Superintendent's Newsletter

September 2022

2022-23 Off to a Great Start!

As we approach the end of the first month of school, it is amazing to me how much has been accomplished in 20 days -


  • 3,762 students were registered and scheduled into classes
  • 66 new staff members were hired district wide (although we still are in desperate need for Paraeducators and Noon Duty Staff members)
  • TK/K, 6th and 9th grade Orientations were a success
  • Water polo, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf, Cross County and Football teams are all practicing competing
  • Back to school nights for all sites were held and well attended


It is the District's intention that every student has a successful school year and I want to take a minute to remind everyone that we are here to help. Should an issue arise with your child in terms of the classroom, please be sure to contact your child's teacher as the first step in resolution. Site administration is accessible, both by phone and email, and welcome your communication.


This month I would like to take a minute and introduce the MUSD Superintendent's Administrative Cabinet team. Each one serves a different department and is accessible to the MUSD community by phone, email or in person meeting, although if you have a concern, you should always go to the teacher or site administration first.


Janelle Eyet, Assistant Superintendent

Janelle has been with the MUSD for 10 years and manages the Special Education and Student Services Departments. She is responsible for student IEP's and 504's, Psychologists, Special Education staffing, Mental Health Services, Student Wellness, Attendance, Discipline and any matter related to student welfare. She can be reached at 335-5800 x5918 or jeyet@martinez.k12.ca.us


Renee Lopez, Director of Educational Services

Renee has been employed by the District since 2007. A former Special Education teacher at JSE, Renee has been in the Curriculum Department at the District for three years, first in the area of Assessment and Accountability and now as the Director of the Department. All Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment matters should be directed to her at rlopez@martinez.k12.ca.us. She can be reached by phone by calling the MUSD main phone line at 925-335-5800 until an assistant is hired.


Dr. Caroline Cota, Director of Personnel


Caroline joined the MUSD District Admin team last December, coming from the Palm Springs Unified School District, where she worked as a High School Principal. Caroline deals with all things Personnel for both the Classified and Certificated staff members and has done a tremendous job getting MUSD back on track in terms of filling a long list of vacant positions and making sure we have qualified staff teaching and supporting our students. Caroline oversees the two Personnel Technicians, Jaqui for Classified at 925-335-5924 or Rachel for Certificated at 925-335-5904. Caroline can be reached by email at ccota@martinez.k12.ca.us or by calling the appropriate technician.


Mr. Andy Cannon, Chief Business Official


Andy arrived at the MUSD Business Office, a mere three weeks ago. He comes to us after serving the Antioch Unified School District for 22 years, where he started as a teacher and worked his way up to the Director of Federal Programs and Accountability. Andy is quickly learning the ins and outs of the District, in terms of facilities and support, bonds and construction, food service and of course, the world of school finance. He can be reached at acannon@martinez.k12.ca.us or by calling the main phone line for the district at 925-335-5800.


Director of Information and Educational Technology


Our current Director, Amir Kioumars, will be leaving the district on September 16th in order to pursue other career options. Please join me in thanking him for all he has done to keep us "up and running" for the past year. We are currently seeking a qualified applicant to replace him. This upper management job description and corresponding salary schedule can be found on Edjoin.org. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply. Parent requests for technology assistance should be submitted by calling 925-335-5940 or by emailing parentsupport@martinez.k12.ca.us


Cabinet Responsibilities and MUSD Organizational Chart

AHS Friday Night Football Games - Student Conduct Reminders

As you may or may not be aware, the AHS JV and Varsity Game Schedule began two weeks ago on the 26th of August. For safety and supervision reasons the AHS administration has mandated that all students TK-8 be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the home games. What this means is that students are to remain in sight of their parents during the game, except when they travel to the doggie diner for refreshments and back to the stands. This was not enforced at the last home game and what proceeded to happen was that younger students were running through crowds on the walkway in front of the bleachers and in the area of the Doggie Diner. They were throwing garbage and plastic bottles at and to each other, creating an unsafe environment for all. The AHS Admin will be sending a message to the students at MJHS and the elementary school families at the elementary schools, reminding them of appropriate behavior when visiting their campus, for any reason. Please speak with your children about being respectful not only of the AHS campus, but to the admin and adults who are supervising. Students unable to do so will be asked to leave the game. Let's all help to make these events fun family outings! Go Dogs!
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Parent Involvement Opportunities - District Level

District Committees:

Bond Oversight Committee: Meets 2 times per year for approximately one hour in Oct and April, to review bond projects and their expenditures and budgets. Currently we are seeking the following members:

  • Active member of a bonafide taxpayers' organization
  • Member of the Public at large
  • Member representing the business community located within the district
If you are interested in becoming a member please submit an application to the Business Office.


Parcel Tax Oversight Committee: Meets 2 times per year for approximately one hour in Oct and April, to review Parcel Tax project expenditures and budgets and their alignment to the Parcel Tax Language. We are currently seeking voting members of the MUSD Community to serve two year terms. If you are interested in becoming a member please submit an application to the Business Office.


Curriculum Advisory Committee (CAC): This committee facilitates the articulation and coordination of the TK-12 Curriculum. The committee provides a vehicle for defining and discussing curricular concerns as they relate to to the district program. The council advises the superintendent and the school board in making curriculum related decisions. Please contact Renee Lopez at rlopez@martinez.k12.ca.us for more information.


Local Control Accountability Program (LCAP) Executive Advisory Committee:This committee meets several times throughout the year to look at current LCAP (funding goals), data, and to make recommendations to the Board for new goals. Please contact Renee Lopez at rlopez@martinez.k12.ca.us for more information.


District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC): The purpose of this committee is to advise district officials on English learner programs and services. Please contact Yadira Zapata yzapata@martinez.k12.ca.us or Renee Lopez rlopez@martinez.k12.ca.us for more information.


Selpa CAC Parent: Each Special Education Local Plan Area is mandated by state law to have a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). It is a group of parents/guardians of children enrolled in special education and individuals with a personal or professional interest in securing appropriate services for children with disabilities. The CAC membership is intended to represent the geographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic makeup of our community. The goal of the CAC is to get people interested in advising and assisting the Contra Costa SELPA in furthering and improving the functioning of the SELPA. 2022-2023 CAC Parent meetings and trainings are linked here. If you are a parent of a child who receives special education services who may be interested in representing the Martinez USD community as a CAC Parent Representative, please fill out this application. This is a MUSD Board appointed position for a 2-year term.

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