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Meeting recap, and HUSD declares impasse with union

Last night’s community meeting was well attended, I estimated the crowd at a little less than 200. You can get the presentation material here. The Q and A was a mixed bag — some people were there to vent, one to campaign, some asking how they can help, and many with good questions.

One thing that came up a number of times dealt with the feeling that the district is unresponsive to the concerns of parents, or doesn’t adequately let them know what’s going on. Audie Bock was there with a bilingual ”Down with Duran” sign, and Jim Drake was there to talk about the lack of fingerprinting of volunteers, as he has done repeatedly at board meetings. According to district staff, his points are misleading — all volunteers are fingerprinted except for when it’s a parent who volunteers in their own child’s classroom, and only when the teacher is present.

District presentation outlined priorities of academic achievement, fiscal solvency and campus safety — it was an abbreviated version of Superintendent Janis Duran’s action plan brought before the board earlier this year. She also said they will be taking a close look at the district’s real estate and its money making potential. And down the line, a parcel tax will be inevitable.

Here’s the superintendent’s recap, with some very important information toward the end. The district has declared an impasse in contract negotiations with the teacher’s union. Union officials say they were given about 15 minutes to look over the proposed contract before the district said they’re at an impasse.

What that means is now the Public Employment Relations Board mediators get involved, first to determine whether they’re truly at an impasse or if they should go back to the table for more talks. If the impasse is valid, they go to the “fact finding” process where they look at what’s going on and make recommendations on a mutual agreement. After that report comes out, the district could impose a contract on the union, as was done in Oakland last April, which in turn led to a teacher strike.

Keep in mind that the district has said they are counting on working with the employee groups to reach a balanced budget and avoid a state takeover.

Duran’s recap:

June 4, 2010 

To Hayward Community,

It was very gratifying and exciting to see the tremendous turnout at the First Community Outreach Meeting last night at Burbank Elementary School .  If you were unable to attend, you will find the Power Point slides I presented here.  We had over 175 persons in attendance.  We had time to respond to 20 questions/comments.  Those that submitted a card with a question will receive a response before the last day of school.   Those persons who submitted a Volunteer card will be contacted as we move through our preparation for the 2010-2011 school year.

One of the topics discussed last night was the state budget crisis and Hayward USD’s particular situation with the fiscal realities of the state of California . 

Districts across the state have been hit by the state budget crisis and reduced funding to schools. Budget cuts are common practice and concessions by unions are making headlines. HUSD needs to reduce it’s budget by $19 million for the 2010-2011 school year. The Board of Education has already taken action on my recommendations for budget reduction equaling $11 million. That still leaves $8 million to be identified for the Board of Education to take action. Additional reductions of $ 5 million will need to be identified for the 2011-12 school year. The 2010-2011 budget will be presented to the Board of Education for their approval on June 23, 2010. Without these reductions, the District will not have a balanced budget. District’s are required to submit their budgets to the County Office of Education. The County Office will not approve a budget that is not balanced.

We have been meeting with our employee groups including Hayward Education Association (HEA) our teachers union. Through the negotiations process, the District has proposed reductions to the current contract (concessions) in order to help bridge the $8 million shortfall for the 2010-2011 school year and the $5 million shortfall for the 2011-2012 school year. At this time we do not have any future dates scheduled for negotiations and have not reached any agreement to help balance the budget. The District has declared that we are at an “impasse” in negotiations. Impasse is the legal process to get support from a mediator to facilitate negotiations to reach agreement. We are hoping that with a mediators help we can reach an agreement that will keep the district fiscally solvent.
These are very difficult times for school districts in the state of California . We must all work together to resolve issues, think outside of the box, and tackle problems head on.

We will be holding  more Community Outreach Meetings during the 2010-2011 school year.  I hope you will be able to attend.  Have a safe and pleasant summer

Eric Kurhi

  • qodrn

    They still have to cut 6 million from next year? I guess that’s the end of kindergarten for HSUD. I mean what’s left? There is no summer school this year, so be on the watch for kids real soon. It looks like a long summer.

  • obama.newage

    That townhall meeting was awful that superintendent Duran made sure she took all the time so that people could not ask questions until almost 8pm and the handicap access was awful too and was hard to hear in that room. That Duran needs to go away she is no good for Hayward schools she is getting $1000 a day and for what? She is trying to get a contract when we have a budget crisis and like people are saying what will happen if the state takes over how much money does HUSD have to pay her if that happens what if the new board after election is very smart and wants to fire her and get a better superintendent how much money will she get? This is a nightmare this school board has very uneducated knownothings of Mr. Frumkin and vicepresident Ms. Heredia that is letting this happen. They act like cockroaches they are not telling everything to the people why did they stop the superintendent search when they knew that the people wanted to pick their superintendent. Just keep the superintendent month to month and what is wrong with her just she gave $40,000 a year raises to 2 people in this budget crises to 180k a year I think that is what I heard from listening to Mr. Ralph Farias after the meeting when he was talking to some of us old folk that had a hard time listening in that room. Bad things are happening and they just get worse in HUSD. The teachers are Eastavenue told me that Ms. Heredia and Mr. Armas are the negotiating team for HUSD to deal with the teachers union. Is this for reals? Now that is very funny.

  • obama.newage

    I almost forgot to thank those brave people that stand up for the community. Thank you Ms. Bock for being there with your sign and you are right that superintendent Duran needs to go away. Only a unethical superintendent will ask for a contract when there is a budget crisis when she is getting paid now a month to month please Superintendent Duran go away and let the people pick their superintendent from the search firm. Thank you Mr. Ralph Farias for telling us about those HUSD huge raises to Mark Salinas wife and you have my vote for the city council. Thank you Mr. Drake for fighting for the safety of children because you are right that all volunteers need to be fingerprinted even if they have children in the school classroom.
    I can’t believe the school board wants this superintendent when she does not do a good job on putting a budget and firing good principals and firing Hellen Turner teachers when they don’t need to go and trying to get rid of 0 and 7 high period. All superintendent Duran does is give raises to her political friends. One of the people getting the $40,000 year raise is Mark Salinas wife and Mark Salinas is running for city council. When is this corruption going to end? I am now really suspicions and beginning to believe people how much family works for HUSD and city of Hayward. Is wrong to have Mr. Armas on the board and have his wife be the personnel director for HUSD is just wrong wrong wrong. I guess you all people will not be able to pick a superintendent and to think I wasted so much time to bring with me lots of parents together to go to the search firm meetings. What a cheating place Hayward is. You all need to wake up. Do something get these corrupt people out recall them. This lots of typing hurts I think I did a better job spelling sometimes I think is just these old eyes too.

  • John W. Kyle

    Obama bum age

    Ms. %Roccio complains of the vileness occuring in this blog, especially since Audie Bock was refused a seat on the Board of Trustees.

    Now we have two lenghty contributions by and old woman who admits to leaving a share croppers life in the south complaing yet still about subjects in Hayward whiloe living in Oakland. I begin to suspect that O’bama new age is guilty of prejudice against latino folk!

    Here she was at the meeting while living in Oakland. In previopus contributions to this blog, that admitedly heavy set woman dumped on just about everyone in Hayward for beiong crooks etc etc.
    Where previously she had refused to ‘come out’ from behind the non-de plume it will now be easier for me to identify that mean mouth, unirformed,dishonest, libelous old woman….. thank you for appearing…. if my suspicions are correct you will be confronted with your own deficiencies. As well as discloure of your given nmae and all that bad news associated with it!

    Auduie Bock made a fool of herself! All those who supported her attempt at recall are included in those who I describe as being of lesser minds than that typical of public spirited folk.

  • Cheryl

    Is there a moderator on this blog? I would like to respectfully request that Mr. Kyle’s comment in number 4 above be removed. I believe it clearly crosses the line of civility and violates the blog guidelines to not personally attack submitters. While I admire Mr. Kyle’s passion and contributions to the community, he has repeatedly engaged in personal attacks on people who disagree with him on this blog. These attacks create a negative atmosphere and do not advance the discussions at all. Since he is incapable of judging what is appropriate, can his submissions be moderated so we don’t have to be subjected to these negative posts?

  • Jeff

    Cheryl, you don’t like what Mr. Kyle said, and Mr. Kyle doesn’t like what obama.newage said.

    I vote for no censurship. People have a right to say what they want out on the street or here in the blog. Just keep the curse words out.

    Budget cuts are going to happen, just accept it and try to live with it.

  • John W. Kyle

    Jeff, Thasnk you!

    Ms.O’bama old age has calumniated the folks who are honest in their actions. Motivation?

    Jealousy ? Probaly so….. That one idea can ruin the life of the guilty party whose envy is out of control as she attempts ruination of those she attacks!

    Frankly, the fault of this blog is vicious, uncontrolled attacks which suggest that Hayward has no chance of improving it’s schools when we suffer the presence of individuals writing in the mean evil tone of O’bama old age!

  • Cheryl

    I think you misunderstand me Jeff. I am interested in Mr. Kyle’s opinions and I do indeed usually take the time to read them in total. I do not believe in censorship. What I object to is personal attacks on people, calling them names, etc., which has nothing at all to do with the arguments or points being made. Calling someone a name or insulting someone does not help advance an argument, it just creates a hostile environment which can quickly ruin an online community. Here’s an excerpt from the blog policy:

    Blog policy: While The HayWord welcomes lively discussion and tough criticism, personal attacks on writers or other readers are not allowed. Spam, obscene language, personal attacks or abusive hate speech are not allowed.

    Mr. Kyle, I would like to personally appeal to you to examine your writings for ad hominem attacks. While it may feel good in the moment, you actually diminish the strength of your argument and call your own credibility into question by calling people names. If you focus on the arguments instead of the person making the argument, I think you will be more successful.

  • John W. Kyle

    Cheryl Says:

    Good advice… go back to the moment when the Recall movement began and re-read the exchanges, it might be enlightening if you saw the blatant attacks upon exemplary leadership exhibited by the appointee chosen in open forum, to fill the op-ening on the Board of Trustees.

    Several of those ten who submitted applications for the interim appointment immediately supported the recall movement initiated by Audie Bock. There is (was ?) a link to the history of Ms. Bock’s political history on Wikepedia. See the computer path provided by Mr. Kurhi in the story announcing the recall attempt for yourself Note the footnote where the Wikepedia entry Was altered in February This year…. It has an annotation to the effect that Wikepedia would like to see the item returned to it’s original entry.

    The recall attempt brought into play, scurrilous attacks upon a man whose leadership lead to creation of the new Burbank School. That prolonged effort involved incredible co-operation as between the City’s Redevelopment Agency, the Hayward Recreation Department and Eden Housing’s new low income housing project at corner of ‘C’ Street and Grand. which was part of that action as well as the new road encircling the HARD park, The man skillfully brought all those forces together while also having to deal with the existent leases of the old cannery warehouses on the land where housing now exists and is progressing.

    Then tell me how anyone would have chosen someone like Ms. Bock whose single election victory came about with the uncovering of a violation of election law by a former Mayor of Oakland, who was her only opponent for the assembly seat. Ms. Bock, in my memory lasted less than two years in the Assembly job. She states ( in the revised portion of the Wikepedia entry that she wrote much Ca. Law. She does not mention the bills by number nor does she indicate which if any passed a vote~!

    O’BAMA NEW AGE WAS THE WORST OFFENDER AND IF YOU FOLLOWED THE EXCHANGE BETWEEN THAT PERSON AND MYSELF YOU MIGHT UNDERSTAND HOW I TRIED TO CONVINCE HER LOGICALLY, TO ABANDON USE OF SCURILOUS ATTACKS UPON LEADERSHIP IN A SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT SHE ADMITTEDLY ANBANDONED IN FAVOR OF BEING ‘INVOLVED’ WITH HER SUCCESSES (?) IN OAKLAND WHERE SHE NOW RESIDES.

    WE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO YELL ‘FIRE’ IN ENCLOSED public SPACES JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT. HOWEVER, THIS WOMAN YELLS FRAUD AND POINTS FINGERS AT DECENT PEOPLE WHO DESERVE OUR RESPECT FOR THEIR EFFORT.

    IF YOU DISAGREE … THERE WILL BE NO FURTHGER EXCHANGE BETWEEN YOU AND MYSELF..

    BE PROACTIVE NOT REACTIVE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BLATANT LIES!

    Which brings me to an allied point. Last Thursday I was not present for the famous meeting as between the School District and the public. The attendance was limited variously to reports of 150 folk to a high of 200. I could not personally attend due to health problems of both myself and spouse.. However I did make the trip for the purpose of dropping off copies of the “My Word” piece appearing upon the pages of the Review on Friday April 30, 2010. I authored that opinion and had hoped to find support for a ‘Town Hall Meeting”.

    It is my concept that a Town Hall meeting, based upon needed Civic participation in a general, district wide, activity would be more successful than last Thursday’s limited activity.

    Under My Concept, Audie Bock’s contribution to that recent most meeting would be banned. Who saw ant benefit to her sign work in several languages that Ms. Duran ought be fired. Not only is Ms. Bock illogical ,she demonstrates definite tendencies toward mental instability when she ignores the fact that no intelligent applicant for the job would accept employment under the conditions presently existent.

    A properly conducted town hall meeting might need as much as thtree hours to conclude the initial effort to arouse Civic Participation necessary to salvation of our public schools here in Hayward. Only positive, pro-active conversations, which dis-allow finger pointing and blame assignment would be permitted. I would hope to see creation of groups of our folk brought together in ‘ad hoc’ focus upon the need to organize our selves in areas of specific interest as is seen done with the City’s Library Commission, Planning Commission and the other ten such groups currently active on behalf of the City.

    In the case if HUSd would it not be useful to see creatuion of one group, willing and with talent directed to that aim which ‘promoted’ money raising activity in the form of ‘Hole in one tournament” on an annual; basis, Christmmas tree sales, rummage sales and other possible fund raisers to support not only the music program but the sports programs ?

    Do we not need to expend effort in combating the huge money loss to HUSD seen experienced at CURRENTLY EXTIMATED $5,000,000 level due to ‘unexcused absences’

    Parental skills in some families are below the minimum acceptable standards and a way must be found to correct the problems associated with plain old fashioned hooky! I fail top understand why my idea for a “performanxce bond of $100 per family would noyt be found useful ion meeting the loss of ADA money. The concept is simple, you havce a right to see your children receive public school education but your negligence is not either a right or acceptable. If your child is chronically AWOL then each occurrence of $30 loss to HUSD comes out of your $100 bond. After the third unexcused absence YOU ARE EXPOSED TO FINE OR Strong suggestion that you seek a Charter School in another District!
    We will need volunteers dedicated to the ADA problem!

    Site resident? More on that idea later…. But other nearby school districts found it successful in combating vandalism without investment in electronic monitoring and the difficulty in identification of culprits by a paid investigative employee. Site residents work in a Barter arrangement. Observe the Longwood School site resident which will be restored by the new year 2009- 2010 school opening. Historical costs for vandalism? At HUSD it hoverd around $150 K per year, What are they now?

    So, with a properly conducted Town Hall meeting, purposefully conducted in a manner free of recrimination and finger pointing by current employees and other (?) seemingly interested parties, over past failures, we might bring ourselves away from the precipice of disaster FACING US BY A State ‘take over’ of our schools.

    Frankly, our five trustees need help! The stipend we pay them for their effort is outrageously low… they need our freely given help just as is seen being done by the volunteer ‘commissions’ of the City!

    I fail to see why this can not occur at HUSD with aid of pro-active folk! I honestly expect a pretty good response from the non-English speaking element amongst our students’ parents. Not too many years ago a Latino lady had found a group willing to paint Longwood School as a volunteer effort.….. turned away of course!

    My only regret with involvement with the blog is the failure of others to contribute ‘proper’ thought to combating the crazies who, believe it or not create much doubt within the ranks of honest but busy citizens.

  • Justwatching

    I am not sure how many of our Hayward Families would be able to afford a $100 performance bond in the first place. One would only have to look at the number of free and reduce lunches served in the Hayward Schools to realize that a large portion of the Hayward Community is living at or below the poverty level. This would be a severe hardship and there may be legal issue as well.

  • John W. Kyle

    Justwasatching

    Be aware that the $100 PERFORMANCE BOND WOULD BE REFUNDABLE IF ABSENCES WERE ‘EXUCSABLE’ TYPE. wE MUST RECOVER THE INCREDIBLE LOSS… ASSUME SOME OF THAT RECOBVERY WOULD BE USED FOR BREAKFAST JUST AS YOU
    ASSUME THAT MANY ARE UNABLE TO AFFORD IT tHERE… HONEST QUESTIO9N FDOLLOWED BY hONEST ANSWER. rIGHT?!

  • obama.newage

    Thank you Cheryl it looks like we can never disagree in this Hayward blog with out being made fun of how I look or my age or my handicap or my education or by blackness or now being threatened to be stalked on when they find out who I am. Yes I am big and old and hurt alot but so what. I don’t make attack or ridicule anyone with vicious attacks here when they disagree with me. They need to grow up.

    It looks like before jive latin did not work on me and going biblical did not work on me and now using mob mentality will not work me either by having someone support him to tell him is ok to be mean and nasty and vicious when anyone disagrees is just fine because is free speech.

    Cheryl that person supporting that other vicious person thinks is all about budget cuts and it is not. There are many many many wrong things going on that have nothing to do with budget cuts and many others feel the same way too that it is just corruption and fraud. But people need to honestly look at all the vicious things that person says in this blog and he has one that now supports him to say I am lying.

    You all see http://www.betterhayward.com and try to prove me wrong on any of those things that are wrong in Hayward school district.

    Listen you all that is true I might not be as educated as you all here and still take classes at the adult school but me not being as educated as you cannot tell me how to reason what free speech is.

    BECAUSE I think free speech is allowing and respecting opinions of others to speak freely without being ridiculed or threatened by anyone.

  • John W. Kyle

    o’BAMA NEW AGE IS STILL PUSHING ON THE VERY WEAK MESSAGE FOUND POSTED IN SUPORT OF THE RECALL. tHE INANE SIGN HELD UP BU mS. BOCK DEMONSTRATES LACK OF RATIONAL THOUGHT.

    ENUFF SAID EXCEPT THAT MY OPINION OF mR/. aqR,MAS DOES NOT WAVER…. HE IS ALREADY MILES AHEAD OF THE PACK ON FINDING SOLUTIONS TO THE REAL ESTAYTE MANAGEMENT PROBLEM AT husd.

  • obama.newage

    It looks like that person behaving so vicious to others of different opinion never apologized to Concerned Hayward Citizen and now I would like him to apologize to Kelly Rocchio too because these are people that have been very professional and had a different opinion about HUSD and were ridiculed and attacked by him and now there might be another that supports that vicious behavior just because of a wrong idea of free speech. And you are right Cheryl on what free speech is.

    Well this is America and we have to have our voices be heard. Like I said you all I might not be as educated as you all here and still take classes at the adult school but me not being as educated still mama didn’t raise no fool.

    BECAUSE free speech is allowing and respecting opinions of others to speak freely without being ridiculed or threatened by anyone. Even if that opinion is not what others want to hear. Attacking people for their opinion is not cool that person needs to chill in his vicious comments.

  • obama.newage

    No one is asking you to waiver your opinion on Armas. You have a right to that opinion. Many people like myself just have a different opinion I think he was not the best qualified for the job like some of the others like. Mr. McGee and Ms. ROccio and Ms. Bock. These 3 are very familiar with the problems in public schools. His appointment was corruption. None of the others don’t have a personnel Director as a wife in the school district and they were never deliberated.

  • qodrn

    Good gollly folks. Right now, HUSD still needs to cut 6 million from NEXT Year before next year. I wouldn’t have selected mr. Armas, but he is there. You will get the chance to vote him out. But so far, he is passing legal challenges. You don’t like Ms. Duran. Good, let ‘em know. But the school board has the right to pick a superintendent. Maybe someone else or a different method should be used. But that will have to be later on. Yes, kids need to show up at school. That will certainly help the district out. But it won’t prevent the 6 million in cuts the district needs to do now. Yes, HUSD should fingerprint anyone entering into the classroom during school hours period. If it costs too much, let the volunteers pay the fee. It is a one time thing after all. We all know that child molesters are often the most normal people. But the current issue is, where is that 6 million going to come from? Cutting the preschool program has nothing to do with this. Should they drop before and after school programs and let parents take care of their kids? Should they cut school to four days a week? Six million in cuts is BIG, and HSUD needs to settle this now. I am sure all you who have been posting here have some great ideas about this. Let your leaders know before they make their decision.
    This is what is happening now.

  • obama.newage

    The cost of money being short on money is always because of bad managers every day for years and what is happening now is because of bad leaders at board and superintendent together with less money from the state. They everyone knew this was coming 2 years ago but even now the leadership makes bad budget decisions they just can put a budget together. I don’t think the district has been truthful on what is really short on money to everyone. Why do they give themselves raises and new positions at district or new contracts for contractors when they say there is no money. Why is does Duran going to have a contract as a permanent superintendent I don’t think she cares about HUSD she can just keep on geting her $1000 a day until the whole mess is clean up. Duran’s contract is not yet final to the community from what I saw in the last meeting. The community needs to stop more money going out. You all the people have not been told the whole truth on the money that is really there in HUSD.

  • John W. Kyle

    o9gbama.new atge;

    With your display of wisdom and knowledge one can only wonder why you were never elected President of the local NAACO. You would have solved all the prohblems!

  • K Rocchio

    Did anyone here attend the meeting held last night at the District Office with Ms. Heredia? It was an open forum regarding budget cuts and obstacles.

  • John W. Kyle

    Hello blotg readers…. WAKE UP!

    Alameda County’s election turn out was the poorest of all time. Only 12.6% of our registered voters bothered to cast a vote. 87.4 % do not give a tinker’s damn!

    Our public school system is not failing; it has failed totally!

    We are no longer enjoy discourse which has meaning. We carry insulting remarks into conversations and writings while purposely avoiding the value of protecting freedom, through inquiry into rationale offered by others.

    When we gather, the rule seems to be…. No ‘politics’ or ‘expression of religious beliefs’ should be heard. That behavior is antithetical to our US Constitution ?

    A French observer of early American political activity, greatly admired the custom in our new founded nation of holding ‘Town Hall Meetings’

    Our last Presidential election saw that concept being abused. We are seemingly unable to converse,, one with another without arousing bitter enmity.

    We are unable to assure, that parents perform lawful duty in the simple act of a child’s daily attendance at class. Unexcused absences are overlooked and needs enforcement under the existent laws.

    The neglect of that single issue is only partially the failure of newspapers or blog opportunity to stimulate needed thought.

    When will we recover?

  • Concerned Hayward Citizen

    Kelly Rocchio: do you mean the meeting that was going to be held exclusively in Spanish? Do you mean the meeting that was by “invitation only”? Do you mean the meeting where the vice president of the HUSD school board said, “I’m not going to lie to you and say there’s no way your children are getting a good education in HUSD”. Any parent at any time should be able to walk into a classroom, unannounced, to evaluate teachers. No fingerprinting, carte blanche access to schools. ALL teachers should be bilingual (in Spanish). These are things that I heard. I didn’t attend, but I was wondering if you did. I heard some pretty disturbing things about that meeting. I am sincerely hoping that, at least, some of it was exaggerated or the “telephone game” made it out to be worse than it was. Have you heard anything yet?

  • teachermama

    I was not aware of the meeting. What happened? I am very concerned that the district is going to raise class sizes even more and eliminate elementary specialty classes (PE, music, etc.) next year. Plus, the shifting class sizes is creating grade level combo classes willy-nilly. I am a product of and have always been an advocate for public schools. I really like my child’s teachers and school community, but I am seriously starting to doubt that a child can get a decent education with HUSD. I am dying for the district to give me a reason to stay. Fingers crossed, but not holding my breath.

  • qodrn

    Great. Just what we need. School board members inciting the community. You can get a good education in Hayward, HUSD has graduates that get into major universities. Spanish should not be a requiement because this is an English speaking country. Yes, I think all people in the classroom even though they be parents should be fingerprinted. Period. Just because you have children doesn’t mean you could not be dangerous to other people’s children. Plus, how can the teacher teach if they get interupted all day long? This has to be controlled somewhat.

  • Concerned Hayward Citizen

    What is so frustrating is that so many of the problems in HUSD are a direct result of board decisions. I’m not talking budget cuts, here. I’m talking about these unqualified, uninformed trustees making decisions about daily schedules, curriculum and instruction. Ms. Heredia should be pointing the finger at herself when speaking of the failures of HUSD. She has one interest only. That is the Spanish speaking community in Hayward. She has foresaken all the rest. The scary thing is, she virtually admits to it. I would like to know where all of these qualified bilingual teachers are. It’s not as if HUSD is actively turning away bilingual applicants. As I understand it, they aggressively recruit bilingual teachers an staff. Of course the Spanish speaking community is an extremely important and valuable part of our whole community. The same is true of our Afghan, African American, Pacific Islander…..and all the other communities. For the vice president of the school board to hold an invitation only meeting of this nature, is beyond appalling. I understand that there were several people that wanted to attend the meeting but were told that they were not on the list. Some were Spanish speaking, some were not. Disgrace

  • John W. Kyle

    Concerned Hayward Citizen:

    Have you tried direct personal conversation with Ms. Heredia?

    Attempt to suggest that if it is worth a conversation with one grouop then why is it not possible to draw them together, examine separate positions, then draw the two together.

    ’tis better to be constructive than simply critical!

  • http://thehayword Debsboytoy

    Elections will nt solve anything. Hud is very corrupt, astetax payers money, do not go by the books, hire famil over more qualified peopel an friends, do tings the wrong wa eveyrday. Like I believe Kennedy said if nto part of the prolem you otta be part of the solution..usd is a mess.
    Id rater work at Mcoalds where id have a cla rpiece of mind than ripping off a sate that already in financial limbo.

  • Concerned Hayward Citizen

    Again, Mr. Kyle, you are blissfully unaware of anything that I have or have not done to be constructive. You are assuming, yet again, that I am being unfairly critical. I shouldn’t have to have private meetings with public officials. That’s the whole problem here. Too many private meetings behind closed doors. It’s time the public know what this woman is all about. Frankly, with Ms. Heredia’s reputation for vendetta, I would rather not meet with her alone. I have had several interactions with her, and it was obvious that she has one interest only. You are presuming rational behavior from our esteemed trustee. Don’t believe everything you hear at the board meetings (from which you leave after the first 30 minutes). People have spoken with her, met with her, invited her, emailed her, called her and so on. It’s time the Hayward community is made aware of the corruption at the school board level. I am not alone here. I am not one voice. There us some bizarre grip she and some other “community leaders” have on our schools that makes parents and staff fear them. Staff fears for their jobs. They should. Ms. Heredia is responsible for the release of several administrators and the reassignment of teachers. Your concern is truancy. I am 100% in agreement with you. Did you know that Ms. Heredia pushed a policy through that keeps teachers from taking roll for the first hour of the day? That’s right. At the elementary schools, all students must attend ELD (English Language Development) or ALD (Academic Language Development) for the first 45 minutesof the day. This is not taught in the child’s classroom by their teacher. They must go to another class. So, you have 5-12 year old students not being accounted for until an hour after they come to school. So, some kids take advantage of this and go to school late. The greater issue is one of safety. With the push to let any parent go to the classrooms unannounced withou checking in at the office (Which is another policy that she wants to get rid of), our children are left defenseless against and vulnerable to many potential dangers. Ms. Heredia’s only interest was that ELD was being taught. In her inexperience and bravado, she thought that mandating it be taught in the first 45 minutes district-wide was a great idea. By the way, the kids that don’t need ELD are given “ALD” which is a fancy way of saying “you just sit here until ELD is over”. There was no curriculm provided or any instruction to teachers on how to teach ALD. As a matter of fact, when staff asked for help with it, the district and board told them that ALD is basically a byproduct of ELD and it didn’t really matter what was being taught. The problems run much deeper than anything that can be fixed over a cup of coffee, Mr. Kyle. People want to blame budget problems for HUSD failures. With rogue boundary changes, school closures, nonsensical policy implementation and all of the other chicanery going on, it’s hard not to pin point the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the trustees and district administration.

  • Cheryl

    Wow. That’s some scary stuff. Aren’t there checks on one person on the board doing things that don’t make sense? Maybe we need some investigative reporting by the Daily Review.

  • John W. Kyle

    Dear Concerned Citizen….

    At age very near 80, I am almost as much amused as saddened by some of your statements.

    In your previous, you take a ‘cheaop shot’ at my ewarly departure. Does it occur to you that I run home to watch the proceedings on TV where because of my declining sense of hearing, I can turn the volume up, with ice tea or some such in hand and view the proceedings.

    You have at outset a very valid observatiion and concern about the roll call procedure. To correct that it would be well to point out to all who are willing to listen, that a child might be ‘snatched’ and if it becomes public information that the roll call was delayed, so that you are unaware of whether or not that child was actually present…. then HUSD has one hell of a problem to face when the TV cameras show up.

    So, go back and raise the issue logically at the public comment period and then follow that up with distribution of a letter saying the same thing…. but send it by certified mail to the Supt. “return Receipt requested” It costs an extra bucki…. but you sre on record! That causes some thought…. I’ve used that stunt effectively!

    I agree that Heredia can be difficult. I explained here, on the blog, not too long ago how COR came to be established here in Southern Alameda County….. I turned the leadership task aside when the Jesuit Priest came a knocking, selling the Saul Alinsky ideas. Sol had some good thoughts which is why the Jesuits became involved in inner city concerns. My excuse for not takinng a leadership roll was due to my experience with Latino Parens at St. Joachim’s when my four attenddd there.

    Latinos are to put it simoply…. vewry good people! They generally lack understanding of how the system works…. that is to say the problem is fairly broad but not so acute that they are unable to participate, if shown respect. Mr. Armas is an outstanduing example of untapped resources in that segment of our Community. I have complete confidence in the man.

    You might address a letter to both Armas and Heredia to the effect that you are concerned about the delayed roll call for the good and solid reason I put forward above.

    One of the problems I have with you is your use of the nom de plume. Your effectivemess might improve if…. a big if…. we had a Town Hall meeting at which all the B.S. about who is good or bad were put aside so that reasonable people can speak of ‘Cures’ to the systemic shortcomings and do that in an atmosphere of collegiality; or, commom courtesy without the asides about who mis-behaves according to your lights.

    By revealing your identity, y6ou might then find common cause to correct those ‘problems’ which need correctiojn. I suspect that that is exactly what Heredia is doing. Rightly or wrongly she makes the effort to deal with the Latino folks….. they have confidence in her…. which vou should recognize while attempting reconciliation without any recrimination or unkind remarks.

    I suspect that you are smart enough to recognize that your effort at criticism, may just be at least a ‘wee part’ of the problem. Right?

    I envision and have written published articles on HUSD, especially about the ‘Town Hall Meeting Concept’.
    So far, I detect no response except to state a belief that the recent gathering at the Burbank School, although well intended and probably necessary to firmly establish the monetary crisis, was ineffective since they actualoly yhanded out cards seeking not only comment but volunteers.

    To be fair, a health problem flatred up and I all I was able to contribute was about 100 copies of the April 30, 2010 “My Word” piece seen published by the Dailyuy Re=view.

    A town hall can be very effective in ‘rallying’ positive public interst in our public schools! At town Hall meeting as I envision it, there woukl be ‘break out groups of 10 to 20 people around a single table…….each attendee would be asked to suggest pro-active ideas to improve volunteerism in a collaborative manner rather than then see the continuation of the parade of comp[lainants at ‘PUBLIC Comments held at Board Meetings.

    A proactive ‘ad hoc’ group with solid ideas, well elaborated berfore presentation to the Board of Trustees would almost certainly grab the attention of administration as well as the Trustees and the entire electorate!

    What kind of ‘ad hoc groups’? Well City has 19 which they call ‘commissions’ which serve as effecti9ve advisory to City Council befor Council says yea or nay…… it is a successful tool in aid of administratiohn and the best part is provides an outlet to those citizens who are sitting on those commissions.

    Be aware, that we are ‘social’ beings in our existence amnd that we thrive on seeing our ideas accepted by the group, as a whole!

    Am I qwasting my timew and yours with these thoughts?

    Come on admit it…. your efforts are un-recognized because you use a ‘nom de plume’ or do you enjoy the masochistic action of banging your head on a wall?

    Which may be happening to me with my lengthy involvment in this blog!

  • K Rocchio

    The meeting I refer to (#19) was a meeting for our Spanish Speaking Community. There was a small “audience” area for those not invited to attend. They did get a translator from the District because there were two people present that did not speak Spanish. We were seated away from the main tables. It was an open forum to discuss concerns regarding the budget cuts and the obstacles parents felt prevented their involvement in the schools. Issues were raised regarding fingerprinting, tb testing, class visits etc. Parents attending felt these policies were big obstacles to their participation. There was concern regarding teachers who are not bilingual and the delay this creates when parents speaking Spanish only want to discuss their student.

    I wish this type of forum would be available on a scale that involved the entire community. This was an open exchange with no time limits. This was nothing like a Board Meeting where you feel you are not heard. The group was encouraged to share concerns that would be later shared with the Superintendent. I believe all community members deserve the opportunity to be heard! I also think that this meeting should have involved a cross-section of people so that some of these questions could have been answered on the spot. For example, the TB testing and fingerprinting could easily have been explained by someone from the District who was aware of the laws regarding this policy. A teacher rep could have discussed the class visits and the bilingual issues. I think it is important that we have open conversations, not just let the concerns turn into a bigger issue because there are no answers being provided.

    Mr. Kyle, I believe this may be the beginning of a town-hall type of meeting with small groups getting the ear of the Board and Administration. My biggest concern is that it was not open to the community and seemed to be a rather isolated group that was selected for participation. I wonder when this will open up to the community, perhaps breaking into small groups, each with a Board Member.

  • Cheryl

    Here’s another positive idea along the lines of Mr. Kyle’s performance bond idea. Have the kids be responsible for cleaning their classrooms and campus. This is standard practice in Japanese schools. I think a kid would think twice about throwing something on the ground if they knew that they would be the ones to pick it up later. What’s that thing about being the pig and the chicken? One’s involved, the other is committed. I can say from personal experience that the more you put into an experience, the more you get out of it.

  • John W. Kyle

    Concerned citizen..—— and all the ships at sea!

    Sorry, I erred…..City does not have 19 groups but just 10 ‘commissions’ or ad hoc groups. When all seats are filled there are over 100 hundred folk involved in 10 areas of different concern.

    Keep in mind also that it is not just the parents who are concerned with HUSD problems. Folks who initiate a new business or struggle to maintain an existing effort, are concerned about the ‘demographics’ of a community and that includes thorough examination of residential real estate values. Turning then, even more so, to attention involving current commercial value analysis of an existing business.

    I like to recite the comparison of the San Jose School District with the Cupertino school District. As a supervising real property appraiser in a large bank, I was responsible for quality of the work employed in the office at which I supervised appraisals for Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey counties as well as the area involving Hollister.

    The interesting thing about Cupertino schools versus those of San Jose derived in the fact that there was once a large prune orchard involving considerable land area within which the separate school boundaries adjoined each other along the longer length of a rectangle. Generally the yellow line along the ‘collector’ street marked the boundary.

    The land parcel was generally rectangular with the school boundary line almost down the middle. The developer built a large tract of what I call ‘Cookie cutter Houses’ From the front view you observe a left and right appearance. The same plans with variations in bedroom count only. By taking the plans and ‘flopping’ the construction you build identical housing allowing only variations in roof line and trim such as shutters etc.

    In Cupertino, which has a highly rated school district, I found houses, without swim pools, which sold for $25,000 more than the same ‘flopped’ cookie cutter home in the San Jose portion of the same tract built by the one builder. The ‘off the wall’ glaring error in the appraisal I was auditing was that in the case then at hand, was that the San Jose home, being used as a comparable sale, had a nice swim pool while the Cupertino home did not! Yet the Cupertino Home, located in a superior school district sold for $25,000 higher price which the involved appraiser thought was excessive.
    Another hour’s field work, demonstrated to my satisfaction that the young appraiser had erred. Additional ‘comparables’ supported the higher priced sale of the home in Cupertino which lacked the pool. (Loan transaction rescued!)

    The case reflected desirability of a school district which is ranked among the highest in California! Which do you think was the smarter buyer? Assuming of course that you are aware that Cupertino has a school district ranked as being more successful than that of San Jose.

    The point of all above is that it is not just the parents which need to see a successful improvement to HUSD. Why?

    Well in Cupertino folks generally have better paying jobs…. thus more discretionary income available for expenditure at Cupertino stores. Hayward businesses are deeply concerned about the condition of the schools because there is a correlation between the success of the two!

    So here again, I come to the need for a Town Hall Meeting. If you want police protection improvements….. you need to generate sales tax income….. but if people buying homes or selling them here in Hayward lack discretionary income it is because they lacked opportunity for education and thus live in less expensive housing with a visible ( empty store) effect upon retail sales in Hayward.

    In a town hall meeting we will need to address considerable numbers of questions which address problems indirectly related to classroom attendance but which affect that attendance. The attitude that only those neighborhoods with poor performing schools need the attention of the public is erroneous or even worse, that bi-lingual skills or the lack of them, is central to the problem with that being the heart of our troubles.

    Frankly, my own opinion is that Parenting skills need attention!

    It can be complicated and all must come to the realization that much effort will be needed by all who really give a ‘tinkers damn’.

    Think positively and act collectively rather than charging around to neighborhood meetings which are uncoordinated with other neighborhoods. Stop spinning wheels and think large!

    Above all else, bring attention to the fact that Arnold S. is under a court order to ‘release from prison’ a large number, early release, parolees who in many cases have what is in effect unsupervised permanent release! ( Until the next offense of Course.)

    They will come to Hayward and Oakland simply because the older housing is less expensive rent wise. I have some recent data provided me by the Department of Corrections….. we here in the Oakland / Hayward Corridor have a large number of paroled felons living in the older housing. We must do everything we can, for fear of God, ( if nothing else,) so that their children are the beneficiaries of improvement to parenting skills….involving all the parents whose neglect of the ‘unexcused absence problem’ has had a very serious affect upon HUSD’s ABILITY TO REDUCE CLASS SIZES.

    Rant against real or imagined failing of HUSD’s Administration and Trustees accomplishes nothing WE MUST PUT OUR COLLECTIVE SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL!

    Curiously, The RC Diocese of Oakland has in the last issue of it’s twice monthly edition of ‘The Catholic Voice‘, published the names of not all but most of the names of the graduates ot it’s elementary schools. It publishes the name of most of It’s High Schools… which is not germane to our problem except that an astounding number reflect class sizes which are well above 30. I believe their success is due not so much to parental willingness to pay tuition ( over and above parcel taxes) but to intensiveness of parental skills! Or, getting value for their dollars?

    Frankly I DO NOT SEE A SOLUTION UNLESS WE EXPLORE THE USEFULNESS OF A Town Hall meeting!

    A success with a Town Hall meeting will lead to placing pressure upon Sacramento, thus to stop outrageous inattention to anything but reallocation our local school .funding concepts to ‘other uses‘ !

    Consider that we have laws requiring parents to educate their Children. We have additional laws which enforce that law through imposition of penalty upon inattentive parents. Those laws do not seem to be enforced! Why? Are the politicians in Sacramento so blind that they fail to see the point or have they become victims of their own despairing ambition?

    When do we reach the end of patience?

    Oscar Grant was once a near neighbor of mine! Neglect within that household was monstrous!

  • teachermama

    Kelly: How can we make this happen? Should we email Ms. Heredia and/or the other board members requesting more open fora?

  • John W. Kyle

    Teachermama

    We can make this yhappen by use of public demonstration, silent, without rancor or finger pointing by open, peaceful demonstration

    Turn to Saul Alinsky technique if we must>

  • qodrn

    My sympathies to Paul Frumkin and family whose father died on June 5, 2010. What a time for him to lose his father and namesake.

  • qodrn

    The district has scheduled a meeting on the 16 of June with a mediator about modifying the teacher’s contract. Is this the district’s answer to cutting their needed now 7 million? After HSUD lays off a bunch of people, now they want to change the contract? I would only agree to a change if jobs were saved.

  • John W. Kyle

    Blog faithful or fanciful

    Yomorrow I habd deliver to Hayward City Hall, in separate envelopes to each council member save the two retiring but included the new guys….. a copy of the followin which revolves around “the hew deal” created by the California Dept orf Corrections.

    I am in receipt of a letter written by Mattheww Cate who is in the offide of the Secretary of the Department of corrections.

    A copy of that letter is also to be delivered, together with the associated statistical data provided by Mr. Cate. You might avail youreves of the opportunity to examine the material to which I refer in the ‘blog’ submission sent you herewith.

    I am placing a copy with the Board Secretary’s files at HUSd HQ. You might ask to read or obtain a copy….. assuming that you pay the reproduction fees.

    John W. Kyle
    Phone (510) 782-7612
    E-mail: jwkyle6@comcast.net

    Distribution of this item is made to all members of the City Council as well as HUSD Trustees !
    The enclosed material is provided for informational purposes as well as to suggest a course of action which I bring, to you, as being necessary to eventual resolution of the ongoing problems occurring within Hayward Unified School District. I expect to see rational response!

    If you have not already taken the opportunity to read my blog submission dated June 10, 2010, the opportunity exists at http://WWW.ibabuzz.com/hayword.

    I took the opportunity to post the contribution at two locations within the blog. Look under Kurhi’s article “ Peixoto has big lead… OR, in better context with competing opinions, see “Meeting Recap and HUSD declares Impasse“…

    Previously I provided information dealing with revelations found in The Department of Correction publication dated July 2009. In that ‘glossy’ bit of professionally produced information relative to the three year history of a single year’s release to parole, ( ‘Class of year 2005 ‘) we see that the rate of recidivism was ‘only’ slightly below 60% at the conclusion of year 2008. That three year experience assumes that the reputed recidivism rate of 65% to 75% is erroneous. Just as if the class of 2005 had none of it’s alumni seen as a repeat offender in the 4th or 5th year after their 2005 release.

    I enclose information that indicates the numbers of parolees living in Hayward and Oakland is disproportionate to that seen in the balance of the Alameda County community data.

    In short the new release program has seen an influx of the numbers released to Oakland and Hayward.

    The question which I place before you is this: Do you think it possible that the numbers of parolees seen living in ‘HAYWARD’ have had a direct or indirect affect upon student absences and the affect of those absences upon loss of ADA money and our monetary crisis at HUSD?

    At the ‘Mentor – Mentee’ discussions held at Palma Ceia Baptist Church last March 13, 2010, an interesting opinion was introduced which strongly suggested that ‘gangs’ WITHIN WHICH GROUPS, I SUSPECT YOU FIND PAROLEE MEMBERSHIP, have an affect upon ADA money.

    Kids cut class to hang about the street corners where much cash is flashed! What do they learn?

    How close are parolees monitored when they are under supervision? Will the problem grow worse now that some are no longer supervised? What influence do they have upon their own children?

    One solution? The $100 per FAMILY ‘PERFORMANCE BOND’ IDEA…… no unexcused absences at end of year and you have a refund. Lose all if your parenting skills are so lacking that you are unable to correct your ‘unexcused’ absence problem, which so seriously affects HUSD.

  • John W. Kyle

    So, item above is held in Limbo… awaiting moderation by the Almighty?

  • John W. Kyle

    Members of HEA.

    Would any of you care to comment upon the article appearing in the San Franciosco Chronicle, dated June 13, 2010 Today’s issue!

    A Sunday Edition “Insight” Section N Page ‘N5′ Full page article by Peter Scheer and which is entitled Public Employee Unions. sub titkle ” Losing the image battle”!

    The authoris a er and a journalist and he is also executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, a California non-profit dedicated to government trannsparency and political accountability.

    He haa thingsto say about the Brown Act exclusion of the public from salaray negotiations.

    The man seems to raise a valid point about errors of the pol;itical paths taken by public employe unions.

    His central point seems to be, your excessive retirement benefits!

    I think a response is merited! Your silence on the subject might prove his point?

    The declarartion of ‘impass’ seems to have some merit.

    I am watching or waiting for your response!

  • John W. Kyle

    aS TO ENTRY ABOVE (# 39) I WAS AGAIN INTERRUPTED BY bLOG CENSOR…. AT PARAGRAPH # ABBOVE ( POST #39) tHE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE CITED IS A LAWYER. HE HAS THINGS TO SAY…..ETC.

  • obama.newage

    Every time time I watch the board meetings transparency is the thing that board member Mr. Reynoso has always been very vocal about. We need to support him on making sure you all get all the info on everything the HUSD do good or bad. I wish I would have known about the secret spanish speakers meeting at the district office. How do we the people get to know about those meetings? Do the people get to see minutes or listen to recordings or watch videos or get to ask questions about it? I looked in the website of HUSD and there is nothing about spanish speakers meeting with any board.

  • John W. Kyle

    O’BAMA NEW AGE;

    Your recent comments about transparency certainly ‘hit the mark’ in my vast memory of things occurring in the past!

    I definitely recalled the transparency occurring about 12 years ago, ( Perhaps even earlier, when using the ’temporary facility at Centennial Hall ?) when our newest, safest ever, City Hall structure was opened.

    Generously heeding the need for greater transparency, the technological set up for telecasts was offered to HUSD and the public.. Previously HUSD board meetings were not telecast… the need for transparency was truly great !

    Reasonably enough, the City thought it was doing a great service to the School District; However, it was pointed out to City, by those concerned with City budgets, that HUSD ought be making at least a small donation to support the recording technician and the supply of tapes which were being handed over to the library at HUSD HQ as a means of creating a ‘legal‘ record of the proceedings.

    But ‘fairness and transparency’ were not ‘key words’ being utilized by one heavy set member of the Board. ’ $15 per meeting? ….’outrageous expense’ was the cry! Lack of transparency, or associated thought, eventually caused her departure from trustee membership.

    For a year one local business man picked up that expense! Thus saving HUSD budget that incredible budget item of about $350 in that initial year of telecasting HUSD meetings. One can only wonder how it was possible to find storage at HUSD Hq. For all those tapes.

    Surely you were around and being a zealot for transparency, would like to reveal her identity?

  • obama.newage

    If secret meetings for spanish speakers are going to happen then I want to know what was talked. My spanish is not that good. I am not sure if that is legal but I thought meetings in the district office are for all people to come has that changed? Maybe board member Ms. Heredia and the superintendent Duran can tell us people what she talked to about in the website so we all see what is said in the secret Spanish speakers meeting. I don’t know why they have to meet in secret don’t the HUSD pay for interpreter cause I always see her talking to us talking English translating from Spanish speakers people that don’t speak English.

  • watchdog

    NOTE ITEM G. ON THE PERSONNEL COMMISSION AGENDA. HOW CAN HUSD CREATE A NEW POSITION WHEN THEY HAVE ABOLISHED OR FAILED TO REPLACE SO MANY. THIS PERSON BETTER HAVE EIGHT ARMS AND WORK 24/7 AND GET PAID FOR 8.

    OR COULD THIS BE A WAY OF SIDESWIPING A CLASSIFICATION STUDY AND SHOEING IN A PERSON IN A LEAD POSTION UNDER A TITLE OTHER THAN SUPERVISOR?

  • K Rocchio

    Teachermama – Sorry it took so long to get back to you … yes, I think we need to make this happen. I think we should all reach out to the Board and the Superintendent and demand these types of forums.

    I was also disappointed by the lack of communication to the community about this meeting. I believe meetings with elected officials held in a public forum are open to all attendees. Maybe someone else has the details on this.

    As far as translation, there was a translator present and she did provide translation of the meeting. I was only able to stay for a portion of the meeting. As far as I know there were no minutes or recordings of this meeting.

    There will be a “Special” Meeting on June 16th at the District Office. It appears it starts at 5:00pm with Public Comments taking place prior to Closed Session.

  • John W. Kyle

    To: Roccio, Warchdog, teachermama

    I suggest a read of items 37, 39 and 40 above. Especially # 39 were the article tackles the teachers union problem! Revealing stuff!

    I also criticize what I perceive is a growing problem with racial backlash over the idea that Latinos are ‘taking over’. That blacks are losinhg their share of the pie etc. etc. etc.

    Because ‘the meeting’ held by Heredia was in tha administration facility does that seem sinister? What if it was held in the Public library or at St. Joachim’s Church under auspices of COR at which organization, Herdia is reputed to be an officer of the board at COR

    Your problem with me is that you apeaar to be envious of Heredia’s incredible involovment. Well, that is what wew want in an elected official….. she certainly appears to be earning that misereable stipend of $750. per mopnth paid to trustees

    IS ABILITY TO GATHER A GROUP TO WHICH YOU WERE NOT INVITED a reason to be envious?

    ASK THIS QUESTION OF YOURSELVES. wHATEVER SHE THINKS MIGHT BE GAINED BY LISTENING AND SUBSEQUENT ACTION IS THE Basic ART OF THE ‘AMERICAN WAY of free assewmbly!”

    Nothing that she can do is able to be accomplished, approved, set in concrete,etc. until she picks up three votes on whatever she brings to the formalized agendized meeting.

    The same thing applies to any and all good ideas brought out for discyssion at a Town Hall meeting!

    Relax! Turn away from attempts at rabble rousing as is seen occurring with the ladyh who moved to Oakland but is unable to tear herself away from HUSD for fear of losing part of the pie!

  • K Rocchio

    If you read my contributions you will see, I am not criticizing the ability to gather a group that might be coming together to share constructive input with those in a position to implement change. What I am disappointed about, is that this meeting was not communicated to the community and that some were turned away. I don’t care how we determine who the “group” includes, but when you start alienating sectors of the community it causes problems. Mr. Kyle you would be the first to step up if you heard that meetings regarding HUSD would now only be open to parents with children currently enrolled in HUSD.

    I did state above that there was a translator present. Again, please don’t read something into my posts that is not there! I am only asking that we all have the opportunity to be a part of this type of forum so all of our thoughts can be considered for the formal agenda.

    I read the article you mentioned above. It seems a portion of the article you are overlooking discusses the negligence of elected officials who “make contractual promises that are unaffordable, unsustainable and, in general, don’t come due until after those elected officials have left office”. Why do you blame the unions who have been on the front line of saving HUSD for years now? Have you no thoughts on the payout being given to former Superintendent Vigil, the generous raises recently afforded two administrators, the daily cost of our current Superintendent? Could it not be decisions like this that are contributing to the decline of our District?

    I just ask that we look at all sides … whether it be when we are talking about meetings or placing blame. Why do we need to criticize where information is coming from? Is it any less valid if it comes from a blog contributor than from a lawyer who submitted an article to the paper? Consider that we may not have all of the information and this is one forum we are allowed to openly share. After all, it is for the kids … right??

    From Walter Cronkite: “In seeking truth you have to get both sides of story.”

  • John W. Kyle

    MS. ROCCIO’

    wELL WRITTEN REBUTTAL. BUT YOU MISS THE POINT. YOU HAVE DCOME ACROSS AS BEING RESENTFUL OF MS. HEREDIA.

    kEEP IN MIND THAT THE LADY WILL, SOONER OR LATER, NEED TO BRIMNG WHAT YOU IMAGINE AS AN AGENDA INTO THE PRESENCE OF A PUBLIC MEETING AT WHICH A VOTE WILL OCCUR.

    I HAVE NOT NOTICED ANY EFFECTIVE SUPPORT COMING FROM AMONG YOUR GROUP OF FRIENDS WHICH WOULD SEE CREATION OF A TOWN HALL MEETIING. WHY IS THAT? YOU SEEM TO HAVE MUCH TO SAY BUT LACK EFFECTIVNESS WHICH MIGHT OCCUR AT A TOWN HALL MEETING.

    yOU COMPLAIN ABOUT THE pAYMENT OF MONEY TO vIGIL…. i WAS NOT HAPPY ABOUT THAT EITHER BUT DO RECIOGNIZE THAT THE MAN HAD AN ENFORCEABLLE CONTRACT IN HIS POSSESSION,. I SUSPECT HE VIOLATEED HIS HIRE AGREEMENT BUT WAS NOT ABLE TO0 BRING THAT FORWARD….LACK OF PROOF!

    yOU COMPLAIN ABOUT MONEY SPENT FOOLISHLY BUT DISAPPOINTMENT AT NOT BEING SELECTED OVER MR. ARMAS RESULTED IN YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE RECALL MOVEMENT!
    fOR WHAT? fALSE PRIDE?

    dO YOU FAIL TO ADMIT OR RECOGNIZE THAT YOU MIS-UNDERSTOOD THE ‘PERFORMANCE BOND’ IDEA. THAT CASTS DOUBT ON YOU WHEN YOU DESCRIBED MY THOUGHT AS ‘STUPID’ IN AN E-MAIL TO ANOTHER INTERESTED PARENT!

    CALM DOWN, DO NOT SHOOT FROM THE LIP!

  • obama.newage

    Very good Ms. Rocchio. That is why I am still for Ms. Rocchio for the school board. You all listen she is much better than Mr. Armas. She gots smart mind too and is vocal and educated too. She know the problems of Hayward. I agree with her any meeting needs to be for to all people not just spanish speakers that is what the problem is.

    The townhall idea meeting did not work in the last meeting at Burbank the people where not listen to and the handicap places to park and walk were no good and it was hard to hear. I have hear Ms. Rochio before on TV and when she answer questions for the board seat interview. She never says things like stupid to anyone. She is a very respectable smart nice lady.

    Ms. Rocchio you keep saying things we needs to make better at HUSD we all listen to you.

  • obama.newage

    You all is no good to have for Ms. Heredia have secret meetings for not inviting all languages of people and only in spanish. Maybe I think too she has bad time talking to us in English cause I think that vice president board member Ms. Heredia sounds bad and she is really gheto and has a hard time making sense when I hear her on TV I wish she use the english interpreter so we all know what she is talking about and she only pushes her weight around eastavenue trying to make people and teachers and principals afraid of her just because she is the vice president of the board and other people told me she does that in other schools the same. I want and wish that she has to stop wearing pijamas and slipers in public and speak better when she visits eastavenue or any schools is just bad gheto dress and qheto talk.

    I think the board needs to wear school uniforms so they don’t look so ghetto in pijamas and slippers. Mr. Armas and Mr. Reynoso they look good on suits on TV and profesional latin men look good on suits but I only like one of them because he is for the people since from he got elected.