’s ron leone, hiding behind the tree, the bushes?

When is someone, ANYONE, going to answer what many have asked, this from May of this year:

Where is the Asst. District Supt , Ron Leone, going to be? Will he speak? Will the details of his contract be revealed? Tells you something about how the board feels about Leone’s leadership that they don’t even consider moving him to Executive Director

For all appearances, it looks as though he’s being retained, and paid…. for a non-existent job!

Sound’s like the perfect job for ron.

Concord City Council: shame! No censure, no condemnation for double dippers. By your silence, you condone what he’s done / doing.

Lena August 9, 2018 at 8:58 PM

When will CVCHS be open and transparent with the true stakeholders, the taxpayers who are supporting this ripoff.

Mika August 9, 2018 at 10:00 PM

The forensic audit won’t be until May? What’s taking so long? By t hen all the evidence will be destroyed.

anon August 9, 2018 at 10:39 PM

It’s strange that Clayton Valley always gets the negative publicity but when numerous MDUSD Administrators and teachers get fired for fixing grades there is no publicity at all.

Clayton Squirrel August 10, 2018 at 12:28 AM

Congratulations to CVCHS! We have a bunch of friends who are seniors this year and I hope that they all have a terrific year! We just bought the Football Coupons yesterday from one of the players on a younger (not Varsity) team to support their fundraiser. He seemed very surprised when we said yes. Please support our local kids. The coupons are pretty useful too!

Anon August 10, 2018 at 8:23 AM

Are you a former MDUSD teacher?

anon August 10, 2018 at 9:37 PM

No, I’m not a retired teacher.

Bill Cutting August 10, 2018 at 8:42 AM

The entire California state education system is corrupt wake up people I remember back in the day how horrible Northgate was it reminded me of the movie pump up the volume. Don’t get me started on what they actually teach as far as curriculum they don’t even prioritize on mathematics or sciences Ithay could truly advance or culture. Our education system is stagnant! they do not innovate! they force you to study things that are not gonna get you a job in the future (social studies ha just leaving is a social study you don’t need a class for that) it’s pretty much a popularity contest at high schools. If you do happen to be intelligent you get made fun of … To put it lightly our education system is dysgenic! I believe CA ranked last or at least second to last nationwide For at least ten years and counting

Ummm August 10, 2018 at 10:26 AM

Maybe you are a perfect example of our schools’ failure to teach our students! Your grammar and English skills need a LOT of improvement.

dd August 10, 2018 at 4:17 PM

I agree with you Bill

Concord Grape August 10, 2018 at 9:23 AM

It would be interesting what kind of iron clad sweet deal contract he has. Much like Linzey? Screw up things for a couple of years then bail and live happily ever after

Lena August 10, 2018 at 3:14 PM

Personally, I’d like to know in excruciating detail the circumstances of Lindzey and his wife’s leaving, and I think the community deserves that. The whole thing was forced through very quickly without adequate review, a sure sign things were not kosher from the beginning and I think many of those involved knew that. Shuey and others rammed the whole mess down our throats with requests that surplus taxpayer Special Assessment money collected by the City of Clayton be used to finance the legal work to get CVCHS off the ground under Lindzey. Apparently, they were anticipating legal problems, and I would like to know Shuey’s involvement as well, since he was gung ho beyond any reasonable measure as someone without conflict of interest in the matter. The whole mess from beginning to end had questionable support and operated outside the input of those of us paying for it. “Do the right thing,” indeed!

mtzman August 11, 2018 at 8:28 PM

While things certainly went off the rails later, it did not start that way. There were lots of public hearings and it wasn’t rushed through at all. The money you refer to was a loan, was quickly paid back, and went for the initial and quite ordinary legal papers to set up the school. Dave Sheuy’s role in the whole process was completely above board and exactly the type of service one should expect from a public servant. The other city council members acted in the same proactive and ethical manner. Finally, conversion of the school to a charter was found to be a financial benefit to MDUSD and most certainly did not force the district to issue bonds. As a member of the claycord community, Lena, you should be proud of the teachers, parents, public servants and stakeholders who came together as a community to make it happen. Now it is time for the new executive director and the governing board to exercise transparency and report out just what happened.

Lena August 11, 2018 at 11:08 PM

That was public money collected under the guise of running the City of Clayton used for a special interest non-city related enterprise which benefited some who don’t even reside in the City. Where the hell do you people draw the line? That loan was wrong, it should not have taken place. That school is not even in the City of Clayton. As a taxpayer I am strapped financially because of Clayton’s Special Assessment which collects surplus funds. Surplus funds! I don’t have any surplus funds. I believe laws were broken making that loan as well as the publics trust in Clayton’s city government, and legal action should be taken against those who permitted public money collected to run the city to be spent on a few people’s pet project. Honestly, are there any moral people in government any more? Unbelievable, but the worst part is some of you think it’s ok.

Lena August 12, 2018 at 4:14 AM

So, the City of Clayton is collecting a Special Assessment to yearly Property Taxes to be used as a private slush fund for City Council members. Thank you for the information. Would you also know where I would report this fraudulent use of taxpayer money?.

CV Parent August 10, 2018 at 5:04 PM

CVCHS is a great school! Unless your kids attend the school this year, please don’t say negative things. I’m sure that your schools have done things that may not have been the best. Let’s keep it positive for our students so they can concentrate on their academics and not the rumors and speculations regarding information that is not available to the public anyways.
Let the officials figure it out. Our job is to make sure our kids get the best out of this situation.

Lena August 10, 2018 at 7:06 PM

Oh, please! CVCHS had problems from the beginning and right up until Lindzey left. I’m paying for it and I have an opinion. You have no right to tell me to shut up, and, in fact, I will express my disgust with the secretive way my money is being spent by that place to educate your children ’till my dying day. The school district was forced to float a bond measure that is costing me more than I can afford and I resent it.

Hmmm August 12, 2018 at 6:40 AM

Has anyone seen or heard anything from former CVCHS board president turned Chief Innovation Officer Ted Meriam? He sure disappeared quickly and silently.

Follow the money August 12, 2018 at 12:04 PM

Mr. Scheible was superintendent of St. Hope’s public schools between 2011-14. According to a Sacramento Bee article, he was removed and served various administrative positions. I see him referred to as Chief Advancement Officer, Athletic Director, and in a 2017-18 Sacramento Charter High School school profile as a vice principal.

If you look at his credential history, he has a multiple subject teaching credential, and received his initial administrative credential in July 2017. This is a preliminary credential which means he still has additional work to do before it could become a clear credential. This also means he served his three years as superintendent of the St. Hope schools without an administrative credential.

Oh please August 12, 2018 at 1:31 PM

I truly don’t understand those who say everyone is being so negative. DL and the board never seemed interested in addressing or even acknowledging concerns about where money was being spent, the exodus of teachers… nothing. Now it really looks like things were shady, and still nothing. But we’re all supposed to smile and cheer and be so positive “for the kids”. Give me a break. Acknowledge the concerns for once.

Good luck, CVCHS. I really mean that. I hope this guy can turn things around. But until you change the Board and the bylaws, I will not be holding my breath.

biggus thinkus August 12, 2018 at 7:36 PM

my kid is still on the waiting list
that said, she still wants to go, and honestly, i think the faculty are neato
administration and teachers are often two different heads of the same hydra.
the admin has its issues, but the teachers are the hands on, and God Bless our Teachers!

Follow the money August 12, 2018 at 9:10 PM

I agree that administration an teachers are two different areas, but the administrative side of things influences what happens on the teaching side. In the case of CVCHS, the teacher retention is horrible. If you go back through the teaching staff, which is about 80 teachers total, 50 teachers have left during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 years. Including this years new hires, there have been 61 new teachers hired at CVCHS since 2016-17. There are only 15 teachers left from the original staff that were part of the conversion to a charter.

And their administration retention is just as bad. Since the departure of the Linzeys, there is no original administrator left in administration. (There is one teacher who became an administrator, but after a couple of years decided to return to the classroom.)

Former CV Parent August 12, 2018 at 11:21 PM

Now that the Linzeys and Ted Meriam are gone, will the Board and the new Executive Director abandon plans to open additional charter schools using CVCHS resources? What about the charter in Antioch that was approved with a charter petition that multiple CVCHS administrators, teachers, and coaches had signed? Is it still going forward? Has the threat of a financial audit put an end to plans to open additional schools using CVCHS money and resources?

Why are three governing board positions empty? Did those board members resign? Were they forced out? Are their departures related to the Linzey/Meriam scandal?

Does anyone know the status of the forensic financial audit by the County Office of Education? I’m very curious as to what it will discover. Maybe we will finally learn why the Linzeys and Ted Meriam were forced out. Linzey appeared to have complete and total control over the governing board. It must have been something extraordinary that the board could not sweep under the rug that got the board to act against him.

Ron Leone and his Assistant Superintendent position appear to have been scrubbed from the CVCHS website. Did his position disappear after he lost his election to become County Superintendent?

KAD August 12, 2018 at 11:48 PM

I do not understand why these questions can’t be forced to be answered.

Former CV Parent August 13, 2018 at 4:45 PM

KAD, I feel the same why. Why aren’t these questions being answered? I’ve read the governing board minutes. They are worthless. Apparently almost nothing is ever discussed in open session of a public meeting and practically nothing is reported out of closed session. So when and where are important issues being discussed and decisions being made? The board is supposed to follow the Brown Act, which means business is supposed to take place in public.

Why is someone a member of the board one meeting and then – Poof! – they are no longer a board member the next meeting, with no mention of a resignation in the minutes? Why isn’t there a letter of resignation from the member or a statement from the board president?

Why isn’t the governing board open and transparent about the turmoil at the school with multiple senior administrators leaving under mysterious circumstances and multiple governing board members resigning?

This is a public school paid for with our tax dollars. It’s operation should be transparent. It’s finances should be transparent. Why is it so secretive?

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