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Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3..

By knoceda
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 at 6:28 pm in General.

The state department of education released results of how students performed on the state-mandated California High School Exit Exam last year.

Check how area students did here.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering passing the exam is required by all California students to earn a high school diploma.

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

    I have to take the CAHSEE for the first time this year because I’m a sophomore.

  • qodrn

    Kris, I would like to know how the Hayward school system is doing in terms of number of students returning, and financially. If the district is really spending like $7000+ per student, where is it going? For a class of say 30, that is 210000 per each class room. I assume the district dosnt pay rent and dosnt pay some taxes. It seems we are spending plenty of money to educate and oversee our students.
    It seems our schools are one of the few areas to prevent students from falling through the cracks if their parents cannot, and they are certainly not geared to do this.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Yes kris, provide the lady an answer and then wonder, in the form of an article, if my earlier suggestions about ‘drawing in’ the community into participation of the affairs of HUSD through use of ‘commission’,would aid in more widespread insight into affairs of HUSD.

    We see this occurring at City of Hayward! With reference to the City’s website ( http://WWW.Hayward-ca.gov )
    (link at left..’commissions’) where you see the nine commission involving over 100, unpaid volunteers.aiding in governance of the City.

    Then explain to all your numerous readers why HUSD avoids the concept !

  • Kris Noceda

    Qodrn,
    I sent your questions and comments to Dr. Barry Schimmel, Hayward Unified’s assistant superintendent for business services. Here is his response via e-mail:

    Kris,
    The amount the district receives per student is $5,819 times 30 students is $175,000. We get about 95% of that goes to the district or about $166,000. About 58%, $96,000 goes to the classroom. The average cost of a teacher with statutory benefits is about $85,000. The other $11,000 is for supplies and equipment.

    So where does the other 42% go. Utilities, insurance, playground supervision, legal, custodial, maintenance, technology, and yes administration is about 5% of the total.

    Some schools get categorical money. That is money for specific programs. In some cases that may grow to $6,000-$7,000 per student. That money is generally spent on extra technology, special education, more books, English language learner needs (that is the majority of extra funding), and classroom aides. Most of those expenditure are site driven choices.

  • qodrn

    My thanks to Barry and Kris for their help. Good explanation. I still am wondering how the school census is doing this year. What is Haywards number of students this year?

  • K Rocchio

    I believe enrollment is up in HUSD this year. It was posted on the HUSD home page, but it is gone now. I believe the number was 20283, up from the projection.

    Does this breakdown make sense to everyone.

    Just curious … has anyone actually done the math on this? I believe you will find the numbers interesting. The mere “5%” mentioned for administration seems to total approx. $6 million. I would be curious to see the 37% left that goes to “technology”, playground supervisors, maintenance, etc. with more of a break down. Also, what is the average for the categorical money? Considering the number of ELL in HUSD I believe this may be a significant amount and would be interested in how that money is spent.

  • observer

    Finally someone with a calculator. I read this post a number of times and couldn’t believe it wasn’t drawing any feedback. That’s a huge amount of money to be spent on insurance, playgrounds, custodial, maintenance, legal, etc. Really – I’ve seen the schools and playgrounds in Hayward. Oh and don’t forget the mere 5% that goes to administration. Seriously?!?!

  • http://www.InsideBayArea.com Kris Noceda

    The breakdown on how all public school districts spend their dollars can be found in their annual budget. A copy should be available to the public at the district office. Also look out for budget updates during board of education meetings to learn more and ask any questions you may have during public comment.

    I no longer cover HUSD and don’t have a copy of their budget on hand. Here is a statement from the district’s Web site. Note that figures refer to the 2006-07 school year. Hopefully this provides a general feel of how they spend their dollars:

    “The Hayward Unified School District is made up of 21,000 students housed in thirty-five school sites and has a General Fund operating budget of $187 million dollars (2006-07). In addition to the General Fund, the division supports operational funds for Child Development, Adult Education and Food Services. Across these four major areas, the division processes payroll for 3,400 employees annually.”

  • qodrn

    Well who does cover the school beat these days?

  • J. W. Kyle

    Qodrn raioses a point of interest…..DAILY REVIEW AND IT’S AFFILIATED PAPERS ARE GOING THROUGH ANOTHER ROUND OF ‘RE-ORGANIZATION’ MR. ARMASTRONG IS OUT AND SOME GUY AT SAN JOSE MERCURY/MORNING NEWS IS RUNNING THE SHOW,,,,,,,,,STAND BY, HOLD YOUR BREATH WHILE THEY TRY TO SAVE THE PAPERS LOCALLY.

    CAR DEALERS ARE GOING DOWN THE TUBE SO EXPECT REDUCTION OF AD INCOME FROM THAT SOURCE. IF YOU HAVN’T NOTICED. INCOME FROM “LEGAL NOTICES” (FORECLOSURES) IS ALSO DOWN, SINCE, IN TMIS MORNINGS EDITION IS DOWN TO A SINGLE PAGE OF BAD NEWS, WHERE IT HAD RECENTLY BEEN EXPERIENCING BETWEEN 4 OR 5 FULL PAGES.

    THANK GOD FOR THE AL DAVIS – KIFFIN FIGHT… SALES OFF THE ‘RACK’ MUST HAVE BOUNCED UP A BIT!
    IF THEY RAISE THE SUBSCRIPTION PRICE WITHOUT PROVIDING BETTER NEWS COVEARGE? lOOK OUT! ( THE ‘CELEBRITY STUFF’ ON PAGE TWO OUT BE TRASHED IN FAVOR OF SCHOOL ISSUES! MY OPINION OF “CELEBRITIES” IS THAT A GOOD MANY ARE ATTRACTIVE BUT STILL IMPRESS ME AS ‘SCHOOL DROPOUTS’ WHO DO NOTHING TO AID EDUCATION BUT ON THE OTHER HAND DETRACT FROM IT BY DULLING THE MINDS OF STUDENTS!