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Return of the HUSD block debate

THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE: Motion failed 2-to-3 in an overflow meeting that involved a lot of heat, not just from audience members but between board members as well. Here’s our early version of the story, we will have a longer piece in tomorrow’s paper. A motion to approve a modified six-period schedule passed, although the HEA is challenging the validity of that schedule because it wasn’t bargained.

 

The Hayward Unified School District meeting on Wednesday is sure to produce some feelings of deja vu, as the board is slated to again address the high school block schedule. While the board voted in February to nix the schedule to save money, board member Luis Reynoso changed his mind and is bringing it back.

What do you think about Reynoso’s decision to revisit the issue? Is it a chance for a needed reprieve for a well-liked system, or is it time to accept the change as a budget-cutting casualty and move on?

Eric Kurhi

  • J. W. Kyle

    Good for Reynoso!

    As I recall the rules of the game, if he voted for the cut, he has the right to call it back. His motive?

    I suspect he belives to open the door if the coming vote proves successful.

    Good for him…. resourceful and alert!

  • Doxie

    I have nothing against change but I think decisions such as these should be well thought out. I’m afraid that the district forgets that their reason for existing is to educate our children. They seem to have a single minded focus on having a budget surplus so they don’t risk being taken over by the state. As a result, what is best for the kids is not part of the decision making. Obviously they need to be fiscally responsible. However, all decisions should be made with the primary focus on what will improve the educational opportunities of Hayward’s children. In the case of the block system, it has produced exceptional music programs which raise the profile of the district, attract students and improves learning through student engagement and motivation. There are many other advantages of the block that have been explained previously. But for me personally, it pains me to see HUSD dismantling an area of excellence within the schools.

  • Lisa Brunner

    I am a Hayward High parent and a strong supporter of the High School Block Schedule; and I am very pleased with Mr Reynoso’s decision to bring it back for a vote.The High School Block Schedule serves all of our students. The $1,000,000.00 price tag originally put out by the HUSD Administration is a bargain for the educationn made available to approx. 6000 high school students in Hayward; after all, the salaries of our top 6-Administrators is equal to approx. $1,000,000.00 !!!

    The Block Schedule has allowed for first class arts, performing arts, and AP classes,AVID, Leadership, it accommodates main streaming for Special Education,it accommodates ROP, etc…: it allows for a built-in safety net for students to catch up, it allows the average student to progress to AP courses, and it allows the advanced student to stay engaged; all this within a standard school day with electives for a well rounded curriculum. The Block Schedule is a semester system like College; it allows for 8-classes per year instead of the 6-per-year in the schedule the HUSD Administration is trying to put in place. So over 4-years a student will get 24-classes instead of the 32-classes they presently take resulting in HUSD lowering graduation requirements. Under the Block Schedule, students at all three of our high schools; Hayward (68%-UC&CSU 23%), Mount Eden(65%-UC&CSU 29%), & Tennyson(58%-UC&CSU 20%) all register For College above the state averages(52%-UC&CSU 21%) (ref: California Dept. of Education), despite the majority our student body consisting of all the subgroups that do not traditionally go to college.

    The Block Schedule is working. HUSD does have the money. The projected budget for 2009/2010 was based on ADA for 20,083 students (a decline in enrollment was projected); however, the new numbers are posted on the CA.Dept. of Edu website; HUSD ADA will be based on 22,098 students, an increase of +1850 students X approx> $5300 ADA = $9,800,000.00 additional monies + the additional average of $2000.00 per student HUSD receives from fed./Title I/TitleII/TitleIII programs =approx.$3,700,000.00 — These figures do not include the one time monies of $9,000,000.00 that HUSD is about to receive from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act !!!

    HUSD is not a for profit Business!!! It is here to give our students the best education possible— and at the High School level the best program to serve all our students is the BLOCK SCHEDULE!!!

    note: any additional savings resulting from the Block Schedule; (the $2.5m referenced in the Daily Review article- )would come from the LEA transfers; that is TITLE III monies used for art, music, sports, leadership-basically all electives that will be decimated due to the cutting of the Block Schedule can be used/spent anywhere the District wants to spend it; and it is obvious to me they do not want to spend it on the students.( Under the 6-period day there is 1- elective, & if a student is going to a UC than that elective must be a foreign language for the first 3-years…)

  • angrytiredteachers

    Yes, I agree with JW Kyle, Luis Reynoso is giving us hope tonight. However, I was told that one of the three board members (listed below) might be changing their minds back to getting rid of the block schedule.

    I really hope that we can keep the block system in our schools.

    Before teaching at Hayward High School, I taught college and adult education art classes. Each of the classes I taught was 3 hours short. I use the word “short” instead of “long” because we often would run over the 3 hour period for class because students were so involved with their art, they didn’t want to stop creating.

    When I came to Hayward High (fourteen years ago) I found the block schedule of 90 mins. per class to be extremely short because of my prior experience with the college and adult classes.

    It’s really hard imagining having only 50 min. to conduct art classes. The block schedule is closer to what college level classes offer. If we’re preparing our students for college shouldn’t we continue the block schedule?

    My students have won numerous local and national art awards on a regular basis over the past 14 years at Hayward High. I believe that this achievement is due, in part, to the fact that the block allows more time to produce and cultivate quality work. (For more info: http://www.andrewkongknight.com/hhsart/ )

    In the traditional system, over 50% of the class time would be spent setting up and preparing materials and breaking down and cleaning up, leaving less than 50% of class time to create art. This system would hinder students’ abilities to reach the higher artistic levels of concentration and performance.

    If you support the arts, then you should support the block schedule. The Visual and Performing Arts thrive and prosper because of it.

    If we return to a 6-period day, the choice for students would be 24-classes instead of 32, for their entire high school career. With the traditional system students have the same 6 classes for the entire year, with our current block system, students have the choice of eight classes, four for each half school year. This only leaves 1-elective choice per year! If a student plans on attending a University, then that one elective is going to be used for a foreign language for the first three years. Imagine no art, music, PE, or marketing, for the first three years of high school. How can a limit in choices be a good thing for our students in Hayward?

    I urge everyone to please keep the block system. My students have achieved much success with it. We would like to be able to continue that success with your help.

    Please contact these board members right away:

    Ms. Maribel Heredia mheredia@husd.k12.ca.us
    Ms. Sheila Sims Sheila@sheilaforhusd.com
    Dr. Sarah Gonzales sgonz50@comcast.net 510-755-2174

    Also, please attend the school board meeting TONIGHT! Wednesday, April 29, 6PM at Hayward City Hall.

    Yes, I agree with Doxie, let’s not see HUSD dismantle excellence in our schools.

    Thank you for your consideration and help,

    Sincerely, Andrew Kong Knight ~ Hayward High Art Educator

  • http://flickr.com/people/alexh1013 Alex Harmon

    me and most other Hayward High students like the Block system way better than periods. please keep blocks!

    they should have students and teachers vote too.

  • http://flickr.com/people/alexh1013 Alex Harmon

    So we are having periods next year? that sucks! How am I gonna pass my classes now? I’m gonna have 7 periods next year! Thanks HUSD for making it harder.

  • monica ruiz

    Alex, don’t panic.

  • Watchdog

    Alex, and those who share the same opinion

    Students have to realize that life is full of change and one must learn to face the challanges. When I went to college many of the undergraduate requirements didn’t seem to make a lot of sense.

    With one year left and facing another year of full time work for a senior project, and getting deeper in debt, I left the University and went back to Chabot to enroll in skilled trade classes.

    My time was not wasted in college, as much of my classes in chemistry, physics, math (algebra, trig, calculus, statistics, thermodynamics) are applicable in the trades. I went back to Chabot and took welding and machine tool technology courses.

    My roomate, also the same major went on to form his own business and never used his degree, but went into controlled atmospheric systems for transporting produce
    and also producing mixed gas systems for diving. The other roommate ( a wildlife major) went on to persue a trade in welding.

    Don’t think of the easy way out, accept the challange.
    Always give your best effort. And learn from your mistakes so you don’t make the same mistake twice.

  • J. W. Kyle

    MAY 13, 2009

    THANK THE LORD! wE HAVE AN HUSD MEETING TONIGHT1

    THEMN WITH ANY LUCK THE DAILY REVIEW WILL POST A THOUGHT PROVOKING OPINION WHICH WILL AWAKEN THE BLOG READERS!

    WIYTH AND AWAKEBNED GROUP OF CONTRIBUTORS, THE BLOG WILL EXPERIENCE A FEW ‘HITS’ WITH THAT ACCOMPLISHE THE ‘INCOME’ TO ANG CAUSEED BY ADVERTISERS WHO ARE BIKKED BY TYHE NUMBER OF ‘HITS’ THUS THE DAILY REVIEW EDITOR AND FIVE STAFF MEMBERS OCCUPYING A SMALL SPACE IN AN OTHERWISE VACANT BUILDING WILL HANG ON FOR A FEW MORE MONTHS AND WE WILL NOT THEN BE FACED WITH ANOTHER “FOR LEASE” SIGN IN DOWNTOWN HAYWARD.

    THANK YOU HUSD !!! WE LOOK FORWARD TO ANOTHER EXHILIARATING EXPERIENCE IN TONIGHT’S MEETING.

    BY THE WAY… IF HUSD Changed it’s name to ‘Mt. Eden Unified… ‘ would that not aid the image of the City of Hayward?

  • jamessblaoww

    MEHS Unified, kinda like the sound of that…all of West Hayward might as well just secede too.

    but just to bring things back in reality, take a look at my own junior year schedule

    1.wind ensemble/jazz band/symph. orchestra
    2.ap calc ab
    3.ap us history
    4.english11 honors
    5.physio honors
    6.french 3

    every single day, really, REALLY? in addition to after school obligations and commitments. and the school board stresses only a “small” percentage of kids”could relate, not even! guess who keeps up your test scores in the district? that same “small” percentage. guess who keeps the graduation rates and uc/csu admissions rates from the district up? thought so.

    this district has left us all exhausted, and im hella sick with all their soap opera/political b.s. its sad to say on the heels of the last board meeting i really didnt care whether or not we got the Block back, cus i was just sick of fighting for a lost cause and already had lost my trust in that thing you call a school board oh so long ago.

    but apparently ‘backwards’ and ‘dysfunctional’ are the district’s two fave. words. two more years and im out, shoot.

    -disgusted mehs sophomore c/o ’11

  • J. W. Kyle

    May 13, 2009 11:50 pm

    One of my neighbors sought to have me attend the meeting this evening; I explained that this old voter, now nearing 79, felt no lopnger interested, ewen after much volunteer work contributed to HUSd despite fact that my four children attended parochial schools.

    HUSD lacks a sense of community and until a sense of community is developed HUSD will continue to lack respect…. new schools will not solve the basic problem.

    However, after communicating all that to my neighbor, I was tempted but thought that it would be best to just watch on TV.

    Well, the subject of Longwood school came up and since I live close by that caught my interest when neighbor indicated that all teachesr at Longwood would be dismissed since the school is ohn a list of failures needimng to correct it’s disasterous record.

    Having served as Chair of the Longwood / Winton Grove task force from late 1993 to early 1994, I became aware of the fact that where the typical ‘classroom transiency rate had beehn typically reported at 26% at that time, it bounced up to 45+%’

    Classroom transiency is a mathmatic calcul;ation to determine the extent of the ‘movement’ of students who were seated in a school on October 1st of a school year and determining how many remained enrolled at conclusion of the school year. It makes no determinationb of those who moved in after October 1st but failed to complete more than a few months at the sdchool.

    In those days, HUSD had a rate of around 20% as a whole. The question then arises how do you aid a student to acheive when he or she is playing musical chairs because of divorce or dad’s conviction of felony, and a need to move to another location in or outside the district? The answewr is you don’t! The task is imposible!

    Have you noticed that? Do you wonder why transiewncy rate is not mentioned when discussion test scores at a school which ‘fails’ to meet the standards imposed by the state? Have you ever seenany printed materials discussing transiency trates at HUSD. Do you hear questions from the Board of Trustees discussing that factor? The answer is: “HELL NO ”

    WHEN THAT DATA IS NO LONGER MADE AVAILABLE….THEN THE ‘COMMUNITY’ WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND CONTINUED INABILITY TO ACHEIVE HIGHER TEST SCORES.

    that basic problem creates another… upset folks go to public comments and berate the Board of Trustees who, as they did tonight, limit the public comment period to one hour with a ‘promise’ to return to the public comment opportunity under item J on the agenda.

    Tonight they returned to item J at about 9:37 PM…. about a dozen ‘speakers cards’ were set aside when the names thereon found those folks went home to bed….

    It is my opinion that HUSD violates the Brown act in that action….

    There is a solution to the many who present themselves to speak on a subject but HUSD rfeuses to follow my written suggestion submittesd several years ago.

    Hoe bad is it? Well that old geezer who gave up the Presider’s seat back in 2007 once said, on the night the teacher’s strike was settled: “tonight we have 59 cards requesting opportunity to speak at public comments, Pursuant to Board ‘Policy’ we will listen for one hour and then postpone the remainder to the second hour” 59 cards at three minutes each? Do the math and understand that a minimum of three hours would have been needed.

    The old fool started the second hour … it broke up into bedlam when the news arrived trhat the strike had been settled……. the meeting was not even adjourned
    everyone was so excited ahnd happy…. while this opld geezer sat watching on the ‘telly’ wonder if they knew how many laws had been broken in that instant…. I never botherd to look at those minutes…. did they concluede the meeting offiocially before hearing the ffolks who showed up to use public comments?

    HUSD will never CGANGE! THE PROBLEM? SOME ADMIISTRATORS ARE SO DAMN SMART THAT THEY ACT DUMB!

  • J. W. Kyle

    May 19, 2009

    THIS ITEM WAS E-MAILED ON MAY 18 TO DAILY REVIEW AS WELL AS MANY PEOPLE IN HAYWARD THOUGHT TO BE OF INFLUENCE ON THE LOCAL SCENE……. SORRY ABOUT THE LENGTH BUT THE INTELECCTUALLY CURIOUS JUST MIGHT THINK IT A GOOD READ…PERHAPS YOU MIGHT INDUCE OTHERS TO READ THE BIT…???
    ……….
    The ‘Hayword Blog’ appears to be dead ! Assuming you have interest in rejuvenating the thing, you might want to publish a story idea which would bring the thing to greater sucess!

    At the meeting of the HUSD board of Trustees on May 13, we saw considerable numbers of ‘speaker’s cards submitted. As usual, at the conclusion of the ‘first hour’, the presider advised that ‘public comments’ would resume under item ‘J’ later in the evening’s meeting, ‘probably around 9:30 PM’.

    At 9:57 PM the public comments resumed….. but about a dozen people failed to come forward when their names were called, thus saving the elected officials the ‘boring task’ of appearing to listen to the electorate. (12 speakers x 3 minutes = 36 minutes plus the time spent walking up to or leaving the speakers lectern.) However, that is a separate issue which I will soon take up in an approach to the district attorney.

    The major problem, (in my mind,) occurring on the agenda was, Item 3, under Consent Items, where it describes three schools as failing to make adequate yearly progress (AYP); it went further in describing how, as a consequence, certain people were to be discharged from employment at HUSD.

    Several teachers AND A PRINCIPAL at Longwood are to be replaced. The principal departed in Late 2008 and an interim individual has been present since that departure. I am advised, but am not sure, that the interim principal was fairly new to the teaching profession. How many principals have come and gone since Jon Hassell’s departure?

    I have not heard any open discussion over a thing called the ‘transiencey rate’. Transient students were in and out of Longwood School at a very high rate during the period of time when I was an active volunteer on that campus during the mid 1990’s.

    I was the elected chair-person of the Longwood-Winton Grove area Task force which was created by the Hayward City Council and met during the period of late 1993 to mid 1994 for the purpose of analysis of problems and recommended solutions for the Council as well as the District. The structure donated by the City to HUSD for use as a rent free dwelling for a site resident was successful in that a major expense for Graffiti and other socially objectionable activity was virtually eliminated. Now, that structure is rented out to a favored employee under a lease arrangement uninvolved with duties related to Longwood School! But do not worry, the yet to be installed security camera system, together with locked gates and added fencing, will eliminate vandalism…. as well as recreational opportunity in an area with sub-standard set aside for ‘parks’. That will suffice for kids unable to learn! Are you o.k. with that thought?

    A very fine principal, Mr. Jon Hassell served the school for about 10 or 12 years from late 1980, until his retirement. During that time the ’classroom transiency rate’ was generally around 25 to 27% but there was a jump in middle part of that decade to an astounding report of 47%.

    The calculation is made by use of the student enrollment data established on the first day in the month of October, mainly to determine the student count used to calculate the ’average daily attendance money’ for school budget support by the State.

    The transience rate uses the October count and this is factored against the presence of the original students occurring in June at conclusion of school year.. I am not sure but would assume that the numbers of students who ‘pass through’ some of those ’active seats’ during the course of the school year, say November to May, ( as a thought), is fed into the data.

    Hassell told me of his experiences with Latino families who use the Christmas Holidays to visit family and friends at ’home’ in Mexico. Some of them would fail to return, a result, presumably of finding better employment or housing in another area. It was not that great a problem such as to disrupt the study plan if just 10 or a dozen failed to return but in one instance most returned and brought 40 ‘cousins’ back to Hayward under such circumstances as to ‘double up’ in the available housing. When they showed up at his door, he was required to accommodate them…… using folding chairs at the tables in the schools cafeteria. The man was efficient and solved the problem in two days with the help of administration when extra bus trips trooped the new students to this or that school in the AM but had to bring them back in PM. Could (should ?) that bus money be used more efficiently? Well hang on, because HUSD, as evidenced in the aforementioned consent item # 3 will see HUSD hiring still another group of ‘experts’ to seek understanding and resolution of ‘the current problem’!

    The point of this discussion about transience was made at a long ago meeting of HUSD Trustees, by former Superintendent Marvin Foxworth who quietly asked the question at a board meeting :”How do you teach and achieve higher scores when you have their attention but for 2 or 4 years in K-6 levels,” (or higher?).

    When I recently asked a parent about transience rates at Longwood her response was: ‘Do you mean the roll over in teaching staff‘? An activist lady who had no concept of the problem prior to my expressed point of view. She was upset with HUSD practice of using ‘substitute teachers‘, not fully qualified for permanent hire and who, due to lack of credentials, are rotated every 30 days, per Calif. State regulation! She complains bitterly that her daughter spent and lost a whole year in a classroom taught solely by substitutes, who rotated through the child’s classroom with a rare second appearance by one individual substitute! The child was apparently held back!

    My question to Daily Review is, do you see opportunity here to spend minimal amount of your time to report, in the investigative sense, these facts, as I understand them to exist? It is such a story that it would restore some confidence by the community in your efforts to survive and aid circulation! Send one of your troops to make separate assessment?

    During the period of time preceding the HUSD School Board elections, I ASKED A QUESTION AT THE “DEMOS’ TURN AT SUCH AFFAIRS. My question was ( and I am told by others, the most pertinent of the night,) “What is the single greatest need of HUSD?”

    Only Conrad Hake came close when he replied in a brief statement!
    “The greatest need of HUSD is improved communications.”

    Frankly, I personally see the need for a greater sense of ‘Community’ (and communications) employed around the School District.

    During the period of my involvement in the City Task Force, bearing the name, “Growth Management” (‘92 -’93) I made the comment, on more than one or two occasions, that the separate administrations of the Hayward Unified School District and the City of Hayward, are so intertwined by use of the name Hayward, that we are unable to improve one without attending to improvement of the other.

    That was 17 years ago! The city and it’s businesses suffer greatly as result of the poor image projected by the School District. So, since the Mt. Eden School District and the Hayward School District were joined together over 50 years ago, and since no improvement in school performance has occurred in the last 20- 25 years, then I suggest, strongly, that the City of Hayward, unable to interfere with the separate administration, would see great benefit in changing the School’s administration title to ‘Mt. Eden Unified School District’

    Note too that a segment of Hayward, “Fairway Park District” is separated from the City by being included in the Union City School District’ However a very large part of the Alameda County area, (Ashland / Fairview) is included in the school district.

    Another factor faced by HUSD is the presence of a disproportionate number of parolees who are living in the City of Hayward. Other Cities of Alameda County seem able to dump them into low income housing, (mostly unavailable in larger Cities of South and Eastern areas of the County). The ‘dumping’ in Hayward is apparently popular with the parole officers, whose office is in Hayward. Thus they are in our school district which is o.k. except for the high rate of recidivism. Then, do we see and understand that when dad is sent back to the slammer, mom is desperately seeking work and or lower rents….. Contributing to the ‘transience’ rate at HUSD!

    We need community involvement. Aroused by the print media!

    Encourage the churches to become involved…, just as they are with FESCO ………
    ’AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM’

  • qodrn

    If we must cut the school budget, how about eliminating that week in August and starting school after the Labor Day holiday. I think this would provide a more continuous return to school. Its hard to get kids into the school mode, and then have a three day weekend. It also seems alot of kids are absent on Friday of this week.

    Also, does state testing have to be at the beginning of May? It sort of makes the rest of the school year seem anticlimatic at that point. Our kids are missing about six weeks of school time.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Qodom’s idea makes sehnse…. you know THAT MOM AND DAD ARE GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE lABOR DAY WEEK END……PERHAPS EVEN DElAY registration….. I do not beleive it has affect upon ADA money when they absent them selves so what not go back to tyhe way it was when I was a youngster….start after LABOR DAY
    AND BRING THE DISCIPLINE BACK TO THE OLD DAYS! a.o.l. YOU BETTER HAVE AN EXCUSE IN WRITING SIGNED BY THE PARENTS (2) ! Perhaps HUSd uses those three days to sort the jids out by spoken languages, special education etc. etv. ??

    Tune in wednesday night makes one of his increasingly seldom appeances.! I’ll be blowing off some steam about the illogicaldestruction of ‘public comments’ Section 2 of ‘public comments is split in two. last meeting did not see second ‘hour’ start until (:58 PM…. twelve or morre went home and were tired ofd waitig for a chance to cover the topic.

    I am also upset over the fact that no one seems to know about the affect on instruction caused by ‘transiency rates’

  • J. W. Kyle

    sorry folks,,, there seems to be some mis-spelling above..
    read aehnse as sense…. so why not go backto the way it was….a.o.l. should read awol; or absent without leave…..

    Tune in Wednesday Night as this old geezer makes an appearance…;ast meeting saw pugbkllic comments resume at 9:59 PM

    Be patient, I sometimes make no typing errors…

  • J. W. Kyle

    MAY 27, 2009

    WATCH THE DOG AND PONY SHOW AT MAY 27TH MEETING OF HUSD SCHOOL BOARD. i WILL MAKE ONE OF MY RARE APPEARANCES.

    I INTEND TO STIR THINGS UP A BIT, PRIMARILY ON THE SUBJECT OF THE CONDUCT OF ‘PUBLIC COMMENTS’ BY THE ESTEEMED PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD.

    THE PRACTICES EMPLOYED AT PUBLIC COMMENT HAVE A HUGE NEGATIVE AFFECT UPON THE PARETIES OT INTEREST…. WHICH MEANS, YOU ME AND ALL THE FOLKS INTERESTED IN HUSD.

    i’LL BE SENDING A LETTER TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNY IF THEY FAIL TO REPLY ORALLY OR IN WRITING WITHIN A WEEK.

    bECAUSE MY ‘PUBLIC COMMENTS’ RUN TO SEVEN PAHES OF TYPING, ACCOMPANIED BY AN EWXHIBIT, i WON’T GET AWAY WITH MORE THAN THREE MINUTES. SO. THE WRITING IS MADE AVAILABLE TO THEM.

    WANT A WRITTEN COPY? I AM IN THE PHONE BOOK; MAIL ME YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS WITH A $1.00 BILL FOR POSTAGE AND PRINTING EXPENSE AND IT WILL BE SENT POST HASTE IN A LARGE MANILA ENVELOPE!

  • justwatching

    Well the May 27th HUSD Agenda is out and if you check H.11 you will see that one of our top Administrators is reducing his work year by 5 days which results in a reduction of his annual salary from $178,293 to $174,667. Now if my calculations are correct this is a difference of $3625.94 per year a whopping .020337% salary reduction. Yes, All Means All at HUSD.

    The 18% reduction mentioned a couple of weeks ago sounds more in order now

  • J. W. Kyle

    Look like this here blog has ‘twittered’ to death!

    No time or space for Hayward unless it us about burglaries, Bank holdups,shootings,’car shows’ and all that good stuff about Hayward,

    Did we see any printed news about the Haywatrd High Gradusate, the Valedictorian for Claa of 09. who was smart enough to apply for entry at a large number of well recognized Universities.

    He was accepted by all…. thought about it and chose Harvard.

    How many youngsters can say that? But old wutz ‘is name did not see publication of that newsworthy event.

    Poor Hayward!

  • justwatching

    Well Mr. Kyle

    If you would like to be entertained and keep up with the activities in Hayward’s interesting crime and fire/rescue scene, might I suggest a police scanner. When news in the Daily Review becomes old and second hand and TV reruns for the Summer are all thats on the scanner can be somewhat informative and interesting

    Also, I would have to agree with you that the Daily Review didn’t pickup on the Hayward High Graduate that is going to Harvard. Maybe this would have been a good thing for the HUSD Public Information Officer to have followed up on to make sure this that all of HUSD’s College Bound High School Graduates are recognized.

    But of course, maybe they will wait until after Graduation Ceremonies are completed for 2009

    One call only speculate

  • J. W. Kyle

    Respondiing to Justwatching…..

    I never, even for a moment, thought my comcerns for Hayward,the school system, (which unfortunately bears Hayward’s name, despite mis-leading boundary alignment,) nor the print media. were forms of entertainment.

    Police scanner.. ?? How depressing it must be when keen intersts of Joe Lunch-bucket,is centered on listening to that!

    My attempts to ‘tease’ the intellect of fellow citizens arise out of concern for their own condition when faced with interrogation by the guardian of the gates to eternity. Failing to attempt that effort would place me in a position of having to come up with irrational responses upon my own demise. That day is not too far distant for me, judging only by the elapsed time from date of Birth.

    I do make some sort of effort, the quality of such MIGHT JUSTIFIABLY BE IN DOUBT, given the short length of attention AFFORDED by others,to some of my ‘whacky’ ideas on the need to address concerns for civic and School improvments.

    I have particpated in something which exceeds twenty occasions where I actively particpated in Task Forces, Ad hoc groups, advisory committees. as well as ADDITIONAL single, self imoposed tasks (without pay), involving local public school or civic matters. (There were none in this City who joined me in successful oposition to school board recall efforts in year 1994.)

    Despair would be an easy out! However, that route is not for me. Right or wrong, I keep chipping away at the rock of indifference, even if there is nothing at my feet but dust.

    Thanks for your own interst!

  • Eric Kurhi

    Regarding Sebastian Flores, this ran on May 2:

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/search/ci_12280572

  • J. W. Kyle

    Thank you Eric ! That was a nice article, I wonder how I missed it since I usuallt devour two newspapers every morning.

    Was the young man feted by the City ? It wasn’t until last Thursday that the young fella was celebrated at HUSD Trustee meeting. Too bad the young man was not present…. the fact that he was away on a trip to Magic Mountain tells me he placed his relationship with classmates on a pretty much higher level than he did with his Certificate of recognition by the Trustees. That too bodes well for his success.

    Thanks again for the tip on opportunity to read the article. Did it appear in prominent location of the issue?

  • justwatching

    There are days when there is entertaining items in the Daily Review and even as depressing some of the issues are that surround HUSD they seem to find some entertaining events involving students. Its not all bad.

    I guess Mr, Kyle we both missed the article written about Sebastian Flores, 2009 Hayward High Valedictorian. I don’t devour two news papers daily but it seems there are good articles that we seems to miss.

    It is to bad that the School Board selected the May 27th Board Meeting to recognize his accomplishments but I too would have been with my peers on my Senior Trip who I have sent my last 4 years of High School.

  • justwatching

    By the way, in today’s Daily Review there is an article regarding the Block schedule at San Lorenzo Unified. See link below:

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/dailyreview/localnews/ci_12513305

  • qodrn

    Okay, my new beef with the HUSD is them filling C.Quinn’s position with Donna Becnal. Why did they not consider eliminating or suspending this position for one year, or a detail to it? If the person in this position was carried away and never returned, the district would go on. This money could have saved 4 or 5 teachers, two assistant principals, ect. I assume they picked Becnal offer of some old selection list from years ago. Good grief.

  • justwatching

    Qodrin

    Very Interesting. C. Quinn was one of the top three administrators that received a large raise 2 to 3 years ago that prompted an outcry of inequity by all of the other staff that received a paltry 1% raise and the School Board defended this raise stating that if they didn’t give these three administrators this raise they would leave. Well with in a year after getting their raise. The Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Retired, a nice boost to her retirement check, and now it appears from your note above that C. Quinn is leaving. So much for the big raises to keep Administrators at HUSD. The only one left is Dr. Schimmel

    By the way, when is C. Quinn leaving and is she retiring as well?

  • qodrn

    Gosh, I had to look all this up again. These 200 page agendas are a real time waster. It happened on the May 13 meeting, and she retired and has been replaced. They sure didn’t want to keep Ms. Quinn…

  • J. W. Kyle

    Well, I spent an hour submittin a contribution but I assume the name Kyle is not accepable to ANG polizei!

  • J. W. Kyle

    This not the piece I was writing earlier… it will suffuce for the moment!

    HUSD … ‘clear the decks for action!’

    Hayward Unified School District Trustees, continue to distance themselves from constituents whom they serve. Change must occur !

    The glaring example of need is found at their twice monthly meetings, when handling ‘open’ Public Comments, just prior to start of formal decision making processes on matters brought before Trustees. The practice of permitting the initial public comment period at meeting outset, in presence of Trustees, is either an open book critique of past decisions or appeals for needed corrections to District’s well being..

    Trustees apparent lack of concern for time, opinions or attitudes of the public, is expressed in their frequent tardy arrival into the meeting place, well past scheduled time.

    Late arrival is followed by the pledge to the flag and ‘special features‘. Special features is the school Board’s opportunity to provide children a portion of their time, to see demonstration of skills and/or current activities etc. A commendable idea, the basic intention of which is, to provide encouragement.. This often imposes 45 minutes delay upon start of basic business…

    Public comments are preceded by comments from ‘Student Board Members’ whose readings of prepared remarks often take much longer than the time permitted the general public. Unfortunately, these remarks are often read hastily, with poor vocal modulation, so that meaning is lost..

    Comments by the Board, is the most rapid event at all meetings.

    It often takes well over an hour from the scheduled meeting start, before members of ‘the public’ are allowed to come forward and use three minutes to speak openly to the Trustees. Official interruptions after three minutes, often causes the public to miss speaker’s intent.

    Speaker’s ‘line up moment’ is determined by clerical persons who manually note the time on the required ‘card submission’ in determination of speakers rotation. A confusing process in itself !

    Some few years ago, in apparent, antagonistic boredom, our trustees created a ’by-law’ limiting the ‘first session’ of public comments to one hour with a ’second hour’ occurring later. I believe that time separation as well as the two hour limit, to be a violation of the Brown Act..

    On May 13th, second hour commenced at 9:57 pm. Five or six speakers took turns but thirteen individuals had departed! At the meeting of May 27th the second of the two permissible hours was opened at 11:30 pm., reading of 20 or more cards drew no speakers.

    The two session, ’time saving’ subterfuge, compounds Trustee difficulty with public esteem when handling budgets and test scores. It leads to lack of resolution in understanding apparent failure to reveal or deal with ‘classroom transiency rates’ which is the heart of test score problems.
    One step in correction of the ‘public comments’ problem, is the need to start meetings promptly at published hour. Then hold the student board members to the three minute rule while transferring ‘Special Features’ to a single Wednesday Evening each month. Hold that meeting in City Hall Chambers, inviting City Council participation, beneficial to City and HUSD images when particularly interesting students appear. Such as the bright Valedictorian, Class ‘09, at Hayward High. He chose Harvard from among ten or more, highly prized University entry acceptances that he received.

    Exaltation of deserving students ought be practiced in better fashion than is presently done.

    Thus, we ‘clear the decks’ for real business at HUSD meetings!

  • J. W. Kyle

    Feel free to print out the above item. I will hold no copyright over anyone’s head.

    ‘Tis a copy of that sent to Review but I guess they lack interest when HUSd is the subject. Priobaly based on the idea that you win no friends but neither do you llose any when challenging the thought processes of the community.

    Community? Well there is another thought whic I find lacking in Hayward. At least untill the great awakening which, hopefully, will soon occur.

    Go ahead,,,, PRINT IT OUT AND PASSS IT TO A FRIEND

  • J. W. Kyle

    Is it possible that the apparent reluctance to publish any independent article or letter critical to HUSD is tied to a ‘circulation problem?

    As I understand the revenue (income) problem at Review, it is tied to ‘circulation’ or the ‘average’ daily numbers of printed copies placed in circulation.

    It is the circulatiopn count which justifies the advertising rates charged to commercial advertising.

    HUSD has engaged in the practice of ‘droping off’ a few hundred copies of it’s 5 day a week copies, to each school, when they are in session

    At inception of the paln or gift to students, the idea is that children could take home a copy to mom and dad and in that process learn the value of being able to read current events etc.

    The reality is that after inception of the gift of free copies, kids being kids, would let the newspaper fly in the wind while trooping home from school.

    But the practice of donating free copies to schools, in considerable numbers, cobtinues and advertising rates are reduced accordingly. A few copies might be taken home by teachers and other staff members but largely, a considerable number go into the re-cycling bin.

    Seems to me to be a waste of natural resources if trees are still used for paper pulp.

    One wonders why the practice continues. Does anyone know? I suspect that advertisers are not aware that the ‘real’circulation count is thus puffed up as a result.

    Does HUSD bear culability by failinbg to point out the weight or number of issues in the recycle bin? Should they continue not advising Review?

    ’tis a good question! Are it knot? I’ll bet advertisers would appreciate knowledge of the real count on those just ‘tossed’!

  • Kim Santos

    Patience, please. There were other people who had sent in My Word submissions before you, and I usually run them in the order that I get them, plus I have to wait for the days on which we have space.

  • J. W. Kyle

    A simple yea or nay as response to my e-mail enquiry would have saved much time and intrusion upon this space.

  • justwatching

    Qodrn

    I want to thank you for the Information you provided in message #27. You info help locate the info on the HUSD Web site

  • teachermama

    Qodorn, I feel your pain regarding those huge meeting agendas, but they bury all kinds of important info in them, don’t they? For example did everyone see in the agenda for 7/22 that Becnel’s replacement will be earning the “HUSD standard” 174K PLUS 500/month for mileage?! That’s double the salary that teachers MAX OUT at! This will be approved (or not) at the same meeting that the board will vote to approve (or not) an enormous amount of layoffs and/or reductions in hours for classified employees. I’m sure he’s a smart, talented guy, but I agree with Qodorn and Justwatching – there are too many positions in Sr. management, and they are too highly compensated – esp. since the district has been forced to contract West Ed to call all the shots, anyway. How many teachers’ aides, cafeteria workers, or library techs could be saved with just one of the bigwigs’ salaries? I’m outraged all over again. Sigh.