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Hayward school board forum

By Eric Kurhi
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 at 9:55 am in Cherryland, Fairview, General, Hayward, Politics, Schools.

You can find coverage of the first Hayward school board candidate forum here. Eleven out of 16 candidates showed up to make statements at the Hayward Demos Democratic Club event.

The Daily Review is sending out questionnaires to all candidates and will have more on this popular race in the near future.

As always, comments on the article or the race in general are encouraged.

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  • qodrn

    Mt Eden, supposedly the best HS in Hayward was locked down today due to fights, and there was multiple police there. I’d like to know what the school board members will do about these incidents. This is not helping Hayward’s reputation.

  • J. W. Kyle

    INCREDIBLE! ……!

    IN MY DAY, WHEN THE RARE FIGHT BROKE OUT ON CAMPUS, THERE WAS IMMEDIATE APPEARANXCE OF THE WORD “JUG”.

    SINCE INE THE SCHOOL WAS OPERATED BY THE HESUITS, JUG TRANSLATED TO ‘JUSTICE UNDER GOD’!

    JUG REQUIRED AN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING APPEARANCE UPON THE CAMPUS NEAR THE DO9OR TO THE CHAPEL. YOU WERE NOT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE CHAPEL, THE ENTRY WAS A NEAT PALCE TO FIND A JESUIT AND THE TOOLS WHICH YOU WOULD EMPLOY IN YOUR MANUAL LABOR ASSIGNMENT.

    USUALLY A CONVERSATION WITH THE JESUIT OF THE MOMENT FOUND ADVICE AS TO THE LENGTH OF THE LABOR ASSIGNMENT. Lunsh was provided and the commbatants had to continue their close association at labor,

  • J. W. Kyle

    DARN IT… MY INPUT WAS INTERRUPTED BY EDITORIAL INTERFERENCE! wOULD EDITOR PLEASE CORRECT THE MIS-SPELLINGS AND ADD THIS ONE MORE BIT?
    … TUITION WAS PAID FOR ATTENDENCE AT THIS SCHOOL! PARENTS WERE ADVISED OF THE REQUIRED ATTENDENCE AT “JUG” iT WAS OBSERVED THAT jug WAS NOT A DESIREABLE ACTIVITY TO THOSE APPEARING ON SATURDAYS1

    Perhaps we might gather the attentiohn and involvment of public school students by use of the JUG idea. ADD this thought …. PERHAPS, AS A MEANS OF COMMANDING THE ATTENTION AND CLOSER INVOLVMENT OF PARENTS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL, WE ESTABLISH THE IDEA THAT ‘FREE EDUCATION IS ARCHAIC AND THAT TUITION OUGHT BE PAID IN SOME APPROPRIATE AMOUNT,ESPECIALLY BY PARENTS OF MISCREANTS!

  • Kim Santos

    Unfortunately, this latest version of WordPress doesn’t allow us to edit comments or alter them in any way. But even if I could, I would be very hesitant to edit someone’s comments for spelling errors — not only does it open the door to everyone wanting their comments edited, but I don’t have that much time…

  • J. W. Kyle

    I have no intention to argue with you. The simple facts are that my scribble disappeared from it’s place but was posted. while in it’s place a new page of larger sixe appeared before me, which stated, ……. “you said that before!Z”

    What goes with that program! If you are unable to correct the schpelling imagine how I felt!
    Is there an intruder on that site?

  • qodrn

    Congratulations to the Hayward school district for admitting there is a problem at Mt Eden. The situation at the school is much worse than presented by the District, but at least they have admitted they have a problem!

  • Hayward339

    It says “Hayward School Board Forum” so why are there no candidates contributing? Many readers would be interested in engaging but without the candidates, there’s nothing but us Hayward residents to vent.

    Sad : (

  • K Rocchio

    My name is Kelly Rocchio and I am a candidate for the 2 year seat on the Board.

    At the last forum, CommPre/La Familia, the candidates were all asked about the violence in the schools. It is my feeling that we must have a visible leadership that clearly outlines the actions and consequences and then aggressively and consistently enforces these. When we have such a big problem with violence in our schools, we must make it very clear that this will not be acceptable and make sure everyone knows what the consequences will be. When you are a proven risk to the safety and welfare of our student population, you should not wonder where we stand. I do agree that we need to do our part in guiding our youth and providing strong role models and engaging programs to help our students stay focused on education, but once they have proven a lack of concern for the safety of the staff and students, I think our responsibilities shift to the welfare of those students that come to school to learn. If we make our schools a haven for the violent and disrespectful youth, the flight out of Hayward will be swift and permanent. Provide support and guidance, but when the time comes … TAKE A STAND!

    I also think we need to work on our communication with the Hayward PD. I was interested to find out that when the BART shooting occurred, Burbank did not go into a lockdown. There were students out playing while the suspect was not in custody. I phoned the police department to find out how this process works and I believe this is another area we need to address. How do we make sure there is a process in place to protect our students from activity outside of the schools control.

    I am happy to answer any questions you may have relating to the schools. You can also visit my website at KellyRocchio.com for additional information.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Kayward 339 asks a pretty good question! I’ve asked the same question of the Review Staff. Seems They solicited information from candidates in San Leandro’s School Board race and published an article at least two weeks ago. When I recently raised the point with Review the answer was that Candidates had not sent in the questionaire sought by Review. When I asked if a deadline was issued I receiced no answer!

    The article above was posted Sept. 24th and here it is the 18th of October. Gives pause to wonder does it not, especially since many absentee votes are already returned by mail!

    One of the problems with the Review, which is key to it’s survival, is that it does not appear to be contributing to solutions but is very quick to report the negative stuff like the Mt. Eden beef of recent past which by the way was a drain on the City’s budget allocation to HPD.

    It makes one ask the question about the 14 employees described as security personnel. We have one of those latter types living in what started out to be the “Site Resident’s” quarters. An Idea that succeeded only as long as HUSD could suffer the thought that they did not really accept the idea, that there was a large savings ih Vandalism Costs experienced prior to installation of the original resident. Not having lived in Hayward prior to the installation of the site resident, HUSD executives assumed there had been none. There simply is no explanation for their behavior when demanding the return of the keys.

    Now we have a secirity person living there who was totally unaware of the many graffiti attacks ocurring prior to my May 2008 meeting with that individual in my home. All that was required of him, per the lease,
    was that he pay $750. per month rent (Utilities included.”After all, HUSD needed the money”

    Well, he also holds down a job at Oakland Airport, so of course he had no time to notice the increase in graffiti vandalism at Longwood for the six months prior to the recent painting of the school nor the numerous attacks between July Completion of the paint work and School class resumption in late August.

    One wonders if the $750 per month (including utilities) offsets the amount the above contributed to the annual expense to HUSD of …’ around $100,000. per year’!

    Do teachers who supply paper etc to their classrooms have any idea how much those personal contri\bvutions total throughout the district? Would it be enough to spare the teachers those out of pocket expenses which present budget ignores?

    If I seem bitter it r bcauz I am! It makes for one hell of a story if Review ever wakes up to it’s dimming prospects for survival!

  • Hayward339

    Thank you, Ms. Rocchio. Your willingness to engage the readers in this “forum” is much appreciated. I visited your website and your position on charter schools is long overdue. I wish you were more vocal on this debate because HUSD seems to be completely against the use of charter schools for fear of lost revenues and competition. I believe this differentiates you from many of the other candidates and I welcome the drive to make the District more accountable on all fronts. I hope you maintain this avenue of communication so more parents in Hayward can feel there is less hiding by the District and more transparency. I for one will be voting for you.

  • K Rocchio

    I appreciate your supportive comments. I believe open communication is the only way for Hayward to move forward. It may not always make you popular, but it is something that is necessary. I also believe it is something that has been missing in Hayward for a long time. As I have stated during my campaign, when we fail to communicate in a timely and accurate manner, that void gets filled with rumors, gossip and speculation. This is a huge problem in our District.

    I am also looking forward to the coverage of the candidates in the Daily Review. All candidates did receive the opportunity to answer a questionnaire sent out and it was to be returned to Mr. Kurhi on October 3rd. I am hopeful that this information will be shared with the readers soon as well as coverage from the last Candidate Forum.

    Hayward 339, at this point I am asking informed voters to help me spread the word and share my vision. I thank you for any assistance you might provide.

  • J. W. Kyle

    The town cries out for solutions to the well known problems, long existant at HUSD. Yet the Review fails to follow up on even minor items such as Eric Kurhi’s advice in this mornings issue (monday 20th of October when he advises to visit the as yet unposted article at: http://WWW.ihsidebayarea.com/dailyreview
    for synopsis of viewing the column dealing with the candidates vying for the 2 year seat on the HUSD Bd. of trustees.

    Then, in the Sunday edition we see an advertising insert which advises the community of the scheduled opening of the new Theater on October 24th. Not found in the advertisement is advice of reputed intent to show foreihn language films with English sub-titles.

    Had the advertisment indicated intent to show foreign language films with English subtitles, potential tenants for the ‘several’vacancies in down-town area might have been picked up by entreprenuerial types who understaqnd “synergistic” opportunity in cateruing to needs of recent emigres and their progeny who have desire to find entertainment which provides remini- scence of cultural matters.

    The Review, if it really expects to survise ought lead the community in building a community comcern (not limited to parental concern) for conditions presently found withinin our schools.

    It is only by concerted COMMUNITY involvment that those failing scores will be remedied. Expand upon that when you consider that English as a second language is not limited to Latino population.

    Only by raising the level of concern through involvment of the broader community will we once again relize pride in City as well as HUSD.

    Review can be big assit in that idea. Then too, if it continues it’s downward slide who would be interested in purchasing the remnants od that business, if not the general populace?

  • Kim Santos

    The theater company pays for and provides its own advertising copy. The newspaper provides the service of publishing (and sometimes designing) paid advertisements — we don’t write them. So it would be best to take up the issue with the theater company.

  • J. W. Kyle

    May we at lesst expect the Review to cover the story, i.e. the benefits of foreign language films, assuming the event is worthy of the effort, when the Theater opens next Friday?

  • J. W. Kyle

    QUOTE; SUNDAY’S REVIEW, PAGE A-3 TOP OF THE PAGE:

    “Six battling for school board seat.” ( i.e the 2 yr seat)

    MONDAY’S REVIEW, PAGE A-3 TOP OF THE PAGE:

    “Nine vie for seats on school board.” (i.e. the 4 yr seat)

    6 + 9 = 15 Right? If that is the case why do we have sixteen (16) opportunities to vote for a choice?
    No explanation in the Review? Such thuroughness by Review is typical of the problem with it’s survival!

    The candidacy of the un-mentioned individual may turn out to be the spoiler causing an additional election?
    SHOULD THAT UNFORTUNATE, EXPENSIVE EVENT OCCUR…. BLAME IT ON THE REVIEW!

  • Kim Santos

    Loretta Robertson dropped out of the race. Eric included this information in the bioboxes that ran with his stories. Unfortunately, our designers decided to omit that particular box. A correction in tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) Review should contain this information.