Hayward Unified School District Superintendent Dale Vigil shot down rumors that he’s purchasing a brand new Porsche. The rumors have spread like wildfire after appearing on a recent flier circulated by the Hayward Education Association.
Vigil said he is happy with his 10-year-old Honda Civic — and why not, considering it can net about 40 miles per gallon on a good day compared with the Porsche’s average of 18 miles per gallon.
Inquiring minds have also blown up the Review’s phones lines (OK, maybe it was only five calls and a few e-mails) regarding another rumor that Vigil has constructed a “bunker” in the district warehouse, located across the street from the district offices, to house himself and other administrators in the event of a teacher work stoppage.
The superintendent gladly gave the Review a tour of the site Thursday afternoon. Contrary to reports of the “bunker” being surrounded by a moat with alligators for protection, the site was a measly old and decaying cabin.
However, a chainlink fence that didn’t close all the way and was on its last legs did attempt to surround the area.
Although missing inside the so-called “bunker” were cots and binoculars, the tidy, musty area was equipped with fluorescent lights, a sink, five laptops, two phones, a printer and a satellite television _ which Vigil playfully said would be useful for March Madness.
The site has been in existence for more than a year and is being groomed as an emergency command center for staff to use in the event of an emergency, said Billy Martin, district facilities maintenance manager.