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HUSD board Prez Frumkin not running for re-election

UPDATE: According to the AlCo Registrar of Voters, if an incumbent does not file for re-election the deadline is extended by five calendar days. That would mean the filing for the four-year HUSD seat will be open until 5 p.m. Aug. 11. While filing is free, there is a cost for candidates to get their name and statement on the sample ballot, related to how many mailings must go out to registered voters in the area. According to the registrar, that will be $1536.00 for Hayward Unified races. It’s considerably higher than in years past because there are a lot more people registered to vote – the result of the very popular 2008 presidential election.

frumkinHayward Unified board President Paul Frumkin III announced he will not be running for re-election come November, in part because of the unpleasant tone that board meetings have taken.

“In the last 18 months, I have found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with the inappropriate behavior and antics (including some name calling) that occurs behind the dais during the board meetings,” he wrote in an e-mail. “This is no way to conduct business! … I am also disappointed that no one from the Hayward community has publicly come forward to challenge and denounce this behavior. What is conveyed to our children when ‘silence’ is the message?”

Read the full e-mail after the jump. There are two four-year seats and one two-year seat that will be available come November.  As of Tuesday morning, the field looks like this:

Four-year seat:

SABRINA BECERRA and GABRIEL A. JIMENEZ have filed papers as challengers to incumbent SHEILA SIMS.

Two-year seat: ANNETTE HOFFMAN-WALKER has taken out papers to run against appointed Trustee JESUS ARMAS. Friday is the filing deadline. 
 
Dear Colleague, Friends, and Family,
 
This past June, I participated in my 10th High School Graduation Ceremony as a member of the Hayward Board of Education.  As always, it was an honor to witness the excitement of the students as they cross the stage to begin the next steps in their life journey.
 
After much discussion with family and friends (and, of course my own reflection), I have decided to not seek re-election to the Hayward School Board after serving since 2001.  My decision is influenced by both professional and personal considerations.
 
Over the years, I have immensely enjoyed my experience and interactions with students and their families, school counselors and nurses, teachers; and, classified employees.  And, of course, I have appreciated my working relationship with leadership representing the district’s bargaining units.  We have not always agreed on how best to resolve the issues and represent both the interests of employees and students, alike.  But, I believe, our discussions over the years have been open, fair, and repectful.  Truly, these are the folks who have been the most instrumental and consistent in helping guide me during my service on the Board.  I also want to thank those long-term, Hayward administrators and supervisory staff who have stayed with the district despite many challenges.
 
I’m most proud of being a member of a school board that during my tenure, adopted strong policies focusing on English Language Learners; promoted the principle of equity for staff and students alike; supported engagement of parents as equal partners; addressed the need for closed and safe campuses; and, continues to promote the importance of the arts even during these  difficult budget times.
 
I am also extremely proud of being a member of a team that forged partnerships with the City of Hayward, HARD, and the Hayward community resulting in the construction of two new schools (Burbank and Stonebrae – the first in 40 years); and, the passage of the Measure I school bond initiative.
 
However, in the last eighteen months, I have found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with the inappropriate behavior and antics (including the name calling) that occurs behind the Dais during the Board meetings.  This is no way to conduct business!  But, I am also disappointed that no one from the Hayward community has publicly come forward to challenge and denounce this behavior.  What is conveyed to our children when “silence” is the message?
 
I also have other reasons as to why I have decided to not seek re-election in November, some of which are cited as follows.
 
With the exception of maybe two years, every year I have served on the Board has been one of budget cuts drastically impacting classrooms and directly the education our students.  The “pink slip” has become an annual norm and ritual!  The “draconian” method of public education financing in California needs to change if we are to maintain district solvency and stability!
 
I will have served on the Board approximately 9+1/2 years by the end of my term next November.  During my tenure, I have served with 11 other board members; worked with 4 Superintendents; witnessed at least a 90% administrative turn-over in the district office; and, nearly a 80% turn-over in Principal leadership at school-sites.  Turn-over and short-term leadership cannot (and, will not) lead the district out of academic, program improvement status and guide the movement needed to achieve educational success for all Hayward Unified students!
 
Over the years, I have witnessed the formation of too many district task forces focused on topics such as “high school reform”, “alternative education”, “systematic realignment”, “academic program improvement” – to name a few.  Although, each Task Force was formed with good intentions little has resulted in the way of sustained outcomes.  School reform continues to stay on the back burner.  And, there has only been slight improvement in closing the achievement gap for  most of Hayward’s Latino and African American students!
 
On a personal note, my decision to not seek re-election in November is due in part to the following factors important to me:
  • I’m basically tired after almost 9+ years of service, and do not feel I still have the passion to continue being an effective member for another term on the Board.
  • I will be retiring in December from my job with Supervisor Gail Steele (who, has decided to not seek re-election).
  • The recent passing of my father has impacted me more than I expected – but, his passing also has given me the opportunity to reflect on my own life journey; and, where I want to be in the future!

I am a product of Hayward schools and will continue to be a supporter of Hayward Unified.  There was a time, when our district was ranked one of the best in California – I, still believe the district can achieve this distinction, once again!  Regardless of the attacks, budget cuts and the many other challenges facing our public schools, – we need to remind ourselves that public education is the primary opportunity for learning and the avenue for most of our children to become successful in adulthood.  As Adults, we need to remind ourselves why we choose to work in public education; and, why we volunteer to serve on school boards.  Students need to be the primary focus in our work as school board members – not the personal agendas of some Adults!


 

In peace, justice and community service; and in friendship – keep on, keepin’ on!


 

Paul Frumkin III

Dear Colleague, Friends, and Family,
 
This past June, I participated in my 10th High School Graduation Ceremony as a member of the Hayward Board of Education.  As always, it was an honor to witness the excitement of the students as they cross the stage to begin the next steps in their life journey.
 
After much discussion with family and friends (and, of course my own reflection), I have decided to 
 
Over the years, I have immensely enjoyed my experience and interactions with students and their families, school counselors and nurses, teachers; and, classified employees.  And, of course, I have appreciated my working relationship with leadership representing the district’s bargaining units.  We have not always agreed on how best to resolve the issues and represent both the interests of employees and students, alike.  But, I believe, our discussions over the years have been open, fair, and repectful.  Truly, these are the folks who have been the most instrumental and consistent in helping guide me during my service on the Board.  I also want to thank those long-term, Hayward administrators and supervisory staff who have stayed with the district despite many challenges.
 
I’m most proud of being a member of a school board that during my tenure, adopted strong policies focusing on English Language Learners; promoted the principle of equity for staff and students alike; supported engagement of parents as equal partners; addressed the need for closed and safe campuses; and, continues to promote the importance of the arts even during these  difficult budget times.
 
I am also extremely proud of being a member of a team that forged partnerships with the City of Hayward, HARD, and the Hayward community resulting in the construction of two new schools (Burbank and Stonebrae – the first in 40 years); and, the passage of the Measure I school bond initiative.
 
However, in the last eighteen months, I have found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with the inappropriate behavior and antics (including the name calling) that occurs behind the Dais during the Board meetings.  This is no way to conduct business!  But, I am also disappointed that no one from the Hayward community has publicly come forward to challenge and denounce this behavior.  What is conveyed to our children when “silence” is the message?
 
I also have other reasons as to why I have decided to not seek re-election in November, some of which are cited as follows.
 
With the exception of maybe two years, every year I have served on the Board has been one of budget cuts drastically impacting classrooms and directly the education our students.  The “pink slip” has become an annual norm and ritual!  The “draconian” method of public education financing in California needs to change if we are to maintain district solvency and stability!
 
I will have served on the Board approximately 9+1/2 years by the end of my term next November.  During my tenure, I have served with 11 other board members; worked with 4 Superintendents; witnessed at least a 90% administrative turn-over in the district office; and, nearly a 80% turn-over in Principal leadership at school-sites.  Turn-over and short-term leadership cannot (and, will not) lead the district out of academic, program improvement status and guide the movement needed to achieve educational success for all Hayward Unified students!
 
Over the years, I have witnessed the formation of too many district task forces focused on topics such as “high school reform”, “alternative education”, “systematic realignment”, “academic program improvement” – to name a few.  Although, each Task Force was formed with good intentions little has resulted in the way of sustained outcomes.  School reform continues to stay on the back burner.  And, there has only been slight improvement in closing the achievement gap for  most of Hayward’s Latino and African American students!
 
On a personal note, my decision to not seek re-election in November is due in part to the following factors important to me:
  • I’m basically tired after almost 9+ years of service, and do not feel I still have the passion to continue being an effective member for another term on the Board.
  • I will be retiring in December from my job with Supervisor Gail Steele (who, has decided to not seek re-election).
  • The recent passing of my father has impacted me more than I expected – but, his passing also has given me the opportunity to reflect on my own life journey; and, where I want to be in the future!

I am a product of Hayward schools and will continue to be a supporter of Hayward Unified.  There was a time, when our district was ranked one of the best in California – I, still believe the district can achieve this distinction, once again!  Regardless of the attacks, budget cuts and the many other challenges facing our public schools, – we need to remind ourselves that public education is the primary opportunity for learning and the avenue for most of our children to become successful in adulthood.  As Adults, we need to remind ourselves why we choose to work in public education; and, why we volunteer to serve on school boards.  Students need to be the primary focus in our work as school board members – not the personal agendas of some Adults!

 

In peace, justice and community service; and in friendship – keep on, keepin’ on!

 

Paul Frumkin III

Eric Kurhi

  • annie wilkes

    Good riddance! We need someone to take action here. The state of our schools is deplorable. When is somebody going to stop the lip service and join forces with Reynoso to jumpstart the schools??

  • John W. Kyle

    Ms.Anne Wilkes, SHAME ON YOU !!

    I REGARD YOU AS A ‘SNIPER’ WHOSE ILLOGICAL STATEMENT DEFIES REASON IF NOT COMMOMN COURTESY.

    You aski; When is somebody going to do…..

    You obviously lack both common courtesy, wisdom and courage to understand that when you state “ when is somebody going to do something etc…. that you display a touch of cowardice when, because you are so upset, that you are the somebody, if only you posssessed courage.

    Her is a challenge for you and an oppporunity to “do domething’..

    Advised your hero, Mr. Reynoso, that if there are truly illegal actions being taken, as he often states, then why does he lack the courage to take the ‘illegal activity’ to the District attorney.

    The man arrived late at the last meeting when at his 5:20 arrrival, the other four were in the private room discussing the business of the Board. A guy who arrives late has no business making accusations about illegal activity. His failure to act upon his charges, are sufficient reason to see a recall action building up…….

  • qodrn

    So, the election will be about siding with Reynoso, or the other board members. Interesting. I think Aramas will win his seat. Don’t know who will get the other seats. Should be interesting.

  • John W. Kyle

    Qodrn;

    As a trusttee, Mr. Armas is the most qualified, having been City Manager in Hayward with another stint on the SF Peninsula as City manager which job he ap-plied and took after being assistant City Manager in Hayward.

    He was popular and, effective, as he managed departments of the City having an employee count of 900 or more. Employees.

    In addition, it was his leadership that brought forth the new Birbank School; he did this by ‘managing’ (or bringing together, HAYWARD AREA RECREATION DISTRICT, ( HARD), EDEN HOUSING, THE CTY’S REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, THE VARIOUS OWNERS OF THE LAND WHRE “HUNT’S” ONCE STOOD AND THE DEVELOPERS WHO WANTED OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD HOUSING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE NEW INCREDIBLE AMENITY COUNT SEEN IN THE PRESENCE OF A NEW PARK, CAPITAL CORRIDIR COMMUTE TRAIN SERVICE WHICH ALSO OFFERS CONNECTIONS TO AMTRAK

    THE ‘BALACING ACT’ OF CO-ORDINATING THE DESIRES OF ALL PARTIES IN THAT INCREDIBLE IMPROVMENT TO THE OLD CANNERY AREA ON “C” STREET, WAS BEYOND THE CAPABILITIES OF HUSD’S ADMINISTRATIOJN AS WELL AS THAT OF THE HUSD BOARD OF TRUSTEES..

    The presence of the level headed, well educated, management experienced energetic Mr. Armas is a blessing upon HUSD which should not be turned away.

    On the other hand the paranoia exhibited by Mr. Reynoso is not an exhibition of ‘Progress’. His presence is regressive and divisive. Had he acquired sufficient data to merit justification of his charges of illegality, conflicts of interest, false leadership practices etc,……. why has he not demonstrated the courage to seek corrections he thinks needed, through the legal processes available to him?

    The last public meeting of the trustees had a ‘closed session’ starting at 5:00 pm. I arrived early so as to place my ‘public comments card’ in favorable position. Mr Reynoso arrived in Council Chambers, at 5:20 PM, placed his brief case and other materials at his usual spot on the Dais and only then did he proceed to take himself to the place where the ‘closed meeting’ was being held.

    How in blazes does he claim that ‘things are being done without his knowledge or approval.

    In 1994 I physically opposed and defeated the gathering of signatures needed to mount a recall campaign against three HUSD Trustees. The stupid organizers of that recall effort refused recognition of the fact that a regular election would be held that year and that two of the three were up for re-election.

    Recently, we saw the only other attempt at recall brought forward by ‘zanies’ rallying around that person who has a psychological need to be elected to anything’ so long as it benefits her need for attention.

    Re-calls, especially in near proximity to the date of a general election, are an unneeded expensive activity paid for by voters. I oppose them but eould support a recall if it involved Mr. Reynoso whose failure to bring supportable charges against other members of the Board of trustees is an indication of a confused mind and inability to be effective in his position as a Trustee.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr. Frumpkin was disingenuous in his statement about the various reasons he is not seeking re-election. To place all of the blame on the “questionable” conduct of one of his colleagues was simply a the pot calling the kettle black. For such discourse to occur it takes two or more people to engage in the conversation. Had Mr. Frumpkin simply allowed his colleague to express his opinions or ask his questions without constant interruption the tacky back and forth would have never happened. However Mr. Frumpkin, the person who brags about his mediation abilities, was unable to resist his own hatred driven impulses. His colleague would have simply spoken or asked and perhaps attempted a motion and the majority of the Board of Education could have voted him down. Instead Mr. Frumpkin, aided and abetted by the superintendent, continuously interrupted, chastised and argued. How sad that he allowed personal feelings to overshadow his professional responsibilities. Mr. Frumpkin does not leave his seat with entirely clean hands…he participated in some very questionable actions that beg his constituants to review and perhaps investigate. One simple example was the “decision” to stop the search for a new superintendent. There was no formal vote to take such action. Since the decision to hire a search team was done by a formal vote, and reported/done in public, the decision to stop the search needed to be done by formal vote and reported/done in public. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. To take such action in closed session, and not report the vote out, is a violation of the Brown Act. HUSD has been criticized for not being open and transparent with its actions and here is a prime example of why the public is suspicious. I say it is time Mr. Frumpkin leave his post. It is my hope that whom ever is duly elected by the public has the professional and ethical standards this district needs. It is further my hope that Ms. Heredia ceases her attempts to continue the battle with the colleague in question. Perhaps she should open her mind and her heart to someone who, while a bit bullish in attitude, has nothing but the best interests of the students and families of HUSD. It is time to let petty differences go and begin to think of ALL of the students, familes and employees of HUSD first…not how best to one up a colleague.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    The above submission is the first time that I have attempted to participate in blog activities. I am a novice at it and it seems a bit intimidating to now wait for John Kyle to attack my opinions with his slash and burn style. I believe I can match effort for effort and involvement for involvement with Mr. Kyle and the business of HUSD. My credentials are strong, my involvement longterm and my knowledge of HUSD’s history spans 25+ years.

  • qodrn

    I would like to thank Mr. Frumkin for his service to Hayward and the school district. Ten years is a long time and includes many hours that could have been spent with family.

    Secondly, I think personal matters have to be private and done at a closed meeting. Once a job is posted, the district can fill it. They don’t have to wait for a certain number of applicants or accept any applicants the search company finds. However, I think to end the search should have been a public vote, along with more reconpense for that money spent.

    I also would like the Superintendent to get out of the middle of the panel. I think the sup should sit in the audience frankly, like all the other HSUD employees have to. I am guessing the sitting arrangements will change soon.

    I think Mr. Reynoso sometimes makes some good points but he votes no on almost everything. I think he uses some words in the English language that he can’t really substantiate legally. He needs to carry his complaints a step further, or move on at this point. Maybe he will get more support after the election and not feel so much like an outsider.

    I really have vision of the board going Mr. Reynoso isn’t here let’s vote now! behind closed doors.

    If the state takes over, do we still have to pay the now advisory board? Would we still have elections?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    If the state takes over the Board of Education will continue in a very limited role. They will not have any power regarding finances or day to day running of the district. They can make advisory recommendations regarding curriculum but they have no power to implement it. They will no longer receive thier stipend, the superintendent will most likely be replaced by one selected by the state’s takeover person. Essentially, nobody, not the citizens, not the employees, not the board will have any control over what is done in HUSD. I do not believe that there would be ongoing elections for Board of Education positions until such time as the state returns local control. Perhaps the current board should have been slightly more cautious in the amount of money they are expending for the superintendent. Does anybody realize that Ms. Duran is making approximately $15,000.00 more money per year than the Chief of Police in San Jose. Seems a bit strange that he is responsible for the safety of hundreds of thousands of people and she is “responsible” for the education of 20+thousand children and adults. Just something for people who read this to ponder.

    You are correct that personnel matters are discussed in closed session, however any decision to hire or to fire must be reported to the public along with how the board voted. Likewise the decision to stop the search needed to be discussed and voted upon in open session. It was not a “personnel” matter.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    If Qodrn is still interested…I believe that if the state takes control of HUSD, there would be no future elections for board positions. The cost of an election is the responsibility of the district and I would find it difficult to believe that a the person appointed in a take over would approve of such an expenditure. School board elections are somewhat costly and certainly would not fall under the category of necessary expenditure for HUSD durning state control. If I am incorrect and someone out there has the information please provide it to all who may be interested.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    This entry is a slight repetition of my commentary on a separate article of the HayWord. However, for Qodrn and all other interested parties here is a bit of information that I have uncovered.

    State law mandates that Boards of Education receive compensation for their time and service. Currently State Education Code 35120 states for districts with less than 25,000 and more than 10,000 enrolled students the board members shall receive $400.00per month with a provision for an additional 5% totaling $420.00.

    HUSD’s official enrollment reported to the State Department of Education is 22,098.

    Currently our board members receive $750.00 per month, which is $330.00 more than they are legally entitled to. I do not believe that these board members are aware of the overpayment. It is the responsibility of the Superintendent, Janis Duran and her predessor, to know just how much HUSD board members should be receiving. Additionally, those famous county fiscal advisors should also be aware that there is an overpayment. While small in amount, it is still money that could and should be spent on our students.

  • ME GRAD

    You should all be ashamed of your selfs for supporting either Reynoso or Aramas. Niether would know whats good for the schools or our district if it smaked them in the side of the head. They should both be impeacher immidiatly!

    Losing Paul is a sad day, the only one who knows/cares about the board, district and our children. You all need to learn the facts before commenting on the issue of who best to run the board. Esspecially for those of you who support Reynoso, god help you!