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Special HUSD board meeting today

UPDATE: Superintendent Dale Vigil retired. Here’s the short story that will be in tomorrow’s Morning Report:

By Eric Kurhi
HAYWARD — Superintendent of Hayward schools Dale Vigil announced his retirement at a special board meeting Friday.

As part of the retirement agreement, Vigil will go off the district’s payroll June 30. However, his last day will be Dec. 31.

Janice Duran, a former superintendent of the San Lorenzo Unified School District, will serve as interim superintendent beginning in January.

Vigil would not give a specific reason for leaving.

“It is a good time for me to retire from Hayward Unified School District,” he said. “I have enjoyed working with all my colleagues and wish them success in building the district.”

He said he does not have another post lined up, and is mainly concerned with finishing his term.

The board approved the retirement agreement in a 4-to-1 vote, with Luis Reynoso dissenting.

Reynoso could not be reached for comment.

Vigil was hired 41⁄2 years ago.

 This was announced exactly 24 hours before today’s 5 p.m. meeting. What’s going on? We don’t know. One trustee told us that there will be an announcement after the meeting, so we’re on pins and needles until then.

The latest on what’s going on over at HUSD.

Eric Kurhi

  • John Kyle

    Dispair…. Loss of Hope?

    Wow! If that is the case.,things are really tough!

    As for me, I’ll just keep raking the leaves and turning over the rocks, certain in the knowledge that something will ‘turn up’ and that things will change for the better…. it is not un-like that last scene scene in ‘Gone with the wind’ where Scarlet’s last spoken words from the movie are …. “Tomorrow is a better day!”

    Small ideas from grass roots folk…. will bloom large soon! It is just that the general public needs to “buck up” or “hold heads high…” Above all, stop cursing Pres. O’Bama. Look for ways to be helpful toward HUSD.

    Volunteer! Push your kids into volunteer service. Let them out the front door with the advice that they need to make friends by being a friend to all.

  • Just Watching

    How do like the $500/mo auto allowance for the HUSD executives. How ridiculous. Just use there own cars and itemized the mileage for reimbursement on their 1040′s

  • John Kyle

    “Just watching” fails to recognize the ‘Interim’ supt. J. Duran came out of retirement to aid HUSD in it’s distress. This is Trip # 2 for the Lady who lives in Arizona when not aiding HUSD. Now, why would you expect the lady to drive by herself all the way from Arizona not knowing when she would need to drive back home? the $500 per month works out to $16.60 per day which seems a favorable rate for a car which is not in a fancy class!

    Do not be too hard on the Lady, she might quit and then HUSD would be in a canoe on a swift river without a paddle.

    If you had been observant you would know that MS. DURAN attended an educators conference where she let it be known that a job was open,,, thus speeding up the replacement search. THAT INVOLVED A TRIP TO MONTERY AND BACK….. YOU WANT SHE SHOULD HIRE A TAXI?

    Be aware that when Vigil was hired she expressed reservations. Probably because HUSD was the 9th occasion that he had been hired aS A SUPERINTENDEDNT, HE SOON BRAGGED THAT HE HAD, AT THAT TIME, ONLY BEEN FIRED ONCE IN A JOB EXPERIENCE COVERING FOUR STATES OF THE 50 IN cONTINENTAL USA

    I TEND TO AGREE WITH DURAN’S ASTUTE REMARK …. LOOKING BACK ON MY OWN EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD OF WORK….JUST WHO WAS IT THAT MADE THE DECISION TO HIRE A JOB HOPPER?

    SO, STIFLE CHEAP CRITICISM, IF YOU ARE ABLE!

  • John Kyle

    oN ANOTHER MATTER, RUMOR HAS IT THAT A RECALL IS BEING CONSIDERED…. IT PROBABLY INVOLVES THE husd BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND SPRANG UP DURING THE BEEF OVER THE HPD AGREEMENT WITH HUSD INVOLVING THE SRO PROBLEM.

    ( DO WE NEED A GLOSSARY OF ACRONYMS?

    I DETEST THE IDEA OF A RECALL. NO MATTER WHAT THE RATIONALE FOR A RECALL (EXCEPT THOSE CAUGHT WITH THEIR HANDS IN THE ‘TILL’!0, THE EXPENSE OF AN ELECTION DIRECTLY INVOLVING AN ELECTION OUT OF THE NORMAL SEQUENCE OF ELECTIONS, IS QUITE LARGE AND WOULD IMPOSE ITSELF, BY LAW, large expense UPON THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

    IN 1994 A DISGRUHNTLEWD GROUP LED BY A FORMER, seriously DISGRUNTLED PRINCIPAL, ALMOST ACHIEVED IT’S GOAL OF CAUSING A RECALL ELECTION. I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT WHEN THOSE GUYS SET UP THEIOR CARD TABLE AT VARIOUS SUPER STORES AROUNR TOWN, THAT I, AS AN INDIVIDUAL, PICKETED THOSE CHARACTERS, CAUSING ‘FRONT PAGE’ PUBLICIRT, NEGATIVE TO THEIR ACTIONS.

    NOW NEARING 80 YEARS OF AGE, I WONDER IF I HAVE THE STAMINA TO UBNDERTAKE THAT TASK AGAIN. ESPECIALLY SINCE NONE IN THIS SEEMINGLY DISINTERESTED TOWN CAME OUT TO HELP ME IN THAT BATTLE. NONE, NOT ONE TEACHER, NOR ONE UNION ORIENTED HUSD EMPLOYEE, WHOSE POCKET BOOK WOULD HAVE BEEN AFFECTED, CAME OUT TO HELP1 NO PARENT, TEACHER OR OVER BURDENED TAXPAYER WAS SUFFICIENTLY INTERESTED TO LEND A HAND!

    THAT IS WHY I AM SOMETIMES SEEN AND HEARD USING THE TERM ‘DOWN’TOWN WHEN DESCRIBING OUR BUSINESS CENTER.
    WAKE UP FOLKS!

    WHAT THIS TOWN NEEDS IS ASSISTAHNCE FROM CONCERNED CITIZENS IN THE NEEDED AID TO HUSD. BRING IT IN THE FORM OF VOLUNTEERISM, ON A CONSISTANT BASIS, IN AREAS OF ACTIVITY WHICH SERVE TO REDUCE CLASSROOM TRANSCIECE AS WELL AS JUST PLAIN ACTS OF ‘HOOKY’ AND WORST OF ALL, ‘DROPOUTS!!

    DID YOU KNOW, THAT ON ANY SCHOOL DAY 7% OF THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE ABSENT AT AMAJOR COST, IN LOST ADA MONEY, iF THAT IS NOT BAD ENOUGH, SEE ANOTHER 5% of middle school students absent with out excuse and 3% of elementasry students are absent! That very high rate of absenteeism costs HUSD $5,000,000 per year in lost support of money emanating from the state of California

    One can only wonder when attention, especially by PARENTS AS WELL AS teachers, will be drawn to that problem….

    Perhaps we need a ‘town hall meeting’ ?

  • John Kyle

    WHAT I REALLY FAIL TO ACCEPT IS THE FAILURE OF THE DAILY REVIEW TO PICK UP ON SOME OF THIS STUFF….INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING SEENINGLY IS A LOST ART…. THE ROOT CAUSE OF DECLINIG SUBSCRITIONS?