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HUSD community outreach meeting!

By Eric Kurhi
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 3:39 pm in Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward, Schools.

Information from the HUSD website:

May 18, 2010

Dear Hayward Community:

janisduranOn Thursday night, June 3, 2010, from 7:00-8:30 pm, I will be holding a Community Outreach Meeting at Burbank Elementary School to get community input on the state of HUSD. 

I highly encourage all interested parents and community members to attend.  The purpose and agenda points are below.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH MEETING: 
Thursday, June 3, 2010 / 7:00-8:30 pm / Burbank Elementary

PURPOSE:
· To reach out to the community to discuss the state of HUSD
· To answer questions regarding the fiscal crisis, high academic student achievement, & campus safety
· To seek assistance & continued support for Hayward Schools
· To listen to Hayward parents/community regarding their public schools
· To clarify that the school situation is of concern & the responsibility of all

AGENDA:
· Welcome & Purpose of Community Outreach Meeting:  Janis Duran, Superintendent HUSD
· Introductions:  Maribel Heredia, Vice President of HUSD School Board
· Greetings from the City:  Mayor Michael Sweeney
· Greetings from Alameda County Office of Education:  Sheila Jordan, Superintendent ACOE
· Panel Moderator: Fran David, Hayward City Manager
· Questions from Audience / Panel Answers
· Ways You can Support HUSD, Students & Families
· Raffle—DONATED Prizes
· Child Care / Donated Refreshments

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  • qodrn

    Why Burbank school? Wouldn’t a large high school gym make more sense? There really should be alot of people showing up for this thing.

  • John W. Kyle

    John W. Kyle
    22638 Teakwood Street
    Hayward, Ca. 94541
    Phone (510) 782-7612
    E-mail: jwkyle6@comcast.net
    May 20, 2010

    President Frumkin;
    Members of the Board of Trustees
    Ms. Janis Duran, Superintendent
    Hayward Unified School District
    24411 Amador St.
    Hayward, Ca. 94541

    Ladies and Gentlemen;

    In yesterday’s post to the blog (www.ibabuzz.com/hayword ) the few people of Hayward who trouble themselves reading or submitting items to that opportunity are advised of your public Community Outreach meeting at Burbank School on June 3rd, 2010 between the hours of 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM

    The laughable part of that idea lays in the presumption that the meeting can be conducted in the time limits you establish. You have not considered that the Agenda involves Comments and Greetings from no fewer than five prominent individuals. All before you get to Questions from the floor; prior to establishing: ‘Ways You can support HUSD, Students and Families‘. ** Followed by a raffle ?’

    Once again you demonstrate your greatest weakness.! You fail to recognize your intense need for volunteers in service to HUSD. For years I have observed that HUSD searches for volunteers and when they come forward, seemingly, you abuse them, when you simply and callously dismiss them as not worth the bother of follow through on worthwhile ideas, particularly if you, as leaders, are denied ‘pride of ownership’ for the thoughts put forward by those few, irregularly present individuals, who do volunteer.

    An incredible example has just occurred with the site resident concept which the Board supported as being worthwhile in the first quarter of 2009. You are all fully aware of the experience I had with Dr. Vigil, as he continually ‘put off ’ any direct action on that matter. Repetitious scheduling of meetings with me, which he had no intention of conducting, are well known by you.

    In late October, he phoned my home and in the presence of two of his close associates, again assured me that we would meet to iron out the problems and re-constitute the initial use of the site resident cottage at Longwood. Conveniently, he went to Oregon (Washington? ) to address a meeting of members of his peer group who, at their invitation were to hear him address the group on his favorite subject “Great Schools“! That bit of news was published under the ‘by-line’ of Mr. Kurhi, last November. Frankly, I think he was job hunting and since you had opportunity to criticize or fire him for negligence in performance of duty, found in the fact that he missed a meeting to go job hunting, you now need to examine your own faults prior to opening up opportunity to place yourself before an audience.

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    I raise another issue associated with the site resident. Immediately prior to the November meeting of trustees, when Vigil was absent, Ms Becnel was sitting at the dais in the meeting place, apparently writing some notes when I approached her to ask about the promised meeting on the subject of the Site Residence. What about the meeting said I? Her reply, spoken curtly, not once but twice, when I was shocked at the first answer, was… Quote,.“we are studying other uses!” unquote! That comment inspired the writing of a ‘MY WORD’ piece appearing in the Daily Review on Dec. 3rd 2009.

    In the first week of February I was advised that the site resident matter was to be brought forward to fruition. Eagerly I acquired a blank copy of that document known as a Job Post and prepared what I believe to be, was a competent piece of work. In addition, I again wrote out the conditions of a lease agreement which the site resident would be required to sign. It was to be a barter arrangement in exchange for services to the site at Longwood School covering a required list of various tasks in exchange for free rent with utilities provided.

    In March I made inquiry of Mrs. Benson as to the progress of the paper work, which apparently was to be discussed amongst staff, then presented for approval of the Personnel Commission before being placed on the Agenda for approval by Trustees. I was told that all would be accomplished by April 15, 2010. I enquired in April… no answer! Again in May…. and shortly afterwards…was advised simply that the project had been postponed to the fall! Forgotten was the assurance that I would be involved in the interview of those potential residents responding to the job posting. Is Ms. Becnel involved? More annoying is the fact that school grounds, used in lieu of parks, will not be available in the Summer!

    About one third of the 23 or 24 occasions at which I have served the City and HUSD as a volunteer, unpaid member of an ad hoc group or Task Force, was spent in service to Hayward Schools. Yet my four children attended parochial schools ( St. Joachim and Moreau .) At St. Joachim’s I was deeply involved as a lector reading scripture at Mass, Chairman of the Building Committee responsible for the Gymnasium erection, Festival Chairman on three occasions, author of a History of the Parish, member of the men’s club as well as parents advisory board, building and grounds maintenance tasks at the school !

    Service to Church and ’body public’ is motivated by the thought that I must make myself presentable on Judgment Day!

    Correction of errata here *1 Concept of the Town Hall Meeting *2 time frame

    It was that concept *1 which compelled me to present the, *2 hours of duration, 7 pm to 10 pm, for the purpose of bringing together as large a crowd as possible, conducted at City Hall for a segment which would be televised to Three High School Gymnasiums, so that the telecast would supply the guidelines, as well as printed material at that event I have stipulated that sponsoring Board of Trustees would invite City Council Members and that all who are elected by public vote, would be asked to keep their eyes and ears open but REMAIN SILENT ! Teachers, representatives of bargaining units and other staff, if residents and voters residing in the district would be invited but must also remain useful as silent observers. The Town Hall Meting is not appropriate for use by bargaining units as aid to their goals.

    Let the people be instructed to think in a positive way, bring their own ideas forward, create ‘Commissions‘ ( or Ad Hoc groups ) to which selected volunteers, (from a pool of volunteers,) would be
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    appointed by trustees for terms of four years with a two term limit. Ad hoc groups or commissions
    would place themselves between the public and administration just as they do with the example seen in the successful use of unpaid volunteers at Library Commission, Planning Commission or any of the ten
    total groups which support the functions of Hayward City Council and Staff.

    Board of Trustees fail to recognize that their agenda is loaded with extraneous business of ’Special Features‘, ‘Comments from Students‘, ‘Board Members‘, the Superintendent and the public create a time drag pushed to the point of frustration as well as boredom.

    Pride in possession and recognition of ideas, given open free expression, limited to positive ideas rather than recrimination and repetition of old, long standing complaints, needs to be channeled through ad hoc groups staffed by volunteers. That would relieve the work load in administration when qualified citizens investigate, create and bring forward solutions to the problems of HUSD. (As suggested to them by the members of the body public as well as the Board of Trustees.)

    I will silently attend the meeting of June 3rd. You seem predisposed to rapidly forget much about the fashion of your past treatment of random public suggestions. That might be symptomatic of the constant change in the seats of the Board of Trustees as well as the top administrators at HUSD.

    Worse yet, your poor arrangements for your June meeting would not bring about the needed volunteers in service on a scale needed to resolve repetitious complaints. It is counter productive given the long history of heated complaints at HUSD Board meetings, which are provided to complainants in a constant opportunity for public comment,

    Where a Town Hall meeting, conducted in the fashion I have supplied, would succeed, your failure on June 3rd would kill the concept. Most of those reading this scribble have better education than that which I experienced in formal classrooms. But in the matter of horse sense? I am sufficiently well endowed to state that I will soon back away from further futile efforts with HUSD.

    Best wishes to all who read this with an open mind!

    Vox clamantis in deserto! ( A voice crying in the wilderness!) JWK

  • John W. Kyle

    There is a great story on the front paage of the SF Chronicle.

    I urge a full read of that story upon all Haywardites. ( OR hAYWARDIANS WHEN SPEAKING TO FRANCISCO ZERMEWO). It deals with Public School financing and revolves arounnd a HISTORIC lawsuiot FILED BY 60 CHILDREN AND 9 SCHOOL DISTRICTS

    THE CASE WAS FILED WITH THE COURET YESTERDAY MAY 20, 2010. AN EXTENSIVE, ILLUNINATING STORY WHICH OUGHT BUILD A HUGE FIRE UNDER CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE…

    WELL WORTH THE $1.00 NEWS STAND PRICE IF YOU DO NOT SUBSCRIBE.iF OU HAVE NOT YET VOTED, OR EVEN IF YOU SENT IN YOUR aBSEMNTEE BALLOT….. CALL TOUR sTATE sENATOR OR ASSMBLY PERSON, TEST THEIR REACTION TO THE STORY.

    NOW, IF WE CAN JUST KICK SOME PARENTAL FANNIES IN INSTANCES OF PARENTAL PERMISSIVNESS IN THE MATTER OF HOOKY ETC,……!

  • John W. Kyle

    IN ALMOIT 24 HOURS SINCE THE ABOVE WAS POSTED…. NOT A SINGLE RESPONSE…PERHAPS THE TAKE OVER IS JUSTIFIABLY CORRECT. HAYWARD AIN’T WORTH THE TIME SPENT DOING ANY WORRYING!

    TODAY MY SPOUSE OF NEARLY 57 YEARS IS AGAIN AT KAISER HOSPITAL.

    ALWAYS CHEARY DESPITE BEING TYPE I DIABETIC SINCE MAY 1948. IN A MARRIAGE CONTRACTED IN 1953 MY SPOUSE GAVE NIRTH to four lIve births, thee miss-carries AND A STILL BIRTH.

    I ASK MYSELF… WHY IN THE HECK DO I WORRY ABOUT EDUCATION OF SOME OTHER FAMILY’S KIDS?

    I THINK IT IS TIME TO JUST FADE FROM THE SCENE…..

    Lord. if I haven’t measured up to Joanne’s level of faith… will you forgive the failure?

  • John W. Kyle

    Alleluia !!1 Pres Paul Frunkin advises me by e-mail, that City suggested the Burbank site since it had some techology available there which was not available in any of the Gyms.

    Ain’t it nice that our Mayor is more aware of the amenities at the school than our Board President or any of the dead weight HUSD staff?

    He cc’d the new Supt. with his e-mail message to both myselrf and cc to Ms.Duran, so now we have two aware of that site’s superior amenity.

    Thank God that long ago Board Presidet GGW ain’t around to tell the Mayor to mind his dang business!

  • qodrn

    John, I hope your wife is doing better. Thanks for the answer about Burbank school. I guess it has this stuff because it is a new school. Anyway, now there are at least 3 of us who know.

  • John W. Kyle

    Hay HUSD parents and all the ships at sea!

    a TRULY GREAT PIECE OF NEWS ON THE ‘oPINION’AGE OF DAILY REVIEW. IT IS THERE TODAY SUNDAY MAY 23RD 2010.

    COLUMNIS TAMMERLIN DRUMMON WRITES ABOUT SENATE BILL 1317 WHICH ZIPPED THRIOUGH THE CAKIF. STATE SENATE IN THE BLI8NK OF AN EYE…

    SEEMS THAT THE SENATE WANTS TO CRIMINALLY INDITE PARENTS WHOSE KIDS ARE CHRONICALLY ABSENT FROM SCHOOL…. THE DAYS OF HOOKY ARE ALMOST OVER ??

    AFTER MY READ, I THINK WE STILL NEED THE $100 PER FAMILY “PERFORMANCE BOND”, (REGARDLES OF THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN IN THAT FAMILY)

    THE FAMILY WOULD LOSE $30 OF THAT BOND MONEY FOR EACH DAY OF UNEXCUSED ABSENCE… fULL REFUND OF YTHAT $1OO IF NO ABSENCES THAT ARE UNEXCUSED. eXCUSED DEFINED TO MEAN A VISIT TO DENTIST OR DOCTOR.

    Poor single mom? that malarky is unACCEPTABLE……DIVORCED? UNACCEPTABLE, UN-MARRIED MOM… UNACCEPTABLE. ABANDONED BY THE SIRE? jAIL HIS BUTT UNDER THE NEW SENATE BILL1

    $5,00,000 ANNUAL LOSS TO HUSD DUE TO UENECUSED ABSENCE IS NOT ACCEPTABEL EITHER…. JAIL THEIR BUTTS !

  • John W. Kyle

    WHEN I WAS A KID IN HIGH SCHOOL TAUGHT BY JESUITS, IF YOU STEPED OUT OF LINE…..JUSTICE UNDER GOD ( JUG )

    GOT JUGGED? THAT MEANT YOU SHOWED UP ON SATURDAY morning at 8;30 AM READY TO DO MANUAL LABOR FOR 2,4 OR 6 JOURS…. BRING A LUNCH, TOOLS SUPPLIED, PULL WEEDS, TRIM LAWN EDGES, PRUNE SHRUBS, RAKE THE ‘TRACK’ SMOOTH SO THAT ATHLETES COULD RUN WITH OUT IMPEDIMENT, CLEAN WINDOWS, WASH FLOORS IN LOCKER ROOMS, ETC.

    DON’T SHOW UP?? …. BIG TROUBLE! which might include clearing out your locker! and saying good bye!

  • John W. Kyle

    To all blog persons interested in HUSD.

    Tonight is the big event st which the need for assistance from volunteers, as in the fashion of the City’s use of volunyteers in examples of Library Commiission,, Planning Ciommission etc. ( There are ten (10) in which citizen volunteers contribut time and expert5ise to aid governance…. as volunteers, without pay. in aid of the City are not seen or even admitted as something which HUSD can utilize…..
    after all, ‘they’ for the most part do not have College degress let alone PhD’s etc…. so who needs that etc etc…

    AS ‘pogo’ USED TO SAY…”WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND THEY IS US!

    TONIGHT….. 7:OO pm UNTIL 8:30 pm WHEN THE DOG AND PONY SHOW WILL YIELD THE FLOOR TO THE ‘GREAT RAFFLE!

    USING SMOKE AND MIRRORS? IN AN HOUR AND A HALF ALL WILL BE RESOLVED TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE MASSES.

    AT ITEM 2 ABOVE THERE IS A TRUE COPY OF MY RECENT LETTER TO HUSD TRUSTEES….

    ZERO IN O0N THE THIRD PARAGRAPH AND TELL ME THAT I AM CRAZY TO EVEN IMAGINE SUCH A THING?

    bE ADVISED THAT SOME TRUSTRESS DO READ AND LISTEN….. ANOTHER MEETING AND IT HAS BEEN RESOLVED THAT THE SITE RESIDENT WILL BE ON THE PREMUISES BY sEPTEMBER WHEN CLASSSES RESUME AT, PRESUMABLY TWO SCHOOLS RATHER THAN ONE AT LONGWOOD SCHOOL….. NOW i’LL NEED TO EXPLAIN THAT PRESENCE TO TWO ACGOLL PRI=NCIPLES RATHER THAN ONE!

    The site resident consept was abandoned under the presence of the most recent failed Superintendent. …. vandalism returned, not as bad as in the 1990′s but it did occur.

    Now in the Longwood-Winton Grove district bounded by west a , west winton, I=880 and the airport we had a park of less than three acres servibg, according to the census data of 1990, a population of over 6,000.

    Kennedy patrk required a walk across both West A and Hesperian in order to reach Kennedy Park….. but in this low income area, the HARD ‘Rides’ horsebasck rides, feed the birds and merryground, choo choo train attracted folks from a 20 mile radius.

    The ukids ay=t longwood were aced out because by and large they are low inciome folk. at least now the playfield will be opened to them and youth soccer leagues as recommended by HARD.

    Frustrating that it took three years to get the point across!

  • K Rocchio

    I will be unable to attend the meeting tonight due to a previously scheduled Talent Show. I do hope that some concerns, issues and solutions get brought to the meeting. The one chance I think this meeting might have is that the “panel”, as well as the “audience”, will be made up of a good mix of people. I only hope that the community has not been worn down. The frustrations expressed above at how long it takes to be heard is being expressed far too often. I know a lot of parents and staff are feeling tired and defeated. I hope tonight they let their voices be heard!

  • John W. Kyle

    I’ll be handing out a limited supply of a “My Word” opinion Piece published in EDaily Review on April #0, 2010.

    It was entitleed ” Civic Participation can save schools”

    Take one when as and if you have sufficient interest to see and understand a major aid to HUSD assumning the PhD’s etc are smart enough to recognize the potential assistance in the idea!

  • qodrn

    Is tonites’s meeting being televised somewhere? Wish I could go, but health will not permit.

  • watchdog

    It seems very odd to me (or maybe a strategy) that the district seems to plan so many other events on the same night as this, that concerned parents will be unable to attend.

  • John W. Kyle

    Became ill in late morning and early afternnon. Went to meeting pl;ace, dropped of many copies of my erditorial page “My word Piece” and went home after learning that there was no tv but that a sound recording was made for purposes of the minutes.

    Chairs were set up for about 200 attendees…. amy one out there who can proviode a factual report?

    Was it held to just an hour and a half?
    Were all the chairs occupied./… standees seen along the walls…. come on folks tell me what happened

  • qodrn

    There is some stuff about the meeting on the HUSD web site that MS. Duran put up plus a slide show. They had about 175 people…

  • John W. Kyle

    Qodrn…

    175 people including interested staff???/

    Speaks strongly to the need for a ‘Town Hall Meeting’!
    Does it not?

    Thanks for the info on the website…. to9o bad no telecast!

    How many of the John Q. Public rose to speak at public comment?

  • John W. Kyle

    QODRN

    i GIVE UP i AM UNABLE TO FIND THE PATH TO THE RECORDING OF THE SPECIAL MEETING REPUTED PUBLISHED O0N THE WEBSITE..

    IS HELP AVAILABLE OUT THERE????