CONCORD -- The Mt. Diablo school board on Monday appointed a district administrator in a 4-1 vote and appeared to reverse its previous commitment to holding community meetings.
Trustees voted to appoint Ygnacio Valley High Principal Bill Morones as director of secondary education effective July 1. Trustee Cheryl Hansen opposed the appointment, saying Morones has moved so often during the past six years that it is unclear whether he can show a strong record of achievement.
Morones was appointed principal of Ygnacio Valley High two years ago. The school's Academic Performance Index, which is based on student test scores, rose 7 points in 2011, from 665 to 672 on a scale of 200-1,000.
The board also agreed to hold two of six originally scheduled "public input meetings," although board President Sherry Whitmarsh said she believed they could be part of regular meetings rather than separate meetings in the community. But Hansen said incorporating them into the regular sessions would defeat the goal of allowing for a public dialogue with the board.
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