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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

    Would appreciate advice on outcome of the meeting at Husd. Would Mr/ Kurhis plaease post or phone immediaely ?

  • qodrn

    Yippe! I have never liked this guy since he lied to me about the old Project School. The district’s testing scores are on the verge of collasping. I am glad the district has pushed him out. I don’t miss that management team that got a huge raise because Hayward couldn’t function without them. Good Lord. I think only one of the three is left. I think this is a great move by the school board. Yay.

  • John Kyle

    Good, old smoke and mirrors can go off and write a book… about his six months benefit while Joe lunch bucket gets virtually nopthing aginst @125,000 +as a 26 week periood of no effort except looking for work…..

    Wonder who pays his hair oil bill after next June?

  • John Kyle

    What is really needed now is an organizred attack upon the classroom transience problem.

    If it is true, that in some schools of the district, that 40% of the students occupying seats at the beginning of the year, are not present at the conclusion of the year, then… we have a major problem which needs immediate attention……. involving the State Dept. of Education, The State legislature and the Association of Bay Area Governments ( ABAG).

    Write… write write ! Send letters to Alameda County Board of Supervisors so that direction can be given to ALAMEDA COUNTY’S BOARD OF EDUCATION ON THIS SUBJECT.

    WRITE TO STATE REPRESENTATIVES IN THE ASSEMBLY AS WELL AS THE SENATE, DEMANDING ATTENTION AS TO THE ROOT CAAUSES OF CLASSROOM TRANSIENCY.

    SUGGEST TO THEM THAT SINCE THE STATE DEPARETMENT OF CORRECTIONS, PAROLE DIVISION, HAS AN OFFICE IN HAYWARD, SERVING THE ENTIRE COUNTY, THAT WE MIGHT HAVE A PROBLEM WHEN ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS DO NOT HAVE A PROPORTIONATE SHARE OF PAROLLEES WHOSE CHILDREN LOOSE OUT …. IN THE CONFUSION CREATED BY RECIDIVISM.

    I SUSPECT THAT RECIDIVISM IS AROUND 70% WHICH MEANS THAT 70 OUT OF 100 PAROLLEES COMMIT A SECOND OFFENSE, CREATING FAMILY DISLOCATION WHEN ‘MOM’ FAILS TO PAY THE RENT BECAUSE SHE USES THE NONWY FOR LAWYERS OR BAIL… THEN AS A RESULT…..AND I USE THE WORDS RESERVEDLY, MOM AND THE KIDS ARE EVICTED AND CHANGE SCHOOLS…. IF THAT ASSUMPTION IS CORRECT, THEN, FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN WE MUST WORK TOWARDS solution of the transiency problem and it’s affect upon teat scores.

    Does anyone get it? Am I banging my head on the wall?

    DO NOT JUST SIT AND CURSE THE DARKNESS IN THE BELIEF THAT OTHERS, SMARTER THAN YOURSELF, ARE GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITHOUT YOUR HELP! IN THAT ATTITUDE LAYS THE BASIC WEAKNESS OF HUSD.

    INDIFFERENCE IS THE PATH TO HELL!

    TELL YOUR CHURCH LEADERS THAT THEY TOO HAVE A NEED TO UNDERTAKE SOME EFFECTIVE ACTION IN SUPPORT OF THE STUDENTS WITHIN THE HAYWARD SCHOOL DISTRICT.

    TAKE SOME TIME AWAY FROM “self”, YOU NEED TO THINK OF THE COMMON GOOD, AT WHICH, SUCCES IS IT’S OWN REWARD!

  • Fernando Hernandez

    Hi Mr. Kyle:

    Interesting thought regarding the effect of parolee recidivism and it’s effect the school’s performance…

    Lets hope that the Board of Education does a better job at researching the background of the new superintendent, and a better job of writing a contract than they have done in the past.

    How in the world does he get six months of salary for doing NOTHING?
    That after giving him a summer time pay raise after the strike that was not due or deserved.
    Their reasoning was at the time that they needed to give out these outrageous salaries to the top administrators in order to keep them from going elsewhere, and we have now seen how well that strategy worked! Though I bet Mr. Vigil will enjoy for many years the spiking of his retirement schedule!

    Maybe its time to hire a younger superintendent with new ideas, possibly from within the district? Somebody actually familiar with the district and it’s short fallings?

    I would also love to see Mrs. Sims either become engaged in the procedings or leave the Board.

    She hardly ever puts forth an opinion on what is being discussed, and during the last meeting she wasn’t even paying attention to the proceedings, forcing Mr. Frumkin to keep asking for the missing vote just so that they could move on with the agenda.

    Why in the world would somebody who is so obviously uninterested in the Board’s business agree to sit on the Board? Sitting on this Board should not be treated like just another fancy feather on somebody’s hat!

    If she is truly interested in the education of Hayward’s children, she should consider stepping down. The thought of her running for another term is frightening.

  • qodrn

    Wow! Mrs. Sims started out with a bang. What happened?
    Actually, I think the Board could replace her if she continues to be a problem.

    Good grief!

  • John Kyle

    Mrs. Sims is a smart lady and I imagine she had much to say in that final closed door meeting with the Supt.

    Hayward was Vigikl’s 9th job as a Supt. His carreer ciovered four states….. you figur it was tyhe present boasrd’s fault? I think previous Boarxd Members were blined….by God only knows what!

  • http://sbcglobal.net Watchdog

    Hopefully we will not get another “puppet” controlled by the man upstairs. $$$$$$$$$$= 16.8%

  • qodrn

    Yes I do blame the previous board…This is a BIG deal the change in superintendent, but I am amazed how little attention it seems to be getting. Not even a rousing goodbye on the HEA website….I hope Mr. Vigil doesn’t drive his wife crazy at home.

  • John Kyle

    PROABLY DID DRIVE HER NUTS WAS IT BECAUSE OF THE JOB HOPPING? DID HE RE-MARRY AFTER ARRIVAL HERE? WILL HIS REPUTED PURCHASE OF A HOME IN Hayward suggest he will be harmed if he sells..?? Sales of Real Estate at low prices are at least partLY CAUSED BY SCHOOL’S POOR PERFORMANCE hERE IN Hayward YOU SEE PART OF THAT LOSS IN VALUE CAUSED BY POOR SCHOOL STANDINGS IN API index of performance

    Poetic justice?

  • http://sbcglobal.net nocaldiver1

    5 years served for doing what the CFO recommends to get a retirment package. Nice job, for a remora on the shark.

  • Fernando Hernandez

    Reputed purchase? My understanding is he bought one of those condos down town where he lives,
    It would be interesting if he actually rented.

    You make a good point regarding the fact that the present Board is only 2/5 of our previous Board.

    I do think the previous board (two fifths of which are still serving) was responsible at least in part, since they did hire Mr. Vigil with the use of some consultant, if memory serves me right.

    Also on the previous board’s plate is the cost of buying out the superintendent before Vigil. I’m trying to recall the exact figure, I believe it was in the hundreds of thousands.

    That is what I’m referring to regarding the contract of the new supt.

    Hopefully the present Board will make sure they KNOW who they hire, their history, etc.

    And hopefully the Board will be careful about what clauses they have in the contract.

    I would love to hear the Board justify the six month “paid vacation” to the tune of over $125,000. Hopefully this was not just a going away present…

    Is this accrued vacation time he is cashing out? Maybe the next contract could limit the accumulation of vacation time.

    Was this a contractual clause negotiated by the previous Board that he would get half a year’s salary if asked to leave on account of lack of a positive performance? ( It would seem odd to agree to pay somebody if you ask them to leave on account of poor performance!)

    Is he getting this as a lump sum and, is this going to be counted as part of his salary?
    Is this “bonus” going to be included somehow in the formula of his pension?
    What are the implications of this, if any, on the cost of his pension to the tax payers?

    I imagine those who read this post have read the recent articles of pension spiking in one of our local fire districts…

    I hope the Board addresses some of these questions at their next meeting,

  • John Kyle

    It would be well to place the salary of the next Superintendent in a coparison with jobs such ass the City of San Francisco pays it’Mayor less than Our recent Supt of schools. ($ 179,000.!)

    It is belt tightening time for all….. Geez, even the B of A President will be cut down! ( Which is Good news since those egotistical slobs have permitted the Stock Dividends to slip down to $ 0.01 per share for the last three quarters!!!!! B of A a penny stock? Could you ever imagine it? A.P Giannini must be rolling over in his grave!

    tHE THING THAT GALLS ME IS THAT vIGIL WENT nORTH FOR A FEW DAYS EARLY IN nOVEMBER AND WAS REPUTED TO HAVE DELIVERED A SPEECH TO EDUCATORS….tOPIC WAS “GOOD SCHOOLS!” ( I THINK HE WAS JOB HUNTING!)

  • qodrn

    Still not much comment on the change, not even from the school supervisors who usually speak up on this board. Stanger and stranger.

  • John Kyle

    Qdrn

    If not aware, be advised that personnel matters are always conducted behind CLOSED Doors….. the right to privacy on matters involving employee realations TREATED LIKE BEING IN THE SANCTUM SANCTORUM (HOLY OF HOLIES) and heavy penalties come down on he/she who breaks the State Code on the subject!

    THE REALITY IS THAT HAD YOU BEEN FOLLOWING THE GOINGS ON, BY READING THE SCHOOL bOARD AGENDA AND MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS YOU WOULD KNOW THAT THE TEST SCORES OF CHILDREN ARE WELL BELOW THE AVERAGE TO THE POINT THAT sTATE OF cALIFONIA MAY TAKE OVER….. HOW DO YOU LIKE THOSE APPLES?

    DID YOU READ THE EDITORIAL PAGE OF THE rEVIEW FOR DEC 3RD, 2009….. THE 500 + WORD BIT ENTITLED “HAYWARD NEEDS TO CREATE A NEW SENSE OF COMMUNITY…….” ESPECIALLY THE LAST PARAGRAPH! PERHAPS IF YOU WENT TO THE REVIEW OFFICE ON fOOTHILL THEY WILL SELL YOU A BACK ISSUE…. FOR ABOUT $1.00 THAT WOULD GET YOU UP TO SPEED ON THE SUBJECT OF JOB PERFORMANCED AND THE DIFFICULTIES WE ARE EXPERIENCING WITH husd>

    YA GOTTA STAY TUNED IN!

  • Justwatching

    It wasn’t a complete surprise to me to see Dr. Vigil announce his retirement at this time with another $12 million of red ink in the wings. I remember when his came aboard and he said he would only be her in Hayward for 5 years until he retired. I do believe its time to look for a young energetic candidate that can come to Hayward with fresh new ideas with a salary expectation not that of the Chevron Corps of the world. HUSD is an educational institution funded by tax payers and unlike the Banks and Oil Companies that increase interest or the cost of fuel to keep profits a head of inflation, school districts can’t compete on these playing fields.

  • John Kyle

    Yeah, He ‘retired early’ but then how do you explain the $125,o00 free ride ? $125,000 is half a years salary! ($259,000 plus ‘perks’?) Hell the man was drawing down more than the Guv’nor ($179,000.) and Nayor of San Francisco’ (246,000.) Frankly he was over paid and I beleive the trustees recognized the error…. the $125,000 might, in his case, be a cheap way to get him out of the way for more competant Supt. at a lower price. I belive he was fired, but give him credit for protecting his interests…. any how…. he ‘retired’ and the ‘goodbye gift’ was a thank you for retiring early? You figure it out! I for one am exhausted after the presence of the man for over four years.!

  • Justwatching

    Of all the superintendents that I have had the privilege to work with he seem to be the most reclusive. It was like pulling teeth to get a meeting with him.

    If I remember correctly, it was only last year that the HUSD Board approved an extension to his contract for one more year and it is very possible he has accrued sick leave and vacation time that is owed to him. Of course that information would all be included in his contract

  • John Kyle

    One of the things he got at the end of the first three years was an increment to his retirment benefit!

    ^ months salary = $125,000. x 2 = one tear’s salary…..

    more than the Governor by about 70,000$ and more than the Mayor of San Franccisc by about $5,000 per year,

    Yesterday I was adviosed that Charter Schools send studednts back to HUSD if they are not performimng well! Do they lease our buildings or do they pay fair market Value If they lease our buildings does the rental income make it possible to pay higher salaries?

    Don’t blame O’Bama!

  • Justwatching

    It has been my understanding that if a school district has surplus buildings and a charter school wants to use them the school district has to let them use the buildings. I am not sure if the pay rent at all.

  • Fernando Hernandez

    Hi Mr. Kyle:

    As a parent with two kids in a charter school in Hayward I found your last post interesting,

    Just to make sure I understand you correctly regarding “charter schools send students back to HUSD if they are not performing well”,

    Do you mean the schools DENY access to those students?
    Or are the parents deciding on their own to bring their kids back to HUSD?
    Or are the schools actively encouraging these parents to seek these transfers?

    Also, if you don’t mind me asking but I think it is important,
    What is your source for this information?

    Thanks in advance

  • John Kyle

    My advice came from a woman deeply involved in HUSD.

    I woul;d nt care to reveal her name without her being forwarned.

  • John Kyle

    From Hedgerow University or the College of the Crofts?
    this was recently handed me and I think it is worth sharing!
    …………………

    There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled folks like me.

    What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans and especially the partridge that won’t come out of the pear tree, have to do with Christmas?

    This week, I found out…..

    From 1538 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechetical song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the church. Each element in the carol has a code word for religious reality which children could remember.

    -The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

    -Two turtle doves were the old and the new testaments.

    -Three French hens stood for faith hope and love.

    -The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

    The five golden rings recalled the Torah or law, the first five books of the old testament.

    -The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

    -Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit- Prophesy,
    Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy.

    -The eight maids a milking were the eight beatitudes.

    -Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit, Love Joy, Peace, Patience,
    Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.

    -The ten Lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

    -The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

    - The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

  • John Kyle

    …. another from not too long ago…. 1930 – 1940? or even earlier given the use of the term ‘bit’ recall that we once called our quarter ‘two bits’ and that pieces of 8 were an 1/8th of dollar or, 12 and a half cents!

    ’twas the night before Payday and all through my jeans,

    Ive searched and searched for the ways and the means,

    Not a quarter was stiring, not even a bit.

    Turn forward turn forward o’ time in thy flight,

    and make it tomorrow, just for this night.

  • qodrn

    Lovely poetry. Merry Christmas John.

  • John Kyle

    GADZOOKS…. I OMITTED SOME OF THE ORIGINAL…..

    INSERT BETWEEN THE SECOND AND THIRD LINES…

    THE GREEBACKS HAVE LEFT ME, THE PENNIES DID QUIT

  • thirstfortruth

    I realize we are heading straight into Christmas, but as a HUSD teacher the thread seems to have taken a wrong turn. I believe that Mr. Frumpkin and Company must make sure the candidates for School Superintendent are well vetted, not just a retread looking a payday

  • John Kyle

    AH HA ! THIRST FOR TRUTH IS A THINKER! YOU DON’T HARDLY GET THAT KIND NO MORE!

    LET US ALSO HOPE THAT THE SALARY PAID FOR A REPLACEMENT IS BIT LOWER… MORE IN KEPING WITH THAT OF THE GOVERNOR OR THE MAYOR OF SAN FRASNCISCO.

    THE SIX MONTHS PAY GIVEN THE RECENTLY RESIGNED WHIZ SMACKED AS THE PAYOFF OF A CONTRACT WHEN THE DEPARTURE IS INVOLUNTARY PER TERMS OF A ‘SMART’ CONTRACT.
    VOLUNTARY RESIGNATIONS OUGHT SEE THE END OF A CONTRACT….. OR PERHAPS THE ‘RETURN’OF SOME MONEY FOR VIOLATION OF A CONTRACT…… WHO WRITES THESE DEALS?

  • John Kyle

    AH HA! THIRTSFORTRUTH IS A thinker!!!
    GOOD GRIEF, I THOUGHT THAT KIND WAS EXTINCT!
    DOES THE HIGH LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT OCCUR IN SUPT. RANKS?

    OR MUST WE PAY A HIGHER SALARY THAN THAT WHICH THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA OR THE MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO
    RECEIVES?

    HECK, I THOUGHT THE HIGH AMOUINT PAID THE VOLUNTEER RETIREE WAS EXORBITANT… ASSUMING HIS RETIREMENT WAS VOLUNTARY….uSUALLY, YOU PAY A PENALTY FOR A FORING WHICH BREAKS THE TERM OF THE CONTRACT…. BUT WHEN THE TERMINATION IS VOLUNTARY….

    WHY THE EQUIVALENT AMOUNT OF THE REMAINING PERIOD OF THE CONTRACT.

    SOMETHIMG FAILS THE EYE TEST HERE! I THINK THE $125k WAS FOR INVOLUNTARY TERMINATION? ISN’T THAT BECOMING A HABIT AT HUSD?

  • thirstfortruth

    Agreed Mr. Kyle, the early departure with contract intact does not surprise me in the least. If, for instance, Peralta were to jettison Elihu Harris, I am certain he would be paid for the last 6 months of his contract ( I’m pretty certain he will not be retained)ending in June. As for a replacement, the teachers in the district are making their feeling known to board members through back channels. I have been impressed with the new Super in Oakland, though it is still to early to tell, maybe he has a friend? I am slightly biased because he went to CAL. The bottom line is we need to improve scores and the district allows any parent to transfer their child to surrounding districts at will. So along with a bad reputation, a poor economy strangling resources, we are also experiencing a brain drain that the school district does not seem to object to. We have to create an attractive learning environment, so we can counter the recruitment of students by LPS, Logan, CVHS and the rest. We have many excellent teachers, who work their tails off in difficult circumstances. We will continue to do so. A strong leader who does not hand off responsibility for instruction to outside consultants (WestEd)is needed. It is not to late, the teachers will hold the line until reinforcements arrive.

  • thirstfortruth

    Just to stir the pot, HUSD has a job posting for Assistant Superintendent HR at $174,000. Oakland Supe got $275,000. Seems to me that Mayors of major cities come cheap.

  • John Kyle

    In the Corporate world, you are unable to become a first Vice Presisent util you have at least three Vice Presidents under your name in the orgabizational chart.

    To become a vice president you need at least three Assistant Vice Presuents; an assistant vice Preesident needs three clerks and each clerk is trusted with a key to the rest room at which the president expects you to be present when the need to have someone present for thge purpose of opening the door, at all times is a hotly sought after ‘perk’.

    HUSD is just ‘modernizing’ … so what is your beef?

  • John Kyle

    Suddenly, I realized that we are not being invited to a ‘going away’ party for HUSD Supt. D. Vigil! Let us all mail him a Happy New Year Card….. address the envelope to HUSD Offices at 24411 Amador, Hayward, Ca. 94550.

    Mark the ennvelope; PLEASE FORWARD!

  • qodrn

    Well, I just caught up on my school board meetings. Items of note: Mr. Frumpkin is now the President.
    The district is going to reconstitute two schools. I am gathering this means kicking out everyone who is there, and then setting up some kind of small learning situation. (Funny, didn’t we just up the size of the grammer schools?) Anyway, my choices for recon are Longwood and Harder. Also we now have cameras everywhere at schools, so if you are one who drops off their garbage at these schools, you best watch out. Also, the garbage fees at Harder and high schools are over $15,000 per month. Gee, you think they could get a break. The new superintendent is making about 1000/day, not sure but I think this is less than the old guy, but not sure. We have to chop 12 million dollars from the budget next year. Time to say goodbye to the small class sizes I think. Hate to say it, but my son’s reading classes were actually smaller before the big cut back to 20 students due to early and late birds. Also it seems all Hayward schools now have parent centers with coffee. Don’t how they handle those of us who don’t drink coffee; guess that is next year.

  • John Kyle

    Wow! QOdren sure comes up with amazing stuff… suspect it not really thought out…. For example,is the reputed $1.000 per day for the interim SUPT. BASED ON CALENDAR DAYS OR SCHOOL DAYS? THE SPREAD BETWEEN ONE AND THE OTHER IS ABOUT $180 K PER YEAR… MUCH MORE THAN HE WHO TOOK A WALK WAS PAId….. I MEAN THAT IN THE BASEBALL SENSE…. tHE $125k TO BE PAID THE EX. SUPT MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN NECESSARY HAD HE AcTuALLY JUST RESIGNED IN FAVOR OF FILING FOE HIS RETIREMENT MONEY… $ THE $125,00 PAID HIM FROM JAN 2010 TO JUNE 30,2010 WOULD BE RESUlT OF HAVING TO MEET THE TERMS OF THE ‘CONTRACT’ IF HE WAS THE ‘VICTIM’ OF HAVING BEEN FIRED.

    AS TO qdrn’s CHOICES OF SCHOOLS BEING SELECTED FOR ‘RECONSTITUTION’ WHERE WOULD YOU SEND THOSE ‘KICKED OUT of the present campus?.

    tHOSE WHO READ MY DEC 3RD, 2009 “MY wORD” PIECE IN DAILY REVIEW MIGHT THINK ME SPITEFUL OR EVEN REVENGEFUL, In A GENERAL CASTIGATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

    SUCH IS NOT THE CASE…. MY REAL GOAL IS TO BRING TOGETHER THE CREATION OF A ‘TOWN HALL MEETING’ which is conceived as being a MEETING OF VOTERS WHO ACTUALLY RESIDE WItHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, WHOSE SEVICE AREAS ON THE NORTHERN PORTION OF THOSE BOUDARIES EXCEED THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY.

    lIKE IT OR NOT THE USE OF THE NAME ‘HAYWARD’ ADVERSEKLY AFFECTS THE CITY SINCE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S HAS NEGATIVE AFFECT ON THE CITY. THAT IS DUE TO IT’S RANKING IN LAST POSITION WITHIN THE RANKINGS OF ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE COUNTY.

    WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND EXCERCISE OUR ‘POLITICAL POWER’ OVER SOME THINGS ABOUT WHICH NEITHER CITY OR SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS POWER OVER AFFECTS OF STATE ACTIONS NOT NOT UNDER OUR CONTROL… FOR EXAMPLE: IHAVE BEEN ‘SONEWALLED’ IN MY EFFORTS (THGUS FAR) TO DETERMINE JUST HOW MANY PAROLED FELONS ACTUALLY LIVE IN THE DISTRICT. HAYWARD POLICE OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT THE NUMBER IS HIGHER HERE WHEN ONE CONSIDERS THE PROPORTIONM OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS TO THE WHOLE OR DIRECT COMPARISON WITH OTHER CITIES AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF THE COUNTY..

    TO PUT IT BLUNTLY, IS OUR LACK OF SUCCESS DUE TO THE FACT THAT PLEASANTON, AS AN EXAMPLE, FAILS TO MEET ABAG GOALS FOR LOW INCOME HOUSING?? THE IMPLICATION BEING THAST SINCE PAROLED FELONS ARE RETURNED TO THE COUNTY IN WHICH THEY DID THE ‘JOB’ THAT RESULTED IN CONVICTION, ARE WE ABSORBING MORE THAT OUR SHARE IN HUSD BOUNDARIES BECAUSE OF OUR COMPLIABCE, IN HAYWARD WITH LOW INCOME HOUSING GOALS?

    THOSE THOUGHTS AND A FEW OTHERS ARE MOTIVATING ME AS WELL AS ANY OTHERS, THAT I CAN CONVINCE, THAT WE MUST HAVE A ‘TWON HALL MEETING’ IN WHICH VALID CONCERNS CAN BE BROUGHT FORWARD, NOT BY SCHOOL TRUSTEES; BUT BY CITY cOUNCIL BUT BY OF US IN SUFFICIENT NUMBERS TO OPELY DISCUSS AND CAUSE CURATIVE ACTIONS…. BEFORE CITY AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMEBRS CAN EXPECT RE-ELECTION. ACTIONS OCCUR ..WHEN POLITICIANS AT STATE LEVEL ARE PURSUED BY TJOSE ELCTED ATR LOCAL LEVEL ARE UNITED.

    UNITY IS A COMMUNITY DESIRE OBTAINED BY COMMON EFFORT AND NOT BY THOSE WHO WRITE ‘BLOG THOUGHTS’ NOT PROPERLY PREPARED.

    PAROL;ED FELONS, IN MY OPINION RESULTING FROM BELIEF THAT THE VERY HIGH RATE OF RECIDIVISM IMPOSES CONDITIONS WHERE THOSE FAMLIES OF REPEAT OFFENDERS… ARE DISRUPTED TO THE POINT THAT THE CHILDREN OF FELONS MOVE ABOUT HITHER AND THISTHER IN SUCH REPETITIVE FASHION THAT IT HAS DREADFUL AFFECT THEM PERSONNALY BUT ALSO UPON CLASSROOM TRANSIENCY….. AND TEST SCORES. THOSE POOR KIDS ARE VIRTUALLY DOOMED TO FAILURE…. MUCH IN THE FASHION OF THE GRANT fAMILY…

    OSCAR’S DAD IS/WAS IN PRISON AS A CONVICTED MURDERER AND THE BOY GREW UP IN HIGHLY NEGATIVE CONDITIONS IN HIS LONGWIOOD AREA HOME….HIS BROTHER WAS A SUICIDE AT AGE 16, … WHICH MAY HAVE LED TO HIS POOR COMPORTMENT LEADING TO DEATH AT THE HANDS OF A POORLY TRAINED BART COP.

    SO FOLKS… LET US STOP THE ‘BITCHING’ AND DO SOME- THING ‘PRO-ACTIVE’… DEMAND A TOWN HALL MEETING SPONSORED BY BOTH CITY AND SCHOOL DISTRICT, SO THAT MORE CREATIVE IDEAS AND A CONSEQUENT PLAN OF ACTION WILL PRODUCE RESOLUTION OF THE HUSD PROBLEMS WHICH HAVE LED TO A LONG HISTORY OF SUPERINTENDENTS DEPART- ING UNDER EXPENSIVE TERMINATIONS OF CONTRACTS…..
    ( WAS IT SEVEN OR EIGHT ‘SUDDEN DEPARTURES’ BY SUPERINTENDENTS… SPACED BY ‘INTEREM’ SUPT’S IN THE LAST 20 YEARS? WHEN DID OUR LAST SUPT RETIRE WITH OUT RANCOR?

    I BLAME IT ALL UPON INDIFFERENT VOTERS AS WELL AS THOUGHTLESS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS HERE BLOG!

    IT IS UP TO YOU !!!! dO NOT UNLOAD ONLY ON THOSE SITTING CHAIRS TO WHICH THEY WERE ELECTED……THINK ABOUT YOUR OWN FAILURES TO RATIONALIZE A TRUE PATH TO SUCCESS FOR STUDENTS.

  • qodrn

    Hmmm. Well the minutes/summary say that the new temp sup is getting $9…/day. Nearly $1000. No, it doesn’t what days mean. I guess work days, but who knows?

    I don’t know what the district does when the reconstitute with the “old” students. Wondering that myself. I am not the one reconstituting, just reporting.

    I agree that with a district full of teachers, it is rediculous to hire outside teachers for tutoring.

    I agree that if Hayward is letting students go to other school districts, big mistake. And yes, the other schools are siphoning off the best students.
    Maybe a good start would be to admit it is a problem.
    Maybe the HUSD should change its name to East Bay United School District.

  • John Kyle

    I doubt that a name change would resolve the problem.

    Stay tuned….. and if you hear something about a town Hall meetin sponsored by both HUSD and City as a means of hearing ‘input’ by voters…. by all means attend!

  • husd student

    NAME CHANGE!? NO! WE ARENT LIKE CAL STATE!

    ONE SCHOOL DISTRCT CAN NOT REPESENT THE WHOLE EAST BAY! YOU MUST BE TRIPPING!

  • obama.newage

    I thin we need more regular people like us to tell the board where they need to improve.

  • obama newage

    How did cal state Hayward get their name changed?

  • John Kyle

    Watziss? A new Scribbler?

    Obama Newage, in reply to your vetry firdt submission….

    You do not TELL the Board…. a mistake commonly made by uninformed folks, especially when thiose who TELL theBoard what they want done…. are not regular voters in the se3nse that they fail to vote at every single opportunity they seek.

    Wise voters, lay back and attend meetuings, review the agenda, ask quewstions but do not TELL the Board ubtil they know what the hell they are talking about. Here in Hayward, we fail to hear the answers even when we do ask questuion…. the idea being that in many cases ( Very many cASES?) THE bOARD MEMBER REALIZES THAT IF THEY SAID ANYTHING REASAONABLE IN RESPONSE TO DUMB QUESTIONS, THAT THE VOTER WOULD BE p o’d and not vote to keep the good board members..

    It is like study hall…. ( I’ll bet you never heard that wxpression…!) Study hall is that time between classes when you seek a quiet place to study the iddues…. issues are the pertient thing you need to know.

    Take for example thename change at Cal State1. When our leasers worked very hard to get a campus of the Californuia State College System, some bargaining had to occur.

    One of the objections raised to locating here on a hill way back in the early planning ers….. was the fact that the site was remote in the sense that you would work up a real sweat and tire out if you just walked or rode a two wheel bike….. especially if you were from flat land areas where you did not frequently walk up hills.

    Ti induce the decision ,makers who had the ‘final say’

  • John Kyle

    damn! the thing was posted before I finished with the above scribble…… I continue…..
    Our local folks had to demonstrate that there would be transport, of all types to the site, on the hill….

    Like Buses on frewquent service, better roads and especially a freeway along tyhe Hillside known as the 238 Bypass which would connect with the freeway numbered 680 in Fremont’s ission District.

    Well the state went and bought what is knownb as the ‘right of way’ using the right or power of eminent domain.

    Then since constructuion was not immanent due to lack of cabbage to buy the dirt moving truscks, concrete road paving, on and off ramps, guard railess etc… the actual freeway with off ramps near the campus was delayeed.

    In the meantime The State of California rented out the properties that they had acquired from lomng time residents of the area, to those folks who rented while accepting the idea that they mihght have to move out when the road building activity. After a while, many began to think they owned the right to remain so theyt jopined forces with a dissident professor at Cal State and a certain County Supervisor to urge abandonment of tyhe freeway.

    Well that battle dragged on but the students enrolled where havin one hell of as time scheduling classes tio fit the work hours that employers of part time help needed in those part time jobs…. amny of which were in areas well away from Hayward.

    So Cal State offered classes in leased sspace in new Oakland office buildings and even opene3d up a campus in Contra Costa County. All of those off site areas where education occurred soon attracted almost as many students as thoes which could attennd from araes suchas Hayward and Fremont…….

    So Cal State President Norma Reese, understanfdably enough, went with the flow…. why Honor the earlier agreement to name the Campus for Hayward and ignore the areas where students lived and fom which atreas there were sufficient numbers to agree that the lack of suitable time saving roads, buses etc was sufficient reason for students to atten class in other areas.

    So when the Cal State Professor Sherman Lewis AND folks like AlAMEEA County Supervisor Gail Steele, who led the fight to cancel the freway thus failinbg to meet the original intent for naming the Campus “Cal State Haywrd”…. guess what?

    Especially when Ms Steele complained out loud to anyone listening….. WELL! do you think that the…
    Republican Governor gave a tinker’s damn about the The outrage exhibited by that Democrat County Supervisor over the removal of the name Hayward…

    Do not be surprised when the new ‘downtown loop’ makes it more difficult to REACH “Cal State East Bay!”

    STUDY HARD, GET A GOOD JOB, BUY A HOUSE AND RAISE A FAMILY IN ‘STONEBRAE’ THE TRACT OF EXPENSIVE HOUSING AND GOLF AT THE TOP OF THE HILL. IF YOU LIVE THERE YOU CAN TRAVEL ALONG THE TOP OF THE HILL A PATH WHICH LEADS THROUGH FIVE CANYONS TO EAST BOUND 580 WHERE YOU REACH A real mall FOR SHOPPING. WHY RISK YOUR LIFE AT OUR LOCAL ‘SHOOTIONG MALL’ tHEY CAN CATCH bART FOR CLASSES IN oAKLAND BY USING THE CASTRO VALLEY WHICH IS PROBABLY SAFER THAN THE TWO IN HAYWARD.

  • Alex

    i dont find nothing wrong with Hayward’s mall or bart stations.

    i rather shop at Southland than Stoneridge…

  • John Kyle

    ALEX
    THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH A BART sTATION EXCEPT THAT THEY SEEM TO BE A GATHERING PLACE FOR TROUBLE MAKERS…. DEPENDING ON THE WEARTHER OF COURSE.

    BECAUSE THE BUSES USE BART AS A CENTRAL STOP YOUNG PEOPLE TEND TO MEET THERE…. SOME ARE A CONCERN TO POLICE DUE TO BEHAVIORS.

    STONE RIDGE IS A LARGER HIGHER QUALITY MALL. ON TWO LEVELS, HAVING THE BENEFIT OF A SURROUNDING POPULATION WITH INCOMES HIGHER, ON AVERAGE, THEN HERE AT HAYWARD.

    WHEN THE NEW BART STATION OPENS IN DUBLIN WITH THE PEDESTRIAN ACCESS IN FAIRLY CLOSE WALKIBG DISTANCE TO THAT MALL…. WATCH THE ACTION THEN. iT WILL DRAW THE TROUBLE MAKERS …..

    SOUTHLAND AS YOU WELL KNOW HAS HAD SOME TROUBLE WITH FIRE ARMS…. I EVEN SAW A BUNCH REGULARLY PLAYING THREE CARD MONTE GANE IN THAT OPEN PASSAGE WAY NEXT TO THE kohl’S STORE…. THAT SCARES THE HELL OUT OF LITTLE OLD LADIES WHO FEAR THE GANG INFLUENCE AROUND THE CARD GAME ETC ETC. SOUTHLAND DOES NO WHERE NEAR THE BUSINESS THAT STONERIDGE DRAWS.

    DID YOU KNOW THAT MACY’S HAS TWO STORES AT STONERIDGE…. ONE FOR UP-SACLE BUYERS AND THE OTHER CATERING MORE TO KIDS CLOTHING, ‘BARGAINS IN WOMEN’S WEAR OR SOME SUCH….I SIT IN THE CAR WHEN MY BARGAIN HUNTING WIFE VISITS THE STONERIDGE AREA BEFORE VISITS TO FRIENDS AND RELATIVES IN THAT AREA….. THERE IS A DIFFEREENCE IN THE DEMEAMOR AND WEALTH AS EVIDENCED BY CARS, ATTIRE ETC OF THE SHOPPERS.

  • obama newage

    Ok Kyle! Thnx. But i will never get used to the name Cal State Ebay and many people like myself feel the same way around Hayward

  • obama newage

    I have been watching some of these school board meetings and I admit they are actually not so dry anymore. I was surprised how much the current interim superintendent is getting paid. Almost $1000 a day YIKES!!! Just like the previous post complained. WOW!!. I am sure the people are thinking the expense of how much money was paid for the last one and this new superintendent. I can see why that board member Reynoso gets upset sometimes when he talks about all contracts with his administrators. Something interesting he brought up was a performance clause for the superintendent. But I don’t think the rest of the board agreed with that. It seems the HUSD staff does not know what they are doing. Finally we get someone on the board that stands out and holds someone accountable and NOT be a part of the old rubber stamp board.

  • Alex

    i used to be one of them young people that hang around hayward bart back in middle school. i took the bus alot to winton and bret harte.

    i have only been to stoneridge a few times. its ok. i rather shop at southland or bayfair…

  • teachermama

    Well, I wouldn’t like to go back to the old rubber stamping board either, but man, Reynoso can talk! Tonight Gonzales told him she couldn’t listen to him anymore.

    Seems like the D.O. is still top-heavy when it comes to $$. Reynoso said we are spending almost 5 grand a DAY on business managers, and basically pushed the staff to work for their money without hiring outside consultants. And $935/day is obscene, even though Duran is better than any of the supts. we’ve had in the 10 yrs. I’ve been with the district.

    As for Vigil, don’t let the door hit you on the way out . . . He must be laughing all the way to the bank. Turns out history DOES repeat itself, at least in Hayward.

  • John Kyle

    Teachermama…..

    Did you Read Supt.’ lengthy opinion piece in the “MY WORD” piece with the editorial page of the Review?

    If not, go out and acquire the issue of February 10, 2010.

    Tell us all what you think?

  • qodrn

    I think the district is in for some big cuts. They didn’t really cut the last year or so, so now they have to do it all at once. And even though they kept things like K-3 low class room size, the district’s state scores have dropped at most schools. The district could help by stopping all outside contracts but they won’t. Truthfully, this wouldn’t save all that much, but it would be an example. I think we can all write until we are exhausted; there is no state money. The state did the same thing; instead of making cuts that were needed, they hung on hoping that things would improve. What has happened is that where foreclosure were in low income areas, they are now moving into higher income areas as people use up their resources. If your 20 percent in the hole, you have to cut 20 percent of your expenses, like it or not. With the average unemployment being 7 months, times are still hard.