Question 5: Hayward schools

Here’s a bonus question — a blog exclusive!

Will you vote for or against Measure I (the School Safety and Construction Bond Measure) on June 3? Also, describe what role city council members could or should have in improving Hayward schools.

LINDA BENNETT: I will be voting for Measure I. I believe it is the responsibility of our entire community to do what we can to encourage our young people to be responsible members of our community. The city council doesn’t have authority over the schools but must work with the school board, businesses, HARD, Hayward teachers, and agencies to determine what needs to be done in order to improve the Hayward Schools.

BARBARA HALLIDAY: I support Measure I, but other efforts are needed as well. Council members should work collaboratively with the schools, recreation district, and non-profit groups to support Hayward youth and give them high quality educational and recreational opportunities. We should also promote volunteerism among recent retirees to mentor youth and get them involved in volunteering and helping the community.

OLDEN HENSON: I strongly support Measure I and urge others to do so. The council can support a public/private partnership between business, the city and school district. The model is used in the Silicon Valley. Business employees should be a part of school projects and work with students. The council can budget a small amount of funding to reestablish the Schools to Career Program.

MARVIN PEIXOTO: I have endorsed Measure I and fully support it. While the city council does not exercise direct authority over the school district, it is in the best interest of the city to ensure that our children receive the best possible education in a safe environment. The council needs to work collaboratively and constructively with the school board to ensure that this happens.

BILL QUIRK: I have voted for I. I have included support for Measure I in two of my mailers. The main role the City has had in Hayward schools is in providing the funding for two new schools, Stonebrae and Burbank, and providing 6 officers to patrol the High Schools and Middle Schools. The City is looking at funding after school programs

ROB SIMPSON: I’m an advocate for the Bond. I have 3 school age children in public schools, one was adopted in Africa as a baby. Hayward schools demonstrate great diversity and acceptance. Even People without children will benefit by the social and economic advantages of a community with better schools. Our City Council should actualize its potential to improve education. See www.redwoodrob.com

FRANCISCO ZERMEÑO: I fully support Measure I, as an endorser and contributor. As HUSD and the City Council are two different entities, they need to work in partnership, collaboratively figuring out how to best serve our residents with top-notch educational systems. As Hayward grows, so will our schools. As schools improve, so will our city. Quality of life is encompassing, education included.

  • J. W. Kyle

    I oppose the bond issue as it is presented in the ballot issue which follows the masterful Master Plan.

    My attitude is based upon the fact that the Treeview School sits upon the Hayward Fault which as we all now know is part of the Hayward / Calveras Fault system revealed as a new concept found within two published reports. one in mid-Decemeber 2007 and again on January 21 2008. Both stories came as result of geo-technical analysis of the readings developed by use of detection equipment placed as direct result of recent activity along what we once thought was the calveras fault That fault we now know, is not a separate system. There was 5.4 shake along that fault line at Mt Hanilton (San Jose) in 2007 which set off the new examination of data. The two published stories were xeroxed and placed in front of the trustees who disdained recognition of those hard facts without so much as a whisper of enquiry. The second story appeared in the Review two days before the wild eyed enthusiastic authorization to proceed with the bond vote.

    In fact the Rogers Creek, Hayward and Calaveras faults are now described by geologists as a single system along which the entire assembly of geomorphologists, geologists etc. now thinks to be the probable location of the next ‘big one’ in Northern California with a probability of occurence at 75% within 30 years at 7.0 or higher on the Ricther scale.

    In their wild eyed enthusiasm to get a bond issue passed, HUSD Trustees and Administration ‘overlooked’ the peril to Treeview students located in a school situsuted directly over Hayward’s portion of the newly determined ‘larger’ fault system.

    They simply omitted discussion of Treeview in the Master Plan and have accepted the risk which was spelled out in ANG newspaper article printed two days prior to their vote to proceed with the bond vote.

    What these characters refuse to recognize is the knowledge certain that in the past repairs have been made to walkways and sewer lines which were seriously damaged, repetitively in the past.

    In 1994 the Trustees accepted the report of the Strategic Change task force. I was part of that group and helped write Stagegic change # 7 which recommendedd a bond issue which I thought then was needed, just as I do now.

    What I cannot accept is the potential for disaster when the problem with Treeview is ignored in the Master Plan…. it is not an itme for which a cure is offered in any of the four successive votes we are asked to approve in the present scheme of things.

    Should the big one hit before the Treeview school problem is corrected,now impossible under the June 3rd vote, then the loss of reputation of HUSD, never high by anyone’s estimate,will be irreparably damaged, the careers of the administration and the trusttes will left in a shambles but worse yet, the City and the School District will suffer irreparable damage to their identity as will any local business using the name Hayward.

    My present attitude is based in the belief, dictated by untroubled conscience, that the Bond issue ought to fail and then re-written with the Treeview school problem correction at the top of the list, then placed once again on the November ballot. Anything less than that action is reprehensible.

    Another problem is the acceptance of the high risk that the voters in the district, living outside the City but within the Fairview hill area, will not be motivated to support the 2nd, 3rd or 4th vote on the subject. Why?

    Well the Fairview School and the EAST AVE school with low enrollment numbers available on the website at the start of school year 2007-3008 had as few as 1100 enrolled students. Some students had earlier been transfered from Fairview to Stonebrae which at conclusion of 2006 -2007 had fewer than 600 in a school designed for 650 enrollees.

    If we ‘dump’ a major share of the June 3 Bond money in that segement of the HUSD concerns,while ignoring the earlier advice to provide a ‘taste’ to other portions of the school district, such as in Cherryland which has historically and ontinues to have the highest enrollment. well above all others but which is not scheduled for a taste of the bond money until after the 3rd vote, or Longwood built in early 1950’s, which has the second highest enrollment and which is scheduled only for ‘modernization’ ( how do you modernize portables ), after the fourth vote, then where does fairness begin?

    Consider that at Stonebrae, the high quality, large homes being offered for sale will follow the known pattern seen in other wealthy neighborhhods where people of means have loew re-production (birth) rates and would not seem motivated to support future bond votes since their assessment would likely be in excess of $600 per vote or $2,400 + dollars after the fourth vote for a period of twelve years and would only come down by $600. dollars on the 25th anniversary of succesive votes. What is their motivation to vote for successive votes when we all know that golf balls are becoming extremely expensive?

    The same thought applies to Faurview School and East Ave School…. after 6th grade who would want to send their students to Brete Harte Is it not easier to go out the back door and seek inter-district transfers to Castro Valley public schools or register for enroll- nt at Redwood Christian or an seek any empty seats at our Lady of Grace where graduates have excellent chance at acceptance into Moreau or Bishop O’Dowd?
    No,what I think MIGHT happen is the strong tendnecy to ‘bail out’, since ‘we have what wanted now made available to us on the first vote’! Why take on the additional asesssment in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th vote ?

    The June 3rd proposal lacks balance brought about by a wider distribution of the first bond proceed.

    You can improve one of the two, either Fairview or east ave but not both in a single vote. Frankly Fairview has the worsyt site parking and topographical conditions and ought be attended in the first vote with EAST AVE PUSHED BACK TO ANOTHER TIME.

    So, as a consequence of being in possesion of an informed conscience, I could not possibly vote for the June 3rd proposal but I would vote for a bond issue in the Novemenbr election opportunity when we see correction of the Treeview problem as well as attention to neighborhoods in possession of enrollees who are also needy students in poorer areas where schools built in early 1950’s are in need of replace- ment as well as ‘modernization’.

    All five trustees ignored my pleas on this subject. All they were concerned anout was getting on the ballot. To give an indication of how deep are their thought processes, The Schfaer Park school was scheduled for demolition and reconstruction almost immediately after a complete repaint of the exterior, and landscape up grade with, I am told, but have not persionnaly observed, some interior renovation, new rugs etc.

    The President of the Board, Sergio Saenz. in an e-mail addressed to me ststed Iwas making a large issue out of a small amount of moneies the sum of which he was unaware… I guess it was small in his mind since he lives in the Schafer Park service area; His daughter however will. or is already attending the Burbank school which is to be relaced by the new construction opening in September 2008.

    More power to him ! However the repaint, landscape work with whatever interior trenovation was made at a cost easily in excess of $50,000 which in my mind is not a negligble amount particularly since the site resident concept at Longwood was dismanteled and the cottage rented to an HUSD employee at $750 per month because the district ‘needed the money’!

    We have opportunity to elect new trustees in the fall, none of the present four whose seats are up for grabs will gain my vote. Iwish it were otyherwise but I would not reward the negligence seen with the Treeview School problem

  • J. W. Kyle

    What should City Council memebers do? Well, for one thing all those incumbents who are re-elected out to start reviewing their own vote and in their minds eye find excuses for not having made inquiry when my attitude toward the bond became widely known. If the name ‘Hayward’ is down in flames as result of loss of life or injury at Treeview…. how will they resolve the general repugnance toward the City and School District for letting the shame occur?