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Hayward trustee query #2: What is the greatest challenge facing the district?

By Eric Kurhi
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 at 6:25 pm in Alameda County, Cherryland, General, Hayward, Politics, Schools.

This is the next set of responses to a Daily Review questionnaire sent to candidates in the running for the Hayward Unified schools trustee positions. Remember, those who did not return a questionnaire are not included, for obvious reasons.

Without further adieu, question 2: What do you consider the greatest challenge facing the district, and do you have any suggestions on how to help the district overcome that challenge?

Four-year candidates

 

Rick Bartholomew:

Perhaps the greatest challenge facing the district is financial strength. The great citizens of Hayward stepped up to the plate in June and invested in the district’s infrastructure with the passage of Measure I.  Our next challenge is to prove to the citizens they made the right choice and give them what we promised. That will build trust between the community and the district, which we need to secure financial stability and future bond measures. By building energy-efficient, environmentally friendly schools, classrooms with optimum indoor air quality and cleaning stations will help improve the average daily attendance.  Staying on budget, keeping and attracting new students, and increasing average daily attendance are opportunities to secure financial strength.  

 

Jeff Cook:

Before getting the state budget two weeks ago, my answer would have been different.  Now, however, the biggest challenge is how to cut $17 million from the budget without terribly impacting the students.  This will be far more difficult than last time, because there is no more “low hanging fruit,” or very little.  It will be more difficult for us that many other districts that have not recently had to do the kinds of cuts we already have done.  This will take courage and strength to stand up against much pressure from all sides in fighting for the students

 

Sarah Gonzales:

The district will continue to face budget issues because of the state’s and the nation’s economic troubles.  We have cut all the “frills” and there is little more to cut. Our district budget is over 92% personnel so we need to find ways to work more efficiently, and that may mean loss of jobs, which will be very difficult.

 

Maribel Heredia:

Ensure all students are meeting AYP. In order for this to happen, we need to close the achievement gap between all subgroups. As a district, we are not meeting AYP as required under Title I of the federal NCLB Act of 2001. States commit to the goals of NCLB by participating in Title I, a program under NCLB that provides funding to help educate low-income children. The primary goal of Title I is for all students to be proficient in English Language Arts and Mathematics as determined by state assessments, by 2014.  HUSD has approximately 15 schools in Program Improvement status.

 

 

Schools that do not meet AYP can face sanctions ranging from being identified as a school needing improvement to (after five years) being subject to corrective action and restructuring — even a complete reorganization or takeover of the school. One of the challenges of meeting AYP is that schools, districts and states must report not only a rise in total scores, but also progress in the scores of subgroups of students, including minority students, English language learners (ELL) and students with disabilities. The result is that the lowest-performing subgroup will ultimately determine the proficiency of a school, or the district.

 

 

In other words, schools now are considered successful only if they close the achievement gap.

 

 

To that end we must ensure that all our subgroups are meeting AYP. Some services that are proven to reduce the achievement gap are: Early childhood care and education; improving teacher quality; early intervention for college; extra learning opportunities, like afterschool programs or Saturday classes.  We need to look at these possible solutions and research what other schools are doing who are meeting AYP in the state.

 

Dianne McDermott:

The Hayward School District in comparison to the Alameda County School District has a higher percentage of seniors who do not graduate school, and we need to find out why and implement strong measures to deter this behavior. When students are dropping out of school, it impacts the whole community and has a residual effect on crime and gang activity. We need to identify early in the educational process those children who are most at risk and implement an “early” intervention program.

 

Facilities –- This is a primary concern that I have and we have an opportunity with the overwhelming passage of the bond measure to make improvements; in some cases build new schools. It is crucial to the Hayward School District that this is well-thought out and projects are prioritized according to need. The community will be evaluating each and every step the district takes in spending their tax dollars. The district needs to earn their trust so there is a future for the passage of other bond measures. I want to be a participant in that process.

 

Declining enrollment –- Each year we have students who leave our district and enter private school, transfer to another school district, or parents take more drastic action and move out of Hayward. Our district knows this is happening but perhaps has not done enough to find out why. We need to reach out to parents of elementary school children and determine what motivates them to make that decision. Are they seeking a more enriched curriculum, more innovate elective programs, or schools that offer better resources? We all come up losers when this happens, other schools end up getting our funds from the state, we end up consolidating schools and laying off teachers.

 

Luis Reynoso

The greatest challenge the district has is to make sure the schools become safe academic learning environments where every child is not afraid of violence and is given high expectations to excel academically to their untapped potential. The solution for that is to make all stakeholders part of the solution. Currently the district does not include the parents in any district-level decision process to improve academics or reduction of violence. We need a district accountable to the bad decisions they make in managing schools. As a board member, it will be my duty to assist the district in fulfilling their obligation to provide excellent schools, and to help them keep the politics out of job security. The hire and fire process in the improvement of schools should not be hindered by the three-headed dragon of corruption, collusion and nepotism. The Hayward community needs a board that will be held accountable to improve the district.

 

Two-year candidates

 

James Farley:

The budget is our biggest concern and we need to think of innovative ways to meet academic achievement within the budget we have. I would want to meet with parent-teacher groups to get input and come up with some solid ideas.

 

Lawrence Fitzpatrick:

The challenge the district faces at present is the superintendent with his compulsion to keep an enormous upper management. He should be giving the principals more responsibility and cutting his staff appropriately.

 

He cuts our children’s education and services rather than to do the work himself.

 

Conrad Hake:

Fully supporting the classroom is the greatest challenge to the district.  We must be very clear that this is a priority, because we are in a fiscal squeeze and must meet the needs of standardized testing. 

 

Communication within the district really needs improvement and the district office must learn to relinquish direct control of site issues.  More decisions must be made at the site level with less micromanagement from the district.  This means the district office must see more clearly that its role is that of a service organization to support the schools, not a seat to make decisions for the schools.  Then the principals will be seen as the decision makers at their schools, leaders of their schools, and this will improve morale, teamwork and efficiency where it counts.

 

Kelly Rocchio:

I consider building connections to be the greatest challenge facing HUSD. I am confident that by establishing strong connections with the families, teachers, administration and community, we can rebuild the trust and faith in the Hayward schools.One thing I believe would help to achieve this goal is to establish stability. We must stop the revolving door effect currently taking place in our schools. Our teachers are on the front lines with our children and families, and when these positions are under steady pressure of “pink slips,” looming school closures or classroom overcrowding, it is difficult to focus on building connections. I would like to see the process of  “re-directing” students disappear. We must stop shuffling our students around like playing cards.

We must connect with the community.  Hayward is full of untapped resources; musicians, scientists, authors, artists, etc. Many of these people may not have children in the schools, yet they would be happy to share their knowledge and experiences. We have volunteers and friends who are just waiting for us to extend our hand. I think it is time that we take the time to learn from our community, not just ask them for their vote!

Sheila Sims:
The greatest challenges for the district are the budget, providing a safe, healthy environment, promoting academic success, decreasing the dropout rate and decreasing the truancy rate. We must inform our teachers, students and parents of district and school rules, and have students and parents sign contracts to acknowledge that they understand and will comply. Spell out the consequences of not complying, and be consistent. Encourage respect for parents, teachers and students by providing professional development on how to best encourage respect. Have workshops for parents to help them understand the techniques, and work with the school to achieve respect for all. Respect will help decrease the violence and bullying we now see in the schools. Student health is an issue in the schools. We have students who are overweight, hungry, homeless and sick. These issues affect the truancy rate and we can help by making physical education more available, maintaining the lunch and breakfast programs, having school nurses available at least once a week, giving parents guidelines for when to keep their child home when he/she is sick, acknowledging the need for before- and after-school supervised time, giving say 30 minutes to pick up their students. We have childcare programs but sometimes parents need just a short time 10 or 15 minutes leadway in dropping off or picking up their children. A safe, secure environment promotes academic success.

Academic success can be encouraged by offering tutoring as soon as a student is identified by their teacher or parent, rely more on testing throughout the year to help identify students’ weak spots. Assist the principals by making sure they are aware of programs and training that would assist their teachers and parents.

 

In these times of economic decline and skyrocketing costs, we must make hard decisions that provide safe schools, address diversity and provide academic success for all students.

 

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  • Hayward339

    Nothing regarding transparency nor accountability. These are the root cause behind the mistrust and communication issues between the District and the parents. If they begin to show the respect to those who deal with them in a manner such as they expect from others and their students, the dialog would be more productive. I urge them to keep in mind that their behavior with others serves as a model for how others behavior with them.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Well, I certainly am amazed at the idea of my favorite topic surfacing on “Hayword” . Thank you Mr. Kurhi for posting “what is the greatest need of HUSD ?’”

    The basic problem facing HUSD is not a new problem but has become a larger problem with each year that passes since we gained change of description from being a suburban town to being an urban community in all aspects of that description applicable to the area in which HUSD is located.

    I was one of the 17 members of the Walpert Ridge ‘ad hoc’ group appointed by the City Council to assist in resolving the quarrels between factions centered on ‘proper use’ of the acres of undeveloped land on the heights of “Walpert Ridge”. The Stonbrae developer had two representatives.the City of Hayward had one full time employee and East Bay Park District had another. Each City Council member appointed two to aid balance in the composition of the advisory group. The activity went on for months!

    I was lucky enough to have been appointed by Olden Henson. Through out the process the then proposed existence of the golf course saw a constant series of challenges led by defenders of the ecology, who were quite contentious in the belief that the so called “Specific Plan” of an earlier Council composition, was the only way to go. The mutually agreeable ‘expert’ hired to examine the issues, stated quite clearly, on outset, thet the specific plan would be an economic disaster which could be clearly calculated ‘on the back of an envelope’.

    I supported the developer in his desire for a golf course the presence of which would elevate desirability and lot values to folks wealthier than typical for Hayward. It was my personal belief that this upscale presence would introduce those influences necessary to changing identity from the then commonly understood description of being just another urban community.
    The Golf course resulted in the appreciated presence of Stonebrae School whose presence we owe to the developer. It was broutght about by value increment of both a new school and the presence of a golf course.

    The purpose of the above discussion is to illustrate a point! HUSD, as reputed sponsor of the opening celebration, invited a great many big whigs to the dedication; it extended the invitation to members of the ad hoc group who, upon arrival, did not get so much as a name tag to recognize the contribution they had made. Unfortunately, one of the trustees, who had not lived in Hayward during the days of the ‘Walpert Ridge Beef’, did a walkabout complaining out loud about misspelling of that party’s name on the dedication plaque. It was in my opinion, a classic case of ‘the shutout’ used by Damon Runyon or another of his type when describing an action within a Big City con game’

    Now we hear stories by a candidate of how Stonbrae came about during his tenure on the Board of Trustees.

    Within that story we see a portion of the current problem at HUSD which presently, as in the past,fails to tap into what I believe is a large reservoir of citizen volunteers. Disdainfulness is not really the problem so much as the fear of time consuming administrative involvement with folks whgo are not directly controlled through paychecks issued by HUSD.

    It has even gotten to the point that PTA is virtually non-existent.

    I am a firm believer in the idea, that a Christian must be involved in his community, not with just his Church but the broader community which we call Civic and School interests.

    Despite repeated pleadings and suggestions to folks within and outside the so called education community, the example established by the City of Hayward as well as other City administrations is found in the exist- ence of Hayward’s firmly established “Commissions” of which there are presently nine and which, when all seats are occupied , sees over one hundred (100) volunteers who aid governance with out pay or conflict in their actions. All that they recommend are viewed by City Council prior to being put into effect.

    I pointed out this concept to Supt. Vigil in a personal conversation occurring in July of 2007. He stated that he would get back to me in five or six weeks…..! That event never occurred. Well, after all, he is now busily employed in his 9th position as a Superintendent covering areas of service in four states. What do we yokels know about School Management? Right?

    As a means of curtailing vandalism, which “only costs about $100k per year” we might start by resurrecting the school site resident concept introduced at Longwood School back in the 1990’s. It worked and had it been expanded we might easily have seen a 90% reduction of that vandalism expense. Especially if a site tresident Commission was set up to manage the concept on a district wide basis, while reporting and receiving conurrence by Trustees (not the busy Supt.,) so that they might then vote approval on each separate action of that particular commission.

    Go ahead, ask me about other commissions which have potential for reduction of other budget items in which administration and trustees might find assitance while attendiong to those many other valid comments outlined by candidates in the above posting by Mr. Kurhi !

  • Hayward Voter

    Ms. Heredia:

    NCLB has not been fully funded. To expect the schools to be able to achieve the goals that were constructed with the promise of funding, without that funding, is illogical. Title I pays for the same things Title I has been paying for since it’s implementation. When you add requirements like increased English Language instruction, there has to be funding behind it. Materials must be purchased and teachers must be paid.

    Mr. Fitzpatrick

    Clearly, you have no idea how many responsibilities have fallen on the shoulders of the school principals. I recommend shadowing a principal for a week. One day is not enough. I agree that the superintendent keeps the district office “top heavy”, but the responsibilities should not fall on the principals. The schools need vice principals or assistant principals to share the burden that already exists on most campuses.

    Dr. Gonzales:

    You happily take credit for the fiscal solvency of the district. You fail to mention that several years ago, the teachers took a pay cut that put quite a dent in the deficit. A major factor in the district’s negative financial situation, by the way, was the hiring of Joan Kowal as superintendent. Remember her? She’s the one that stole HUSD money right out from under the noses of the school board. The same school board that found her and hired her. Did they do any research about her? No. Did they even bother to ask her previous employers about her record? No. Did they read the local Florida newspaper articles that spoke of her misappropriation of district funds? No. So, the teachers weren’t the reason HUSD was in trouble to begin with. They sure were the ones, though, that came through to remedy the problem. You also fail to mention that the district saved about $10,000,000 during the strike. That was not due to any financial wizardry of the school board. Nor was it the genius of the HUSD finance department. Again, it was teachers. Before you take the credit for fiscal solvency, take a look at where the money actually came from.

    Mr. Cook:

    There is plenty of “low-hanging fruit”. Here’s a hint. Look at the district office. Look at the outrageous salaries that district personnel are “earning”. Look at the money that is being spent on consultants. The schools have been stripped down. There is nothing left to cut there. That is true. Perhaps it’s time to start looking toward management. Perhaps you should have started there.

  • J. W. Kyle

    It would be a grand thing if dissidents came out from behind their ‘nom de plume’. Iyt takes a bit of courage and if their is ‘retaliation’ on the part
    of suprervisors, then action can be taken to cure that problem!

    Having done that, open and honest alliances can be formed so that in an effective manne, much can be done. Especially if those allinaces (interests) were shared publicly in scheduled meetings of “COMMISSIONS
    auch as we see occurring with the City of Hayward.

    My target of the moment is the reputed sum ‘of about $100k per year’ lost to graffitti and other acts of vandalism occurring with our exposed schools. It is that ‘nickle and dime stuff’ which puts teachers in a reputed position of having to buy classroom supply.

  • Hayward Voter

    While it would be nice to voice concerns in a completely open and unshielded way, there are reasons why that may be a risky endeavor. Some of us are employed by the school district as teachers, administrators or staff. Some of us are parents of HUSD students. Some of us are both. Perhaps we have family members employed by HUSD and we want privacy for their sake. Sometimes anonymity is not cowardice, but responsibility. The facts are the important thing. Our names are not.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Well, as you might expect, I disagree.

    Openness when speaking with veracity develops strength in numbers. You are protected by law as well as the strength of a strong union which ought be sufficient t5o catch the attention of supervisors who are also subject to correction when ‘out in the open’.

    Take example from the signers of the Dclaration of Independence whose openness made t5hem subject of penalty imposed by the op[rressors of the jmoment!

    To do otherwise makes your motives highly suspect!

    Come out from behind the non de plume and you will find open support.

  • Hayward Voter

    Please respect my anonymity. I don’t know why my motives would be suspect. My motives are nothing more than getting a decent school board elected. How could you glean anything different from my post? I simply pointed out some things that were very public for a very long time. No secrets. Nothing new. They were just some things that some folks may have forgotten about. I just wanted to put out a reminder. Frankly, I’m not interested in engaging in a battle with any school board members, candidates, HUSD, or any of the three unions. I am not looking to be Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin. I just wanted to make a few points. This forum allows me to do that. Mr. Kyle, I admire you for your strong voice and interest in our community. I don’t, however, think this is a worthwhile topic. Take what you want from my posts, but implying that I’m a coward and have suspect motives is a little silly. I will continue to post, but not about anonymity. This forum is about the school board. Let’s keep it to that.

  • MARIBEL

    There are many challenges ahead for the new elected school board.
    Creating harmony and trust between students; parents; teacher’s; support staff; and the community at large is at the top of the list for me. One way to do this is to be transparent and accountable to the community, which is something this administration/board has failed to do.

    However, if I was asked pick ONE thing that is most important and challenging, I will say it is for ALL of our students to be successful academically, and to graduate from high school with a guarantee, that if they CHOOSE to, they could go to a four year university.
    We are responsible to teach students, k-12, that want to learn and those that don’t.
    We are not in the business of educating just the easy kids, I take this responsibility very seriously.

    NCLB requirement or not, we need to close the achievement gap between all sub groups.

    We do not get to pick and choose what laws we could “afford” to follow. If I do not have money to pay my house taxes, I can not say, my job does not pay me enough so give me a pass. On the same token NCLB is a law we must follow, districts are not going to get a pass because they are underfunded.

    Can the federal and state governments spend more on education–Yes
    Should we be blaming a law for poor student achievment–No
    We need to be accountable for our hand in this, the district has not prioritized funding for student achievment.

    Good questions to ask ourselves is,
    “What are other successful districts/schools doing, that we are not?”
    How are successful schools who have the same demographics and budget restraints, that we do, closing the achievment gap?
    What can we learn from these schools?

    I am not a person, nor a board member, if elected, who will blame everyone/everything else for our own failures.
    I am a hard working, innovative thinker, who will think of solutions instead of reasons why we are failing our students.

  • monica ruiz

    In the world of blogging it is very common to use a screen name other than a persons actual name. Get over it! Geez

  • Lawrence Fitzpatrick

    My name was mentioned why was my response not posted? I was responding to Hayward Voter. I was not referring to the principal’s staff in the schools when I said his staff I was referring to Dale Vigils Staff not the principal’s staff! I would cut staffing at our schools as a last resort, as you obviously agree with your comment to Jeff Cook.

  • Hayward Voter

    Ms. Heredia, you are not offering a solution. You continue to say that schools and districts need to be held accountable. You say that districts should not get a free pass. You say that we have to close the achievement gap. What you don’t say is how you, as a school board member, are going to address these issues. What are your solutions?

    You seem to be very concerned about the district following NCLB. Do you think that NCLB is good legislation? I refuse to accept the answer “it doesn’t matter because it’s here”. I think it’s important to know your stance on it. I, personally, think it’s lousy and am doing everything I can to have it changed.

    Here’s an analogy: Let’s say you managed a factory. The “higher-ups” mandate that the product increase in quality by 75%. They give you no new materials, no increased work-force and no new funding. Not only are they asking you to increase the quality, but also requiring you to increase your productivity by 25%. It would be physically impossible to follow their new policy. You would need additional resources, improved materials and a larger work-force. You would need a new policy. A good leader recognizes when a policy is flawed and works to change it.

    Do you recognize that the the policy is flawed?

  • J. W. Kyle

    At Item 10. Above, ‘Hayward Voter’ gives strong indication of (his/her) identity. It doesn’t really matter if that individual is related to an HEA officer, being an HEA officer or possibly employed real close to the to administrators, or possibly, a present member of the board of trustees.

    The give away is the ‘acronym speak’ and the statement that ‘I am doing everything I can to have it changed’ when speaking of ‘NCLB’. It may be true that Ms. Heredia failed to identify the meaning of the acronyms. I do not fault her for that.

    Frankly, I voted for Heredia with absentee ballot, submitted by mail well over a week ago, prior to her use of acronyms as found in Kurhi‘s recent post on the blog. Quite able in her bilingual skills, her added ability in ‘acronym speak’ seems to enable her successful activity when dealing with the Williams Act issues which she successfully used to compel HUSD’s compliance with a supply of books as replacement for those lost or damaged. I do not know how true it is that the supply of the particular book at issue was in fine condition and supply at Stonebrae but it seems like something that administration would perpetrate.

    As I have indicated in earlier scribbles, I have a history in volunteerism and am conscious of my own shortcomings. When matters came up at various meetings where acronyms where heavily employed. I remained mute. I spoke up only when topics in which I enjoyed education or experience were on the table. Too bad that teachers and administrators fail understanding of that problem which I share with the vast majority of HUSD stakeholders.

    On of my interests in volunteerism was traffic circulation, which caused my interest in certain matters brought to the attention of the Board of Directors at ACTA ( Alameda County Congestion Mgt. Agcy).

    ACTA, in it’s wisdom, periodically publishes it’s 53 items of concern found in it’s Glossary of Acronyms ! That is an idea which should have occurred to our HUSD Trustees and ‘educators’ a long time ago. Assuming of course that they are interested in broadening their relationship with the larger community !

  • Hayward Voter

    Can we please stick to the topic? The question is “What is the greatest challenge facing the district?”. It is not, “What is the secret identity of Hayward Voter”. I find that Mr. Kyle is being awfully “cloak and dagger” about this whole thing. This isn’t a “whodunnit” novel.

    I have to say, however, that I’m flattered that Mr. Kyle thinks I’m actually somebody as important as an officer of any kind or an elected official. Hell, it put a little smile on my face at the suggestion that I’m an administrator…LOL (that means Laugh Out Loud in acronym speak). Oh, Mr. Kyle….you would be so disappointed to know the truth. But never fear! I would never want to disappoint you. Let’s just move on from this, shall we?

  • J. W. Kyle

    The single biggest failure involving HUSD is the failure to reach out to that segment of community which i8 not directly involved. (i.e. retirees not now associated with schools, teachers, employees, administrators and mopst of all, John Q. Taxpayer who desires bigger bang for his buck!)

    It is difficult to reach out to those hiding behind nom de plune and it is even more difficult to grasp the idea that since era of strike, the nom de plume types,in many instances,have been downright bad when using terms such as ‘carpet bagger’ etc.

    In the case of ‘Hayward Voter’ we see attack, tactful but still an attack, upon Heredia. If Hayward Voter is ‘working on changing’ the intent or existence of an annoying law affecting the classroom, then I wonder why the effort seems to be directed to a single, valid candidate for the board of Trustees.

    Even if I had a whisper of thought that Hayward Voter was correct, ‘reaching out’ becomes impossible; given the larger need, creating opportunity for participation through group action of desired commissions, is made more difficult.

    Perhaps Hayward Voter ought turn to creation of a glossary of accronyms?

  • K Chan

    J.W.

    In short – chill! As a younger Haywardian, the use of screen names is just what it is since anyone can use any name. The words are what count or would you just do away with anonymous tipster and whistleblower programs? Reaching out means trusting those who post no matter what their “nom de plume”. As the man said, stick to the topic.

    As for the topic at hand, we got your point. Commissions. You cite the City as a model. Well, they’re giving us the mini-loop, they’ve shot down high-rise condos at Centennial Hall, they’ve pushed a no growth agenda – all despite the use of Commissions. And where’s a public safety commission? What about one that focuses on Education and Community Impact issues? Who says HUSD has to have a monopoly of discussing education especially when it impacts the cost of living in Hayward?

  • observer

    In response to the comment from Maribel about educating all kids not just the easy ones: All kids have a right to an education. However nothing in life is free. There are expectations of conduct and behavior as well as an effort that is required on behalf of the students and their parents. You can’t just lay all the burden on the schools and jeopardize the kids who are there to learn. And as far as every child being entitled to a college education – again this is a privilege that is earned and paid for through hard work. Nothing in life comes with a guarantee.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Mr. K. Chan,
    Sir, how long have you enjoyed HAWARDIANSHIP?

    IT WAS VOTE OF CITY COUNCIL THAT GAVE YOU THE MINI=-LOOP, NOT THE ‘COMMISSIONS’. THAT DECISION CAME ABOUT AS DIRECT RESULT OF THE VOTE TO CANCEL THE 238 BYPASS WHICH AGAIN WAS NOT A RESULT OF ANY COMMISSION DECISION. It was the resulot of action by Haywardians who ignored the ramifications upon our now lost “auto row” business.

    THE NEW BURBANK SCHOOL CAME ABOUT AS THE RESULT OF THE CITY HALL STAFF, LED BY JESUS ARMAS OUR EXCELLENT FORMER CITY MANAGER. That body of City employess WERE ALL ENCOURAGED BY VOTE OF CITY COUNCIL. HUSD SIMPLY ‘WENT ALONG’ WITH THAT LEADERSHIP. Again, co ‘commissions were involved !

    Check the City’s website at http://WWW.Hayward-ca.gov then choose the left hand link: ‘COMMISSIONS’ to see and understand their separate functions.

    Check the HAYWORD contributions written by the great numbers of HAYWARDIANS HIDING BEHIND NOM DE PLUME to see and understand the poison set loose, in thOSe public contributions BY THOSE NON DE PLUME TYPES who COULD NOT HAVE BEEN proud of what they said. Words like ‘carpet bagger’ etc are the tools of character assains.

    As to contribution of “Observer” at # 16 above…. Sir / Madam or whatever….. Do you not think it possible that Heredia was stating an honest belef that every child has a right to education….. despite impediment by a school district which consistently turns away from solution to the “apptroximate” annual money loss of $100K caused by graffiti and other acts of vandalism occurrinhg on school grounds?

    The solution to a major loss of money was indicated by the success of the now abandoned site resident experience at Longwood School!

    Not to worry, school bond proceeds will be used to install cameras…..the success of which is aasumed in the beliefd that vandals are not smart enbough to wear hoods, ski masks etc in order to hide identity. Hell, even our ‘dropout kids’ are smart enough to cause the failure of camera expense, especially k-8 schools!

    The one exception to my objection to cameras is seen in the compelling observation that ‘crazy’ types are recently seen across the country, carrying guns to school at the college and high school levels.

    The money loss to vandali8sm is one incemntive for Heredia to say what she says. I’ll bet the lady can recite a few others…. she has my vote!

  • J. W. Kyle

    A re-run on channel 15 at 4:00 PM Thursday, (Channel 15) will display the content of School Board meeting of Oct 22, 2008′

    I would like to suggest that those who missed public co9mments at HUSD’s meeting of October 22 tune in to see and hear Mr. Cook’s absurd response to my public comments. That poor man, is an unqualified candidate for re-election who actually attempted to justify the District’s fabulous masterplan even while that effort failed to even mention Treeview. That school sits immediately adjacent to the surface evidence of the Hayward Calaveras fault.

    See the copy of the November 7, 2007 publicly distributed order of ranking of the work to be accomplished through the period of a presumed succession of four votes through year 2020.
    In that single page item dated November 7th, 2007. we see ommission of the Treeview School. Mr. Cook attemptred to talk his way past that ommission on Oct 22.

    Cook now claims mention of the Tree View School in the order of ranking for replacement, is the subject of ongoing discussion. The School sits on a slope where known slides have occurred along the Hayward/Calaveras fault line. See Chicoine St. pubic records to that affect..(about 1/4 milew south of Treeview.) then too make yourself AWARE OF those ADDITIONAL occurrences north of TreeView near the top and north of Alquire Rd.

    Mr Cook claims responsibility for dumping the dimissed Superintendent Kohl. (prior to occupancy of the seat by Janis Duran), His election on the basis of that idea and apparent dismissal of Duran’s effort in bringing about about a balanced budget worthy of acceptance by the state, is a mystery to me.

    Laying every thing else aside, his rebuttal to my remarks at public comment, violated common sense as well as the ( Leroy Brown Act) rule about discussion of items not on the agenda.

    Who needs him for another four years? I surely don’t and have given my voye to another.

  • Hayward Voter

    I find it curious that Mr. Kyle accuses me of “attacking” Ms. Heredia. I addressed the comments of four candidates. I guess that none of the other candidates are ones that Mr. Kyle supports, so it must be okay to question them.

    Also, I used the same acronym that Ms. Heredia used (entirely appropriate when responding) in her post. I used only ONE acronym….she used four. How is it that I’m in the wrong?

    This is from Mr. Kyle’s post:

    I would like to suggest that those who missed public co9mments at HUSD’s meeting of October 22 tune in to see and hear Mr. Cook’s absurd response to my public comments. That poor man, is an unqualified candidate for re-election who actually attempted to justify the District’s fabulous masterplan even while that effort failed to even mention Treeview.

    Mr. Kyle, why is it acceptable for you to “attack” Jeff Cook? You call him unqualified and call his comments “absurd”. Could it be because you don’t support him? You think he should lose his bid for school board? Guess what. That’s how I feel about Ms. Heredia as a school board candidate. You resorted to name-calling. I asked questions.

    By the way, I’m not a Jeff Cook supporter. I think he has done some hefty damage during his time on the board. I simply used this excerpt as an example of, what seems to be, hypocricy.

  • qodrn

    I am definately not voting for any incumbent. Our schools are not safe. It seems that our students our not learning and are dropping out in droves. Hayward has to bear the cost of this failure, and it is a large one. The district seems to okay using facilties that I would think are unsafe for our students, and renting these out is just as bad if not worse. The district obeys those laws that it likes…..Such as poor example for our kids to emulate…

  • Hayward Voter

    Mr. Fitzpatrick, please clarify this statement for me.

    “He should be giving the principals more responsibility and cutting his staff appropriately”

    You state that the superintendent should cut his staff (I’m assuming you mean district office staff) and to give the principals (school principals) more responsibility.

    Unless you are suggesting adding a level of support at the school site level, I must strongly disagree with you. School principals are overloaded with paperwork, deadlines and meetings. They are already taken away from the school sites for meetings much too often. It would be impossible to add another task to their calendars.

    Please correct me if I’m misunderstanding you.

  • Hayward Voter

    Qodrn, I agree. I think this is our chance to seat some really effective board members. I think we’d be crazy to re-elect an incumbent.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Sorry folks above! I did vote for an incumbent!

    Sarah G. has a PhD and I think she would be a gtreat factor in bringuin new trustees up to speed on certain Matters; Mr. Frumkin would need that sort of assistance!

  • J. W. Kyle

    REMEMBER ALL…….

    TUNE INTO CHANNEL 15 THE GOV’Y CHANNEL HUSD’s MEETING OF 10-22-08

    See Mr4. Cook attempts to Dodge the ommission of TreeView School from the list (published Nov.7, 2007) of scheduled remodelings and s reconstruction of our schools!

    The difficulty? Treeview is not on the list yet is the single most endangered school due to it’s immedeiate proximity to the Eartquake fault line.

    By undertaking a response to my public comment, the man exposes himself to charges of violation of the Brown Act……… It would be terrible to see him sit.. and sit for another four years of ramblings from his mouth!

  • Lawrence Fitzpatrick

    Hayward Voter I know that you can understand that I think that running the school is the principal’s responsibility, and that is what I said. I don’t think that anyone can disagree with making sure someone does their job. And please Mr. Kyle can you stop posing as Hayward Voter just to play the advocate.

  • J. W. Kyle

    mR. fITZ…

    Posing as hayward voter? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR SKULL?

  • Hayward Voter

    Mr. Fitzpatrick,

    What you said was, “He should be giving the principals more responsibility and cutting his staff appropriately”. What you’re saying is that the principals should not only do their jobs, but pick up the jobs of the district office staff.

    I assure you, I’m under no delusion that all principals are effective. I would agree that many, if not most, are ineffective. If you look a litte closer, however, you’ll find that it’s not due to a lack of work to be done. There are principals in HUSD that begin their day at 7:00 a.m. and end it at 10:00 p.m. Many are working. They are trying to complete the enormous amount of “required”, “mandatory”, “ASAP” and “OVERDUE” tasks on their desks. They are asked to be in two or three places at once. They are called to the district office without notice.

    Some are ineffective because they are overwhelmed. They simply can’t finish all of the work that has been dumped on them. Some lack prioritizing skills. Some are control freaks. Some are weak. One thing that they all share is an impossible workload.

    I’m curious as to why you think they need more responsibilities. It sounds to me like you have a beef with a particular principal and want to “right the wrong”. This seems to be true with Mr. Reynoso as well. Everything I have seen written by Mr. Reynoso includes a blurb about hiring and firing practices and nepotism. While those are important issues, we are facing a catastrophic budget cut that can decimate our schools. The school board is not the place to carry out a vendetta. We need you to help get us through this budgetary nightmare, not settle a score.

    I am addressing Mr. Reynoso in this post because you are running together according to your website.

    By the way….I happily take credit for ALL of my posts. I do, however, find it kind of amusing that Mr. Kyle is being accused of hiding behind a “nom de plume” :-)

  • qodrn

    Well, according to the article on Ally Week, at least some teachers don’t follow directions. Or the school board is waffaling. The school in question has a club to support gay students, and some of the kindergarten area teachers are gay. I think the club could be appropriate because there are K-8 students, but why isn’t any kind of bullying aleady part of class policy?
    Do we need weeks to enforce basic school rules?

  • J. W. Kyle

    Qodrn; Can you give the un-initiated a clue ?

    Where or what is ‘Ally Week’ and how does one gain access to ‘the artic;e’ you cite in your post?

  • qodrn

    The articles are in the Daily Review and San Jose Mercury and accessible on line. ALLY week is a week to promote acceptance of homesexual and transgender persons.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Qodrn, please advise day of the week that the “ally’ thing appewars and I’ll rush out to buy that back issue. Is that a verb or a noun used in the title?

  • K Chan

    J.W.,

    You made my point for me. Commissions in Hayward are advisory only. In the end, the same thing will happen at HUSD as they are now in the city in that the recommendations of the commissions will be overturned by the Council. Change has to happen at the top in this type of organization. Trickle up doesn’t work. I will grant you that having Commissions is a great tool and we should indeed create as many as possible. However, if you expect immediate results, you will be sorely disappointed. As for Jesus, he ran deals in the backroom that the city will be paying for for the next 10 years in terms of retailers he drove away (just ask Whole Foods) and how tilted his support was of Hispanic-only initiatives (especially in helping restrict the opportunity for affordable housing from other ethnic groups).

  • qodrn

    According to the on line article, the date is 10/27/08 for the ally article. Good Luck and Happy Halloween.

  • J. W. Kyle

    In response to Chan at item 32 above.

    Well Mr. Chan, here again a little education will not hurt you!

    True that Commissions in Hayward are advisory, but the simple fact is that they go through a process, in which the issues are fully aired out in the presence of interested public and an advisory (emphasize advisory) staff memeber or a council member before being presented to full council for approval or denial of whatever is on the table. The point being that they do not bring their recommendations to City manager, (or in the case of HUSD, the Superintendent) but go straight to the Council for additional airing and public comment.

    In the case of the Planning commission, approval of some applications such as a new subdivision oo proposal for development not within the scope of the exxisting general plan or zoning, but are compelled to go to the planning commission prior to presentation to the Council. The panning Dept staff has limits on it’s process for ‘administrative approval’

    In the scope of waht I had in mind, it would not work if needed to gain the approval or disapproval of Supt. Vigil prior to consideration by the trustees. It is bad enough that the control freak has too much power but who and we let him continue to discourage volunteer involvment! Instead let the volunteers commissions sift through the chaff and pass along the real kernels of thought!

    The central point is that many in Hayward feel shut out by the hired administration who are not subject to periiodic re-election

    Come to the party Chan… think a bit deeper!
    The whole point is that the Site commission which I advocate is needed to bring opportunity for all to get acquainted with the basic idea which does not seem to be the case with the present adminisstration which simplisticly looks upon the idea as a deag upon their time.

    The site commissiohn would air the matter out in public so that the objections now hidden in the minds at top of the administration, would be openly addressed.

    Imperfect as the examples of successful use of site residents in other districts of Central California might seem to be, other districts have been successful. In one case the problem as I saw it was that old recreational ‘trailers’ were permitted to be located and that, in one instance, the site seemed to have been turned into some sort of AUTO RESTORATION FACILITY.

    THE PRESENTLY INAPPROPRIATE USE AND DEST5RUCTION OF THE SUCCESS IN THE FIRST USE OF THE COTTAGE ON THE SITE AT lONGWOOD SCHOOL, IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE REFUSAL TO LISTEN BY THE HUSD ADMINISTRATORS WHO CAME TO TOWN 3 OR 4 YEARS AGO, CERTAIN IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE LOCAL YOKELS DID KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING!

    Another Case in point! The Darwin School site was ommitted from discussion and handout materials in a poorly attenbded “Special Meeting” of HUSD.(April 2006, Two of the school sites were not shown in any of the materials or display maps or planning materails then handed out.

    Two members of the public out of three or four in attendence submitted cards for public comments which then Presidehnt Peterson was not going to permit until reminded by the other Trustees that he had to comply with the law. Visibly and orally annoyed, he sat down. When my turn came I asked why it was that the Darwin and the Helen Turner sites were not included in the discusussion. I recived no valid reply.

    Then over the next twelve months repeatedly sent letters seeking information on those two properties, centering mostly on Darwwin Site.

    It wasn’t until I sent a Demand letter, threatening a complaint to the district attorney and the County Public DSchool level that I received a reply in the form pf a poorly expressed explanation.

    If you follow public comments at HUSD meetings and matters found in the blog, you discover an additional need foe a commission. That commission would hear complaints and advise on techniques for assuring that ideas and concerns are agendized for a full hearing of the Trustees.

    There is much to be accomplished succedssfully in the creation of commissions which render opihions directly to the trustees rather than through the choke point in the Supt.’s office !

    Good luch Chan in your personal search for solutions. I assune of course that you have propensity for volunteeriam.

  • J. W. Kyle

    qodrn

    Have serched that date and Review comes up blank on that date.I searced for Ally under two uses. nothing!

    Tell you what, use your computer printer and mail me a copy…. Im in the phome book at 22638 Teakwood St. Include your address and I’ll mail you the postage in return if you want the posatge you will need to provide an address.

  • qodrn

    okay I will as soon as my cold and eye infection improves. Don’t worry about the postage.

  • Kim Santos

    The story in question is available here.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Thank you Ms. Santos and Qdrn !

    If the facrs stated in the article are correct thenh I think the judhejment of the teacher is hughly suspect and some sort of job action ought to occur. It would put teacghetrs ohn notice and I fail to understand how HEA could dispute the job action!

  • K Chan

    J.W.,

    Why the anger? I agree with you that Commissions are vital to turning things around at HUSD. I just hope we’re not naive enough to think everything works so fairly and that the City Manager doesn’t have any influence on what happens behind the scenes.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Chan, No anger on my oart chum! I just thought to correct what I thought was a an incorrect expression that appeared to cast doubt on Mr. Armas’ integrity!
    You also appear resentful of what you consider favoritisjm toward Latinos. Had he been Asian would you accuse him of helping Asians? If tour thoiughts run to diaparity between AsiANS AND lATINOS, THEN STEAL CITY HALL IN THE FASHION OF JFK’s Grand Daddy of Boston Fame…..This Irishman could tell you stories about how we pulled ourselves up!

    Mr Vhan, you suggest that I am angry….. an old trick by those who when guilty of something turn to accusing the other guy!

  • qodrn

    The article also has made it to foxnews.com. Hayward is now famous.

  • K Chan

    Amazing, J.W. and ironic. Your posts bring back feelings when someone was being bullied in school. Intimidation. Assumptions. Venomous loaded phrases designed to illicit emotional replies. Wow! You know nothing about my gender, ethnicity age, my knowledge about what I’m talking about yet you make an immediate assumption based upon my name that Im taking a racist position on an issue simply because I don’t agree. Everyone who thinks J.W. is trying to bully everyone to take his position raise their hands!

  • J. W. Kyle

    Chan,

    You infuse your blog at item # 39 with thoughts that I am angry to which I respondedwith thoughts about your to suggest that you calm down and refrain from fallacious comments about backroom deals conducted by an honorable man!

    Now you imply that I am a bully !

    You really ought to engage in a bit of introspection!

    Perhaps mature a bit before venturing into areas, (beyond bullying) where you seem to know little or nothing!

  • hwdresident

    This is the first time I have ventured to read your blogs and am quite amazed. The blogs contain lots of passion. I just wish all that passion was focused in finding solutions to our problems and not worring “who” is posting a blog and why they are using a “‘nom de plume’. Posting words like “nom de plume” might sound impressive, but it really isn’t.

    All this name calling too! Perhaps we need to get everyone a yard duty teacher so everyone behaves correctly on the playground!