CONCORD -- The Mt. Diablo school board unanimously approved the reinstatement of fifth-grade instrumental music instruction, a program cut in 2009, in a meeting Wednesday.

The board also approved a district reorganization proposed by Superintendent Nellie Meyer, establishing or changing the job titles and clarifying the responsibilities of six director positions.

"This was designed to change the structure to support the campuses with a more direct line of supervision and school support," Meyer said of the reorganization.

In comments about the reinstatement of the music program, Meyer said the effort to add fifth-grade instruction to the 2014-15 calendar year resulted from a strong message from the community -- and from the board.

"This is what they wanted," she said, adding that music engages students and prevents dropouts.

The meeting included extended discussion about regulations relating to nondiscriminatory guidelines and students' rights and protections relating to gender identity. Revised policies, along with a contract with the psychologists' union, were approved.



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