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Jones, May decline to run for school board

By Eric Kurhi
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 at 6:12 pm in Alameda County, Fairview, Hayward, Politics, San Leandro, Schools, Transportation.

Find a preview of tomorrow’s story below for the nitty-gritty on all the elections with extended filing periods.

Both former city officials said they have a lot of other community service opportunities, as well as professional and personal goals.

“I definitely believe in Hayward, and schools are a priority,” said Greg Jones. “I’m certainly interested in using leadership however I can. I thought this would be a good way to serve but it did not turn into that in my mind.”

Jones added that he is a flexible man, and has no regrets about leaving the city to pursue other goals. May said the same about her departure from the City Council, adding that the atmosphere could be “stifling.”

She quoted a line from her Facebook page: “The right team can make the most mundane task worthwhile. Similarly, the wrong team can make the most meaningful endeavor a complete waste of time.”

Here is the election update story:

 By Eric Kurhi and Jason Sweeney
Staff writers
ALAMEDA COUNTY — An anticipated run for the Hayward school board by former City Councilwoman Anna May and her fiance, former City Manager Greg Jones, did not materialize as the Wednesday deadline passed and they decided not to file.
In addition, two candidates for Hayward Unified — Sabrina Becerra and Gabriel Jimenez — withdrew from the race, leaving a field of Audie Bock, Lisa Brunner, Sue Lafferty, William McGee and incumbent Sheila Sims seeking two available seats.
“There are several jagged reasons we could articulate for why we’re not running,” wrote May in an e-mail. “But in the interest of keeping it more positive, we’ll refrain (for now).”
May said that “a lot has transpired in the last few months,” particularly with the issue of the district’s unbalanced budget.
The district faces the threat of a state takeover if it cannot submit a balanced budget by a Sept. 8 deadline, and negotiations with the teachers union last week did not yield results. A takeover would mean the board would serve only in an advisory capacity.
“I hope to heck they get the budged balanced, I haven’t seen enough happening to give me confidence that it will get done,” Jones said. “I’m not interested in sitting on a board with no power.”
In the San Leandro Unified School District, no one filed for the Trustee Area 6 seat, so that position will be filled by the school board after the Nov. 2 election.
Area 6 incumbent Lisa Hague decided not to run for re-election because of a work promotion that demanded more of her time. Only Herlinda Morales took out nomination papers for that seat, but she did not complete the required paperwork to file.
In Trustee Area 2, Lance James will be running against Victoria Wang. Incumbent Pauline Cutter is leaving the board to run for a seat on the City Council.
In the Eden Township Healthcare District race, three seats are up for grabs: Les Friedman, Susan Reisz and incumbents Carole Rogers and William West will be on the Nov. 2 ballot. Jeff Rosier took out nomination papers but didn’t complete his filing. Incumbent Harry Dvorsky will not seek re-election.
In the AC Transit Ward 4 race, in which board President Rocky Fernandez decided not to seek re-election, Mark Williams and Gavin Wilgus will be the only candidates.
For the long-term seat on the Fairview Fire Protection, incumbent Angelo Costanzo is joined by newcomers Mike Miraglia and Jeff Rosier for two available seats. Mike Preston is running unchallenged for the short-term slot.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 510-293-2473. Contact Jason Sweeney at 510-293-2469.

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  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Dear Lucy’s Mom,

    I think it is time that HUSD stop and re-examine what has been done to the educational process in the district. If it hasn’t worked for this long perhaps they should stop, take a deep breath, and ask the true professionals in this district, the teaching staff, what might work.

    District administrators have been away from the classroom for so long they forget that the best ideas usually come from the teacher who is in the “trenches”everyday. Only they know what will serve their stuednts best.

    Maybe HUSD should stop paying high priced consultants to examine and critique existing programs and then charge huge amounts to recommend “their way”. We have tried it and it doesn’t seen to have worked.

    Time to trust the people we hire to work everyday with our students to assist the district office in creating challenging, state standards based curriculum for their students. At this point I don’t think they could do much worse. Do you?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    I am so glad I can rest easy that Mr. Kyle will no longer use his slash and burn on people who choose to contribute to this site. While he may think that some have used slanderous language regarding elected officials, he seems to forget his language referring to people who DARE to disagree with him. It is hurtful, tasteless and a typical bullying tactic.

    At last maybe we can share opinions, experiences, ideas and suggestions regarding how to improve HUSD’s standing in the educational community.

  • K Rocchio

    I have to agree with Lucy’s Mom on the subject of ELD/ELA. I wish we put half the effort into keeping some of the students that are leaving to neighboring districts (and taking their test scores with them) that we do into programs like this one. The FIRST 45 minutes are very precious in the picture of learning and for a majority of our students they are silent reading. I don’t put all of my confidence in test scores, but I guess I just don’t see that this is one of those decisions supporting “ALL MEANS ALL”. If this change is not beneficial to all of our students, perhaps a re-evaluation might be in order.

    Regarding HUSD consultants … it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to interpret our situation. Do we really need to pay someone to tell us that things are not on track here? We’ve eliminated any type of enrichment programs and our enrollment shows that families are running from this area! Find a way to make our students want to stay in Hayward and you might get more “bang for your buck” on those precious test scores! Maybe I should charge HUSD for that input??!!

    I also agree that the teachers are the closest to the students. If we really want to know what is working and what isn’t … let’s ask! We might be surprised at the value of their input.

    I will be interested to see how many of the candidates actually visit our schools and see what is happening in the classrooms. It may put them in touch with what the real topics of interest will be during this campaign. I would be interested to hear how they think things are going and what they see that they would like to change or improve upon.

  • qodrn

    lets compare some results of recent state testing. Here we go:
    Below Basic might compare to “D”, Far Below Basic to “F”
    Hayward District:

    2nd grade English

    Below Basic:19%
    Far Below Basic: 13%

    11th grade:

    Below Basic: 18%
    Far Below Basic: 23%

    Math

    2nd grade

    Below Basic: 22%
    Far Below Basic: 7

    11th grade:

    Below Basic: 39%
    Far Below Basic: 15%

    Science:

    5th grade:

    Below Basic: 19%
    Far Below Basic: 15%

    11th grade:

    Below Basic: 17%
    Far Below Basic: 17%

    Castro Valley District:

    English

    2nd grade:
    Below Basic: 6%
    Far Below Basic: 3%

    11th grade:
    Below Basic: 13%
    Far Below Basic: 13%

    Math

    2nd grade:
    Below Basic: 5%
    Far Below Basic: 3%

    11th grade:
    Below Basic: 17%
    Far Below Basic: 3%

    Science:

    5th grade
    Below Basic: 3%
    Far Below Basic: 2%

    11th grade
    Below Basic: 17%
    Far Below Basic: 17%

    Hayward Charter School
    Don’t know what these kids were in 2nd grade:
    All kids take college prep

    9th English
    Below Basic: 7%
    Far Below Basic: 3%

    11th English
    Below Basic: 12%
    Far Below Basic: 7%

    Math
    9th
    Below Basic: 11%
    Far Below Basic: 1%

    11th
    Below Basic: 7%
    Far Below Basic: 4%

    Science:
    9th grade
    Below Basic: 3%
    Far Below Basic: 3%

    11th grade
    Below Basic: 13%
    Far Below Basic: 7%
    Far Below Basic: 2%

    Observations: In all schools, students get further behind as they get older overall, or at best stay the same. Charter school has lower D and F percentages. The precentages are not that much higher in Castro Valley, a “rich” district when compared to Hayward in

  • qodrn

    Science. English is not much better either. The greatest difference is in Math, where Hayward students are testing way behind. The charter school students test higher than both district in almost every area.

    In the Hayward district we have 41% of students not passing English with a basic knowledge. We have 51% not passing Math. We have 34% not passing science. This seems to be the best subject of the bunch. How are these students going to make it in today’s increasingly technical world? 23% should be repeating English. 15% should be repeating Math. 17% should be repeating Science as a minimum. Sometimes I think the school districts should be sued for malpractice.

  • Observer

    Seems to me it doesn’t take a consultant to see that if they didn’t get it in 2nd grade then they sure won’t get it in 5th, 9th or 11th. Part of the blame has to be put on the no child left behind. A policy put in place with good intentions but what has resulted is passing kids to the next grade when they aren’t ready. Thus the high school seniors who can’t pass an exit exam with 8th grade material on it. And do report cards not reflect these results? So the parents aren’t concerned if their child comes home from school with a D or F? The system is broken and there is plenty of blame to share. Finding people who are willing to fight for solutions and get all parties involved is going to be a challenge.

  • Jeff

    Don’t blame the system, the blame goes to the students and their families.

    The simple fact is that you get better at anything if you practice. You can’t master anything just sitting on your butt. Teachers teach but the students need to do their homework and study the material. If this simple action occurs everyday, the scores will automatically improve.

    The sooner we put the emphasis back at home instead of at the school district the sooner we will get back on track.

  • Observer

    I agree Jeff. The parents and students are part of “the system” in my opinion. But students can’t continue being passed from one grade to the next with a failing grade or you end up with high school seniors who can’t pass the exit exam no matter who’s to blame.

  • John W. Kyle

    qDRN,Qdrn. Jeff et al

    At item 54 you display results of a worthwhile read relative to analysis of student performance;

    At item #55 you continue with an effective discussion

    At #56 ’Observer’ speaks of a broken system

    Jeff jumps in at # 57, he reveals a thought about conditions existent at a child’s home…. He gets very close to the problem…

    At #58 observer partially agrees with Jeff, the ‘system is broken!

    At this point Kyle jumps in to advise of a required report submitted to the State Department of Eddykashun’s little known office within that colossus of management.

    Folks, did you know that a report is prepared which reveals the numbers of students with an unexcused absence of more than 30 minutes on three or more days?

    21,319 students enrolled at October 1, 2009, half of whom racked up 10,432 such incidents for a truancy rate averaging…
    74% at our High Schools;
    64.3% at Middle schools and a rate of
    36.40% for kids in k-12 who apparently are learning slow but can be expected to ‘catch up’ as they acquire techniques to play the game well.

    If you haven’t read today’s issue of the Daily Review, The Reporter assigned to staff at Oakland Tribune has a front page story on how Senate Bill 13177 is gonna solve the crisis…… when all the smoke clears from the State senate Chambers, we may have a bill permitting parents to be charged with a misdemeanor with penalties of as much as $2,000 or a one year jail term…., What is happening to our Constitutional RIGHT TO SCREW UP?

    Wow, it will be along time before that first parent hears the lock on the door behind them.

    I favor imposition of a performance bond of one hundred dollars per family, regardless of the number of kids enrolled by that family. Each absence by a youngster’s offense, would cost mom and pop $30.…. Can you just imagine the results of that loss?

    Dad might be upset at the loss of some beer money necessary to his TV watchin’ addiction and Mom would be embarrassed by loss of the price of a hair do! Can you imagine her loss of status occurring with that event? Hell’s bells… the other ladies at the Laundromat might emit a snicker or two…..

    Me, I’d tar and feather a kid who did that to my budget! 48.94 % truancy seen in that mysteriously prepared report for year 2009-2010 at HUSD.

    We sure are lucky it did not exceed 50%…. Right? jEFF? ET AL ?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr. Kyle,

    Once again you are using that broad stroke of a paint brush to describe the lives of “truant” students. It smacks of “elitism”. Who are you to decide the circumstnces or environment of homes in HUSD? Oops, I forgot…you are the export.

    Well once again I fall under the old saying “Live in hope and die in dispair”. I thought you would jump on this band wagon of the legislation regarding truancy. I so hoped that you would take some time off from this blog and work to pass the bill.=(

    I support the idea of having parents become more involved in the at home supervision of students and school assignments. Unfortunately, many (who might be HUSD grads) don’t have the ability to understand the assignment themselves. Maybe we should REALLY do outreach to parents in assisting them to be involved in a meaningful way.

    With respect to the lowest performing in our district, I believe that the No Child Left Behind Act mandated that students who score consistantly in that bracket were entitled to interventions. As I remember, the interventions could be done at a specialized center such as Kumon or Huntington Learning Centers or Sylvan Learning Centers; this assistance would be paid by HUSD and parents could opt to make use of the service. In addition, they could be presented with the option of sending their student to an HUSD intervention class before or after school.

    Once again, I am suggesting if a law/mandate exists that will benefit children then I believe that HUSD must offer that option, minus roadblocks. Is there anybody else out there who recalls hearing or reading about interventions?

  • John W. Kyle

    Everyone !

    Booth is ‘bullying me’

    Will she ever let up ?/

  • Cheryl

    Sorry Kathi. I have to agree with Kyle on this one. I think you are over reacting to his previous post. I like to hear his opinion as long as he doesn’t cross the invisible line of reasonableness that we are trying to draw here.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Dear Cheryl,

    Glad to see someone can critique a posting in a friendly and courteous manner. That is simply what I wish Mr. Kyle could and would do.

    I agree that I was somewhat snippy in my comments, however they do not rise to the level, or sink to the level, of what Mr. Kyle has chosen to say regarding me or others personally.

    I do need to ask where were you when he posted personal information regarding me and my family? Where were you when he called me paranoid? Where were you when he said he would relish the opportunity to find out where Obama, newage resides?

    Just wondering? Once again, thank you for your opinion and I will attempt to temper my responses to Mr.Kyle. Difficult as that may be at times.

  • watchdog

    You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him/her drink. You can teach, but the student has to be able to learn, and this comes from parent involvement, disipline and turning off the the t.v., video games, etc, and have set times for studying and completing assignments with parental participation. Are we running an educational institution or a a day care while parents are concerned on their careers and not their childrens?

  • teachermama

    Back to the ELD/ALD issue . . . as a teacher, I HATE that it is the first 45 minutes of the day, but I LOVE that we have school-wide leveling. I always have 80-100% ELLs in class, and the range of their English acquisition is vast. It would be exhausting and inefficient to try to teach all these different groups at their level(s) in one classroom (I should know, we used to do it in the olden days). Also, in ELD, the bilingual kids mix with the ELLs from the sheltered classes – some of whom speak languages other than Spanish – so nobody slips into their native tongue for those 45 minutes. As a mama, I have to say, my son LOVES ALD. It is is his favorite time of the day and the work he brings home from his ALD class is fantastic. At his school, they level the ALD kids by reading ability, so maybe that makes it easier. I saw tremendous growth in his reading last year.

    Lucy’s mom – the issue of “long-term ELLs”, like your neighbor’s children, is a serious one in CA. I would not jump to fault the bilingual program, though. In my 10 yrs. experience as a bilingual teacher, the students who do well in school in general also thrive in English. The students who have a weak background in their home language (narrow vocabulary, for instance), difficulty reading or poor school readiness have trouble transferring their skills to English – their foundation in their first language is simply not strong enough. There are lots of kids like this in Hayward, and we could do a MUCH better job of helping them do better in school. We should do a study of the RFEPs (reclassified fluent English proficient) to see which program turns out a higher percentage.

    It should ease your mind to know that the traditional bilingual programs are much better now than when your neighbor’s kids were in elementary school. We include more English now, and the instructinal program is structured and organized by the district. One major advantage of the bilingual programs is that parents and teachers can maintain close communication and parents can be more involved in the classroom and their children’s education.

    Personally, I am proud of HUSD’s continued commitment to bilingual education and I am thrilled to see us include Dual Language Immersion at two of our schools. We are preparing our students for the CA of tomorrow!

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Dear Kathi,

    Even if you were a bit snippy, it’s nothing compare to what comes from Mr. Kyle. I let my mouse do the work and move to the next entry. I do not read his comments; you read one, you have read them all.

    Watchdog: I agree with you to some extent. Our teachers are teaching under constant pressure from the DO. “Teach this, now test, and so on”. Some teachers comments at board meetings and during informal conversations include the lack of support from their principals and or district in matters of discipline. When a student is defiant, comes late or chats with his or her friends, the office does not follow up. The discipline policy is not implemented in a consistent basis. If there is no support for the teacher, Instructional time is lost ans so is the teacher’s authority. There goes classroom control!
    I have heard that some students have been so defiant, threatening teachers and principals that if they get suspended/expelled, their moms will have the teacher/principal fired from their jobs. I hope this is not true.
    The district has to provide job security to our teachers. Having just one child in elementary school I have seen teachers worried and looking for other jobs because the district does not tell them they have a job until a week before school starts, or the day school starts. So many teachers leave this district for that reason. When you don’t have continuum, you know what happens.
    Principals do not stay long here, some get tired of the lack of support, others are let go because they ” do not fit” or who knows why.
    In matters of parent involvement, the DO needs to work with all parents. If there are parent centers, and recently a grant to use for the functioning of such centers, it should be used to facilitate trainings for parents so they can learn strategies, techniques to assist their children not only with homework, but with the many other challenges kids are facing now a days(peer pressure,communication between parents/children, discipline,time management,higher expectations,financial crisis, etc).
    Many parents are lacking parental skills, other do not feel welcome. Some parents are busy with their careers and some are working 2 or 3 jobs to pay for rent and food.
    Some may say, we are here to educate the children, no their parents, but in reality, the parent component is crucial to the children, and to society in general, so we need to invest there. The DO should make these trainings accessible to all parents, mornings and evenings, not all parents are at home in the mornings!
    Parents NEED to investigate what programs are working and make sure their children participate in such programs. They should demand highly qualified intervention programs (LESS THAN 20 STUDENTS PER CLASS with professional teachers conducting the int. programs),they should demand after school programs that are truly enriching; YEP needs a GOOD REVAMPING.
    Parents needs to be held accountable for their children behavior, what colors their kids wear to school, unexcused absences, etc.
    We sure need a board of education that is there for ALL our students.

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Dear Teachermama,

    I appreciate your comment, thank you for the ray of hope you provided.
    Unlike your child, Lucy is bored during ALD. Maybe her school will implement what is being done at your child’s school this year. I will ask the principal.
    Your idea of a study of the RFEPs(reclassified fluent English proficient) is terrific.
    Do we need a consultant for that? Hopefully not.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    To All:

    So heartwarming to see people communicate and offer info on this site. I agree with the idea of using parent centers to assist parents in understanding what is really necessary for them to support the school educational programs. It is time that HUSD put their money where their mouths are and begin to really address parents’ insecurity or inability to help their children at home instead of just “strongly suggesting that it is a parent’s responsibility to become involved.” If a parent does not know what to do or how to understand a series of assignments, quite often the home session ends in no success for the student at all.

    Parents can only do what they are equipped in life to do, regardless of how hard they may try.

  • K Rocchio

    Kathi: I think you might be referring to some of the “Supplemental Educational Services (SES)”. There are tutoring programs available to students attending Title I PI Years 2-5 schools. There are also intervention classes in reading and math for students performing below grade level offered in middle and high school. I believe even YEP has begun focusing on homework management, tutoring and curriculum.

    What about the students that do not attend a Title 1 school? What types of programs are available for them? What about the students that may not be FAR BELOW BASIC, but somewhere on the cusp of below basic and proficient. These may be the students that just need the extra time and concentrated effort. Our intervention program is aligned with grade level. For example, a student enrolled in grade level Algebra will receive intervention to provide additional support for Algebra. I worry about the student that may have missed some of the fundamentals really early on. It is hard to learn to run if you never learned to walk.

    According to the District Action Plan, the sheer number of people at the District that should be dedicated to improving academic achievement is staggering. We have the Director of Educational Services, Director of Standards/Assessment/Research/Evaluation, Director of ELL, Director of Federal and State Programs, and Director of Special Education just to name a few. In the business world, a director tasked with a specific job would be held accountable when the end results were dismal. Do you think we will be looking to these individuals for answers or explanations based on our recent results? Or shall we just hire another consultant to evaluate this for us??

  • Observer

    Mr Kyle….didn’t your mother ever tell you that’s it’s not what you say but the tone you use. A number of people on this blog have stated that you have good ideas although it’s the same few ideas over and over and over and over and over again. However the tone you take with anyone who may have an opinion or idea that differs from yours is immediately attacked, called names, intellectually insulted and any dirt you can dig up on them is thrown out. Just have a discussion. Just be open to opinions and ideas that may or may not be identical to yours. You have a way to stir the anger in even the calmest and most even tempered person. And you might try to keep it short. Your posts are so long and repetitive that it’s difficult to pick out any new information. You had a post a few days ago that had a great idea in it but it gets so lost in all the repetitive stories, ramblings and insulting descriptions of people that I don’t even recall what it was. It’s too bad really that you can’t control yourself because you do have some valuable input. If you can read back through your posts and compare the language to that of others you must be able to see why people are so put off. If not, then I can’t believe anything other than you do it intentionally to try and push people’s buttons. By the way, Ms Booth’s first name is spelled Kathi…you must know that by now. I just can’t figure out why I keep responding to you – you must have a gift.

  • John W. Kyle

    Onserver’

    You approve of licentious behavior ?

    You apptrove of Booth’s behavuiors?

    You approve of an outrageeous report of Truancy which has absolutely no bearing on facts?

    And you see no merit in in the Twon Hall meeting idea.

    You advance what in the way of changing the Status quo at HUSD?

    Ah, I( got it!

    30

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Thank you Observer for your cogent thoughts, too bad they are wasted on someone who cannot open his mind or his heart to differing opinions. The gift John Kyle has is the ability to demean people. We are so put off by it that we are compelled to continue to try to get through to him. It’s probably wasted effort.

    To K. Rocchio;

    You may very well be correct, it’s just that I thought that these intervention funds were, at the very least, to go to schools that consistantly failed to reach their API scores, regardless of whether they are Title 1 or not. I will attempt to research and refresh my memory. In any event, it is my understanding that YEP cannot be classified as an intervention service. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that YEP workers are not credentialed teachers and therefore are not to be used in any way other than supervision of homework and offering limited assistance as “tutors”.

    It is totally disgusting that so many of our students fall through the pot holes and cracks in HUSD. I really believe that the administrators at the district level, are so busy listening to consultants, trying to review consultant materials, preparing paperwork and to satisfy some directive from their superiors that NONE of them really understand that all is lost at the school site level. Then suddenly the scores are horrid so what they do? They dismiss site administrators and look for excuses at the site level for failure, when the real fact is HUSD’s DISTRICT OFFICE HAS DROPPED THE BALL. What is that called, Passing the buck?

  • teachermama

    Kelly, I think you hit the nail on the head with the problems with intervention. Many teachers have been saying that targetting the lowest students for SES tutoring is not an effective use of the intervention money, because those kids need more time and more intensive instruction than what those programs offer. As you say, it is still grade level material, so it is still too hard for them. We should be sending the students who just need a little extra push. Besides, many of the instructors are college students (or younger?) and very inexperienced. They are generally not equipped to help students who are very far behind, have difficulty learning, or speak very little English. It kills me that we are forced to spend some of our public money on these for-profit companies, but we can thank NCLB for that.

    Lucy’s mom- I hope ALD is better for Lucy this year. I do not believe in tracking on principle, but I think if it’s only for a short time, like ALD, it is useful. Maybe it can also be an opportunity to provide GATE services. I have heard from many parents and teachers that mixed-level ALD is a waste of time. I hope your principal embraces the idea (more work for them, so keep pushing). Also, I think the district bought some ALD curriculum this year that I heard was pretty good. We will see. And, I agree with you, nooooooo more consultants. The ELL Dept. should be able to run those RFEP numbers.

    To all, I am so impressed that so many in the community are so well-informed. I always learn something here. Information is power.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    TO ALL WHO READ OR POST ON THIS SITE:

    FOR THE LAST TIME….JOHN KYLE IS A BOLDFACED LIAR. HIS CLAIM ON ANOTHER ARTICLE ON THIS BLOG OF INNOCENCE WHEN IT COMES TO ME IS UNTRUE!!!!

    HE DID REVEAL WHERE I LIVED. HE DID REVEAL PERSONAL INFORMATION REGARDING MY HUSBAND. HE DID REVEAL THAT, IN HIS OPINION I WAS A CHAIN SMOKER; BASED UPON A VISIST TO MY DOOR MANY YEARS AGO. HE DID MAKE JUDGEMENTS ON MY MENTAL CAPACITY AND PLACED BLAME ON MY HUSBAND. HE DID IMPLY THAT I COULD NOT FORMULATE AN OPINION FOR MYSELF BECAUSE OF WHOM I AM MARRIED TO. HE DID QUESTION MY MENTAL CAPACITY. HE DID WRITE THAT HE BELIEVED THAT I WAS UNABLE TO PASS THE BAR, THEREFORE THAT WAS WHY I WAS NOT A PRACTICING ATTORNEY.

    HE HAS POSTED HIS DESIRE TO LEARN WHERE OTHER BLOGGERS LIVE AND HIS DETERMININATION TO FIND OUT. HE HAS MADE SCURRILOUS REMARKS ABOUT OTHER BLOGGERS.

    HIS VILE AND HURTFUL PERSONAL REFERENCES TO INDIVIDUALS SIMPLY CLOUDS ANY GOOD IDEAS HE ATTEMPTS TO THROW INTO HIS HORRIFIC COMMENTS.

    FREE SPEECH MY A….. THE CONSTITUTION WAS NOT WRITTEN TO PROVIDE PERSONS LIKE HIM A BLANKET APPROVAL TO POST WHAT HE DOES.

    THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO CLEAR THE AIR. IT IS MY HOPE THAT IF I DECIDE TO CONTINUE INTERACTING WITH ALL OF YOU THAT YOU WILL READ WHAT I OFFER AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELVES IF THERE IS ANY VALUE IN IT.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    I hope everone who has students starting school tomorrow has a positive experience and that your kids make easy transitions.

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Kathi, I wish all parents and their children a successful school year too. I hope the parents of the children that attend the 4 schools in transition stay very alert!

  • John W. Kyle

    Ms. Booth, You are guilty of Calumny.

    Surely, you spoke of having completed law school, but despite that education, you fail understanding of the difference between Freedom and license.

    Your support of that equally acrimonious offender, “Obama new age” whose slanderous remark about Mr. Armas demanded my indignant resonse,, places you in a difficult position considering that you had spoKen to Mr. Armas and had suggested to him that he take the position held by Ms. Duran. Thus you implied he was a friend….. BUT you failed to defend the man.

    When in my post, numbered 59 above, you and the others of my critics passed over the scandelous, obvious
    inaccuracy of HUSD’s report dealing with truancy it
    seemed to me that your inability to ‘lock on’ to an obvious need for correction in the reporting techniques dealing with unexcused absences’ (of three days or more), would have drawn the attention of blog contributors who are ‘deeply interested’ in HUSD, as you state your self to be. Why the indifference?

    An example of your lack of recollection of facts; I did not specifically identify your place of residence, what I DID STATE WAS THAT YOU LIVED IN THE LONGWOOD-WINTON GROVE AREA. AT LEAST AS FAR AS I KNEW THE FACTS FROM THOSE DAYS WHEN I BOTHERED TO ‘CAMPAIGN’ FOR VARIOUS CANDIDATES WHO HAD ASKED FOR MY ASSISTANCE.

    IF YOU ARE FEARFUL OF LIVING OR ASHAMED OF HAVING LIVED IN AN AREA SO NOTORIOUS FOR IT’S POSSESSION OF A FAILING SCHOOL……. I AM UNABLE TO FATHOM YOUR ATTITUDE. ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS INDICATE THAT YOU HAD MOVED. IT WAS BY NO MEANS AN EFFORT ON MY PART TO
    DENIGRATE YOUR ESTEEMED, HIGH SOCIAL POSITION IN SOUTH COUNTY SOCIETY.

    SHUCKS, THE ONLY REASON I REMAIN IN HAYWARD IS THE FACT THAT I NEED TO BE NEAR KAISER HOSPITAL. YOU WOULD NOT KNOW IT WHEN YOU SPEAK TO MY WIFE BUT SHE IS A TYPE 1 DIABETIC AND HAS SUCESSFULLY BATTLED THAT PROBLEM FOE 62.5 YEARS. I OCCASIONAALY HAVE FOUND IT NECESSARY TO DIAL 911 WHEN SHE BECAME NON-RESPONSIVE DUE TO A MISCUE IN BALANCING HER BLOOD SUGAR CONTENT WITH THE NEED TO TAKE TWICE DAILY INJECTIONS…… a REAL PERSON WITH STRENGTHS AND DETERMINATION TO BEAR FOUR CHILDREN WHILE SUFFERING A STILL BIRTH AND THREE MIS-CARRYS’ YET SHE IS CHEERFUL, A NON-COMPLAINER WHO ON A WEEKLY BASIS ESCORTS AN RC PRIEST TO NURSING HOMES WHERE HE CONDUCTS RELIGIOUS SERVICES FOR ‘OLD FOLKS’ WHO ARE ‘SHUT-INS’ AT REST HOMES/OONVALESCENT FACILITIES.

    FOUR MONTHS YOUNGER THAN MYSELF… SHE NEVER COMPLAINS, IS CONSTANTLY CHEERFUL AND WILL TURN 80 IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2011. NOT ONE SINGLE GRAY HAIR ON HER HEAD!

    ONE THING MOST ADMIRABLE ABOUT MY WIFE, IS THAT SHE AND I WILL CELBRATE 57 YEARS OF MARRIAGE WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. I HAVE NEVER HEARD HER ‘KNOCK’ OR MALIGN THE NAME OR CHARACTER OF A SINGLE PERSON, WHICH IS REFRESHING IN THIS DAY AND AGE!

    WHEN SHE CONTRACTED DIABETES, SHORTLY BEFORE HER GRADUATION, SHE WAS HOSPITALIZED, FOR A MONTH, BUT AT ABOUT THE THIRD WEEK SHE WAS RELEASED FOR FIVE OR SIX Days SO THAT SHE COULD ATTEND GRADUATION WITH HER CLASSMATES. a year and a half ago. SHE ATTENDED HER 60TH RE-UNION AND IS NUMBERED AMONG VERY FEW SURVIVORS.

    THE IRONY IS THAT SHE HAD CONTRACTED TO BECOME A NUN IN THE RELIGIOUS ORDER TEACHING AT HOLY NAMES HS AND COLLGE IN oAKLAND…. AFTER GRADUATION SHE WAS TO MAKE AN INITIAL PROFESSION OF VOWS BUT SOME POOR ADMINISTRATOR AT THE CONVENT WAS STUCK AT WRITING THE LETTER, THAT SINCE TYPE I DIABETICS HAD A VERY SHORT LIFESPAN… AS REVEALED IN STATISTICS, THEY COULD NOT AFFORD TO PAY FOR HER TRAINING AND COLLEGE EDUCATION….. TOO BAD, SHE HAS BEEN TEACHING SURVIVAL STRENGTHS EVER SINCE!!!!

    NOW, HOW COULD GOD BLESS ME WITH HER PRESENCE IN MY LIFE IF I WAS AS BAD AS YOU STATE ME TO BE? ARE YOU GUILTY OF PRESUNPTION?

    WISE UP… MY WIFE WILL PUT IN A GOOD WORD FOR YOU…. WHERE IT COUNTS!

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr.Kyle,

    Tell your wife thanks but no thanks. With respect to you,I need not answer to you about anything personal in my life. My admiration for Mr. Armas’ abilities as a city manager remain the same and my wish that he had opted to interview for the the post of superintendent was genuine. He is a big boy and quite capapble of defending himself regarding posts on this blog. I am sure that he is not nearly offended as you are, since his career in public sector jobs has led to many other criticisms and as you put it “name calling, licentious accusations”. Give it up Jonny boy, once again you have made more assumptions regarding my reason for being angry for your personal revelations. You simply did not have my permission nor my blessings to speak of me in any personal manner. My life is my life and it is up to me to share any or no part of it.

    To Lucy’s Mom,
    I too hope that the transition schools provide a positive experience for students. I am sure that some brave parents will attend the next few board meetings to share their experiences.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    To all:

    I just scanned the board agenda and it looks as if somebody got the message on the board members collecting more than they were legally entitled to and now they will be receiving the $400-420 they should get. While it”s not an enormous amount at least some of the funds that students should be receiving will, I hope, return to the classrooms or other necessary programs.

  • John W. Kyle

    Booth,

    Congratulations on saving the $250 per month eacth. Fine bit of sleuthing! THAT LOSS MIGHT AFFECT REYNOSO’S CONTINUED PRESENCE….. HE HAS BEEN DEEPLY ENGAGED IN PURSUIT OF HIS ADVANCED DEGREE……. LIVING ON SAVINGS I WAS TOLD.

    Now, what can you do to address the ADA AND TRUANCY PROBLEM?

    WHEN YOU SOLVE THAT, TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO THE INFLUX OF PAROLEES IN HUSD SEVICE AREA……. KNOWING THAT YOUR DILIGENCE WILL SOON SOLVE THAT ALSO…. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR INPUT NECESSARY TO ASSURE THAT NO STINKING ‘AD HOC’ GROUP RAISES FUNDS FOR SPORTS OR MUSIC PROBLEMS. THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS TO ASSURE NO SUCH THING AS A TOWN HALL MEETI8NG IS HELD IN HAYWARD.

    OBANA NEW AGE WILL AID THAT FIGHT….

    WONDER WHY SHE STOPPED CONTRIBUTING…. YOU DON’SUPPOSE THAT SHE HAS BEEN BANNED”” DO YOU?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr. KILLE,

    What Mr. Reynoso does or doesn’t do with his personal finances is of no concern of yours. It is sniping comments like that which are unbecoming of even a person such as you.

    It is not my job to solve anything for HUSD. I simnply point out where I believe mistakes or illegalities are happening and hope that the readers of this blog use the information or have suggestions that may benefit HUSD.

    There was no sleuthing on my part, I just accessed the Education Codes, something you should try. Since you are insisting that I solve truancy, why is it that you have not inquired about the School Attendance And Review Board and what they are doing to assist in this problem????? A simple call to the district office should get you through to the person who may be willing to respond to the question(s).

    There are currently several groups that raise money for HUSD students; the Hayward Education Foundation and Chime In to name just two. I am so sorry that you are so bitter about the fact that I personally do not agree with the effectivness of “Ad Hoc” groups or Town Hall Meetings. Who knows Mr. Kille, maybe I am alone in my opinion regarding them and many people will participate in them.

  • K Rocchio

    Kathi:
    Do you know anything about the $52,800 ASES/21st Century money for the Mad Science Program through YEP? This is on the agenda for Wednesday night. Is this money under restrictions that won’t allow it to be used for programs that might benefit the entire student body as opposed to the small number of student served in YEP? I though the Supplemental Ed money was for students that needed the additional academic support.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Ms. Rocchio,

    I thought I had posted a reply. I will attempt to research info regarding ASES and any restrictions on the use of the monies. It may take a day or so but I will make every effort to get find out.

  • Observer

    Kathi Booth –I want to say thanks for sharing knowledge about our District and how the rules that our Board and District should follow. If more people were aware and knew about some of the things that go on we might be able to help bring things in this district back to order. Does the $1500 ($300-350 X 5) solve the budget issue in HUSD? No. It does show that the community is watching and is willing to keep the business of the Board in check! I guess some people might think it is okay to let such a small amount slide by, but those are also the people who think it’s okay to have a spouse of an HR Director on the board. By helping the community stay up on their knowledge you will make the system less open for abuse. Thanks for that.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Dear Observer,

    I try my best to get HUSD to do what is right for students, and to let the community know when I think there is something not right in the operations of the district.

    If my entries do nothing more than to spur people to think and try to learn to use the tools that are out there for all of us, then I am happy.

    Thank you.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    For all who would like to look at Candidate Will McGee’s website. http://www.WilliamMcGee.com

    It is a good look at what he stands for and who he is. I think he is someone worth looking at and chatting with. Please take the time to read it.

  • teachermama

    Great news, Kathi, about the board stipend. And thanks for the well wishes to all of us. My son and I each had a great day – much calmer than last year (as Duran promised in the Daily Review article.) Teachers also got a motivational email from Supt. Duran, which is far more encouragement than we ever got from Vigil. Let’s see what the next 179 days bring.

  • qodrn

    Unfortunately, the state has decided to withhold its September payment to schools. I am thinking for hayward (and probably any other school) this is BAD news. Anyone know how this will affect our students?

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Ms. Booth and Teachermama,

    We had a good day! Hopefully the ALD will improve.
    About the meeting this Wed. Did you notice the number of consultants to be hired? The district continues to move on as if nothing happens. We know that the rubber stampers will approve such scandalous spending.
    How much money was spend on the new guidelines/ policy for board members? Why do we need that?
    I would think an efficient Superintendent should be able to facilitate meetings for the board and help them solve their issues.
    I hope someone ask how much it cost.
    I wonder about that SES money too.
    Thank you for the great conversation we are having. I concur with Observer.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    To Lucy’s Mom:

    I think your question regarding “new”guidelines for board members is a good one, my guess this is a payment that goes directly to the legal firm that supposedly represents the board of education. Each time they prepare something for the superintendent and the board majority it involves what are called billable hours, at $250.00+ an hour that adds up quickly. I would not be surprised if the yearly bill will be at well over $500 thousand dollars. I wonder if this is money well spent? Do we really need to formulate a board conduct policy to police a single member of the board? I think you are correct, this is a matter to be handled “in house” by all parties concerned.

    To Teachermama:
    Ihope, as you do, that Ms. Duran will continue to encourage teachers to do their best and honor their efforts. I’m just not sure that will be the case in the future. I am glad yours and your son’s day was a positive one. I guess we all have to take the attitude of “one day at a time” when it comes to student success.

    Don’t forget to check out the website for Mr. McGee. I’ll be watching Wednesday evening to see the interactions of the board, superintendent and community. I hope that there will be a true effort to treat ALL with respect, regardless of whether there are differences of opinion(s).

  • teachermama

    To Kathi Booth: Thanks. To Lucy’s mom: I did notice that, with suspicion.

  • Hugh Lenahan

    Follow this link to learn about the 21st Century Grant
    http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/policy21stcclc.cfm

    Hugh Lenahan
    Tennyson High School

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    For K. Rocchio,

    My initial research seems to confirm that the ASES/21st Century Mad Science money is restricted to in HUSD’s case the YEP program participants. It is a matching funds grant.

    My question(s) would be, if we use matching funds will this open the YEP to any and all students who wish to participate in the Mad Science Program? Correct me if I am wrong, but it is my belief that YEP spots are limited, if this is the case they may be “exclusionary”.

    I would want to know where the matching funds are coming from; I would be interested to know if this program will be taught/implemented by credentialed teachers.

    I am waiting for some final information and hope that it comes tomorrow regarding whether the funds would be available if participation is limited and what happens if HUSD does not provide the matching funds.

    Sorry that I couldn’t give you anything more difinitive. Hope thiis will help you some.

  • K Rocchio

    Thanks for the information. I have also been doing some research. I still have questions. For example, you mentioned the funding. “Grant funding for each fiscal year is contingent upon the availability of federal funds and the enactment of each respective federal and state Budget Act” per the CDE. Can we sign a contract with a consultant on a budget that we don’t have in place yet?

    On participation, you are correct. YEP does have a limited number of spots at each site and due to such a low fee, often has long waiting lists. YEP enrollment is not based on academic achievement. According to the CDE website, their intentions of after-school programs are to “provide disadvantaged kindergarten through twelfth-grade students (particularly students who attend schools in need of improvement) with academic enrichment opportunities and supportive services to help the students meet state and local standards in core content areas.” Are we screening YEP applicants based on this goal?

    I hope the District pays attention to this information found on the CDE website regarding ASES:
    EC Section 8482.6 states, “Every pupil attending a school operating a program pursuant to this article is eligible to participate in the program, subject to program capacity. “ So, the law says that every pupil (defined as “kindergarten and grades 1 to 9, inclusive”) attending a school that operates an ASES program is eligible to participate subject to program capacity. However, based on local program design and local needs of the district, a school/district could choose to target students based on an assessed need, such as a priority for students with certain scores on the STAR tests, or students in danger of failing because they aren’t turning in their home work.

    We do lots and lots of complaining about our achievement gap in Hayward. Let the money back up what the goals say the priorities are in HUSD.

  • K Rocchio

    Regarding the “Protocol for School Site Visits by Board Members”: I can’t imagine it was necessary to have legal counsel write up a formal document asking site administrators to report back on the behavior of Board Members. Doesn’t the Superintendent meet regularly with Principals in a forum where this request could have been made? It is an “interesting” scenario when we have a Superintendent (employee) requesting staff to report back on the behavior of the Board Members (elected officials).

    I feel this money spent on legal counsel might have been money better spent to review the Board Policy AE9270 (Conflict of Interest) or BB 9323 (Meeting Conduct).

  • Observer

    And this is where is starts. Every nickel and dime saved by questioning old spending habits (and wondering why no matter how many property tax bills pass, the school district never has enough money when frivolous spending is uncovered) is a music or art or sports program that can be saved. It’s a library that can be staffed by a librarian rather than parents. It’s a tutoring program after school. It’s a truancy officer that can be hired to enforce a daytime curfew as is being done in Richmond. It’s a crossing guard that can be hired in a high traffic area……

    Ms Rocchio and Ms Booth….thank you to you both for researching this and bringing the information to the attention of everyone! As shown in Cupertino and other communities around the state, community involvement can save school programs.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    To K. Rocchio:

    This document was designed to “control” Mr. Reynoso and I believe that asking site administrators to report on the behavior of board members is just as “disruptive” as any visit. The sad part is, the majority of the board has given Ms. Duran total control, and they simply respond to her wishes.

    The cost of the attorney is approximately, $250.00 per hour and all hours are billable. As far as I can tell, we do not have a flat fee contract, so every time the attorney is asked to review or create a document they bill hourly. AND YES THE SUPERINTENDENT IS THE EMPLOYEE WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE CONCERNED WITH SUCCESSFULLY EDUCATING STUDENTS, NOT PLAYING “GOTCHA” WITH REYNOSO.
    With respect to the ASES grant, the district does not screen for the most academincally needy in YEP, it is first come first served. They “excuse” this method by saying any student who needs afterschool care, do to parents’ work schedule, is needy.

    To Observer and Ms. Rocchio:

    I believe there will be at least one person speaking regarding using money for questionable legal fees at tonight’s meeting. They are going to raise the issue of the board handbook and possibly the directive to site administrators and the wasted cost for these items.

  • John W. Kyle

    To all potential attendees….

    Keep it civil, Observe the three minute rule at public comments. Work to have the Board adapt to the system followed by City Council when contentious issues come before the Council. Mr Armas is easily able to explain the techique; ‘groups’ wishing to have folks speak their piece ought to choose a leader who will be permitted 5 minutes and that individusl would be follwed by two more, eash with a three minute time allocation……. If three are unable to cover the points in 11 minutes, they ought re-study their topic.

    Impress upon the board the need to fiollow the Brown act petmissive rule used by the Hayward City Council!

    Avoid ‘confrontation ! We have had enough of that at Trustee mwwtings.

    What ought be brought forward is a rewal need to examine the causes of the ADa MONEY LOSS!

    i THINK THAT THE ATTENDENCE CLERKS NEED RE-EXAMINATION OF THEIR DUTIES,,, HOW IS IT POSSUBLE tHAT TRUANCY, AS INDICAYTED BY THE THE CALCULATION OF ALL THOSE ‘UNEXCUSED ABSENCES’, COUNTING ONLY THOSE WHICH INVOL;VRED ANBSENCE OF THREE DAYS OR MORE HAS RISEN FROM THE 2008- 2009 EXPERIOENCE OF 5,318 SUCH INCIDENCESW TO 10,432 SUCH INCIDENTS IN 2009-2010.

    tHAT IS AN INCREASE OF 49% …….

    iS IT POSSIBLE THAT TRANSIENCY IS CONFUSED WITH TRUANCY. WHAT IS THE AFFECT UPON MONIES?

    Last year we had a reputed 92% average daily attendence….. will someone, in my absence at thise evenings meeting deliver that message so that all watching the entertainment will become at least a tad more interested in the money problem…. I thought that the ADA lossess were around # 1 to $2,000,000. I am tempted to believe it would solve our problem with the State threat of takeover….if we spent more time examing and seeking resolution of the loss of income than proclaiming triumph of Stipend reduction to be suffered by Trustees.

    Blowing horns over reduction of expense involving $1,000 is not a triuph…. recapturing $4,000,000 or $5,000,000 in ADA loss should be uppermost in our minds.

    Speakly with respect tonight but elevate your vocal tones only to assure us old, hearing aid dependent folks, who might then think of you kindly, then appreciate your thoughts.

    Angry delivery of deprecating thoughts are like commercials on tv…. time out to visit the frige etc……. I simply turn away from the likes of some who consistently complain……. those offering real solutions earn my interest as well as gratitude.

    So now. who is up to making comment on the obvious truancy problem confusion.

    Last year the daily aqttendenc factor was around 92% tHGAT WAS BAD…. i CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE THE REPORT WHICH STATES THE AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDENCE WHEN ANOTHRE REPORT INDICATES 10,422 ABSENCES OF 3 DAYS OR MORE!

  • Norm D. Plume

    POT

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr. Kile,

    You seem to have a handle on the truancy problem. I would not blame anyone for not joining you for fear that you will find a way to denegrate them come tomorrow.

    Again I ask you why you haven’t responded to my question regarding the School Attendance and Review Board. Is it because it came from me? Because if that is the reason then I am sorry.

    Perhaps you can volunteer your services to resurect the SARB and assist them in developing new measures to deal with this problem.

    To All:

    If you attend the meeting tonight speak from your heart and if that ends up being inappropriate in Jon’s eyes worry not. Heartfelt words are important.