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‘Mapping the Road to Fiscal Recovery’ at HUSD

By Eric Kurhi
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 at 6:57 pm in Alameda County, Hayward, Politics, Schools.

UPDATE 4/21: The Alameda County Office of Education is reviewing the petition deadline matter. Legal counsel is looking over “all relevant areas,” according to a spokesperson. They don’t expect to have a decision until early next week.

That’s the title of the presentation to be given at a special Hayward Unified board meeting tomorrow evening. It will be a chance for the public to hear interim superintendent Janis Duran’s recommendations for cuts.

Here’s a preview of the PowerPoint.

In other news, there’s a bit of confusion regarding when the signatures are due for the petition that’s going around, calling for a special election. School officials point to the California Educational Code, which states:

c) (1) If a provisional appointment is made … the registered voters of the district may, within 30 days from the date of the appointment, petition for the conduct of a special election to fill the vacancy.

Officials say the appointment was made at the March 17 special board meeting and the time was up last Friday. According to their Web site, Bock and supporters turned in more than 100 signatures last week, but they need approximately 1,000.

Bock disagrees with the timeframe, and said they have 30 days from the date Jesus Armas was sworn in, which would give them through this week to collect the signatures.

“We explained the whole sequence with the registrar of voters, and it was affirmed that (Armas) took office when he was sworn in,” Bock said. “People don’t officially hold a position until they are sworn into it.”

More on this to come…

 

 
 

 

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  • K Rocchio

    A couple of questions based on the Board Meeting last night …

    Eliminating Elementary Music (Instrumental) – really just a staged approach to eliminating music in the District. You cut it off at the knees and kill off the feeders to the middle and high school levels. Be up front about the real impact of these cuts are long-term. This is also on the list of items that met with the most opposition based on budget surveys.

    Students/Parents Provide Bathroom Supplies – Seriously? Here’s your backpack with your books, lunch, homework, bar of soap, paper towels and toilet tissue! Have a good day!

    Reduce AP Classes by Half – How does this save money?? The kids will just take something less challenging and they still have to have a teacher! Again, are we striving to become a remedial District??

    Close Faith Ringgold Elementary School – Has anyone told that to the Board Members? Two of them have students currently enrolled there. And considering their small class sizes, they are a magnet for parents in this District with a long waiting list.

    School Board Members pay own Medical/Dental Benefits – was anyone aware that we were paying this???

    Eliminate Director of Certificated Personnel – Is this not the spouse for Mr. Armas?? Will he recuse from this vote???? Seems to be a huge red flag for the conflict of interest here.

    So many more questions, with 58 pages of materials to review!!

  • John W. Kyle

    Ms. Rocchio

    Does anyone seem concrened over the necessity to improve the miserable loss of ADA MONEY THROUGH LACK OF PARENTAL CONCERN ?

    I WILL WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE LAST REPORT ON average daily return experience for the year which usually becomes available a few days after school closes…

    However, I suggest you think about this data, reported last fiscal year, we had Middle school ada experience of…….

    first report ( Dec 21,08) @ 95.88% with 3,027.63 days
    2nd report ( Mar 12 09) @ 95.32% with 3,020.45 days
    3rd report ( Jun 95.o6) @ 91.06% with 3,022.63 days

    Ochoa MS unexcsed absence day per state records + 120 DAYS 679 ENROLLMENT TRUABCY 17.78%

    53 ADDED ENROLMENTS 55 ‘DROPS (arrived after start of school or departed before end of achool

    BRETE HARTE 30.48% truancy rate
    Mlk 18.54% Truancy rate

    Winton….9.4% Truancy Rate

    Got the picture of the problem?

    mY BEST GUESS…. AT THIS MOMEN…T WE LOST NEARLY $2,000.000 LAST YEAR DUE TO TRUANCY AND TRANSIENCY?

    dO YOU WONDER WHY THE NEED TO DROP PERIPHERAL EDUCATION MATTERS WHUILE WE ARE BARELY ABLE TO MEET THE BASICS.

    sf SCHOOL DISTRICT SOPEAKS TO A HNEED TO IMPOSE FINES…..AND HIRE HOW MANY BILL COLLECTORS TO CHASE PARENTS WITH WITH POOR PARENTAL SKILL? tHAT IDEA WILL NOT WORK IN sAN fRANCISCO!

    wHY DOES MY IDEA OF COLLECTING A PERFORMANCE BOND FROM ALL…. WITH FULL REFUNDS TO THOSE WITH NO RECORD OF UNEXCUSED ABSENCES AND ONLY PARTIAL REFUNDS OR A BILL TO THE BALANCE !

    yOU WOULD DO WELL TO SPEAK TO THAT WITHIN YOUR COCIAL CIRCLE!

  • obama.newage

    That is right the truancy rate is a big problem. The parents don’t really know how much they are responsible to the budget problems when the kids stay home. The HUSD takes a big reduction in money for the kids. I have never heard a goal from the new superintendet to help that ADA problem.

  • K Rocchio

    Mr. Kyle,
    I would never argue that truancy and transiency are not and issue in HUSD. I would argue that all families in HUSD are able to pay a $100 truancy deposit. Do you recommend we turn those families away because they are not willing to show a commitment to their child’s education based on financial requirements? There must be a better way. As I have mentioned in a previous post, the more overcrowded and dirty our schools get, the more students will be out sick. We’ve even resorted to some parents showing up with sick kids for attendance and then taking them home. As more parents get disgusted with the way our schools are run, the more transiency will be an issue. We have families right now who are bouncing from school to school, hoping to find a better place for their children. I wish I had an answer to the ADA issue. I have talked with many parents about this issue, unfortunately those willing to do the talking are typically those who are sending their students to school.

    Believe me, I’m in our schools every day and I have a very good picture of this problem. This does NOT mean I do not value the programs offered to the students who do show up and are ready to learn. I will continue to fight for those students!

    Imagine the loss of ADA when many parents pull their kids out of school to get the attention of the District … because they sure don’t seem to be listening any other way! What a shame for everyone!

  • obama.newage

    The small schools need to be grouped together so that they can be about 600 students like the rest of them. I think I had heard Mr. Reynoso saying something about grouping the small schools together at the community meeting at the adult school to save money about 2 months ago.
    To reduce the money the board gets paid is funny since they only get about $700 I think. Godbless them even the ones I don’t like so much time for such tiny money and so much turmoil. Maybe we can make everyone from janitors to teachers to principals work for $700 a month but I think we will have anti-slavery laws against that. It will be like the sharecroping days in Arkansas back in the day. My long dead great grand father was a sharecroper. Those folk got pay nothing.

  • obama.newage

    The city of Hayward I just found out passed a law not long ago to fine parents money for truancy violations. Is about time.

  • obama.newage

    Does anyone know where Ms. Sims stands on the truancy of african american boys and the drop out rates? Every letter I send her I don’t know if she reads them.

  • teachermama

    Wow, Jon Kyle. 2 mil would save elem. music with money to spare for bathroom supplies, OR save the adult school OR lower class size a little bit. I’m already spending it over and over and over in my head . . .

  • John W. Kyle

    THE REASON WHY WE NEED A “TOWN HALL” MEETING IS TO EXPOSE SOME OF THE FALLACIES EXPRESSED ABOVE AS WELL AS TO EXPLORE ANY GOOD THAT MIGHT APPEAR ABOVE. I THINK THE FALLACIES HOWEVER OUTWEIGH THE OTHER SUGGESTIONS.

    NOT TOO MANY WEEKS AGO, THE SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES FLOATED AN IDEA TO THE EFFECT THAT KIDS CAUGHT PLAYING HOOKEY ARE TO BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE PARENTS WHO ARE THEN FINED $50 FOR EACH OFFENSE.

    TODAY I ATTENDED A MEETING AT THE ALAMEDA COUNTY SHERIFF’S HQ. BLDG AT THE PLEASANTON JAIL.

    THE TOPIC? HOW TO HELP THOSE POOR GUYS BEING RELEASED FROM THE STATE PENITENTIARY AT AN ACCELERATED PACE…. SOME WILL NOT BE PAROLED UNDER SUPERVISIOJN OF A PAROLE OFFICER! CARE TO BET THAT SOME HAVE FAMILIES, BUT NO JOBS AND THAT MANY WILL FIND LOW INCOME HOUSING IN HAYWARD OR OAKLAND….DID YOU KNOW THAT OUT OF ABOUT
    3,400 ON PAROLE, UNDER SUPERVISION, 2229 ARE IN OAKLAND AND 582 ARE IN hAYWARD WITH 88 IN DUBLIN AND LIVERMORE, WITH ABSOLUTELY NONE IN THE CITY OF PLEASANTON? APPARENTLY PLEASANTOMN ASSOCIATES RELEASED FELONS WITH BEING GUILTY OF BAD PARENTING…. OR SOMTHING LIKE THAT!

    NOW, ‘ARNOLD’ IS UNDER ORDER TO RELEASE PRISOMERS TO SAVE MONEY AND TURN THEIR HEALTH CARE ISSUES OVER TO WHICH HOSPITAL? IN SAVING THE STATE MONEY, WE GET HIT WITH THE TRANSIENCY AND HOOKY BILL INCREASES. aT LEAST DOME OF THOSE FELONS ARE MET WITH WIFE AND CHILD AS THEY GET OFF THE BUS, wHY DO i ACCUSE THEM OF INCREASING THE LOSSES IN ADA MONEY….. BECAUSE 40% WILL GO BACK TO THE SLAMMEDR IN THE FIRST TEAR…. 60% BY THE EBD OF THE THIRD YEAR, WITH UNKNOEN NUMBERS IN THE 4TH OR 5TH YEAR,,,’CAUSE WE KEEP NO RECEORDS OF RECIDIVISM AFTER THE THIRD YEAR!
    INCREASE OF 2200 NEW PERISONERS EACH YEAR….NOW THAT aRNOLD IS SAVING COSTS AT THE pRISON… WILL HE SHARE THOSE SAVINGS WITH SCYHOOLS ON AN EQUITABLE BASIS?

    MY BET IS NO!
    BE AWARE THAT THE NEW RELEASE NUMBERS WILL SEE AN EXPECTED

    MRS. SIMS IS a smart ‘Lady’ who does not expose herself to criticism by makinhg brash remarks. I did notice last night that when I spoke to the idea of an enrollment money deposit, that she was the only Trustee to pick up a pen and make a note of my comment. Her husband is a long time member of the Board of Trustees at the ALAMEDA COUNTY

    tHAT IDEA WAS STUPID FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT, IN sAN fRANCSCO, YOU WOUL NEED TO HIRE AN LARGE SIZE NUMBER OF BILL COLLECTORS TO CHASE THE PARENTS AROUND ON PAYDAY WHEN WE ALL KNOW THAT LANDLORDSW WOULD YELL FOUL PLAY BECAUSE THAT WOULKD CUT INTIO THE RENT MONEY!

    aT THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TRUSTEES ON WEDNESDAY, i SUGGESTED USE OF A REFUGBDABLE ‘SECURITY’ DEPOSIT BY PARENTS SO TO ASSURE THAT KIDS WOULD BE PRESENT EACH DAY, ALL DAY. iF AT END OF YEAR, THERE WOULD BE A REFUND OF WAHT IS LEFT1 100% ATTENDENCE THEN ALL WOULD BE RETURNE PERHAPS WITH A 5% INTEREST PAYMENT.

    ALL MIST ADMIT THAT POOR PARENTING IS A LARGE PROBLEM IN OUR COMMUNITY! tHE DEPOSIT CONCEPT MIGHT MEET WITH RESISTENCE…. WELL THE CHOICE OFFERED TO RESISTANCE OUGHT TO BE…. FIND A PUBLIC SCHOOL SEAT IN CASTRO VALLEY OR UNION CITY! WE WOULD STILL ENJOY FREE EDUCATION BUT BELIVE ME OUR GUGE LOSS IN ADA MONEY MIGHT EQUAL 10% OF THE $18,000,000 DEFICIT.

    tHAT $18,000,000 DEFICIT IS A NUMBER THAT THE OFFICAILAS OF ALAMEDA COUNTY CCHOOLS STAFF DETERMINED AND IS SUPPORTED BY THE STATEW. wE ARE NOT ABLE TO REDUCE THAT ESTIMATE OF THE 2010- 2011 DISASTER WHICH IS COMING AT US LIKE A TRAIN IN THETUNNEL IN WHICH TOY STAND, TIED TO A POST, IN THE CENETR OF THE TARCK, AT MID P[OINT OF THE TUNNEL. ACCEPT IT!! jUST AS SURE AS THE FACT THAT A PREGNANT WOMAN IS NOT A VIRGIN!!

    MS. ROCCIO THINKS THAT MANY FAMILIES ARE NOT ABLE TO PUT UP A $100 ATTENEDENCE PERFORMANCE bOMND…. yES, THAT WILL BE THE HGUE AND CRY OF MANY….. i DO NOT BELIEVE THAT CONCIENTIOUS PARENTS ARE UNABLE TO PERFORM THAT TASK. AN EXAMPLE OF RAISING MONEY BY USE OF IMAGINATION IS NOT HARD TO COME BY. nOT WHEN YOU SEE A GREAT MANY ‘CHILDREN WALKING AROUND WITH PHONES OR COMPUTER GAMES IN THEIR PALMS….. OR THE CLOTHING WHICH SOME FROM POORER RESISDENTAL AREAS ARE SEEN TO WEAR. iT IS LARGELY A QUESTION OF SELF DISCIPLINE COMBINED WITH INITIATICE…. THE SOONETR CHILDREN LEARN THAT THE MORE INTENSE THEY BECOME WITH THEIR STUDIES. dURING THE DEPRESSION ERA, i ALWAYS ENGAED EARNESTLY IN SCHOOL PAPER DRIVES… WHILE ASKING FOR OLD PAPERS, WHICH MANY HOUSEHOLDS STAVCKED UP IN THEIR BASEMENTS TO BE USED FOR STARTING FIRES IN KIRCHEN STOVES, ( YES KITCHEN STOVES, OR FIRPLACES AND OTHER USES IN DEPRESSION ERS SUCH AS SHOVING NEWSPAERS UNDER YOUR COAT IN WINTER WHEN YOUR RAINCOAT WORE OUT ETC.)
    i WAS ALWAYS SMART ENOUGH TO ASK ABOUT ANY RETURNABLE SOFT DRINK BOTTLES ( QUART SIZE) WHICH HAD REDEMPRION VALIE OF $0.02 EACH… 5 OF WHICH GOT ME A TICKET TO SATURDAY MOVIES… EVEN NOW i SAVE ALUMINUM CANS WHICH ARE FAIRLY PLENTIFUL IN THIS HOUSE SINCE MY DIABETIC WIFE ( A 62 YEAR SURVIVOR OF TYPE I DRINKS NOTHING ELSE SAVE COFFEE AND MILK.) BRINKS HOME ABOUT $80 TO $90 WORTH OF SALVAGE OPPORTUNITY EVERY YEAR.

    THE NAY SAYERS ARE FEW, SO CAN THEY BARTER LABOR FOR CASH IN SMALL TASKS OVER A YEAR’S TIME? fREE EDUCATION IS ONE THING, BUT LACK OF PARENTAL INTEREST IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR BEING UNBABLE TO RAISE THE ATTENDENCE BOND SUM OF $`100 PER YEAR, IF THERE ARE NO UNECUSED ASBSENCES THEN WHAT IS THE PROBLEM. tHE KEY THING ABOUT THE ada ARRANGEMENT ARE THE WORDS….’UNEXCUSED ABSENCE’ SO AFTER THE INITIAL YEAR OF ENROLLMENT, WHERE IS THE PROBLEM INCOMING UP WITH THEW MONEY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.

    SOME ARE SO ADDICTED TO SUBSTANCES SUCH AS CIGAREYTTES AND ALCHOHOL ETC, THAT THEY WILL PLAY THE ‘ CAN’T AFFORD IT GAME’…. OK, TRY THE ADJOING SCHOOL DISTRICT OR YOUR CHURCH ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE WHO USUALLY CO0MPLY WITH REQUESTS FOR SMALL SUMS FOR GOOD PURPOSES. SMALL PERIODIC CONTRIBUTION TO YOUR CHURCH AS A RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT IN GOOD PARENTING SKILLS

    FRANKLY I SEE RESISTANCE TO THAT $100 IDEA IS A ‘COP OUT’ WHICH WILL NOT SOLVE THE CURRENT BUDGET PROBLEM AT husd.

    ON THEW SUBJECT OF TRUANCY OF AFRO-AMERICASN MALES, i SIVCERELY BELIEVE SHE THINKS THERE NEEDS TO BE A CURE OF THAT PROBLEM, AS DO ALL RIGHTEOUS FOLK WITH WHITE, ASIAN, latin, Native American OR SEMITE anccestry (DID i LEAve any out ?) The problem as I see it is that come under adverse inluences in neigborhoods of open substance abuse, where easy money becomes a factor of influence.

  • John W. Kyle

    Ms. Roccio, et al
    —– ( D…n! It wasn’t scratched! Please ignore the above post, written at a time when I had been up and active for 2o straight hours. —

    Hopefully Mr. Kurhi has culled out my contribution submitted earlier this morning,,, it was a long day and I should have gone to bed much earlier…. As an aside, all should read the from page story on thid day’s issue of the Daily Review.

    The reason why we need a “Town Hall” meeting is to dispel some of the fallacies expressed above as well as to explore any good that also is found tucked away in preceding contributions. I think the fallacies at this moment outweigh the constructive thoughts displayed so far on this topic.

    Not too many weeks ago, the San Francisco Board of School Trustees floated an idea to the effect that kids caught playing hooky are to be brought to the attentiohn of their parents who are then fined $50. For each offense..

    I believe there is a law requiring parents to assure that their offspring are educated…. We do not often see expressed any use of that idea. The SF solution is deffective for the simple reason that a great many ‘collection’ agents would need to be hired and t5hat would become another column of cash outlay exceeding the benefit.

    On Thursday, April 22nd, I attended a meeting at HQ. Of the Alameda County Sheriff’s office in Pleasantoon. I had no idea just how large a facility was our County Jail. The meeting however was limited to speakers who pretty much were confined to the topic of aiding re-entry of those incarcerated, into a good paying jobs or assistance in other areas of need. It was intended, I think, to aid in acceptance o0 the great numbers of those about to be released into society as result of plan to reduce the numbers in prison…… another great cost savings idea forced upon the public as result of ‘over crowding’ at California Penitentiaries.

    What was not addressed was the parenting skills of those p[arollees who have dependent children.

    It may seem that I am overly concerned with that problem….. Are yo aware that we here in Alameda County have about 3,500 wondering around and that of that number Oakland and Hayward parole offices attempt to supervise about 2,800.. Pleasanton schools apparently enjoy none of those families involved with their schools. Livermore and Dublin see a totasl of 88 families living in their school districts.

    The States plan is to release another 2,500 or so into Alameda County to save money due to inability to provide health care at satisfactory levels, resduce the count of those grocery bills at state prisons and make things healthier at ‘hotels’ such a s San Quentin etc.

    Now that Arnold is under court order to release prisoners and save money …. But will the Cities, particularly Oakland and Hayward enjoy participation in those savings?

    It is probable that our ‘Hooky’ and unannounced ‘drop out’ occurrences will seriously affect our average daily attendance allocation seen in the States ADA distributions.

    As to the inquiry about Mrs. Sims, that Lady is a great exa,ple of the use of polite reserve, a personal characteristic we ALL MIGHT EMULATE.. When I made my remark about a parental performance bond, as means of assuring parental attention to student attendance, she was the only trustee who penciled a remark on her note pad..

    All those interested in HUSD, must upon examination of attendance records and the affect upon ability to properly fund our schools, must admit that we have a serious problem with the twin calamities of transience and absenteeism upon the budget. Yet I see no avert action taking place other than expulsion from school, which is a tragedy with affect upon social structures in future periods of time.

    Ms. Roccio has a point when stating that some families will claim inability to produce the $100, refundable performance bond. Well, necessity is the Mother of invention. Those folks need not resort to theft, if as a matter of personal pride, they listen to or read some advice which can be handed out together with the demand for a $100. performance bond; refundable upon strict attention to parental duty.

    I would be willing to write some thoughts to be used as a handout at registration time. One of the contributors to this blog, expresses concern on the subject of truancy seen with school attendance records at HUSD. I see a glimmer of hope .in the activities of the group associated with Palma Ceia Baptist Church in South Hayward. That rightly thinking pastoral leadership has thrown support to African American Citizens involved with a Mentoring Program. I see no reason why other churches would not be able to join that effort…. Let the readers of this blog think about that. Is it possible you might turn to your own religious congregations, in support of that mentoring project?.

    The real problem for those perpetrating acts of hooky or transience ( read ‘drop out‘) is the sight of other young people peddling substance abuse items, and making much money in the process. Which is a real problem that the State Dept of corrections must face when releasing paroled felons into housing conditions where the close association with other felons leads to recidivism. That is one of the subjects which ought to be addressed at length by participants in a Town Hall meeting.

    I do not think any righteous individual involved with HUSD concerns has an attitude that removal of the music programs is a planned goal. I do believe that if the Town Hall meeting leads to the establishment of something similar to the Hayward City Library Commission, then that group would undoubtedly find means of rasising funds on a collective basis rather than limit such activity to similar activity on a basis of scattered interst or none at all in some schools.

    I find it incredible that there is not greater clamor for a Town Hall Meeting which is controlled to the extent that we do not waste that opportunity in useless finger pointing or acrimonious finger pointing…a time wasting effort if ever there is ( was ) one!

    Stop wasting time with snide comments about Mr. Armas…. What you will find in his ptresence, quite soon, is the great leadership skills he demonstrated on behalf of HUSD when bringing the new Burbank School into fruition. As a retired Bank Employee, Vice President in Real Estate Aprraisal Dept., involved in real estate appraisal efforts in all categories of use descriptions applicable to Real Estate… I stand in awe of the man!

  • obama.newage

    Roccio is right on Armas! It is so much corruption at the HUSD just like that website http://www.betterhayward.com says about erased recording and shreded papers. I really want to know if there are more of his family there. Could someone please tell me if there are other family members there at the HUSD and maybe Hayward governemnet. Could it be this whole place is broken with so much organized corruption. Infested with corruption maybe we need the state’s help to take over and clean this place up. The HUSD should be named The HOOD. I was not at the last meeting but I was told that he did not want to excuse himself when it came time to vote for his wife’s salary budget. All meetings need to be on video so the people can see them later.

  • John W. Kyle

    O’bama new age

    You are off on a tangent again. If you are sure, since you are an ‘expert’ on Hayward corruption, that your talents ought not be turned to Oakland City Hall. Dellums listens to his wife… is she not also on the dole of public funds at Oakland.

    I am trying to picture you in my mind’s eye. Haven’t you once been elected to something in not too distant past? I recall one lady of size who was known for delivering the “RAW Jaw”. It might explain your arbitary, unwarranted and most Vicious attacks upon the reputation of others, if you came out of the woodwoek and identified your self….. it might aid understahnding of your problem, by me and others if not yourself or, are you afraid of lawsuit for slander ?

    By the way http://www.betterHayward.com does not open. Was it closed when you went to Oakland?