Friday, June 22, 2012

Contra Costa Bond Oversight Meeting Saturday, June 23rd
"The meeting will include information from a Contra Costa County Grand Jury report on school bond debt for various districts...The grand jury findings also discuss bond language, conflict of interest issues in the selection of bond oversight committee members, inadequate training and resource materials for oversight committees, and performance audits that are so limited that they don’t provide effective oversight."

Missing SARC data!

The 2010-11 SARCs have been released, but they are incomplete!  Key data about teacher qualifications has been left blank.  I have contacted both the WASC accreditation staff and the CDE SARC team.

What should we do if this is an act of deceit on the part of our school district staff?  If it is simply gross incompetence, is this forgivable?  This is a red flag folks!

Here are my communications with the WASC accrediting staff.

On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 9:55 PM, Giorgio Cosentino <> wrote:

Thank you, Director Brown.  Incomplete SARCs are unacceptable.  As a parent and taxpayer, I rely on these documents for the decision making process that we are all part of, including the voting on tax measures.  Having them in order for your accreditation survey is not good enough.  I hope you understand.  Thanks again for any attention you and your staff can devote to this matter.

Giorgio Cosentino

On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 9:02 AM, David Brown <> wrote:
Thanks for your comments. Typically, when WASC Visiting Committees find incomplete reports, they request reports be rewritten. Nonetheless, we'll include your concern in our next series of Chair Trainings in October. Thanks. David Brown , ACSWASC Ex Dir

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On Jun 19, 2012, at 8:43 AM, "Mail" <> wrote:

From: Giorgio Cosentino []
Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2012 9:52 AM
To: Mail
Cc: Cynthia Ruehlig;
Subject: Re: Incomplete SARC reports a WASC deficiency?
I have just noticed that the data for Portola Middle School was partially completed.  The number of "fully credentialed" teachers is stated, but there is no number (or zero) in the "not fully credentialed" box in item V.  

On Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM, Giorgio Cosentino <> wrote:
Dear WASC Director Brown,

My district, the West Contra Costa Unified School District, has just posted the 2010-11 SARCs.  I have noticed that for many of the district schools, data regarding percent teachers with full credential has been    omitted.  With other districts, this data is complete.  As a professional in a highly regulated work environment, the rule per auditing requirements is that all reports are to be complete, that blank entries are not permitted.

For the following schools, Item V ("Teachers" credential status) is left blank for the 2010-11 school year: Hercules High School, El Cerrito High School, Kennedy High School, Ohlone Elementary School, Lupine Hills Elementary School, and Helms Middle School.

For the following schools, Item V has been completed:  Hanna Ranch Elementary, Richmond High School, Madera Elementary School, and Portola Middle School.

The SARCs are located at the following website:

As a parent and taxpaying financial supporter of our district, I require data that is both complete and accurate.  It is my understanding that this is also legally required per 1988 law.  Incomplete SARCs do not fulfill this requirement.  I respectfully request that WASC surveyors note this deficiency during future audits of our district schools.  Thank you.

Giorgio Cosentino, Parent of Hercules, California