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.