PLEASANT HILL -- Contra Costa County Office of Education administrators are recommending that trustees reject a teachers-led effort to convert Antioch's Dozier-Libbey Medical High School into an independent charter school.

The Board of Education is scheduled to rule Wednesday on the petition that has divided the school community. Trustees will hold the hearing at 6 p.m. in the Pleasant Hill Middle School multipurpose room at One Santa Barbara Road in Pleasant Hill.

Teachers at the medical-themed high school are appealing the Antioch school district's rejection of their petition to convert Dozier-Libbey into a charter school free of district control. Meanwhile, the school district is trying to turn the school into a district-run charter, but a Contra Costa County judge halted that effort earlier this month pending resolution of the teachers' appeal.

In their recommendation to the board, administrators say the teachers' petition presents an unsound educational program and lacks reasonably comprehensive descriptions of the 16 elements that the state Education Code says a charter must address. If the board rejects the petition, the teachers can appeal to the state Board of Education.

About 95 speakers made their case for and against Dozier-Libbey's autonomy at a May 7 public hearing. Two members of the Contra Costa Board of Education live in Antioch and have spouses with district ties. Richard Asadoorian's wife, Barbara Cowan, sits on the Antioch school board, and Cynthia Ruehlig's husband, Walter, was an Antioch trustee from 2004 to 2012.

Dozier-Libbey opened in 2008 after years of planning.


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County trustee Christine Deane, who was appointed following the charter hearing, will not be at Wednesday's meeting because of a previously planned vacation.

More information is available by calling 925-942-3380 or at www.cocoschools.org. Click on "County Board," then "Agendas & Minutes," and select the "A" after May 21.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.