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Cuts approved at HUSD

By Eric Kurhi
Thursday, April 29th, 2010 at 1:16 pm in Hayward, Politics, Schools.

UPDATE: Regarding the votes, Sims said she “felt we were between a rock and a hard place, and the only place given in the recomendations where we could cut more from was the adult school.” She said she didn’t feel that was fair, and didn’t feel comfortable voting yes, particularly when more cuts are still going to be necessary and they’re not being given more alternatives. Thus her vote to abstain.

Reynoso was more direct in his “no” vote. He said the district is in such shambles that state takeover would be beneficial, calling it a “leap of faith” that they should take.

“At least it would be a set of fresh eyes making the cuts, and not biased,” he said. “They could look at the people you need to cut, and not play politics.”

Armas said it’s more like a “leap off a cliff,” and Frumkin said Oakland schools have just recently gotten out of receivership and their board had been a lame duck panel for eight years. “The fact is, it’s ugly when the state takes over.”

Here’s the early version of the story. More on this  to come.

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  • Justwatching

    FYI

    Tennyson High School’s Instrumental and Vocal Music Department is Sponsoring:

    Spaghetti Dinner and Concert @ Tennyson High, Friday April 30th: 6:00-8:00 PM. Adults $10.00; Students $6.00; Family of 4 $25.00; Family of 6 or more $40.00.

    Multi-purpose Room/Tennyson

    Funds will support trip to the music festival “Music in the Parks” In Anaheim,CA May 28th -30th, 2010

    Donations will be welcomed and accepted. Ms. Iglehart @ 510 723-3190 x 63416 or Mr Orosco @ x 63415

  • watchdog

    Has the District given any thought to renting out available space for events that were held at the now closed Centennial Hall as means of generating revenue? Many of these events are now being held in other locations outside of Hayward, which also hurts our local businesses.

    H.U.S.D should be trying to look at ways other than cuts to solve its financial crisis.

    For example, the Mineral and Gem Show
    was held this year at the Newark Pavillion, and what about the Quilt Fair, the Greek Festival just to name a few. What happened to the Ukelale Festival?

    Instead of trying to move and set up a kitchen facility in the warehouse at the M & O Yard, reinstate the kitchen @ Sunset Adult and utilize it to cater these events, which could use the MPR and Gym. There is also a massive quad for outdoor events and plenty of parking space surrounding these areas.

    The boy’s locker room was remodeled for a proposed nursing school and is sitting idle and could be rented out as office space or modified for some other use.

    The District needs to start looking at ways to generating income through its available resouces they have and not being totally dependent upon what the state decides to hand them.

    How about advertising space on the district website from local businesses?

  • John W. Kyle

    Watch Dog

    There yiu go, thinking positive! If you keep it up you might eventuate to a ledership role in one of the groups I describe on editorial paage of the Daily Review… Friday April 30 2010 issue.

    Have you read it yet? Too late to buy one off the rack?

    Try visiting the Daily Review Office…. they have extra copies at news rack prices. go to 22533 Foothill on ‘down’ town Hayward.

    Sorry, too lomhg to print here and you miss the effect of the Banner of Head line to the story. Vist a subscribing neighbor?

  • John W. Kyle

    Juswt watching

    Good idea for raising funds for the muscians trip.

    Expand on it and ‘blow your own horns in a oarade of open top aytomobiles in a Satureday parade around town’s arterials and shopping centers….. get noticed!

    Look for ways to share some of that money to maintain music programs at elementary schools ?

    For example, if I can get the site resident installation complete for summer… the entire playfield will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 PM. so,… try an open air concert at Longwood Park, which sits adjacent to Longwood school, while parents sit and listen with their kids….$2.00 donations solicited… no ticket sales, just free will offering for a two hour concert…. move to another school or two through the summer?

    Hand the money over to the music program…..?// worth a try? Publicize it with an auto Parade…. using convertibles, driving through the neighborhoods while kisa run parralel handing out fliers?

    Start Brainstorming……Will return from Granddaughters COLLEGE GRADUATION IN kENTUCKY WILL ATTEKMPT PERSONAL DONATION IF WIFE LEAVES NE ANYTHING AFTER SHE, DAUGHTER AND GRAND DAIUFGR=TERS VISIT ALL THE CRAFYTS SHOPS IN THE TRI-STATE AREA OF kENTUCKY, OHIO AND IDIANA HWRE THE THREE STAES MEET AT COMMOMN BOUNDRY OF THE OHIO RIVER.

    SENIOR CITIZENS DO A GOOD JOB AT SOME LOCAL CHURCHES HERE IN hAYWARD…. EMULATE THEM ! gRAND pAREWNTS OF YOUR MUSCIANS WOULD, iLL BET, JOIN IN IF APPROACHED RIGHT…. SOME OF YOUR KIDS ATTEND CHURCH??? lET ‘EM APPRIOACH THE SENIOR GROUPS AT LOCAL CHURCHES FOR HELP IN CTREATING CRAFTS FOR SALE..

    ABOVE ALL, USE IMAGINATION AND STONG EFFORT TO CAPTURE MINDS OF ‘COMMUNITY’! iT BUILDS ‘COMMUNITY!’

  • Justwatching

    FYI: This dinner was held Friday night and for those that couldn’t make it or didn’t hear about the dinner, Donations will be accepted and welcomed. Contacts below. My wife and I enjoyed the dinner and entertainment.

    *********************************

    Tennyson High School’s Instrumental and Vocal Music Department is Sponsoring:

    Spaghetti Dinner and Concert @ Tennyson High, Friday April 30th: 6:00-8:00 PM. Adults $10.00; Students $6.00; Family of 4 $25.00; Family of 6 or more $40.00.

    Multi-purpose Room/Tennyson

    Funds will support trip to the music festival “Music in the Parks” In Anaheim,CA May 28th -30th, 2010

    Donations will be welcomed and accepted. Ms. Iglehart @ 510 723-3190 x 63416 or Mr Orosco @ x 63415

    I have posted information, and those that would like to forward on to others inclined to donate please do so and by all means contact Ms. Iglehart or Mr Orosco @ phone numbers listed above

  • John W. Kyle

    I am not gettibg much feed back FROM BLOG FOLK on the “My word” article appearing upon the the Opinion Pages of the Daily Review. Every one seems to reserved except when it comes to those making omplaints……..

    One of the Ladies who was disappointed at not being appointed to the Board of Trustees, a lady who9m I mis-judgewd when I supported her candidacy in the 2008 election campaign, has taken at least one occasion, referring to me as an idiot, in E-mail message to another!

    In the issue of the Tri-City Voice dated May 3rd May 6th 2010, there is published upon front pages an interview Of Milt Werner, Ed.D who will volintarily depart the Superintendents job in Fremonst School Diistrict. He retires early as his contract has not expired…. when hired the terms were for 40 hours a week but has risen to 80 hours of which only 40 are paid hours.

    Reading through the article we see that Fremont has a ‘wonderful team’ apparently by virtue of the fact that they meet unceasingly! Therein lays his problem!

    I challenge all to run out and find a copy of that article as published in Try-City Voice. 80 hours a week is not an example to put forward when describing a good manager.

    His basic problem is that he has too many groups in which parents and teachers are discussing resolution of problems……. where did the teachers get the time to attend all those meetings….. do they and their families live on the premisesa?

    a GOOD MANAGER WILL FOLLOW THE PATH I SUGGESTED IN MY APRIL 30TH SUBMISSION TO THE REVIEW……lET THE PARENTS AS WELL AS OTHER REAL STAKEHOLDERS, SUCH AS RESIDENT VOTERS, LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS, RETIRED TEACHERS WORK TO GETHER TO SEEK CREATION OF PERNANENT ‘AD HOC’ GROUPS WHICH fdocus on recurring problems in a limited selection of all the possible problems, and these several groups WOULD BE OPENED UP AND EXAMINED BY REASONABLE FOLK OF THE COMMUNITY…. THEN BRING THOSE WHICH ARE MOST PLAUSIBLE AND SUPPORTABLE…. FOEWARD TO ATTENTION OF TRUSTEES,,, WHO THEN TELL STAFF WHAT IS EXPECTED. iN OTHER WORDS THE LINE BETWEEN THE AD HOC GROUPS AND TRSUTEES IS STRAIGHT, WITHOUT TURNS TO STAFF!

    WERNER’S PROBLEM WAS/IS THAT fREMONT’S USE OF PARENTS AND TEACHERS TOGETHER IN SITUATIONS OUTSIDE THE SIGHT OF THE TRUSTEES….. JUST MAKES TIME CONSUMING ‘BUSY WORK’ WHICH WEARS OUT THE GUY WHO ‘MANAGES’ TO USE UP INCREDIBLE AMOUNTS OF TIME!

    lET tEACHERS AND MANAGEMENT STAFF GO HOME WITH A 40 HOUR WORKE WEEK!

    lET THE GENERAL PUBLIC BRING GOOD AND OR BAS SUGGEWSTIONS TO peer group which specializes in that type of complaint and or soluyions brought to their attention before staff spends time trying to prevent or avoid having trustees gain real insight to the smootj flow odf educational responsibilties.

    Staff would azpperciate more efficient use of their time and Trustees might have better insight to the =gouings on of succeding or failing policies.

    Seems to work rather smoothly at City of Hayward’s City HALL!

  • qodrn

    Now that I am finally out of the hospital, I am trying to catch up with local issues like the HUSD. I can’t get the video to play of the last meeting. I was hoping someone could explain to me why Ms. Simms abstained from the vote on cuts, and why Mr. Reynoso voted no. Thank you very much. I don’t think this was covered in the article on the cuts.

  • Concerned Citizen

    qodrn
    Trustee Reynoso is on a campaign to filibuster all motions. He is voting no on every motion put before the board. He wants the state to take over. I believe that this would be a huge, expensive mistake. He kept saying at the last meeting: “Look at Oakland”. Oakland is a mess. They are 85 million in the hole and their teachers are about to strike. Yeah, look at Oakland. Let’s please try NOT to follow their example. I don’t understand what Reynoso’s agenda is. It seems like he is still upset about getting fired from HUSD as a teacher, and is on a campaign to get revenge.

  • qodrn

    Thanks. I did not know Mr. Reynoso had been dismissed from the HUSD. Interesting. Anyone Know why Ms. Sims abstained as well?

  • John W. Kyle

    Teachermama ….AND ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA!

    I AM EXPERIENCING OBJECTION BY E-MAIL PATH WAY, TO A PROPOSAL WHICH I FLASHED BY THE TRUSTEES AT ONE OF THEIR MEETINGS SOME WEEKS AGO. THE PROPOSAL WAS TO CREATE A CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUSD AND EACH FAMILY WHICH WOULD BE CALLED A ‘PERFORMANBCE BOND’ SIMILAR TO THAT EXISTING IN THE WORLD OF COMMERCIAL BUSINEESS.

    EACH FAMILY WITH EITHER A STU8SDENT OR STUDENTS IN HUSD WIOULD BE REQUIRED TO SIGN (WITH xcOUNTEWR SIGNATURE OF HUSD PESON, TO POST A ONE HUBDRED DOLLAR BOND ($100. ). AT BEGINING OF EACH SCHOOL YEAR. IT WOULD BE TOTALLY REFUNDED AT END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR PROVIDED THAT ANY STUDENT OR STUDENTS RESIDING IN THAT HOUSEHOLD DID NOT CUT CLASS OR VIOLATE THE NEED REQUIREMENTS TO FIT DESCRITPTION OF AN ‘EXCUSED ABSENCE’.

    EACH ABSENCE WHICH LACKED QUAKLIFUICATION AS AN EXCUSED ABSENCE WOULD SEE A $30 DEDUCT FROMN THE $100 BOND AT END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

    THE SIMPLE FACT IS THAT WE ARE LOSING HUGE SUMS OF MONEY TO THE HUGE PROBLEMS OCCURRNG WITH ASBSENTEEISM AND TRANSIENCE. THINK IN TERMNS OF UP TO $5,000,000. ANNUALLY

    THE ‘PERFORMANCE BOND’ IS NOT A FEE… IT IS A GUARANEE THAT MONEY WILL BE REFUNDED TO PARENTS WHO MEET THE OBLIGATIONS OF GOOD PARENTING AND PARTICIPATION IN A PLAN WHICH WILL, AT THE LEAST, REDUCE THE MONEY LOSS IN OUR PRESENT (and continuing ?) ADA EXPERIENCE.

    IN LEGALEESE… IT IS A TWO PARTY CONTRACT. FULLY REFUNDABLE IF THE STUDENTS FROM EACH HOUSEHOLD EITHER SUPPLY A WRITTEN EXCUSE, ACCEPTABLE UNDER THE RULES, FOR A LEGITIMATE ABSENCE… OR PAY A PENALTY TO SUPPLANT THE LOSS CHARGED TO HUSD . ( $30. PER DAY, PER single day or continuing ABSENCE.)

    Those crying poor mouth the loudest need something to read on the subject of acceptable levels of parenting; that idea ought be provided in a single page explanation to each family with several children or just a single child enrolled at HUSD. (the maximum up front ‘bond’ amount would be $100.)

    The rationale is simple: each child has a right to an education… that is law of the land.
    Parental neglect in the form of an absence of firm relationship with progeny is inexcusable on the basis of the idea that the neglect causing unexcused absences; (also failure to notify HUSD of intentions to withdraw in a timely manner), is causing huge money losses. Those losses presently translate into poor test scores, discouragement of teachers. Etc.

    Your child or children have a right to public school education . There is no associated right to create, encourage, or suffer the presence of such neglect of parent responsibilities which translate to harm affecting all those faithful to responsibilities. We are presently neglectful in assuring that the free education is useful to community and not damaging to others as in the case of those who are neglectful.

    If neglectful parents are not into the spirit of good parenting…. Then consider expulsion if the performance bond does not correct behavior.

    Please do not attempt to tell me that some are unable to provide the $100. The bond is totally refundable if rules following documentation of ‘excused absences’ are followed. Transience is another problem…. Even ‘good’ families are prone to failure in instances of ‘job transfer‘. As an example: Too busy to tell the school about a sudden transfer? Well, if you have six kids at various levels of classroom attendance, a sudden transfer/departure can cost $180. Per day in lost ADA money….each day of occurrence until some parent or principal advises of the departure! The bond onlyt covers $100 of that loss; on the other hand if the courtesy of ‘following the rules’ is performed then there is no loss. There would ne no loss to HUSD and the $100. would be refunded.

    Parental objections to the Bond Performance concept and ‘blowing up’ our collective inability to grasp the benefit will see HUSD experiencing the same year end losses in highly substantive amounts of money!

    Frankly my estimate of you is that you will be a fighter in promoting the idea once you fully understand the technicalities and the benefits.

    In my own case, I fear that someone will promote passage of law preventing this. Then too, we might possibly need passage of law promoting the concept……. Would Arnold seek to prevent it ( by veto) on the basis of the idea that the added income benefit would deny him the incredible sums the state now keeps? Balance the budget by encouraging unexcused absences? At increases over our present inexcusable predicament?

    Think in terms of positive support!!!

    Will teachermama and all the other members of the union support this?

  • qodrn

    I think it is kind of cool actually. You could probably accomplish this with less money, say 25 to 50 dollars. I think by the law it would need to be voluntary, but the school and other parents could make a if your not a member, you are square type of thing, or a non caring parent, which even if you are you wouldn’t want to admit to. The school could actually hold a fun raiser for parents to raise the money that way if they need to. But they need to come up with the money theirselves for this. I like it.

  • John W. Kyle

    Sorry Qdrn,
    but you would soften the thing to the point it would not be effective. $100 is not a huge amount but is sufficient to grab the attention of all parents….. when it is unnderstood that there is an ABSOLUTE need t5o stop the money loss due to hooky or parental indifference, we will see dramatic results in the ADA moneyy actually recived,…. up to $5,000,000 when we stop the concurrennt problem of transiency.

    There is a right to a free public education but once enrolled the school district and teachers have a right to a stabilized enrollment rather than the atrociousM ‘HOOKY’ AND NEGLIGENCE absences which have a direct. innediare affect on budget…. those losses to the money sums estrablished in the budget to enable classroom size detrerminations and hire teachers etc…. have a drastioc affect upon classroom stability, test scores and tentative loss of job notices issued in April ( which demoralizes teachers and othetr staff ) MUST BE STOPPED!!

    I have a grand-daughter who graduated ‘cum laude’ in mathmatics at University level, who intends to teach Calculus….. she would rather dig ditches than work at HUSD! Our sorry budget condition is wIdeLy known and it must be corrected.

    That concept of immediate NEED is an absolute…. we have been battling the budget problem since late 1980′s and have been consistenntly losing the battle….. think if it as being similar to the situation at Dunkirk in early 1940.

    We cannot afford to lose the battle! We will become the most ridiculed bunch of stand around and do nothing bunch of voters God ever allowed on the face
    of the earth1.

    As a last result of their unemploy-ability, you want maybe we should provide bus money so our kids find employment in the coal mines of West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky ?

  • Justwatching

    Maybe what our public school systems needs is the authority and/or the ability to issue stock on the NYSE as is this Online K12 Charter School. It seems the playing field for funding is a little out of balance. They not only get ADA funding from the state but from investors.

    K12 Home Link
    http://www.k12.com/about_k12/
    Investor Relations link
    http://investors.k12.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=214389&p=irol-IRHome

  • teachermama

    If my kid gets a 5 on either section of the STAR test can we get a $5 credit to our bond? heehee…

  • John W. Kyle

    Teachermama

    Sure, all we have to do is fund that credit to your account with a debit to HEA Union dues hee hee ??

    Time to get seriously supportive of an action plan which serves to reduce the loss of ADA money is now!

  • John W. Kyle

    Just watching..

    The links you provide are difficult to read given the factt that ink colors against background provided require willingness to syffer eyestarain…..

    I’ll assume tyou are correct and that the rferences is indeed offering bonds on the Qkk Atrwwt MARKET places.
    A tough sell!!!! Where does the interest rate needed to attract purchasers come to ftuition for purchasers ?

    Until some reputable firm involved with the sle of these bonds providres in depth analysis…. I would hnot give much thought to involvment, even if I had the monry.

    There is a ‘private’ school which has seen rapid expansion after it’s initial surprising success.

    Suggest all see the following website and upon reaching it use the link to see the CBS 60 mi8nute video replay of a 1990′s telecast.

    Reach this and enjoy a success story which in less than 20 years is found spreading across the country because of it’s success in stimu7lating interest as well as success of students who are drawn from low income areas.

    Use Google: Cristo Rey Schools, Chicago Illinois.

    I am an elderly person quite near 80 years of age… I have watched this three times since first stumbling onto the 60 mihnute bit as well as the rest of that which is sewen in live action on that web site…. It brings tears to these old Irish eyes (Quite literrally)
    qhwn UI warch the Latino lass as she is told of her award of a scholarship and acceptance into a yhighly regarded University….. she shares a good cty with her JMother whom she called immediately upon notice of the acceptance and scholarship sum,,,,,,, this was a young ldy who until she was accepted into the school had never, ever been into do9wnrown area of the Chicago city, had never taken a ride in an elevator or rode an escalator…. having beein raised in a real ghetto neighborhood.

    Ahe and her peer group attend school 4 days per week on an extended hours basis; on the fifth day6 they attend to duties in a full time position and arre paid an hourly salary, which is turned over to the school which handles the tax accounting etc. then applies the balance to tuition. During summer months the students tretain their wages for personal use for clothing and aid to ttheir familes. That is a big boost to their sense of acheivement.

    Entralled with the concept I send nominal personal funds as encouragement to tyhe concept whic ho has about 23 ot 24 locations across the country. Last year the kids supplied a large sum in the millions of dollars as support to their yteachers etc….

    Take the time to visit the website using Google to reach Cristo Rey Schools, Chicago. Ill.

    All the schools have been located in urban areas and are succeeding with low incojme students whosew success stimulates di8scussion over why it is that only Catholic schools are involved. ( Many students are non-catholic and not limited to those occupants of latino neighborhoos. There is visual evidence of that fact when observing the website… Much support comes from individuals and Corporations. Bill Gates has been very generous…

    What we have here are ‘Charter Schools’ which deny HUSD use of assets in order to acquire class rooms.

    One EXAMPLE…. DARWIN SCHOOL….. THAT LAND PARCEL SHOULD BE REDEVELOPED UNDER LEASE CONDITIONS WHIC WOULD EARN husd ABOUT $500,000 PER YEAR IN EARNINGS APPLICABLE TO THE BUDGET. uSE OF THAT SITE FOR JUST 200 OR SO STUDENTS IN A cHARTER SCHOOL USE IS OUTRAGEOUS.

  • teachermama

    John Kyle, I floated your idea to the office manager and attendance clerk at my school and they LOVED it! Said it was about time.

  • John W. Kyle

    Teachermama,

    Are you a classroom teacher? Or Mother of a classroom Teacher?

    Whatever your influence….. talk it up! Push on it!
    TAKE MEMBERS OF YOUR PEER GROUP TO TRUSTEE MEETINGS AND AT PUBLIC COMMENTS SUPPORT THE IDEA.

    CONSSIDER TOO THAT THE RECENT SUGGESTION OF ASKING VOTERS FOR ANOTRHER PARCEL TAX…. MAY FAIL THE VOTE TEST!

    ON THEOTHER HAND, ONCE WE PLUG THE MOHNEY LOSS OCCURRING WITH HOOKY ETC., THE VOTERS WILL TAKEW MORE KINFLY TO A PARCEL TAX.

    CONSIDER THAT THE MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENT DISTRICT (mad)

    PARCEL TAX AT $28. PER PROPERTY BROUGHT IN ABOUT ONE MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND PER YEAR.SO I PERSONALLY THINK THAT THE CURRENT CHATTER BANDIED ABOUT BY THE INTERIM SUPT., WHO SUGGESTED A $200 TAX PER PARCEL MIGHT BE A BIT EXCESSIVE ESPECIALLY IF WE CUT LOSSEWS AS RESULT OF CREATING THE PERFORMANCE BOND. iT WOYULD BE BETTER TO TRY THE PERFORMANCE BOND FIRST.

    kEEP IN MIND THAT THE ‘SECOND WAVE’ OF THE sCHOOL RECONSTRUCTION bONDS WILL HIT YOUR Tax bill in two years….. look at that number on your last property tax payments…. then double it! in 2016, we get hit again and in 2020 thew final increment….. let us try for the $100 Performance bond first!

    Advise teachers that they have a direct interest in adopting any idea which will improve the cash flow….. TRANSLATE THAT INTO SALARY IMPROVEMENT?

    ALSO PUSH HARD ON THE THOUGHT THAT CUTTING DOWN ON ABSENCES AND TRANSIENCE WILL HAVE POSITIVE AFFECT ON TEST SCORES AS WELL STUDENT SUCCESS IN LIFE!