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What’s going on with the HayWord comments section?

This blog is being reviewed by the newsgroup’s online team. I requested their assistance because it’s just getting way too venomous. It’s supposed to be a forum for people to weigh in on issues and voice concerns and forward ideas for opinion. It’s not a venue for personal attacks. As a reporter, I’m reluctant to start refereeing the dialogue — that would make me a target for accusations of bias and all that. Not the kind of thing I’d like to get involved with.

As far as school district goings on, I’m currently investigating the school board overpayment — spoken with county and state officials, and they say it’s something that should be handled within the district. Getting more information come Monday, should have a story next week. As for the receivership issue, from what I understand that Sept. 8 deadline was flexible. When more money is found, and payroll can be made, more time is bought. I’m also supposed to hear more on that come Monday, including a more concrete timeline on what needs to be done by when.

To sum it up, I’m not ignoring the goings on here at the HayWord. Can we cut the vitriol for the time being? Sniping leads to retaliations, and it turns into something that no one really wants to read. Let’s all take a breather. Everyone wants to make Hayward schools better, right? This isn’t the way to do it.

Now, I’m going to get back to my already stunted weekend. Take care, everybody!

Oh, and thanks for reading the HayWord!

Eric Kurhi

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Thank you for calling attention to the direction in which this site has been heading. I certainly hope that your newsgroup will establish some guidelines regarding what can and cannot be posted.

    With respect to the overpayment of the trustees, you have probably received correct information in the sense that it is an “internal” matter to be handled by the local district. However, my concern is that HUSD is paying enormous salaries to the admininistration for them to be on top of things. As I see it the administration and the fiscal management team from the county violated their fiduciary duty to oversee ALL aspects of the budget. It is actually up to the board of education to at the very least reprimand those parties responsible for thier lack of oversight.

    Again, thank you for your efforts regarding the blog.

  • http://www.levintel.com Conrad

    Yes, Eric. It is a shame that discourse in our society is beginning to generate more heat than light, for it isn’t in this blog alone, not by far. That in itself is something to reflect upon as we observe the events of nine years ago. Our values as a society are under strain and only together can we solve our difficulties.

    Sounds platitudinous, I know. But, I think it is true. We will never be destroyed from the outside even though we have true enemies there. Building from the inside starts in the homes, in the schools and in the communities. All of that relies upon healthy discourse.

  • Michael Moore

    I sure hope that Hayword starts back up reporting on the happenings in Hayward, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, Cherryland, Ashland and the whole of the Eden Township. There is a lot going on and there is no apparent press coverage or bloggers beyond this and the EastBay Citizen, which suffers from the same vituperative and intemperate comments.

    Perhaps your in-house counsel will be able to either propose mediation to comments or revised rules. Certainly if one looks at the comments, you can discern all of the players and all of the excesses.

    Please go back to covering the neighborhoods and commenting. It certainly is not getting in to the paper. Or do not do that. At that point give up and quit. The unwashed have now triumphed over the press and the public.

  • qodrn

    I have a suggestion that the Hayward areas get their own blog and the San Leadro areas get there own. There are so many problems with Hayward right now I think they are taking over the San Leandro issues. I think the deadline got delayed due to some issues with the state budget. I still can’t believe the school board meetings. Clearly the local attorney decided it is not you what job you hold, but how long you have been in the district. They went by seniority. I have to say though I have attended some PTA meetings that were not very polite either. It is tough to not get your way, but we can’t all win all the time. I am of mixed feelings about the board. I like having more people chime in, which we have had lately. But the new group of people has some folks who are very confrontational because the board has never been this bad for the most part. I don’t want the school district to go over to the state, but it is clear the board has lost control, and if this is not settled by the next election, we are in big trouble.

  • John W. Kyle

    To all: The contribution below appeared on the Review opinion page on April 30, 2010.

    So far, I have yet to see any indication that contributors to the blog have given it a serious read. Two trustees are known to have read the article as has the Superintendent.
    The others, if they subscribe to the Review and had opportunity to ‘catch’ the item, have remnained silent.

    One recent ‘joiner’ to blog interest. has objected on the basis of the idea that all HUSD ad hoc committees have never succeeded. Obviously. I disregard that opiniohn since the involved individual has not come up with a better idea. Megativity not balanced by posittive suggestion is abundent on the blog.

    One current trustee has suggested that it occur after the School Board election…. and I agree.

    I have supplied a copy of the item together with a single page letter to 16 churches located within the City of Haywaord. Only one has replied and seems serious about doing ‘something’ to aid public schools, especially since the school which it operates has a tution sum which many of it’s faith group are unable to afford.

    Of the others, I assume that a follow up personal visit is needed…. which I shall undertake to acheive.

    If among blog readers there are none who come forward to at least support the concept, than I shall begin to think Hayward SChool District and City activists are just not interested, and that despair the anti-thesis of HOPE predominates.. throughot the School District.

    “CIVIC PARTICIPATION CAN SAVE SCHOOLS”.

    A MY WORD PIECE BY JOHN W.KYLE

    THIS REGARDS Hayward’s Continuing need for improved sense of Community

    On December 3,2010, ANG pages saw a critique and challenge dealing with revelations pertinent to Academic Performance as measured by test scores. Now, with the poor budget conditions presently existent, we are confronted with possible ‘takeover’ by State of California. An event that no one desires, including the State and County Superintendents of schools, parents, teachers, HUSD Trustees or administrative officers within the school system.

    That shock, would affect businesses, real estate values, parents, students and voters, is greater than anyone can imagine. An intermediate step, in prevention of that takeover, is thought found in acceptance of my challenge to voters of Hayward Unified School District.

    Voter attention, is drawn to the need for a ‘Town Hall Meeting’ created in the belief that it is most effective when centered on the idea that accusations, especially those using slander, are to be studiously prohibited. What this community needs to do is shut it’s eye to past actions that led to the money problem. We must center our collective mind upon ideas which seek opportunities for volunteer service in aid of specific problems..

    Participation in the Town Hall meeting. would be limited to those possessing a driver’s license reflecting residence location within post office zip codes, involving school district boundaries. It matters not if attendees are yet to achieve citizenship. If attendees pay taxes directly or indirectly, to support of schools, they should be included in this opportunity to participate and learn. We have a right to call upon them, if they are parents of HUSD students, to use their minds in solution to common problems. We have much to talk about, especially the dutiful ‘right’ to participate in developing solution of the money problem.
    .
    If we have nothing else to do, can we address the need to create permanent ‘ad hoc’ groups or commissions as seen being utilized by City of Hayward ?. City has ten such groups meeting on a scheduled basis, which are composed solely of citizens, appointed after receipt of coeducations, to four year terms. See the examples in the Library Commission or the Planning Commission which are advisory groups, aiding City council in conduct of business tasks.

    While City has ten such groups limited in membership to something in excess of 100 unpaid volunteers, HUSD has but two.. ‘Partners in Education’ has two members and the Personnel Commission, composed of three members, who meet when needed to discuss personnel matters not open to the public.

    HUSD is in deep trouble which can be greatly alleviated with early creation of a Town Hall Meeting preferably before start of school year 2010-2011; well prior to the election of school board trustees. The town hall meeting ought soon be formally established by Trustees. Their function at the meeting would be limited to silence, as would that of aspiring candidates, while encouraging them to some “heavy on looking and listening” as the public, in an act of self discipline, limits itself to positive thinking and avoidance of acrimony. Voters need opportunity to bring creative ideas to an ad hoc group, which studies the matter before bringing it to Trustees for consideration.

    It would not hurt City Council members to be invited as silent observers, looking for opportunity to possibly be a member of an ad hoc group.
    __________- wHAT SAY YOU BLOG READERS, ONE AND ALL?

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Mr. Kurhi,

    Thank you for addressing this issue. I am hopeful that in a few days we will have guidelines in which to conduct ourselves on the blog. In the meantime, I will have to display some tolerance and ignore hurtful comments from the “gentleman” towards Mrs. Booth and Obama Newage.
    Will the Daily Review write a story on the comportment or lack thereof of the HUSD Board? Last board session was a display of unprofessional behavior of ALL members.
    It saddens me that the only time Mrs. Sims has something to say is to get on that bandwagon of name calling and orchestrated complaint against one board member when all of them are just as inappropriate. What is left of Mrs. Simms’ educational insight? I have never seen any of it.
    Mr. Armas is not prepare to sit on that position for 2 years, his qualifications do not transfer to the position of a member of a board of education. It did not do for Chabot College, hopefully it will not happen for HUSD. I hope our voters are observing carefully!
    Thank you.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Lucy’s Mom,

    I completely support the opinions you expressed in your most recent posting.

    Thank you for your insight.

  • John W. Kyle

    LUCI’s Mom;

    It would be well if all reflected upon the fact that the new Burbank school was brought about by Mr. Armas who instigated the plan of action resulting in:
    Conribution of Redevelopment money from that source of funding through City Hall;

    Induced collaboration of Hard to permit HARD park expansion and redevelopment of it’s acreage; Relocated roads in the involved areas which once occupied som of Burbanls’ present site’ And not the kleast of which accomplishments is tyhe improved view and image of Hayward as seen from the passenger windows of the train service to Sacramewnto all from ‘HAYWARD STATION STOP BETWEEN A STREET AND WINTON AVE.

    He induced participation of Eden Housing in a complicated arrangement with developers. He gained co-operation with owners of HUNT’S caNNery land as well as the tenants of some of that warehousing which was leased out to others on relatively long leases….and negotiated the housinbg plan noW being erectred…..

    All ThAT EFFORT WAS SIMPLY BEYOND THE SKILL SET OF ANY husd ADMINISTRATOR WHO IF LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES WOULD STILL SEE USE OF THE ‘OLD’ BURBANK SCHOOL.

    i SPENT 30 OF MY 40 YEARS IN THE BANKING INDUSTRY AS A REAL; ESTATE APPRAISER….. I ADNIRE MR. ARMAS FOR HIS INSIGHTFUL BUSINESS ACUMEN. HE HAS ALREADY CHANGED SOME INTERIOR REAL ESTATE CONCERNS OF THE DISTRICT AND WAS SURPRISED THAT dISTRICT Had not ‘picked up’ on my recommendation for Darwin School site’,

    Darwin site was recebtly leased out for $40,000 per year, for the ‘Lion’s share’ of that land. The lease screwed up the ‘utilty of the remnainder portion which does some change of direction ( Zig zag with square corners) and I doubt that any sale or lease arrange ment can be acqured on the remainder site, would ever occur on the unused portion.

    In 1966 I hAD A SIT DOWN WITH DR. Vigil AND BARRY SCHIMMEL… THEY AGREED WITH MY CONCEPT FOR THE USE OF THAT LAND, UNDER A PROPOSED ADAPTION OF a development in Sacramento which not only succeeded on it’s own merits but was the immediate ’cause celebre’ for the success of the recdevlopment of the old train ‘repair yards’ of Sacramento/Northern an ELECTRIC RAIL ROAD WHICH ONCE RAN TRAINS FOR COMMUTERS AS WELL AS FREIGHT INTO OAKLAND, ( using a tunnel quite near the Nontclair Business districy in Oakland. THE COMMUTE BY TRAIN FROM YUBA CITY WAS POSSIBLE OVER THE SAN RANCISCO / OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE.

    THAT PROJECT HAD IT BEEN ADAPTED TO THE DARWIN SITE WOULD HAVE BROUGHT A CONSERVATIVELY ESTIMATED CASH FLOW OF $500,000 ANNUAL ‘LAND RENT’ TO husd HAD IT BEEN EXPOSED TO DEVELOPERS OF HIGH QUALITY CONDOMINIUM BUILDERS. Preoximity to Mt. Eden Park and Kaiser Hospital ( Hayward) would have assured success.

    AS SOON AS MR. ARMAS READ MY MATERIAL HE PHONED TO COMPLIMENT ME ON MY THOUGHTS… BUT WENT ON TO DESCRIBE SEVERAL OTHER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AREA OF REAL ESTATE MANGEMENT OF husd pROPERTY.

    iN SHORT,THE MAN IS DYNAMIC AND HIS APPOINTMENT IS THE SINGLE BEST THING WHICH HAS HAPPENED TO husd IN 20 OR MORE YEARS.

    TO SUCCEED WITH THESE THOUGHTS HE NEEDS ELECTION IN NOVEMBER… IF YOU WANT CHANGE AT HUSD… MR. ARMAS IS THE KEY TO SOLVING THAT NEED.

    ONE OF THE TWO COMPETING FOR THAT 2 YEAR SEAT IS THE GUY WHO RECENTLY RAN FOR CITY COUNCIL WITH THE CAMPAIGN IDEA TO RAISE FUNDS BY PLACING A ROAD TOLL AND BOOTH (NOT kATHY) ON MISSION BLVD.. THE OTHER IS A YOUNG LADY EITHER ATTENDING OR WORKING AT SOME POSITION WITHIN csueb.

    WAKE UP VOTERS… ARMAS IS INTELLIGENT, WELL EDUCATED AND SUCCESSFUL IN ANYTHING HE HAS ATTEMPTED TO DO.

    WE NEED HIM!

  • Michael Moore

    If there is not more diversity in this blog, it will not be worth reading and posting in to. It is a shame but perhaps that is what needs to happen.

  • John W. Kyle

    Mr. Moore;

    You would enjoy the blog more if you afforded us an opinion on something constructive.

    I think you made a comment that the Hayword blog entries by Mr. Kurhi lacked iclousion of your community or neighborhood.

    For Example, if you live in San Lorenzo are you affected by thoughts of the very low approach pattern of jets flown by Alaska Airlines?

    Are you at all concewrned about the shift of HWD Airports’ shift of Runway 28L deemed necessary to accomodate new business jets with a landing speed of 143 miles perhour? About 15% of annual takeoffs from HWD airport are affectred by change of wind direction….. thus the initial noise will affect San Lorenzo…. then t5oo as a need for a ‘safe zone’ the noise berm at West Winton/ Hesperian corner of the asirfield must be removed. They need a cledar ‘zone’ in case otf an aborted takeoff… and the brakes fail at 135Mph…..

    Then too, there most be something going on in Ashland, if you live in that area.

    Mr. Kirhi is virtually alone since Noceda’s resignation. Bay Area News group is a bit shorthanded since two of it’s star reporters have been given an assignment to cover the political conditions of Burma or thauiland ( whatever it was escapes me.)

    Perhaps if you picked up a concern of your own and brought it to the blog, Kurhi might follow up.

    There must be somethi9ng worth while that you can contribute…… or are you just seeking entertainment?

    Do you like Ms. Lockyer if you are in the zone once
    administerd by a retiring County Supervisor?

    Perhaps you might predict the next political campaign of Lou Filipovich?

    Ther must be something you need to say about the area in which you live.

  • John W. Kyle

    Luci’s mom;

    sorry for the typo but in my last I used the wrong date in the description of my convetrsatio0n with Dr. Vigil on the subject of Darwin Site use,. The truse date was 2006.

  • qodrn

    Its Sunday morning, and the blog is at peace. Have a good weekend Eric.

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Mrs. Booth,
    Thank you!

    I reiterate,

    Mr. Armas is not prepare to sit on that position for 2 years, his qualifications do not transfer to the position of a member of a board of education. It did not do for Chabot College, hopefully it will not happen for HUSD. The blogger’ input on 8 and 10 is referring to oranges, we are talking about apples here.
    That is my final word on this topic.
    As Qodrn says, the blog is at peace and is such a beautiful day.
    I hope all of you are enjoying it :)

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    For Obama newage,
    I promised I would give you my interpretation of the Attorney General’s opinion on the appointment of Mr. Armas. So here goes, remember this is JUST MY OPINION AND INTERPRETATION.

    1. A person may be elected or appointed to a position on the school board even if their spouse is an employee providing:

    2. That employee has been employed for at least one year prior and… for at least one year in their current position.

    3. There is the “rub” with Mr. Armas…his wife has worked in HUSD for many years and until recently as a principal…approximately 7 months ago she was promoted to the position in Human Resources at the district office.

    4. So technically, Mr. Armas should not have been appointed…What I believed happened is the legal eagles that work for HUSD felt that it was nothing more than a technicallity and could make the appointment fly by using her long term employment in HUSD as the criteria.
    The only recourse I can see would be for a member of the public to file a complaint with the District Attorney’s office and ask for an investigation and a ruling. But you must remember the DA’s office is working short handed and they must prioritize their work…it is likely that they would not find this as a priority at this time.

    By the time the election occurs in November, Mr. Armas will no longer face this problem and should he be elected for a two year term the matter would no longer be relevant.
    I hope that my INTERPRETATION helps you some.

  • John W. Kyle

    lUCY’S MOM

    yOUR COMMENT IN rESPONSE TO # `10 IS IRRELEVANT ! iT WAS ADDRESSED TO GENT WHO WONDEREWD WHY THE hAYWARD bLOG DID NOT COVER TOPICS AFFECTING HIS RESIDENTIAL AREA…. FOR ALL WE BOTH KNOW HE MIGHT JUST BE LOCATED IN ANOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT SUCH AS sAN lORENZO WHICH HAS ISSUES WITH hAYWARD OVER MATTERS SUCH AS TRAFFIC AND THE AIRPORT. yOU ARE PARTIALLY CORRECT .. IT IS PRUNES AS OPPOSED TO APPLES OR ORANGES,

    AS TO # 8, HAD Arams been seated 8 or `10 months earlier the disterous lease of the Darwin site to a charter school might not have occurred and our budget might easily have been ahead by at least $460 K ANNUALLY Which ain’t applas or oranges but BADLY NEEDED CASH!

    wHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER IN NEAR FUTURE IS THAT mR. ARMAS IS AN ARTICULATE, ALERT INDIVIDUAL WHOSE PRESENCE OUTSHINES THE REST….. IT IS HARD FOR ME TO MAKE THE CORRELATIION WITH CHABOT COLLEGE…. THE WINNER HAD NAME RECOGNITION WITH STUDENTS… WHO IN ALL PROBABILITY VOTED FOR THE GUY WHO WAS EMPLOYED ON CAMPUS OR IN THE JR. COLLEGE SYSTEM.

    FINALLY, IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF WE KNEW WHAT SKILL SETS YOU BRING TO THE TABLE.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    To All:

    Please remember Mr. Armas is but one vote on the board, and there is absolutely no guarantee that he will always have the majority side with him. That is not to say that he doesn’t have expertise in matters of real estate. However, even when he was the city manager there were times when the majority of the council did not agree with his suggestions/proposals, that is just the nature of the game.

  • Lucy’s Mom

    #15 Apples and oranges indeed!

    Amen to your comment Mrs. Booth.

  • Michael Moore

    Mr. Kyle, my comments were about Hayword and the lack of activity on Mr. Kurhi’s part. He answered my question with alacrity, indicating that the rancorous nature and venomous comments by the commenters were the key element in not posting to the blog any longer. You responded in typical style. It is the reporting of the news that I want to hear. I understand yours as well as Lucy’s Mom, Qodrn and Kathi Booth. Conrad spoke well and clearly with moderation. I seek diversity in discourse by Hayword not polemics from you four.

  • K Rocchio

    Eric, thank you for this reminder. It’s important to remember that this is a public blog and everyone is encouraged to contribute.

    Did you know many public blogs fall prey to what are known as “blog trolls”? By definition these individuals make emotional, often off-topic posts with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response. This is a way of disrupting any constructive discussion by those that may disagree with them. This problem is often the end of many public blogs. Many blogs post the banner “Do Not Feed The Trolls” DNFTT

    It is difficult, but ignoring public attacks is often the best method to contain them. We must refrain from abusive, threatening or accusatory tones in our posts. We must also be cautious not to violate confidentiality or privacy of others in our posts.

    In regards to HUSD: With the election close at hand, there should be much discussion about the candidates and what they offer. It is possible that we can share concerns and suggestions through this blog if we all do so respectfully. If you disagree, that’s OK. Offer your rebuttal, but let’s not make it personal.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    To Mr. Moore,

    I attempt to post information, observations and opinions regarding the state of public schools in Hayward. I will admit to becoming drawn in by personal attacks and I am attempting to ignore them whenever possible. If ther is more in Hayward that you wish to read about either here or in the local paper, I agree that there is definitely something lacking in the coverage of news in greater Hayward. I am truly sorry if you were put off by the postings/commentary, however many in Hayward are very concerned about the direction, or lack there of, of HUSD and are simply airing their frustrations and dismay, and yes putting blame on elected officials and the administration.

  • K Rocchio

    Candidate Forum Tonight – Monday, September 13 from 7:30-9:00 pm at City Hall in Downtown Hayward

  • Michael Moore

    The official results for K-12 for HUSD from the bench scotes to present should be posted in a simple spreadsheet similar to what Mount Diablo did recently. The HUSD Board should be held to answer for those results. The present candidates for the HUSD Board should speak to the solutions by school they support. Invective and accusations should be removed in that discussion.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    T ried to watch the candidates night on the city’s channel but it was not available. I hope that it will be played at a later date. If anyone went please give a review of the “performances” and what your impression was.

    For Mr. Moore,
    I am sure that none of the candidates will be inclined to do name calling, invectives or accusations during thier time tonight. I doubt that will happen at any future candidates nights either.

  • John W. Kyle

    Mr. Moore;

    I was under the impression, after reading #3 above, that you were of the opinion that Mr. Kurhi ought write more about the areas which you recited, to wit: San Lorenzo, San Leandro, Cherryland, Ashland and “the whole of Eden Township”.

    At one time Daily review had a reporter assigned almost wholly to City of Hayward and Fairview District and another to San Leandro with a third to San Lorenzo, Ashland and Castro Valley.

    You are probably aware that the newspaper biz, is in a ‘tailspin’ and Now Mr. Kurhi is working the City as well as Hayward School District,.

    Mr. Noceda initiated his employ at Daily Review by ‘working’ Hayward schools as well as the CSUEB. About a year ago, perhaps longer, he was re-assigned to San Leandro / Castro Valley District .

    Mr. Noceda recently resigned, and two, staff writers, one of whom did what Mr. Kurhi does now, and who made the introductory effort with the blog, is on staff at Oakland Tribune etc. He and another went on special assignment to the Asian Continent a few weeks ago….. have they returned? In short, news by the Review a week or so ago. ANG is suffering a shortage of staff writers and thus they are ‘stretched out’ much to the annoyance of subscribers in City’s such as Hayward.

    I recently curtailed my subscription to San Francisco Chronicle for reasons of economics as well as the fact that it only mentioned Hayward when a crime or a trial for felony offense was occurring here. Frankly I would have dropped the Review in favor of the Chronicle save for the fact that my spouse of 57 years gives way to an Irish need to read the obituaries and attend Church services for just about any acquaintance as well as her (our) friends.

    The review is part of a chain of newspapers, a great many of which are based in towns such as Hayward. Their list of large businesses using advertising space is what keeps the grouped newspapers the Review especially. It once was a business at which the news and story content was of such quality as to attract advertisers. Nowadays, there is a role reversal, the advertisements are of such quantity that what news there is, is undertaken to attract non-discriminatory readers in sufficient quantity to aid distribution of advertisements.

    Mr. Kurhis is attempting to cover City and schools as well as information from police blotters….. But is obviously stretched out when, on a recent day, the action at a home on Nevada Road, near the Helen Turner Child Care Facility, drew seven (7) Hayward Police vehicles, (including the ’crime scene investigation wagon), a fire-truck and an ambulance. Not a word in the Review about that event? Staff is obviously stretched…. A long way!

    That is one reason why there was no intervention on the blog when certain individuals attacked Mr. Armas, almost from the very day he was appointed to HUSD Trustee seat vacated by Ms. Gonzales.

    Frankly I am certain that I know the identity of one individual, a nom de plume type’ who stated that I was seeking information about the woman’s daughter from the daughter’s neighbors ….indicating that I was some sort of pervert ‘stalking’ a potential victim.

    Pure, openly slanderous scribbles are unacceptable which I intend to see corrected. Some of us do not know the difference between ’freedom of speech’ and ’license’. Use of license against Mr. Armas is unacceptable, when used against myself, it results in a lawsuit.

    At that point I became furious, posted an E-mail to Kurhi indicating my intention to initiate legal action. Kurhi, with justification passed it up to his supervisory staff over a week ago.

    Unfortunately, the nom de plume types, are given to unjust criticism even to the extent that a few insist on their right, under the first amendment, to engage in criticism even when it is pure scurrility. Depending upon what the Review does or does not reveal within a short period of time, another who does not use a nom de plume, may find the lawsuit stretches out a net to correct that problem.

  • K Rocchio

    The forum last night was hosted by the League of Women Voters, I’m not sure that it was recorded. I hope there will be a write-up so everyone can review the discussions.

    All candidates were present and topics included truancy, bi-lingual education, budget reductions and the adult school. Each candidate had time to make opening remarks and a closing summary.

    From what I can tell, there are websites available for the following candidates: Annette Walker http://annettewalkerforhayward.com/, Lawrence Fitzpatrick http://www.lawrencemfitzpatrick.com/, William McGee http://www.williammcgee.com/, Audie Bock http://www.betterhayward.com/, and Sheila Sims http://www.sheilaforhusd.com/index.html

    I feel a little more informed on where each candidate stands and look forward to hearing more about each of them. I would really like to find out where they stand on some of the recent issues and how those decisions have made an impact on what we are seeing in our classrooms today. I encourage you to attend the next forum, if possible.

  • qodrn

    Okay people, here are the 2010 results for HUSD. I apologize for the poor state of this, but this was the best my poor computer skills could manage. Funny, last night I couldn’t do this at all. I expect some interpretation of results when I get back from my doctor appointments.

    First Number = 2010 Year API 2nd Number = 2009 API 3rd Number = 2010 Goal, 4th Number = Change in API

    Other: Did the school meet its goals, Did the subgroups (race) meet its goals, Did the school and subgroups meet its goal

    The Numbers next to Hayward United are the district’s 2010 score, last year’s score, incomplete goal information, and gain/loss over last year. Hayward went up 18, but didn’t meet most of its goals.

    HAYWARD UNIFIED 707 689 D 18 Elementary Schools
    Bowman Elementary 739 759 5 -20   No No No   
    Burbank Elementary 716 665 7 51   Yes Yes Yes   
    Cherryland Elementary 704 718 5 -14   No No No   
    East Avenue Elementary 770 760 5 10   Yes Yes Yes   
    Eden Gardens Elementary 750 722 5 28   Yes No No   
    Eldridge Elementary 776 768 5 8   Yes Yes Yes   
    Fairview Elementary 663 670 7 -7   No No No   
    Faith Ringgold School of Arts and Scienc 752 744 5 8   Yes No No   
    Glassbrook Elementary 701 679 6 22   Yes Yes Yes   
    Harder Elementary 692 665 7 27   Yes Yes Yes   
    Longwood Elementary 620 640 8 -20   No No No   
    Lorin A. Eden Elementary 747 738 5 9   Yes No No   
    Palma Ceia Elementary 761 761 5 0   No No No   
    Park Elementary 693 679 6 14   Yes Yes Yes   
    Ruus Elementary 718 718 5 0   No No No   Schafer Park Elementary 690 681 6 9   Yes Yes Yes   
    Southgate Elementary 785 730 5 55   Yes Yes Yes   
    Stonebrae Elementary 796 799 1 -3   No No No   
    Strobridge Elementary 695 710 5 -15   No No No   
    Treeview Elementary 747 737 5 10   Yes No No   
    Tyrrell Elementary 737 718 5 19   Yes Yes Yes
    Middle Schools

    Some how the first column became shorted,
    so the first number is 748, 726, etc.

    Anthony W. Ochoa Middle

      Bret Harte Middle
    748
    723
    5
    25
     
    Yes
    No
    No

      Cesar Chavez Middle
    726
    711
    5
    15
     
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

      Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle
    767
    723
    5
    44
     
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

      Winton Middle
    692
    659
    7
    33
     
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

    High Schools

      Hayward High
    663
    614
    9
    49
     
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

      Impact Academy of Arts & Technology
    719
    722
    5
    -3
     
    No
    No
    No

      Leadership Public Schools – Hayward
    823
    777
    5
    46
     
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

      Mt. Eden High
    689
    682
    6
    7
     
    Yes
    No
    No

      Tennyson High
    648
    608
    10
    40
     
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes

    Small Schools

      Golden Oak Montessori of Hayward
    803*
    B
    B
    B
     

    N/A

    ASAM Schools

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  • John W. Kyle

    Truancy Rates 2009 – 2010

    School Bnrollment #Truants Truancy %
    Bowman 561 311 5,40 %
    Burbank 755 205 27.20 %
    Cherryland 774 321 54.40 %
    East Avenue 550 179 32,50 %
    Eden Gardena 541 54 10.00 %
    Eldridge 588 111 18.90 %
    FAIRVIEW 458 197 43.00 %
    Glassbrook 403 135 33.50 %
    Harder 688 142 20.60 %
    Longwood 719 259 36.00 %
    Lorin Eden 546 79 14.50 %
    Palma Ceia 658 199 30.20 %
    Park 679 413 60.80 %
    Ringold 183 77 42.10 %
    Ruus 797 234 33.10 %
    Schafer Park 672 155 27.10 %
    Southgate 647 150 23.20 %
    Stonebrae 677 279 41.20 %
    Strobridge 542 259 47.80 %
    Treeview/Bidwel 579 130 22.50 %
    Tyrrell 708 258 36.40 %

    TOTALS 12,535 4,247 33 %

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    To Qordn,

    I never have been good with numbers, but I did look at the total scores district by district for Alameda County. According to what I saw in the Daily Revies, HUSD has the lowest total score in the county. I wonder what the excuse will be this time? I gues we will just have to wait another year to see if the plans for this school year will have worked.

  • John W. Kyle

    Blog Readers….

    If the above numbers scare you try that which follows for Middle Sxchools

    The fu=ive middle schools had enrollment totaling 3,109 students with an even 2,000 described as truants for a truancy rate of 64.3 % overall

    But things got worse as students learned how to pl;ay the game…..

    5,606 enrolled inclu=ding the 244 at Brenkwitz which had the lowest truancy rate of JUST 26,8 % while our four HIGh Schools with 5,606 stusents managed to acheive 74% truancy which might have been fractionally higher had Brenkwitz students limited their truancy rate to 25.8 % of it’s 244 students.

    Test scores etc might prove higher if we jyu=ust expelled a few who do not give a ti=nkers damn about their own furure…..

    Let us ‘spank parents’ for their neglect in these matters……..We need the $100 per family ‘performance’ bond. Those parents who cough up that amount can recover the involved sum by doing parental duty! Each absence costs the district $30.

    over 21,000 absences at $30 each which equates tob $630,000. But wait… some of those kids did it more than once with serial numbers of days……… those numbers…. the key to understanding the loss understand ttaht each incident can involve 3 or more dayt=ys…… get it??

    Of Course if we had a Town Hall meeting, we j=ust might see development of a ‘core group which expended energy on home visits……Can we call it volunteer group the Truancy Commission rather than the Trahcy prevention ‘ad hoc’ group?

    My bet is that we would find 20 or more folks of the retired and/or empty nest types willing to volunteer in a trusnacy prevention ‘Commission’ or if they prefer the Truancy Prevention ‘ad hoc’ group.

    It comes under the general motivating factor of …. ‘pay back’ for the benefits I enjoyed after attending to the idea of having received an education.

    Some folks are motivated toward such volunteer activity and can be found, even in Hayward!

  • Michael Moore

    The results for HUSD in whatever relationship you want to use are an indictment of the relative merits of the school district management, tenured teachers, trustees and board. This is a collective failure that has lasted for some time. Perhaps the state can do a better job. There is certainly no evidence that the folks who are there now will turn this mess around.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr. Moore,

    Thank you for your observations, I think they are on point.

  • qodrn

    I was actually shocked that overall, Hayward went up in numbers. They are still very low. If you look at their subgroup percentages, Hayward’s black, Hispanic and mixed students present very low scores. For whatever reason, whole groups are not being reached. I don’t know how these groups miss that the more education you have, the more you are helped in any situation in life. There is a point you need to get out of school and live life, but it is easy to do if you give yourself time to grow up, and folks do suceed at this in Hayward public schools. Our local charter schools are suceeding in many areas, perhaps the Public and the Charter schools need to speak to each other, instead of passing in the dark. I think increasing the size of hayward schools overall, not so much in the classroom has made students feel less safe. I think I would always feel safer in a smaller group where I know my surroundings faster; also there would be less targets to get me. This election is going to be very important. Of course, the state getting a budget would be even better. I also don’t understand why a union of any sort would perfer to have members laid off, rather than each loose some benefits for a time. I suppose if you aren’t making enough it doesn’t matter to make some money, but I have found with a running start and perservance, these things can work out. Especially now, who would want to be driven out to look for work?

  • qodrn

    I can’t believe my son’s class is reading the Crucible. Talk about an oldie…

  • Monica

    Is there any way to get a monthly report of each school on attendance and absenteeism?

  • TabTwin

    The candidate forum on Monday evening went well. Candidates shined and some fizzled out. When is the re-play?

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Tabtwin and Ms. Rochio,

    Can you elaborate on that? Also, do you know of others forums that are coming up? thanks.

    To All,
    Charter Schools are shining because they are selective, if a student is disruptive, he or she goes back to a comprehensive high school. That information should be disclose.
    Congrats to Southgate and M.L. King for their awesome scores, let’s learn from them as to what works.

  • Michael Moore

    I cannot imagine a more appropriate play to read in Hayward, especially in light of the acrimony at the HUSD School Board than The Crucible. The recent film as well as the solid literary merit make this a terrific choice for High School Students. The essential issue missing in the 707 of HUSD is the paucity of depth and knowledge. Kudos to a staff that would require this of students.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    To all,

    I am glad to see some new people posting on this site. You all have great things to contribute. Keep it up. For now I will continue to read but this is probably my last set of comments. I can see that what I contribute is not really in the best interests of the greater Hayward community. For it only brings out the worst in some people, and that was/is never what I had hoped my contributions would be.

    I hope you all remember to vote in November and that you make choices that you believe will keep the success of students foremost.

  • Sherry Blair

    I just began to visit this blog and was really turned off by the personal attacks recently.It was kind of like watching the school board meeting! Since Eric’s last article, I have noticed a real improvement. You are some pretty informed people and when you aren’t attacking each other, you are doing a lot of good.

    Please don’t stop Kathi.

    On a side note, Mr. Kyle when you use the caps key properly, you don’t sound crazy at all!

    If you don’t mind my changing the subject, have you all been involved with the City’s Neighborhood Partnership Program yet? How’s it going in your neighborhood?

    (In case you haven’t heard about it, you can read about it on the City’s website.)

  • qodrn

    Charter schools are able to be more selective; but most of them (actually required I think) use a lottery selection for admission. However, all of the things a charter school does CAN be used at a public school, including selection by booting out offenders. I think Hayward needs anything that could help, and is not too expensive, such as uniforms, enforced daily homework in all classes, work in all classes, enforced detention for tardies and absences. Success is educating those who want and can learn, it is not letting disruptive students take over a classroom or school.

  • qodrn

    PS. Anyone know how the teacher/HUSD talks are going? This still seems to be the biggie with state takeover.

  • Lucy’s Mom

    They are still negotiating…

    Mrs. Booth, I will miss your comments.

  • John W. Kyle

    TO ALL:

    ‘YOU PAYS YOUR MONEY‘ (TAXES) AND YOU EXPECT ALL WILL BE ACHEIVED WITHOUT FURTHER PERSONAL INVOLVMENT ?

    The exercise in mental masturbatory blog submissions has achieved nothing despite what ever pleasure all seem to experience when participating in the blog. Or worse yet, use of three minutes at contentious and ineffective public comment period seen preceding HUSD Trustee meetings.

    Having done that over a few occasions of expressed interest at HUSD meetings or by participation in the blog, do you feel satisfied? Or do you sense that nothing ever comes of blog scribbles and three minute efforts at HUSD public comment period?

    Wake up folks ! If you are really interested in achieving greater success for students and the educational community, then it is time for some of us, who claim interest, to rise up and promote a “Town Hall Meeting”. That meeting must not have a quorum of Trustees in attendance at a town hall meeting, otherwise conditions of the Brown Act must apply and the ‘public comment period’ as presently understood, would defeat the actions desired. ‘Public comments’ under the rules of the Brown Act defeat success of a Town Hall meeting, in that they create an endless procession of meaningless comment by unorganized
    AND/or disorderly folks.

    We have had enough of the experience seen in the last twenty years which were marked by a procession of new hires in the position of Superintendent. I say that 20 years, marked by finger pointing and accusations must not continue ! We must resolve to end the Test Score problem and any conditions which lead to that decline.

    Wake up folks ! If you are really interested in achieving greater success for students and the educational community,then is it not PRRESENTLY THE RIGHT time for some of us, who claim interest, to rise up and promote A TOWN HALL MEETING’. conducted outside the parameters of an ‘official meeting’ of the Trustees ! Ergo, public comments as we presently understand that event are dispensed with!

    Those ‘PUBLIC’ comments are a constantly on going opportunity for nasty finger pointing and blame placement. It denies opportunity for defense by the Trustees!

    A Town hall meeting at which, after a brief discussion of what is desired, would break out into sub-groups of no more than twenty persons, each possessing a valid drivers license on which appears the regulating zip codes for HUSD’s area of involvement. iF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN THE DISTRICT OR DO NOT OWN OR OPERATE A BUSINEES IN THE DISTREICT…. STAY HOME!

    Folks involved in break out groups, would be offered opportunity to present pro-active thoughts leading to solutions rather than demands for unsupportable actions which are typical of ‘public comments’ at HUSD meetings.

    Attendees, at each table, after a one minute period for self introduction, would elect a person to guide the sub-group discussions. At conclusion of amother 1.5 hours ( 90 minutes) the subgroups would re-assemble into a meeting of the whole! Each sub-group’s leader would describe the three ideas they thought most presentable, as selected by the whole group… from that list. The ‘group leaders’ would meet again, within 72 hours, to discuss the ideas most likely to lead to a successful, effective change, not just in test scores, but in attendance factors and reduction in transience from one School District to another.

    With out such a process, we in the blog community are simply guilty of ‘mental masturbation’ or to express it another way, giving expression to pleasant thoughts of a successful School District which never sees fruition!

    Our level of frustration demands personal actions which will lead to solutions when combined with a force dejure, created when citizens come together with a common goal.

  • K Rocchio

    Monica, I believe you should be able to contact someone at the District in the Child Welfare and Attendance Department to get that information.

    Qodrn, I agree with using the methods that work. Some of our charter schools enjoy some benefits that our other schools have been denied, such as flexibility and small class sizes. What I do not agree with are the reports that some schools are asking for STAR Test Scores before allowing students to attend. I can tell you that these numbers are not necessarily a reflection of a students willingness or ability to learn. In fact, it is often these students who will benefit most from what these schools have to offer.

    Ms. Booth, I’m sorry to read that you will not be contributing to the Hayword going forward. I do believe you have made an impact on this blog and offer some great insight to readers. I know there are many in our community that visit this site, even if they are not comfortable in posting. If you doubt the validity of your contributions, look at the article in the Daily Review today regarding the overpayment of the Trustees. I hope you will reconsider. Every person offers a different point of view and they are all valuable.

  • Michael Moore

    Given the overpayment of $300 or so a month since 1990 to the trustees of the HUSD, let us all hope that every penney of overpayment and interest comes back to the district. This should be pursued aggressively. This is $1,500 a month for the past 20 years. Thsi will do a lot to get the district back to be solvent.

  • Justwatching

    Trustees overpaid for years!!!!!!!

    Lets see here:

    Superintendent Duran is worried that if the HUSD makes a claim against current and former board members, the board members could conceivably counterclaim against the district for negligence. Wow, if indeed HUSD forced a teacher to give back $9,000 in overpay then maybe employees should be able to file a claim against HUSD for negligence if the overpayment was a staff error. Were is the equity and due process?

    With all the news about Bell, CA and the current litigation filled by Attorney Jerry Brown against the City of Bell officials for excessive pay, I wouldn’t think the current Board Members of HUSD would negate any action to peruse all over payment from current and past Board Members as allowed by law.

    HUSD School Board Members are fiduciary responsible for decisions made as Board Members regarding School Business. It is there responsibility to know what they should be paid as Board Members as anyone would be accepting a new position.

    At this point, all current HUSD Board Members should being paying back all over pay in the manner that Board Member Mr Frumkin III has chosen. returned. Take no more pay for the remainder of their elected office until all overpayment has been paid back. The other Past Board members will need to find a way to reimburse as well.

  • John W. Kyle

    To all !

    Poetic justice demands that Mr. LARRY BOOTH. Kathy’s husband, give back the overpayment for the four years he served on the Board! Let us not forget that he was one of the three who went to Florida to ‘VET’ AND THEN HIRE MS. KOHL!

    iF ONE IS TO PAY THEN JUSTICE DEMAMDS THAT ALL THE LIVING AS WELL ANY REMAINDER ESTATE OF THE DECEASED PAY BACK.

    IT IS ONLY FAIR…. NO REWARD TO THE WHISTLE BLOWER WHOSE INSIDER INFORMATION WAS CONCEALED ALL THOSE YEARS.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    And now you all know shy I will not be posting on this blog. Just read #47 above and his earlier entry regarding “mental masturbatory” blogging. Enough is enough and until Mr. Kuhri decides that enough is enough I will continue to read and just skip JWK. Again leave my husbad out of your ugly remarks.

  • K Rocchio

    Re: Candidate Forum

    I have tried several times to recap the forum for those unable to attend. Each time I found it was impossible not to put my own feelings into what I heard. In being fair to each candidate, I can only refer you to the websites (found in comment #25 above) and future forum dates so that you can form your own opinion. A few comments/observations I did find interesting from the forum:

    Mr. Fitzpatrick is a parent with children currently in the District and this passion came across in many of his answers. Ms. Walker brought up the idea of collaboration and finding partners to help meet the needs of the District. Ms. Brunner mentioned a program at Tyrell where money for a meal(?) program may have been side-tracked. Does anyone know anything about this? Mr. McGee discussed the changes at the Adult School and the fact that when the budget was cut and teachers/students were gone, the Front Office did not make reductions to reflect these changes.

    I would like to hear ALL of the candidates to a strong position on any of the current concerns of the District. I think we’ve all heard enough people say they want to make changes, improve achievement and make our schools better. I want to know HOW!

    For those interested, there is another forum on Saturday, September 18th from 10 am until noon, Prospect Hills, Linekin Building, 22248 Main Street in Hayward.

  • John W. Kyle

    To all,

    In year 1998 I sought election to City Council. Prior to that effort,(and since then) I had been heavily involved with service to the City and School District through the many ad hoc and/or task force activities involving City and School District affairs.

    When seeking support/and endorsements for that attempt at election, it was strongly suggested that I run for the school district seat then opening up……..

    I turned it down. One of the main reasons for doing so, was that, in proportion to what City Council members were paid, the school district was quite mean spirited in terms of reality as between what City Couincil members were paid and what Trustees were paid.

    The renumeration paid by School District was quite unfair then as it is now. Especially, if you broke it down in terms of an hourly wage comparison. The argument that council members meet more often does not hold…. and when you figure in the sums paid to council members when attending meetings of the various regional committees and task forces……. it is disgusting.

    The Mayor usually appoints individuals to act as liaison between City and such groups as Alameda County Congestion Management Commission, Regional Air Qualityr District Commission etc……usually the added ‘stipend’ works out to something like $50. per hour plus travel expenses to and from.

    One who served our City prior to Sweeney’s election served on a ‘lion’s share’ of those groups…..it was quite an addirion to the $40,ooo annual salary paid the Mayor… Council members were held down to $25,000 per year plus whatever commissions that they attended as representatives to the regional stuff.

    It wasn’t that I felt my talents were worth a hell of a lot more, ss much as it was the heavy workload when compared with that which the City Council had on it’s back.

    I still think the Trustee’s efforts should be rewarded with a greater sum than $750 per month, especially when they have been consistantly abused by the public at those periods we call PUBLIC COMMENT TIME.

    Why do we place greater confidence in Council members, sen when the public fawns over them while those whom trustees serve are abusive as evidenced by accusations revolving around ‘their failure’ when we all know that ‘parents are not holding up their end of the plank’

    Worst yet the abuse handed trustees by parents or the many who hold themselves up as experts on their suggested solutions, which are never really thought through to a viable course of action.!