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HUSD board applicants

 

 Ten applicants for the temporary schools trustee position were announced at last night’s school school board meeting. They are:

Carolina Abatayo

Jesus Armas

Rick Bartholomew

Regina Brooks-Day

Audie Bock

Lawrence Fitzpatrick

William McGee

Kelly Rocchio

Monica Schultz

Cathy Stegall

An 11th candidate also turned in an application, but because the person was under 18, it was considered ineligible.

The board will hold a special public meeting from 1 to 5 p.m. on March 17 at the district offices to interview the candidates, and they are expected to make an appointment afterward. The temporary trustee will be sworn in on March 24 and serve until the board election in November.

Eric Kurhi

  • John Kyle

    March 11, 2010

    Mr. Paul Frumkin, President;
    Board of Trustees
    Hayward Unified Schools
    23311 Amador St.
    Hayward Ca. 94550

    Dear Mr. Frumkin;

    Last evening I was elated to hear that former City Manager, Jesus Armas had submitted a request to be considered for the appointment as replacement in the empty seat on the Board of Trustees.

    I have been a resident of Hayward since February or March of year 1961 and have pretty much followed civic and school board concerns, even though neck deep in supporting my children’s education through St. Joachim’s School and follow up at Moreau Catholic H.S.

    After retirement from regular work place, I became involved with neighborhood activity and eventuated to become the elected chairperson of the Longwood- Winton Grove Neighborhood Task Force which completed it‘s report to the City in 1994. That experience and effort made me acutely aware of , 1.) the problems of public school education; 2.) acute awareness of the physical condition of the grounds and buildings at the Longwood School.

    Mr. Armas was the City manager when the Longwood Neighborhood Task Force was established; when the construction of the present City Hall commenced his acute awareness of the City and School District problems, caused a phone call to me in which he stated… ‘John, we have a surplus building utilized in the construction of the new firehouse and it now sits on the City hall site and must be removed. Have a look at it and tell me if it would be suitable for your proposed site resident facility at Longwood School.

    Mr. Armas had the building moved to the Sunset School site where it sat until HUSD could bring itself to spend the funds needed to install it on the Longwood School grounds.

    Let me also state that he generously installed a water service to the Longwood School grounds, free of cost to HUSD so that an ‘advance‘ from the HUSD Maintenance Assessment District permitted installation of a temporary water service, requiring use of 100’ length hoses and ’quick couplers’ which permitted me opportunity to rid the playfield of ’ankle busting’ fissures in the adobe soils present in flatland Hayward. Needless to say his unsolicited use of initiative to serve the schools and the children of this area is much appreciated.

    Mr. Armas also performed a miracle with the creation of the Burbank School. That was a very complex transaction involving land development in the warehouse areas of the Hunt’s Cannery operation, redevelopment agency funding with Hayward Area Park District (HARD) involvement while dancing through the complexities of the financial arrangements needed to bring us the new Burbank School. I had forty years of banking with 30 of those years involving real estate appraisal and finance. He dazzled me at a time when I was cocksure that I had seen it all! It was complex!

    Mr. Armas was almost 15 years in service to City of Hayward and in my estimation was the City’s finest, at least to the time he retired. What the future holds for Mr. Jones in that role is problematic and deepens since the mortgage scandal popped upon the scene.

    Mr. Armas is bi-lingual which should assuage the concerns of a large part of our diverse population. We are going to need real involvement with the community in resolving the API scores which in my estimation is greatly caused by absenteeism as well as transience. Mr. Armas is intellectually equipped to bring substance to cure the causes of the loss of ADA money which has incredible affect upon HUSD Budget. I think he is capable of bringing greater awareness of that situation throughout the school population and not just what we Anglo’s brashly call ‘minority’ groups.

    I would be deeply disappointed if the remaining trustees failed to appoint Mr. Armas to the seat vacated by Ms. Gonzales.

    Cordially,

    John W. Kyle

  • John Kyle

    This is the letter I indicated would be published in an earlier post. It is incomplete ONLY to the extent that the exhibits are not also attached…. those exhibits consist of the “My Word Piece” published in the Daily Review on Dec 3, 2009 as well as the follow up aricle I had hoped to see published in January…. the rules were changed and Review indicated it would not be published untuil May.

    Basically it followed up on a theme. Since none in Hayward had written their own respons, pro or con, I had assumed that the public was totally indifferent. I am not convinced that much has changed in the minds of the voters.

    That is why I have spoken of the need for a town hall meeting….. where only positive thoughts would be permitted rather than the damn negative attitude we see constantly expressed at Public comments before the HUSD Trustees at their public meetings.

    WAKE UP FOLKS…. DO NOT LAY THE PROBLEM ENTIRELY ON HUSD ADMINISTRATION….. THE FAILURE IS FOUND IN THE IABILITY OF THOSE AMONG US TO OFFER POSITIVE, CONSTRUCTIVE THOUGHT PROCESSES,

    YOU WANT CHANGE ? SEEK IT BY DEMANDING A TOWN HALL MEETING UNDER THE RULES i HAVE SUGGESTEED.
    rEMEMBER THE COMIC STRIP CHATRACTER pogo? ” WE HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND THEY IS US! ”

    READ ON…

    March 3, 2010
    Mr. Paul Frumkin, President,
    Members of The Board of Trustees,
    Ms. Janis Duran, Interim Superintendent
    True Copy afforded to:_Blog ‘Hayword
    l
    Ladies and Gentlemen;

    I draw your attention to the enclosures particularly, that which is a copy of an article, written by myself and published on Dec. 3rd, 2009. At the time of that writing it was fully my intention to submit another after the 30 day time lapse requirement which, I thought, to be required under the rules of the game established by those in control of what is reputed to be our ‘local’ news paper.

    I bring to your attention the last paragraph of that published missive, (enclosed for additional perusal), which some of you might have read as being abusive to you personally or, as a team. I also enclose the original of the ‘My Word‘: opinion piece which I had thought to see published in January 2010. To my great dismay, the rules have changed!

    Again I say: ‘As an absolute, we need creation of a new sense of community, the present lack of which is a failure of voters as well as school district administration‘.
    .
    As I promised I would do, during my appearance at the ‘public comment’ period occurring at the meeting of February 10, 2010, I entreat you to give a serious read of that item, (enclosed, which was intended for publication in January). Do this for purposes of enlisting greater public support while aiding needed corrections to a budget that none of us wish to see employed in fiscal year 2010- 2011.

    Not too long ago, you made an appeal to the voters of this school district, to support HUSD’s reconstruction or modernization bonds. It is my belief that responsible citizens will provide personal time and effort to effective, additional programs, if assured that HUSD will accept and act upon well conceived assistance proffered by volunteers.

    In your recent survey posed for public review and solicited participation at the HUSD website, you asked for opinions on various line items of the budget including that dealing with the ‘Sports’ program. Frankly, I indicated abandonment of the present finance program for sports. What is needed is formal creation of an ad hoc group ( read commission ??) established in a formal manner and treated with as a formal group, just as you do with the Personnel Commission. The PIE group which has been helpful in
    the past ought be expanded and formalized as a ‘commission’ possessing broader numbers of a service minded individuals. It operates in an area not associated with sports. SPORTS AID PRIDE IN A SCHOOL BY STUDENTS.!

    There was nothing I enjoyed more than my membership ( beginning immediately upon 21st birthday,) associated with Oakland’s ‘service club’ known as the Junior Chamber of Commerce. JC’s had ten or eleven standing, formalized committees. Each met once a week for the purpose of planning their next project and at times in the year such as at Christmas season, we had almost as many activities, AS WE HAD COMMMITTEES occurring between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Some required extensive effort throughout that month. The most encouraging thing was the extent of the ‘volunteerism’ to conduct A Christmas party for underprivileged children, a Christmas Tree sales lot, a home decorating contest, and an open air ice rink in the park nearest the Grand Lake Theater.
    During the course of the year, that group sponsored the Air show at Oakland Airport, the Mother’s Day award to a selected individual, conducted in Oakland’s Rose Garden, The Miss Oakland Contest and a Regional area softball tournament. And a few things else about which memory grows dim.
    .
    But when I chaired the hole in one tournament at Lakeside Park near the east end of Lake Merritt, along Grand Ave, that 10 day activity saw us clear $7,500 and the Christmas tree lot brought in another net of $8,000. ( In 1950’s ..$$$ )

    What I allude to is that the possibilities for fund raising in support of the budget are as wide as our collective imagination. Which is why I suggest immediate creation of the Sports and Promotions ad hoc group, set up under the same rules applicable to Hayward City’s various commissions. Let it be adopted immediately. There are other possibilities and it seems to me the only limitation is, the problem dealing with nay say types.

    I lay before you this thought: Commit to a ‘town hall meeting’ at which Trustees and those interested, invited City Council members do nothing but listen,. Let the undersigned, explain how it is possible to invite attendance to a limited meeting of just three hundred (300) voters, (not executive staffs, Trustees and Councilmen nor teachers*,) who would break out into groups of 15 or 20 souls, present freely their thoughts on ‘solutions’ to a cited, known problem and then have those groups reconvene into the whole meeting where each table would select a spokes person to describe the major ideas brought out in their group. The leader of course would be reading from a large paper on an easel identifying the items as well as the group. So that when sign in sheets are taken uP, potential leaders can be identified and brought into the planning process for whatever actions seem worthwhile. A town hall meeting need not take longer than three hours!

    * ( teachers are held in awe by a great many of our citizens. That respect which they pay teachers has a tendency to accept, utterances from teachers to the point that there is reticence to disagree or offer contra indications of need.. Let the teachers remain at home until later in the process evolving after the “town hall” meeting, or if they must attend, as is their right, form a separate ‘break out group‘. They like other attendees must reside within the District boundaries in order to attend.)
    .

    Nothing thrills a voter as much as having been brought forward in recognition of good ideas, expressed publicly and consequently adopted by the trustees, even if it is just membership in an ad hoc group dealing with concerns passed to them for expressions of interest, by administration.

    I would be pleased to discuss this with you, in greater detail at one of your special meetings. Allow us an hour?

    Sursum corda! ( Lift up your hearts!)

    JWK

  • Joel

    Based on the fact that 5 Hayward public schools initially placed on the state’s worst public schools list, later were reduced to 3, plus a few schools which could have been added, I think changes in the Hayward public schools should go well beyond changing a few members of the school board.

    The decision to lengthen class periods at the high schools by an additional 15 minutes per class period, while reducing the amount of instruction time 2 days per week actually worsens teaching effectiveness, as these students already have very short attention spans. What happened to the common sense notion of using traditional class periods, which was an idea the administration was supposed to have implemented?

  • John Kyle

    Joel, Your wiilingnezssto rise early, as indicated by the ‘blog clock speaks well of you.

    Are you a teacher or a student?

    As an aging but interested voter I need clatification of what you said.

    Tell me how many classes are expected to be available and have the extended hours you describe while, on two days per week class instruction periods are reduced as to length.

    Perhaps a verbal illustration will aid understanding.

  • Justwatching

    I do hope all of these candidates have reviewed the School Board Leadership; “The role of and function of California’s School Boards” brochure published by the California Schools Boards Association. I have added the web link below were this document is located:

    http://www.csba.org/AboutCSBA.aspx

  • Joel

    Kyle, I worked as a substitute teacher in the HUSD for roughly 3 years. I have moved to another district, where classroom management and student behavior are better, and the administration at the school site and downtown are far more supportive.

    During that time I worked in Hayward, I saw the rise and fall of an effort to organize the subs in an AFT union until that effort was killed by the HUSD by what would might be considered unfair labor practices on the part of the adminstration downtown. I have 8 years of actual teaching. Subbing is more akin to a cross between babysitting and kindergarten cop. Subs really don’t have much training and negligible support from the HUSD administration. The district has a long established tradition of monkeying with substitute teacher time cards, manipulating its subfinder system, and terminating substitute teachers who have bothered to make waves. Employment should be based on performance, not because employees brought up matters the administration downtown feels are unpleasant and/or embarrassing. However, if was going to discuss subbing in the HUSD, this would be a much lengthier response than the one I am writing now.

    Two of the three high schools were removed from that infamous list, but that doesn’t mean they are wonderful. The administration reshuffled the front office staff at many of the school sites for little apparent reason. The J Wing at Mt. Eden has gang problems and on parts of Hayward High, there is no noticeable security. From my experience at Longwood and Burbank, I would find no lesson plans or those I received were often misleading or incorrect.

    Traditional period schedules are 55 minutes in length, which is just barely enough to retain students’ attention. From my experience in Hayward, teachers generally do not leave students with enough to do in a 90 minute block period. By lengthening it to 105 minutes, this only makes matters worse, particularly when attention spans have vanished.

    As I recall, students with 105 minute blocks would leave around 3:35 or 3:45(4 blocks in a day) and on the other 2 days, students depart around 2:30.

  • teachermama

    I recognize some names from the Nov. 2008 ballot. Glad to see committed folks are still interested in serving on the board.

  • John Kyle

    Over twenty years since we had a Superintendant who actually retired rather than being dismissed…. and we still search for Trustees who will ‘solve’ the budget problem?

    The pro-active idea behind the TOWN HaLL Meeting which I am attempting to promote, is pro-active in the sense that it turns to the public WHICH IN ALL PROBABILIYTY is proactive in aid of the budget. Solve the budget problem by soloving the bleeding around, (as an example), ‘hhoky’ which at the high scholl level alone sees a drain of $1,000,000 in ANNUAL MONEY LOSS.

    I SEE NO ACCEPTANCE OF THE town hall IDEA FROM THOSE WHO SUFFER MOST….. TEACHERS AND PARENTS WHO COMPlAIN THE LOUDEST.

    Hoping for a magical school board much like the Irish in their stories about the pot of Gold??

    wHY DO ‘THEY’ REFUSE RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT PARENTS AND PARENTING ARE PROBABLY THE CORE OF THE PROBLEM WHILE THE GENERASL PUBLIC, I.E. THOSE WITHOUT STUDENTS IN HUSD OR WHOSE YOUNGSTERS PAST THROUGH THE INSTITUTION 20 YEARS AGO OR MORE, ARE STANDING AROUND THE RIM OF THIS UNDISCIPLINED ‘MONEY PIT’ WONDERING HOW THEY CAN HELP?

    I CAN ONLY GUESS THAT THOSE TEACHING ARE SO OBSESSED WITH THE FACT THAT THEY ARE EDUCATED WELL BEYOND THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THEY CAN NOT SEE THE FOREST FOR THE TREES, TO WHICH THEY STAND TOO CLOSE!

    REMINDS ME OF THE UNFORTUNATE LIFE OF A HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATE, WHOSE BRILLIANCE TOOK HIM THROUGH THE UNIVERSITYLEVEL TO BECOME A GRADUATE “SUMMA CUM LAUDE”.

    POST GRADUATE WORK AT HARVARD COMPLETED, HE SET OUT INTO THE WORLD….. AND WAS UNABLE TO HOLD DOWN A JOB AS A TELLER AT A BRANCH OF THE BANK OF AMERICA. EVENTUATED TO ‘MANAGING AN ESTATE’ BUT CAGHED DRINKS AT A CLASS RE-UNION.

    HIS COUSIN PRIVATELY ADVISED NOT TO BUY HIM A SECOND DRINK AD THEN WENT ON TO STATE THAT THE ESTATE TAHT HE, THE TROUBLED CLASSMATE, MANAGED WAS A 50 X 100 FOOT LOT UPON WHICH SAT AN 80 YEAR OLD HOUSE IN WEED,CALIFORNIA. a GIFT FROM HIS MOTHER’S ESTATE.

    THE POINT? THE TEACHERS HAVE BEEN WHINING FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS AND HAVE YET TO LEARN THEIR NEED TO TURN TO THE PUBLIC…. NOT FOR HELP IN COMPLAINING TO THE TRUSTEES BUT FOR REVELATION OF LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL IN AID OF INCOME GENERATION ON A NON-COMPULSIVE BASIS.

    HOW DOU THINK THE PROCHIAL SCHOOLS SURVIVED EVEN DURING THE DAYS WHEN THEY PAID REAL ESTATE TAXES azssessed againts their schoolos, here in ‘liberal California’ IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS? ( WHICH PRACTICE WENT ON UNTIL MID 1960′Sm, after the third state wide vote on that subject!)

    DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU…. OPEN YOUR MINDS TO THE IDEA THAT A TOWN HALL MEETING MIGHT SEE US OVER THE CRISIS PRESENTLY BEING EXPERIENCED.

    YOU.. ( we) SIT UPON RESOURCES, THE DISPOSITION OF WHICH IS NOT PROPERLY ADDRESSED…. DELAY IN LEASE OF THE LAND UNDER THE DARWIN SCHOL SITE IS NOW PROBABLY HINDERED BY STILL ANOTHER CHARTER SCHOOL DISCUSSION!

    I SPENT OVER $250. DOLLARS OF MY OWN MONEY IN PRESENTING A DEVELOPMENT IDEA WHICH THE GREAT DR. VIGIL REPUTEDLY ADMIRED BUT DIS-MISSED WITH HIS USUAL REMARK UITILIZED FOR THAT PUROPOSE…I. E. “I’LL GET BACK TO YOU LATER !”

    WELL TEACHERS, HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT FOR THAT EXCERCISE IN MENTAL MASTURBATION?

    WISE UP !RISE UP’,. ASSIST DEVELOPMENT OF A TOWN HALL MEETING, WHILE BEING INTELIGENT ENOUGH TO AVOID DOMINATING THE ACT!

    ENCOURAGE AN EVENT WHERE THE GENERAL PUBLIC, (I.E. THE VOTERS) WILL TALK THEMSELVES INTO BEIING PRO-ACTIVE IN AID OF THE MONEY PROBLEM. LIKE.AS A STARTER, CHASING DOWN FAMILIES WHICH PERMIT INCIDIOUS HOOKY PLAYING GAMES

  • Hugh Lenahan

    Mr. Kyle. I think you may be overestimating the power of your bully pulpit. Teachers at Tennyson High School do not spend their time on the musings of John Kyle. I don’t doubt the sincerity or conviction of your words.I actually think a town hall meeting is a fine idea. However as a teacher at the one high school facing one the four mandated sanctions, many of us are concentrating on what we can do right now, which is this week’s exit exam for 10th graders and upcoming star tests, and AP exams. That is what we can control, what we are doing in our classroom, the way in which our we are measured, is by standardized test scores, a decision beyond our control.

    There is a great deal of confusion among school faculties about who will have jobs, who will be our administrators, our ability to exercise academic freedom being handcuffed by standardized measurements. Our lives are being effected, we are stakeholders.

    I would like to ask you to reread “the man in the arena” by Theodore Roosevelt. I am sure you are familiar with its message. There is quite a lot of finger pointing going around and there is enough blame for everybody. But we do get our job done, many of my seniors are receiving there acceptance notices to four year universities. For a few of my students UCLA is their safety school, so good work is being accomplished. I don’t believe that should be marginalized.

    Hugh Lenahan
    Social Studies
    Tennyson High School

  • John Kyle

    Mr. Lenahan;

    You fail to recognize my freedom of speech which may reflect upon your personal skills as a techer. Does it?

    Do not refuse recognition of the fact that HUSD needs help and if that help arrives in the form of assistance through an awakening of the responsibilitty imposed upon the general public toward it’s public schools, … what is your beef?

    If in a town hall meeting that obvious need for greater public interest and support can be awakend so as to meet society’s need to exhibit greater care for fduture genbearations of students.

    Do you have time or remaining effort to chase down those playiong hooky at our high schools?

    I am advised that on any given day 7% of HUSD high school students are absemnt from class! That equates to loss of $1,000,000 per year!

    Are you so blind that you are unaware of that loss of support? That requires a need to address the problem ot failing that, should I leave it and let you deal with the need to bring parents to task on that subject?

    I never have read the book you suggest that I re-read.

    Lend me a copy?

  • Hugh Lenahan

    Mr. Kyle: “The man in the Arena” is a quote. Here it is:
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

  • John Kyle

    MR. lENAHAN….

    A RESPONSE IS IN THE US MAIL AND SHOULD BE AT THE ‘OFFICE’ ON FRIDAY’S DELIVERY!

    I WONDER WHATEVER GAVE YOU THE IDEA THAT I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN THE ARENA !

  • John Kyle

    Hmmmn! No response from Mr. Lenhan?

    My three page three page letter to that teacher covered some large ground. I had also enclosed a copy of the March 17th article seen publiched in the SF Chronicle. In that story there was a report of the court decision regarding Pleasanton’s failure to observe ABAG’s goals especially ythe goals for low income fajmilies of which Hayward has consistently paaid heed to the need for low income housing.

    My widowed mother found herself faced with funeral expenses for my father who left her with three sons aged 7, 4 and one (!) month early in year 1938.

    1838 was tyhe year u=in which the depression peaked in California.

    To put it bluntly, I knew waht it was to be poor, even to the extent that, unknown to her, I cut class 45 days out of a school year and had to repeat 7th grade for the folly of trying to help out by being employed as a newspaper boy for S.F. Examainer on a paper route which stretched from Fruitval eAve in the Dimond District of Oakland, in all that area above Mac Arthur Blvd., (then Hopkins St.) to High St.

    Mother passed 12 years after father and all looked to me!

    So, yes, Mr. Lenihan angered me with his crack about this blog being a bully pulpit for me.

    Hell, all I am trying to do is create the feeling that Hayward needs to wake up, that parents in some homes need object lessions in parenting, that school district needs a ton of volunteer effort and that through the device of a ‘Town Hall meeting’ we might all eventuate to seeing some effective solutions and greater involvment of the public!

    However, after a full week in his possession, there seems no response is to come.

    The only thing I know about mr. Lenihan is that he draws a salary for his efforts at Tennyson High school as a teacher of Social Studies, while failing to understand that the problems of HUSD occur largely outside the classroom!

  • Hugh Lenahan

    Mr. Kyle:

    The quarter is ending, I am preparing my students for advanced placement tests, graduation, coaching softball, tutoring. Doing my job. I did not know that you were awaiting my response. Thank you for all your years of service to Hayward and its children, keep stirring the pot. If you have a formula to increase community involvement in education, I’m in. Right now, I’m putting my effort into my students.

    Hugh Lenahan

  • John Kyle

    Thank you Mr. Lenahan….assure your students that hard work is rewarding and that I wish them well!

  • qodrn

    Well for what its worth: I think HUSD big problems are single parent families and the fact parents use the school as a babysitter rather than look at it as a school.

    I would suggest that the schools stop having before and after school programs and move the responsibility for overseeing kids back on their parents.

    I also think that summer school should be done away with unless it becomes impossible to complete graduation requirements without it. Save this money for the school year.

    Single parents? Encourage them to pair up with another single parent or relative to share parenting. I grew up believing that kids don’t need a parent at home full time. Then, when I had to stay home, all of us agreed it was great having me at home, and damn the money. We missed so much. I should point out I worked shifts that allowed us to have one parent at home, but still I would recommend no more that part time work for at least one parent. It is really hard to parent and work full time. Something falls through the cracks and it is often the kids.

    I would also suggest that Hayward schools adopt a policy of requiring each child’s parent to spend say two hours a week helping out in their child’s classroom. Once parents all see the school in action, things will change.

  • John Kyle

    Qdrn is on to the idea that HUSD’s problem may in truth be parents and parenting! The reality is that today’s cost of living forces many parents in a normal marriage to both work…. it must be hell when a man or woman loses a spouse to cancer or some such predicament.

    My own Father died and mother was stuck at age 28 with three ranging in age from one month to seven years of age. Had it not been for grandparents we might never have gone to school.

    What we need is a Town Hall meeting to discuss and sift through that which needs to be done to solve the problem.

    I intend to push real hard on that subject immediately after the City elections. Trustees of the school district may resist the idea for fear of loss of control….( or the added weight of cocern principally over the budget). I believe myself in possession of arguments to the contrary….. I’ll be shooting my big Irish mouth off during the runup to the School Board election in November.

    Nop. I wioll not run….. I would be 80m years of age before being aworn in if I did win….. wind up like Mr. Petersen with moouth agape… missing half of what was really going on at public meetings… which caused Vigil to sit immediately to the right and whisper …. what? Instructions?

    That is why Reynoso is beating that subject to death!

    I do not care who sits where except for the fact of the ear whispers…. it gives the wrong impression of who is in charge. If it is worth a whisper, it is worth saying it out loud…. or move the Supt.’s chair!

    Current ‘interim’ Supt introduced the thought that we need a special parcel tax of $200. per property…… I will not vote for that until they solve the damn problem with truancy and transience. Truancy at High School levels alone are costing the budget $1,000,000 per year… did you know that?