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Bonding time

Are Hayward residents willing to support a possible June 2008 school bond?

Trustees on Wednesday evening got a glimpse of that answer as results from a November feasibility study were released.

Read the full story here.

About 400 potential voters were surveyed in the district’s study, and district staff have little to no room for error if they want to pass a successful bond, according to the study.

But judging from our own independent HayWord survey, the district may have its work cut out for it.

Results from our survey show 82 percent of bloggers indicated they would not support a facilities measure. Take note, however, that only 67 voters participated in our online survey.

If the HayWord is Ms. Cleo and can predict the future, then what should the district do?

Drive around your neighborhood. Are you happy with how your schools look?

How about a parcel tax? Teachers’ union leaders have said they would prefer that the district pursue a parcel tax to increase salaries and improve the interior of schools before beautifying exterior facilities.

What are your thoughts on such an idea, and would you support a parcel tax if it were to go towards teacher salaries, school supplies, district programs and so on?

knoceda

  • qodrn

    I really hate the Hayward School District for so many reasons, but mostly for just not listening to anybody in Hayward. I think that is because none of the administrators live in Hayward. I think that should be a requirement for employement with the district. If you make say over $100000/yr you should have to LIVE in the district. The district wants to pass 4 separate bonds to create their vision of new buildings…enough already. We have two new schools, and enrollment will be declining. There is no need to replace all schools at the same time.

    Editor’s note: Dr. Vigil does live in the district. We reported earlier this year that he lives in the “flatlands” of Hayward, and I believe he plans to stay there through his continued contract. Also, the bond proposal right now does not address remodeling of all schools. -Kim

  • J. W. Kyle

    I willhave much to say about the bond issue within the week of 9th to 15th; is there a limit on word count?

  • Hayward339

    We should NOT pass any future bonds for the Hayward School District until some significant accountability programs are established. I am certain they are attempting a form of bait-and-switch by closing schools to create supersized schools after which they will cry they need the funding to alleviate the “overcrowding” they created. The true test is asking anyone on the School Board or the Superintendent if they can deny they plan to not only ask for the upcoming bond but a series of them over the upcoming years. This is a terrible District that is driving the schools into ruin so they can create a self-fulfilling prophecy of needing additional funds to right the sinking ship. And don’t blame the City Council. The School District is a separate but parallel bureaucracy which has no apparent financial accountabilty to anyone. We need to pass a bill REQUIRING full finanacial disclosure before any bond can be even submitted for vote0

    Editor’s note: Did you read Kris Noceda’s artice? Check out the last three or four paragraphs. -Kim

  • Fernando Hernandez

    I’m not sure Hayward339 has kept abreast of the board meetings on television, but…

    It is no “secret” that the bond would indeed be the first one on a series of four I believe, spread out over a fairly long period of time.

    During last week’s meeting, there was some discussion about which schools would be remodeled or rebuilt in the first round of work to be done with the bond money. The high schools were not included at all (too expensive)

    I have two kids in HUSD, in kinder and 3rd grade. If this bond passes and the district goes ahead with the proposed plan for phase one, my children will be in college before the high schools are even touched. I suspect many parents who might be sitting on the fence on whether or not to vote for this or not, might find this objectionable.

    I’m no fan of this administration, and agree that some serious oversight needs to be included in the bond if the board wants the support of the community. My household will support the bond.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Gee whizz, folks knockin’ the district while hiding behind a ‘nom de plume’ just seems to me to be a downer ! Where is the courage parked?

    Assuming blog meister approves I will have a very lengthy comment up some time in
    next 36 hours…. all out in open , to explain the whole deal……. and why I will not vote
    for the program…… while at the same time not voting against it…… I will abstain, in good conscience until district’s trustees learn to stand up and at least question or more fully explain their rationale for failure to open discuss the order of school rankings adopted while ignoring the need to abandon Treeview in favor of Bidwell. TreeVieww its atop the fault line and exposes jids to danger…. Much egg on our faces if any die in ‘the big one’ !

    Part of the problem is that trustees are asked to spend a whole lot of time in return for a very small stipend. Think abouit that ! Then wonder why they continue to receive verbal abuse fro
    from those who hide behind ‘nom de plume’ !!

    Editor’s note: Here is Mr. Kyle’s comment.

    I have lived in Hayward since May 1961. I am a second generation native of Oakland with a single exception, grandparents were immigrants. On paternal side, one was born in New York of immigrant parents who had violated ‘the rules’ then existent, in Belfast, Ireland. Presbyterians were not supposed to marry Catholics, so Alex Kyle lost his job and he took Bridget Courneen to New York, eventuating to a farm in northern part of that state, where they raised ten children. Tolerance and respect for education were ‘watch words’ in their home.

    Personally, I am the product of Catholic Parochial School education as is my wife. We raised four children each of whom was provided parochial school education through high school graduation. My wife and I gave generously of time as well as monetary support to St. Joachim’s School located near our home.

    I recently blew by my 77th birthday and in the elapsed period of 56 years since I first voted, ( minimum age was 21 years old at that time,) I have missed only one opportunity to vote and that was caused by the failure of US Army post office to deliver my absentee ballot to an overseas military post. It was the only occasion when I missed opportunity to support a public school bond issue. I have never voted against a public school bond issue even prior to the annoying fact that California was the last State to relieve Parochial Schools from the burden of ‘ad valorem’ ( upon RC School real estate,) taxation used to support public schools.

    I had, even before marriage, been involved in service club activities, raising money to support youth activity in Oakland. In fact, two weeks after return from my honeymoon, as Chairman of the Oakland Jr. Chamber of Commerce Christmas tree lot, seeking photo ops with celebrities, I took two committee members and a free lance photographer on a pre-arranged tour of San Francisco night clubs; we stopped at the Italian Village on Columbus Ave where the Andrew Sisters were appearing. It wasn’t until after two AM that the girls finally agreed to pose for the photo. My presence as the tallest found photographer placing me in the center of the photo, at which time “Patty” reached up, pulled my neck down toward herself and gave me a big smooch…. Leaving me to explain the lipstick on the white shirt when, after dropping off the others, at 4:00 AM, my bride understandably locked the bedroom door, called her Mother but was refused opportunity to return home. Wide eyed and sober as a judge, I arrived at the bank on time!

    In the year that I served as Chairman of the Jaycee “hole in one” contest. The profits doubled and were used to advance other sports and promotions in the city of Oakland; the list included the Boy Scout program.

    Even while engaged at St. Joachim’s activity, I became involved with East Oakland Neighborhood Housing Services Corporation, a non-profit co-operative of the Savings and Loan Industry to aid low income housing ownership. I worked full time, but was also approached by FHA and with approval of employer, proceeded to assist in appraisals of the more than 1,1000 foreclosed homes boarded up and spread all over flat land areas of Oakland. An FHA program had gone really bad and the losses in that era were only about $6 billion, an amount equal to all premiums paid into the mutual mortgage insurance concept by FHA borrowers since initiation of that Franklin D. Roosevelt concept in 1934.

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    Simultaneously I chaired a fund raising committee at St. Joachim’s for the purpose of building a gymnasium and community center, while ‘spare time’ was spent adding 550 sq. ft. to my own home. After four live births, three miss-carries and a still birth, my wife and I had discovered a ‘natural’ form of birth control. I call it “physical exhaustion.”

    When I retired in 1991. I suddenly found myself with ‘nothing to do’ ! It took almost three weeks to learn that I would go nuts if I failed to do anything but sit. Since that realization I have participated in no less than 18 ‘ad hoc’ groups, task forces and advisory activities at behest and appointment by either the Hayward Unified School District or the City of Hayward. The last such group was appointment by the City to the Walpert Ridge ‘ad hoc’ group, an activity which revolved around Stonebrae development and the new school at that location. I was also involved with HUSD’s Strategic Change Committee and advocated for the Bond issue discussion discussed in Strategic change recommendation # 7.

    As elected Chairman of the Longwood-Winton Grove Neighborhood task force, I introduced the idea, later implemented, which saw success in reduction of vandalism and graffiti on Longwood School grounds. The site resident idea was recently abandoned by HUSD despite a savings of about $50,000 per year during it’s use. Now the problems seems to be returning. Was it wise of HUSD to impose an $800 per month rental charge upon the site resident? Naw, after eight years she quit. Why pay for the privilege of doing you a favor when the housing had been donated to HUSD after initial use as temporary HQ by fire department during reconstruction of “down” town’s firehouse?

    I volunteered much time in grounds improvements at Longwood School and also participated in a reading program for first grade over a two year period until ‘dismissed’. I took to the streets in the fight against an unreasonable attempt to recall three of five trustees. Had the recall advocates been successful the recall election would have been required about four months prior to a regularly scheduled election. Not one other person, resident of the district or not, came forward to assist in picketing the recall operation at the various shopping centers where they appeared. However, about 7,000 signatures were reputed gathered and many of those signatures involved parents as well as masochistic voters who should have known better !

    Because of my work experience as a real estate appraiser within the banking industry, I had to acquire powers of observation which enabled rationalization of successful transactions involving raw or improved land, proposed subdivisions involving large numbers of detached homes, in a single loan for construction purposes, R & D parks, commercial centers, office buildings, special putrpose structures such as funeral homes or convalescent rest homes and even a golf course. My activities found me principally working the nine county area of the SF Metropolitan District but frequently took me to other areas of Northern California with assignments outside the State when employer needs arose.

    I have spoken in favor of an HUSD bond issue for many tears and am on record with the fact as you will discover in a read of the Strategic Change Task Force document and recommendations sponsored by HUSD in early 1990’s.

    What amazes me most is the observed poor relationship existent between HUSD and it’s stakeholders.

    What I object to in the decision made on December 5th by HUSD Trustees, was the order of ranking for
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    schools to be rebuilt and or upgraded. What is even worse was Dr. Vigil’s recommendation to PASS A MOTION TO ADOPT THE LIST, which was quickly adopted without enquiry by even a single member of the board of trustees despite possession of my December 3rd letter in which I pointed out the flaws of that particular plan.

    In fairness, the letter dated Dec. 3rd was hand delivered to HUSD offices on December 4th but placed in hands of those addressed, or cc’d, prior to the opening of the work session.

    The attached exhibit pretty much spells out the problem being created in the first phase of a bond issuance plan where the needs of one area are totally resolved at the risk of losing support within that area when the second round of the four proposed bond votes occurs. In other words, why place the success of what is proposed in total, (which requires four separate bond votes,) at great risk?

    What risk you say ? Try this thought, I’ve got what I need for my children and this neighborhood, why should I take on the added burden of assessments at later votes ?

    THIMK ! Fairview experienced relief from overcrowding by transfer to new Stonebrae School. Fairview, according to the recently released schedule will be extremely expensive due to limited site access. Site access in Fairview’s original, still existent use plan, was very poorly planned upon a difficult topographical land parcel. East Ave will be modernized, probably receive a new annex structure. Bret Harte MS will be relocated from it’s present site, probably in co-operation with HARD and the CITY in a fashion similar to Burbank.

    Dated Dec 3rd and hand delivered to HUSD Administration offices on Dec 4th, as a preparation for their ‘work session’ of Dec 5th, was a critique of the order in rank involving school sites which are either to be
    re-built in total or ‘modernized’ (to an as yet unavailable description of ‘modernized’,) as employed by HUSD. That critique is appended as an exhibit.

    The list of the school rankings in order of preference now adopted, was a complete surprise to me in view of the fact that I had a different understanding which was developed when I had met, in middle of September (2007), with Dr. Vigil the Superintendent and Assistant Supt. for business Dr. Schimmel.

    Neither of these two gentlemen bothered to advise rationale for their switch. Neither of them can boast of being familiar with the voters mindset which might have existed had they been long time residents of Hayward. I do not recall, with the exception of Mr. Frumkin, seeing any of the other trustees as active participants at any of the ad hoc groups or task force groups while those occurred during my more active period of time.

    Excepting Mr. Saenz, who residency in Hayward extends back to his move here aboutthree or four years ago, the others seem to be in one hell of a hurry top see their names written in brass upon school dedication plates. They way they talk you would think Stonebrae was the result of their effort rather than the acts of the developer!

    Unless trustees and administration back off, I will probably abstain from voting on the issue on the reasonable belief that to vote for the first phase with the work schedule unchanged, is to risk inability to
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    acquire the 55% majority in any of the remaining three elections. That would be a tragedy and unfair to those children attending school in “KICK ASS NEIGHBORHOODS” as some like to describe certain neighborhoods much to the detriment of housing values within such areas.

    One caution is now added to this contribution to ANG‘s blog at http://WWW.ibabuzz.com/hayword .
    If you wish to ‘make a difference’ come out of hiding, do not use a ‘nom de plume’ to pass insulting remarks or descriptions of job performance by administration or other employees of HUSD. It is counter productive and reflects poorly upon the characters of those who lack strength of conviction in what they say or write.

    What we are really dealing with is the lapse of inquisitiveness on the part of trustees as well as lack of alertness on Bond Committee whose membership has not been politicized.

    I criticize parents who fail to appear at HUSD board meetings, behave as a group in rather rowdy fashion while ignoring the opportunity to make use of public speaker cards at each and every item on the agenda rather than the self imposed use of just the ‘public comments’ period. In addition, the HUSD website needs immediate attention; the failure to re-establish the re-broadcast of HUSD Board meetings in the same fashion as does the City of Hayward is inexcusable !

    We also must educate the members of the electorate, especially parents of HUSD children on the proper procedure, provided by the Brown Act, to compel a more alert and well informed Board of Trustees so that they have answers. The HUSD website is certainly not up to the standard exhibited by Hayward City Website found at http://WWW.hayward-ca.gov But we do have a bright young woman who was recently hired to perform service as the Public relations officer.. We ought keep her busy in her work….. But do it with respect for the lady as well as the task she is asked to do ! Her name is Karen Magnon and she works at the Amador Ave offices at corner of Elmhurst near the post office.

    I will probably return to this blog with added comment; it all depends upon you and the Board of Trustees. You need to ask questions, politely and to press for answers when you hear such put off as …” I’ll get back to you, later” That does not work with me and you do not need to contend with it past election day.

    See the following reproduction of my letter to Trustees. Then post a well thought out response on the blog page. Center your thoughts on the need to understand the risks involved in the present bond expenditure plan.

    Perhaps then the trustees and administration will back paddle in our little canoe.

    Kyle’s letter to trustees:

    December 3, 2007

    Members of the Board of Trustees;
    Hayward Unified School District Your Work Session agenda on Dec. 5, 6:00 PM*
    24411 Amador Ave Subject: Agenda Item C-1: second bullet.
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    Hayward, Ca. 94544 Ranking of schools, first phase bond improvements.
    * Convenient to public attendance ?
    Dear Board Members;

    The recent handout suggesting the order of ranking for schools to be modernized or reconstructed is highly skewed toward the idea that it is self defeating!

    To begin, you list both East Ave and Fairview at the top of the list without apparent recognition of the fact that both are in the same NE quadrant of the school districts boundaries. If both are completed within that first phase, why would voters residing within that district support further bond issuance once what they need is acquired? Three successive votes which assess an additional $60 per $100,000 valuation on a home assessed at $500,000 suggests that the temptation to avoid additional assessments eventuating from $300 annually to $1,200 annually would result in negative block voting within that area of the district which had previously experienced some relief with the StoneBrae School opening.

    I have recently visited Fairview School and agree that it needs replacing but not for reasons of deterioration. The parking arrangement on this site is horrible. Built on a slope with buildings having a single load exterior access path has left a large area between structures with unusable land space. All available onsite spaces are reserved for staff members. In addition, I am advised that Markham will be closed and that student body will be shifted to Fairview. Poor timing in the face of parking condition ?

    The costs and the construction period time line for this school replacement will be heavy in terms of both time and money. Plans and specifications, professionally prepared and estimates of cost would be required well before the scheduled date of planned construction which conceivably would not rapidly occur. with required state approval processes considered into the mix, for another three to five years.

    Therefore this project ought be pushed back to second or third phase of the master plan. Limit the expenditure in this area to East Ave School in first phase. Use 2841 Romagnolo St.… for parking ?

    Treeview School is situated over the fault line and should be abandoned ASAP. Bidwell has been operating as an adjunct to Treeview since it re-opened after a 21 year closure and lease to HARD which in turn had sub-let a small area to a head start program conducted by New Haven Schools.

    Bidwell needs modernization and a most likely an annexed addition to accommodate the enrollment
    which required use of both Bidwell and Treeview under a single principal.

    Attending to Bidwell is an imperative given the fault line risk at Treeview. It also expresses a concern for an area of the city where voter turnout involves higher than typical average household income. It brings balance to the idea that the money is spread out over a wide area to avoid the problem described at Fairview School. Include Bidwell in first phase and move MLK to another phase.

    Postpone the Schafer Park reconstruction for the simple treason that you appear willing to waste the recent repaint and new landscape investment. Bad politics with that inclusion in first phase.

    Modernize Tyrell in first phase it is well located in the central part of the district.

    Move Lori Eden to the position occupied by Schafer Park. Too bad that the Eureka school was given over to a Charter School operation, it might have well served an area where kids are now bused from that neighborhood to Lorin Eden. The new subdivisions appearing at the South-west corner of Hesperian and Industrial have a large subdivision west of the railroad as well as a new tract of residential properties east of the railroad and a fairly large count of standing unsold homes occurs. This is an area where developer is pressing the city to permit additional housing on land intended for R & D use, presently unsold and undeveloped, apparently a result from a lack of market interest at reputed land holding prices.

    There is a need to accommodate students from the area described in afore mentioned paragraph but I suggest that the existing Lorin Eden structure be modernized and that an annex be constructed to accommodate the growing student population from the new area as well as that area whose boundaries were once within the Eureka school service area. ( Eureka is now a Charter School.)

    Placing Lorin Eden in the first phase spreads the money out in such fashion as to assure that voter support will continue with out the risks I mentioned in discussion of Fairview / East Ave arrangement.
    Consider modernization of existing Loren Eden with addition of new annex structure! Remove all portable classrooms and out buildings. Expand parking area.

    Brete Hart modernization may not need occur if the old quarry site, on the hill north of Carlos Bee Blvd becomes the new location for that school. The fact that it is listed indicates a lack of communication between School District and City concerns for land use along the now abandoned path of Rte 238.

    Delay the reconstruction of Mt. Eden to assure future voter turn out in that School’s service area especially within the Lorin Eden boundary zone.

    I delay further comment until I have had opportunity to visit some of the remainder schools. It would be well to delay the discussion of the next lists until another time. Keep in mind the need to dangle the vote carrot over as wide, balanced, geographic area as possible so that the “I’ve got mine to heck with the others” attitude does not develop to the detriment of successive votes.

    Burbank for example is a new improvement in the north end of the district so that Cherry Land is well
    placed in the third phase. There will be criticism of this letter on the basis of the idea that Kyle is jockeying for something sooner at Longwood. Frankly, Longwood needs modernization to the extent that the multi-purpose room is expanded, windows are replaced, portables are removed entirely and that the campus be expanded to include the present Helen Turner site in the same relation ship existent between Bidwell and Treeview. I would not support demolition and re-construction of Longwood School. Let the day care operation be moved to Glassbrook. I am able to argue for that idea based on auto trip counts by parents into and out of Helen Turner at moments of the day when (AM and PM) Level F traffic light service at Hesperian and W. Winton are at worst phase of the commute periods. Much to detriment of the whole area during the 900 work day period scheduled for reconstruction of I-880 and Rte. 92. School District needs to accommodate City’s need to assure tax generation at Southland Mall now thought vulnerable to detour routes affecting traffic during 900 day highway junction reconstruction.

    Vox clamantis in deserto ! ( A voice crying in the wilderness !

    John W. Kyle

    Cc: Dr. D. Vigil, Superintendent;
    Dr. Barry Schimmel. Ass’t Supt. Business;
    Ms. Karen Magnon, Public Relations Dept.
    Mr. Rick Hart, Bond Campaign Mgr.
    Mayor Michael Sweeney
    …. Public file copy at HUSD

    Post Script: This entire dissertation is worthless if the intention is to have a single vote to approve all four phases of the Master Plan. You ought reveal the intention and discuss the time line for bond issuance, total accumulative assessment with each parcel tax billing, bond amortization period and possibly even anticipated rate of interest expected in amortization of bonds.

  • http://myspace.com/alexh13 Alex Harmon

    Im a currently a freshmen at Hayward High and I went to Bret Harte and Markham Schools in Hayward. The HUSD should improve schools. I have been attending HUSD schools since kindergarten. The schools were bulit over 40 years ago execpt Burbank and Stonebrae and probaly never been remodeled! Hayward High could use alot of improvement (we can’t even have foootball games at HHS because The field has NO lights!) the lockers look like the never been replaced and the school is so overcrowded sometime i cant even get lunch because of the overcrowed cafetirea!

  • qodrn

    Sorry Kim, did not know that Mr. Vigil lives in Hayward. But it dosn’t change me point that it should be a requirement. It seems that out of all the admin, he is the only one who does.

    Secondly, the bonds would not put lights on the football field at HHS. However, I dont understand why the high and junior highs are waiting so long, since that is where we looseee our students from the district.

  • Hayward Parent

    As a Hayward resident for over 20 years and a parent in Hayward Unified, I am doing everything possible to participate in the education of my children, making sure that those in charge are doing their job. Long ago I realized that only by being proactive and knowledgeable will my children receive what they so rightly deserve in the Hayward schools.

    The district is parading to us parents, and tax payers “The Bond”. They have closed some schools; rent them out, change boundaries, leaving children commuting in buses they have to pay for. The district continues to hire consultant after consultant, the latest expense is the creation of a new department called” Public Information” under the superintendent, whose mission is to start approaching us parents and convincing us to vote for “The Bond”. They want to use events that parents and grandparents attend to convince us to vote in favor of the bond measure in the elections of 2008.

    However, while this is going on, more pressing matters are at stake: we are going into another year of “Program Improvement District”; more schools are in another year of
    Program Improvement, lower scores across the board, English Language Learners are not receiving adequate language instruction, high caliber teachers are leaving us because they are tired of fighting this inept system while teaching our children.

    Most of our elementary schools are over crowded; we have over a thousand more students this year than the year before; in some schools there are classrooms unoccupied; because the school denies the students coming from the areas affected by school closure of the services students received there. While in other schools students are receiving services in crowded storage rooms, with no appropriate lighting or air circulation.

    When parents want to participate in the schools, they are not welcome by some administrators; there is an incredible disconnect between administration and parents. If parents become proactive, before they know it, administrators change their attitude towards them. If parents have questions or suggestions, immediately some administrators become defensive, and if the parent’s English is not up to par with theirs, some administrators just ignore their calls.

    Can we call this “bonding” with the real stake holders of Hayward? I don’t think so. HUSD should concentrate in providing the education our children need to compete globally; “new facilities” will not do so. HUSD should stop spending our children’s funds in consultants and new “departments”. Brand new facilities will not make our label of “Program Improvement District” go away: improving the quality of education for all children will; getting ourselves out of PI; and improving our Scores will.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Here is the essence of the problem which I personally have with the bond issue as presently aopproved by HUSD Board of trustees; If they questioned it at any time I certainly never heard either the quesytion nor the answer. I quote from my letter toi them dated Dec. 3 but hand delivered on the 4th of Dec./ with request that it be handed to Trustees prior to their closed session of Dec. 5tyh Those cc’d, with possible exception of Mayor Seeney whose copy was delivered to City Hall, are assumed to have read the letter.

    Dear Board Members:

    The recent handout suggewsting the order of ranking for schools to be modernized or reconstructed is highly skewed toward the idea that it is self defeating.!

    TTo behin, you list both EAST AVE and FAIRVIEW at the top of the list without apparent recognition of the fact that both are in the same NE quadrant of the school district’s
    boundaries. If both are completed within that first phasde, why would voters residing in that diostrict support furthetr bond issuance once what they need is acquired? Three successu=ive votes ( * at intervals of four years,) which assess an additional $ 60. per $100,000 of vakuation on a homme assesed at $500,000 annually suggests that the temptationto avoid additional assessments eventuating from $300 annually to $1,200 annually would result in negain negative block voting with that area of ythedistrict which had previously experienced some relief with the StoneBrae School opening.

    I have recently visited Fairview School and agree that it neesds replacement but not for reasons of deterioration. The parking arrangement on this on this site is horrible. Built on a slope with buildings having a single load exterior access pATH HAS LEFT A LARGE area between structures with ubnuaable land spaces.All available onsite (parking) spaces are reserved for staff members. In addition, I am advised that Markham will be closed and that (Markham’s) students will be shufted to Fairview. Poor timing in the face of parking condition?

    The costs and the construction period time for this school replacmenbt will be heavy in terms of both time and money. Plans will need to be drawn and specifications professionally
    prepared; estimates of cost well before thge sheduled date of construction which conceivably would not rapidly occur, with state approval processes considered into the mix, for anottherthree to four year period of elapse time.

    HERE I DIGRESS FROM THE LETTER…… IF ANOTHER STAE WIDE BOND ISSUE IS APPROVED OR IN PROCESS OF BEING SOLD AND MONEY DISTRIBUTED, WHAT OCDCURS IS THAT PRESSURE IS EXERTED UPON OPOLITICIANS IN sACRAMENTO TIO PUT THOSE PROJECTS OCCURING IN NEW SHOOL DISTRICT DEBVVELOPMENTS FIRST……IT’S HARD ENOUGHT TIO SELL HOUSES WITHOUT SCHOOLS BUT CAN YOU IMAGINE A POLITICIAN SHYING AWAY FRON CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS BY DEVELOPERS, KNOWING THAT IT IS ILLEGAL FIOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO MAKE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIOB ? iS THERE ANYONE WHO FAILS UNDER= ANDING OF REALITY?
    Therefore Fairview project construction start can be puished back while the so called ‘process period at State level grinds on ! Create the plans ahnd spec=ificationbs by all means but do not tie up the rest of the Master Plan.

    There is opportunity for added parking on thiis site while the wait occurs../..sewe the driveway to school owned site shown as 2841 Romoagmolo St. us it for parking by staff and open
    up present parking to ‘drop off’ and visitor / handicapped parking/

    Treeview school is situated over the fault line and should be abandoned ASAP. Bidwell has been operating as an adjunct to Treeview since it re-opened after a 21 year closure and lease to HAQRD which in turn had sublet a portion to a head start program conducted by New hAVEN SCHOOLS WJHILE MAINATAINING SCHOOL; GROUNDS FOR USE AS A PARK BY fAIRWAY pARK fOLKS.

    Bidwell needs mopdernization andn annexefd addition to accomodate the enrollment which u
    required the use of both Bidwell and Treeview under a single principal. (* The new subdivcison on the old privatrely opetratred golf course plus the return of 250 students from Neww Haven To HUSd when Nesw Haven no longrer had seats available for those fleeing HUSD. HUSD
    was robbd due to sloppy rules governing ada money)

    Attending to Bidwell is an imperative given the fault line risk at Treeview. It also expresses a concern for an area of the city where voter turnout involves highrer than average house-
    hold income. It brings balance to the idea that the money is spread out ovetr a wide area to avoid the problem described at Fairview schoo;. Include Bidwell in the first phase and Move MLK to another phase.

    Postpone the Schafer Park Reconstruction for the simple rewason that you appera willing to waste the the recent (* 2007) repianht and landsdcape expense and toss that expense into the wind. Badpolitica with that inclision in first phase.

    Modrernize Tyrell, i(*t should not be too expensive given the reconstruct after the fire about 10 years ago. ) Do thios in ythe first phase and it is wel located in ythe central part of the
    district.

    Move Lorin Eden to the positiopn occupied by Schafer Park. Too bad that the Eureka School was given over to A CHARTER SCHOOL, it might have well served an area whwre kids are now bused from that neighborhood to Lorin Eden. The new subfdivison appearing at the South west
    corner of Hesp[erian and Industrial has alarge sub-divison west of the railroad as well as a new ytrct if residential proprties eats of the tracks and a fairly large count of stANDING UB=NSOLD HOMES NOW OCCURS. tHIS IS AN AREA WHERE DEVELOPER IS PRESSING THE CITY TO PERMIT ADDITIONAL HOUSING ON LAND INTENDED FOR R & D USE, PRESENTLY UNSOLD AND UNDEVELOPED, APPARENTLY A RESULT FROM LACK OF market interest at reputed land holding prices,

    …..time for dinner folks… will return ti complete this self uimposed ytask later this evening….. enjoy

  • J. W. Kyle

    Dis I mention that the (8) indication above indicates where I wandered from the actual text of my letter to HUSD Trustees.. ? Well, such is so!

    ….. I can hardly believe the typing errors I have created thus far….. to behin …. ? good grief ! Well, to begin where I left off…. dinner time out was good for old tired eyes….
    ……

    There is a need to accomodate students from the area described in previous paragraph but but I suggest that the existing Lorin Eden structure be modernized and that an annex be constructed to accomodate the growing student population from the new area area as well as that area whose boundaries were once within the Eureka school area.

    Placing Lorin Eden in the first phase spreads the the money out in such fashion as to asure
    that voter support will dcontinue without the risks I mentioned in discussion of
    Fairvirew / East Ave arrangement. Consider modernization with addition of new annex. Remove all portabl;e classrooms ansd outt buildiongs. Expand the parking arrangement.

    Bret Harte modernization may not need occur if the old quarry sit, on the hill, North of of Carlos Bee Blvd becomes the new location for that school. The fact that it is listed indicates a lack of communication between school district and city concerns for land use along the now abandoned path of Rte 238 Bypass.

    Dekay any thought of Mt. Eden Reconstruction to assure future voter tutrnout in that school’s service area, especially within the Lorin Eden boundary one.

    I delay further comment until I have had opportuniyty to visit some of the remmainder schools. It would be well to delay the discussion at the next ofd the next links until anothertime. Keep in mind the need to dangle the vote carrot over as wide, balanced, beographic area as possible so that the ” I’ve got mine, to heck with the others’ attitude does not develop to the detriment of successive votes.

    Birbank for example is a new improvment in the North end of the district so that Cherry Land is well placed in the third phase.

    There will be criticism of this letter on the basis of the idea that Kyle is jockeying fopr something sooner at Longwood. frankly, Longwood school needs modernization to the extent that the multi-purpose room is expanded, windows are replaced, portables are entirely removed and that the canpus be expanded to include the vlosely locaytred Helen Turne
    site in the same relationship existent between Bidwell and Treeview. I would not support sdemolition and and reconstruction of ZLongwood School.

    Let the Helen Turner Day Care operation be moved to Glassbrook which I think tio be closer to tthe demographic need for that service. I am able to argue for that idea based on auto trip counts by parents into and out of Helen Turner where the enrollment was 274 chikldren in a facilitywith rating for acceooptance of 275. It was built by Mt. Eden School district prior to the consolidation into Hayward ubified.

    I am able to argue for that on basis of my participation in City’s traffic circulation task force.
    Trips in the norning and evening into this neighborhood occur at peak commute hour
    periods when ( AM and PM) level F traffic light service at Hesperian and W. Winton are at worst phaase of the commute periods. Much to the detriment of the whole area during the 900 work days projected for reconstruction of I-880 / Rte 92 overcrossing. School district needs to recognize it’s onbl;igation to move Helen Turner for the simple reason that major detours in commute traffic will affect entry intto Southland mall. It needs to remove (* 274 X 2 X
    2 ‘”trips) , 096 trips per school day from the mix so as to meet City and school district need for sales tax genberation at Southland Mall now thought highly vulneranble to detour routes during the interchabge reconstruction.

    Vox clamantis in deserto ! ( A voice crying in the wilderhness!)

    New thought ….

    Hayward Parent in the previous bit has somne good thoughts. Too bad she does not
    identify herself. What she needs is a long conversation of abot 1- or 12 minutes in which I wold spell out the problem she addresses. I am in the phone book and invite a phone conversastion shopuldm she care tio listen, even under the ‘nom de plume’ it ios a simple soplution if we gain the attention ansd interest of the Board of trustees… we might even make it part of the soon to occur fcampaign for elections to Borad of Trustees when 4 of the five seats are vulnerablle.

    Good night fo;ks !