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BUSD Trustees To Hold “Special Meeting” At 3:00 pm

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February 22, 2013

In a surprise move yesterday, the Brentwood Union School District Board of Trustees announced that they will host a closed session “Special meeting” today at 3:00 pm for a performance evaluation of Superintendent Merrill Grant followed by what they are labeling as “Discipline/Dismissal/Release”. The meeting begins at 3:00 pm and will be located at the… Read More ›

Brentwood Parent Accuses BUSD of “Clandestine”

In response to the “Special Meeting” the Brentwood Union School District has called for tomorrow, parents are upset with the lack of notification. The meeting will hold a closed session of Public Employee Evaluation of the Superintendent Merrill Grant followed by what they are calling Discipline/Dismissal/Release, parents appear unhappy with lack of transparency in this… Read More ›

LHS Playmakers To Donate March 7 Proceeds to Ben Whitener Scholarship Fund

  Beginning February 22, the Liberty High School Playmakers will begin showings of Willy Wonka as their annual musical.  The Playmakers have a special evening on March 7 as all proceeds from that performance will go to the Ben Whitener Reach for the Sky local scholarship.  Major kudos to LHS for starting a scholarship in… Read More ›

Lack of BUSD Action is Cause for Concern

Since mid-January, Brentwood parents and others have been waiting for action by the Brentwood Union School District Board and to date, the public has been left with next to nothing except inaction. Apparently, the School Board is still not ready to act on a case that is pretty much case closed as Superintendent Merrill Grant,… Read More ›

“Whitener Girls” Raise $1,690 in Fathers Memory

It’s time to give Ben Whiteners two daughters and everyone who donated to Ella and Catherine Whitener a big round of applause for a job well done in fundraising for the The Jump Rope for the Heart Program at Brentwood Elementary School. Although the campus did not allow me to go and take pictures of… Read More ›

Brentwood Council Recap: Community College Wanted ASAP

The Brentwood City Council voted 5-0 last night to move forward with trying to bring a community college to Brentwood.  They will now be sending a letter to the Contra Costa Community College District encouraging them to begin construction as soon as possible. Bob Kratochvil, President of Los Medanos College spoke of his support of… Read More ›

BUSD also Lost Special Needs Court Case in Sept. 2012

While the $1 million settlement by the BUSD and a special needs child is receiving all the headlines, I was alerted to $2,250 reimbursement settlement that occurred back in Sept. of 2012. While this is relatively small in dollar amount, its yet another strike against the District involving the special needs community and why some… Read More ›

BUSD: Dina Holder Deposition Transcript

My opinion will be reserved until a later date. I wish to provide the transcript of Loma Vista teacher Dina Holder and allow readers to come to their own conclusions. Note, this is the non-confidential transcript. If you prefer the actual document, please email me at mburk1010@gmail.com and I will send you the file. 1                 … Read More ›

BUSD: Lauri James Deposition Transcript

My opinion will be reserved until a later date. I wish to provide the transcript of Loma Vista Elementary Principal Lauri James and allow readers to come to their own conclusions. Note, this is the non-confidential transcript. If you prefer the actual document, please email me at mburk1010@gmail.com and I will send you the file…. Read More ›

Ben Whitener’s Girls Hope to Raise $500 in Dads Memory

This one touches my heart as retired captain Ben Whiteners two girls, Ella and Catherine, are raising funds in memory of their father who passed away Dec.30, 2012 at the age of 35 from cardiac arrest. To honor their father, the girls are participating in the American Heart Association event to raise awareness for heart… Read More ›