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New HUSD Board President: Lisa Brunner

UPDATE: Here is today’s story.

The two new incoming boardmembers took the top two officer positions, with Lisa Brunner as the new president backed by Vice President William McGee. The two voted for each other, with Luis Reynoso supporting, who in turn was elected secretary. Maribel Heredia and Jesus Armas supported each other for prez and veep respectively but were outvoted.

Brunner’s first action was to change the seating, moving Superintendent Janis Duran over to the dais where the student board members used to sit. She will have more admin staff at the same dais as well. Student members now on the dais to the other side.

Teachers union President Mercedes Faraj said she had heard rumors of something like that happening, and said the ascension of former VP Heredia to the president position would have been “the natural order of things,” but the new lineup “is indicative of a change.”

Former board President Paul Frumkin said it wasn’t that big a surprise, and added that he supported both McGee and Brunner in their election bids.

“Given the last year and a half, it’s natural that it happened this way,” he said.

I’ll be working on a story tomorrow, but I figured HayWord readers might want to discuss.

Eric Kurhi

  • Michael Moore

    Monica, your posting #45 for the library is a wonderful thing. Thank you.
    http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=7

  • K Rocchio

    Kathi,
    Not much to report at this point. We received copies of the 1st Interim Budget Report, discussed factors that have changed the numbers and those that may come up in the future that will cause significant shifts in the projections. There are so many variables it is difficult to predict where we may end the year. If anyone has any specific concerns, please let me know and I can try to help get answers or bring the topic for discussion at the next meeting. As indicated, the public is welcome at these meetings and there was a decent show on Tuesday night. Along with the group members, Ms. Brunner and Mr. Armas were present. The purpose of this group is to have open discussions and try to help with the need for transparency in the community.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Thank you Kelly.

  • John W. Kyle

    Booth

    Pretty much the same dog and pony show as the last such group back in th ’90′s. Big question for which you sought andwers at that time… will Puente project be saved?

    Don’t you get it? A dog and pomnt show !! Have the members of HEA selected the ‘student representatives yet? Can you imagine yhow the students, striving for APPROVAKL OF TEACHER ( A THOUGHT ALSO APPLICABLE TO PARENTs COUNTED IN THE ‘ADVISORY GROUP’.

    I’ll bet that the result is confined to a recommendation for a parcel tax in the amount of $250 or more will result. The question is, will there be a vote opportunity placed before the public, on the subject and what assurance is there that the State will not make a grab for it …. or simply cut back on present alacrity of ADA payments?

    Hang onto your seat the second advisory report is not due untilo March 8th….three work sessions from now.

    Urge you and other readers to contact Ms. Leply The interim Assitant Suoerintendent, Business services or Cathi Toldi for you copy if the FITAG kist of members , The agenda if such is available for past and present meetings, the schedule of meeyting dates.
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    Be aware that Ms. Leply is aq retired person, hired to work as tenative operative in Business Dept. Which three days remnains a mystery to me.

    The Board of education Agenda item F.2 …3 pages in length Board meeting of Oct 13, 2010 ( a consent item) can be obtained through your own efforts on website.

    As I said earlier, a repeat of the similar group occurring in the ’90′s…. wildly successful under leadership of HEA and Mr. Frumkin.

  • Eric Kurhi

    Monica — Not sure if the forward/reverse direction of the comment stream is a setting or if it’s part of the program. I’ll look into it. John — You’ve been mistyping your email addy again, that’s why your comments haven’t been showing up. All — Really busy with stuff this week, not much time to pay attn. to this blog, sorry!

  • John W. Kyle

    Mr. Kurhi. Had I mistyped my e-mail address been miss-typed they would no show up at all.. isn’t that correct? That material comes up automatically, does it not?

    I am also quite mystified by the comment associated with my submissions to the effect that they are being subjected to moderation.

  • John W. Kyle

    To all:

    Senator Corbett has provided a copy of Senate Bill 1317 and it is something of a mystery, to me at least, that the truancy controls ijmposed by this bill is limited to Grades K-8.

    What of the grades 9 to 12.

    Is any reader able to advise of close location of a current copy of the entire ed code. It uis reasonable to think it might be available at HUSD HQ ?

    Perhaps the problem of truancy at grades 9 to 12 has allredy been addressed in some existent code?

    One good deal… pro-creation of a child follwed by neglect of that child is now seen, per sb 1317 as a criminakl matter and is to be punished by fines and or jail term…. or both! Now the question is, do we have sufficient volunteers in living in HUSD;’s service area who will come fOWARD, MEET THE QUALIFIXCATIONS AND BECOME PART OF THE ENFORCEMENT TEAM.

    THAT WOULD GO A LONG WAY TO SOLVING THE BUDGET PROBLEM IF WE JUST NAILED THE k-8 PARENTS.

    SCHOOLS WHOSE TRUANCY RATE EXCEEDED 40% ARE IN 2009-2010 ARE;
    BOWMAN AT 55.49% cherryland @ 54.4 %Park @ 60.8%
    Rihngold @ 42% Stonebrae @ 41.2% Strobridge @ 47.8%

    the lowest was Eden Gardens @ 10.0% Lorin Edem @14.5 Eldridge @ 18.9% Harder @ 20.6%%

    Palma Ceia was @ 30.2% While longwood was @ 36.0%

    Seems like we need more hooky catchers or more jails to handle the momma and papa negligenc.

    Why does SB avoid data publ;ication or concern for parents @ grades 9- 12 ???? Middle Schools and High schools had digraceful perecentages all above 60% while Brenkwitz was reporting jyst 26.8 %

    Why did we halve our attendence clerks ?

    Whos follows up by knocking on a parents door…… I suspect that transience is part of the problem.
    Transience rates ought be separated from hooky statiostics……. foreclosures cause transience and a parent involved with forecklosure can be excused i=f that blow distracts them from a courtesy call to HUSD.

    Truant officer ranks ought be ‘beefed up with volunteers’

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Not that the previous poster would agree or even think I might be right but…

    To engage “volunteer truant officers” to work on behalf of the district would be highly unlikely due to a little thing called LIABILITY. The district’s liability insurance carrier would not look favorably on such a move by the district.

    If you look closely at a field trip policy, parents are expected to not hold the district liable for injuries or other mishaps that may occur. The same is true for most areas where students and “volunteers”or non certificated staff such as coaches provide the service. Liability insurance is extremely expensive.

    Perhaps anyone interested in the idea of “volunteer truant officers” should look into the legal feasability.

    Just one of my silly little thoughts, opinions and suggestions.

  • Michael Moore

    Prester John, Everything you need to know about truancy is located in the internet in the California Department of Education Website. Here is the link:
    http://www.cde.ca.gov/search/searchresults.asp?cx=001779225245372747843:gpfwm5rhxiw&output=xml_no_dtd&filter=1&num=20&start=0&q=truancy.

    State Senator Mark Leno was the named sponsor of SB 1317. If you want the ins and outs of why’s and wherefor’s of the process please contact his office. It was long and complicated.

    The key reason for the high school variance in truancy and that of the K-8 rules has to do with student’s rights. High school students actually have some, while K-8 have virtually none.

    There is nothing simple about truancy. Calls for reducting the truancy rate are valid but not easily implemented by most school districts, who see that reaching the kids in class is easier than trying to find the kids and get them in class.

    Reasons for truancy are regrettably not just those of criminal behavior. Locking up kids and parents in juvenile hall and city jails, along with fines and community service is not real effective at remedying the problem.

    SB 1317 makes the process a little easier. Let us hope that the HUSD Trustees tackle their part.

    I certainly encourage you, Prester John, to have you and your church folks out identifying the truants. You have deep pockets. HUSD does not.

  • teachermama

    Thanks for the update, Kelly. I would still like to know exactly what HUSD is going to spend the $3.8 million from the Federal gov’t. on (Ed. Jobs Funding Act). Sandra Lepley addressed it a little bit at the Nov. 17th board meeting, but she didn’t say which specific positions are being funded with that money. It is important because it is one-time money, and presumably, when it runs out, those positions will be in danger once again. It is also important because the discussions around that money have not been transparent AT ALL. There has been a noticeable disconnect between the questions being asked and the answers being given. If you can give us any info, I would really appreciate it.

  • John W. Kyle

    Booth’

    So glad that you are practicing liability insurance adviasory service without a license.

    Liability insurance is one of the least expemsive endorsements to a policy that youcan make, unless you are targeted by ‘ambulance chasers’!

  • John W. Kyle

    Booth,

    …continued from above…. as an example: medical; personnel in the practice of obsterics are targetd…. my spouse once had one who though never had a law suiot filed against him nor a claiom presenbted had premiums, which forced him to close shop amd seek employment at Kaiser…..

    The matter woul;d be handled in the same faqshion as officers in the fold of various police Deptartmemnts, such as in the case of a chap once involoved with Machado’s mortuary who periodically donned a uniform to aid HPD. Or, in the service of HUSD you haVE INDIVIDUALS WHO CAN PUT THE ARM ON YOU AND HOLD YOU FOR hpd AS IS SEEN IN THE MEETINGS OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

    bUT JUST IN CASEW YOU FAIL TO SEE THE POINT…. COMPATRE lIABILITY INSURANCE EXPENSE AGAINST THE IOSSES AT HUSD WHICH INVOLVE LOST ADA MONET DUE TO TRUANCY….. AND THINK AGAIN! iF POSSIBLE.

  • John W. Kyle

    MR. MOORE;

    I HAVE FILED A COMPLAINT WITH husd’S MR. KURHI; IF IN TWO DAYS THERE IS NO INDICATION OF RESPONSE I GO TO PAPER COPIES MAILED TO ANG CORPORATE OFFICES.

    YOUR REMARKS ABOUT THE POPE, THE EXPECTED DEMISE OF CATHOLIC fAITH AS WELL AS YOUR SNIDE CONCLUDING REMARK AT # 59 ABOVE ABOVE ARE UNACCEPTABLE!

    ALMOST BUT QUITE AS BAD AS A NEIGHBOR, A RETIRED husd PRINCIPAL, WHO AT (PUGLIC) PUBLIC COMMENTS DURING A TRUSTEE MEETING ACTUALLY STATED THAT SINCE I HAD NOT USED PUBLIC SCHOOLS ( even while my tax money was used in support of HUSD ) That I HAD NO RIGHT TO BE CONCERNED WITH HUSD.

    THERE ARE OTHERWISE INTELLIGENT PEOPLE WHO DO NOT LOOK PAST THE END OF THEIR NOSE, WHEN DISPLAYING ANTI R.C. OPINION! YOU TAKE THAT ATTITUDE TO NEW HEIGHTS.

    SHAME ON YOU!

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr.Kyle,
    I merely suggested that anyone who favors “volunteer truant officers” look into the legality of such an endeavor. If you or anyone else chooses not to that is your choice.

    By the way, suggesting that people investigate the legality of such a move is not offering legal advice.

    Incidentally, Mr. Kuhri does not work for HUSD, so a complaint to them would be useless.

  • Michael Moore

    Prester John, your support of the postal service, especially at Advent is commendable. Send ANG lots of paper, please.

    My remarks about the Pope have to do with his specific actions to conceal and protect RC priests accused by the Irish government of child abuse. I stand by that. I also think that the action of Pius in his support and protection of the Nazi state are beyond the scope of man to forgive. Your continued insistence on bringing the RC church into schools is not an action I support.

    I am quite sure if you go out as an elderly self appointed Truant Officer in the HUSD, you will fall in to the abyss of the legal world claiming someone owes you something. Let us hope that no one listens to you.

    Prester John, you have every right to spew your invective.

    Let us hope that soon you will learn to spell, use capital letters politely and use English grammar at a level above third grade.

    Peace unto thee.

  • John W. Kyle

    Moore;

    Your use of “Prester John” as a form of address says something about you. I do not believe you to be a lawyer, your attitude as expressed in this blog would be detrimental to your business, although there is a possibility that you are involved, either as a lawyer or as a ‘solicitor’ pursuing Priests rather than ambulances.

    There is always the possibility that you teach. God forbid the presence of any Catholic child in your classes; if at college level let us hope that it is a private school rather than a tax supported institution. The thought that taxes paid by Catholics enter your pockets is a burden for all, especially yourself.

    Prester John was a medieval Christian King and Priest traditionally thought to have been living in Asia or Abyssinia. As I know nothing of that history it must have some fascination which you think to be detrimental to me. There would be no other rationale that you might apply!

    Your remarks about the Pope, were centered on his service in creating flak explosions over Berlin. You associated him with the Hitler Youth. ( just how much time do you spend turning over rocks and raking leaves to find something you might use? Come on be honest, you dig up only those facts which serve your purpose. You mention a wife so you are not gay, ( an I presumptuous? ) yet the lawsuits against Priests are an obsession?

    The problem I have with you is largely centered on the fact that until recently I never noticed you except for similarity in a name associated with some form of entertainment.

    Most of your entries in the blog introduce criticism in great detail, for any that dare put forward a creative thought, especially me. Your antagonism towards the idea of accepting volunteers to act in service as truant officers, is amazing! You do not for one moment imagine that phone calls are going to do the job, or do you? Come on… deliver some effectively viable alternatives other than asking teachers to speak to parents.

    Then there is the influx of parolees…..Hayward is well behind Oakland in the count of paroled felons known to be residing in Alameda County but it serves as a dwelling place for a large number while only twelve reside in Pleasanton. I will not bother you with the remarks made by The Superintendent of schools in that City when he asked of a graduation audience an answer to a deprecating question, while pointing his finger in a westerly direction. Audience cheered clapped and stamped their feet,,, sounded like a place where you might want to live or teach….

    You belittle the idea of volunteerism ….. Why ? Because they work for free?

    You belittle volunteerism… thus do I suspect that your contribution to civic or school service is limited to the blog.

    Well, if Mr Kurhi does not work for HUSD, He does not work for the City either! Coverage by Kurhi is limited to Board meetings and items appearing on the police blotter….. Sources which offer l;ittle in the way of Hope! Perpetuating the idea that crime is rampant and that truancy is nothing for City folk to worry about?

    Are you not aware of the attraction of ‘Cash Flash Corners’ ? Do you not think that the ‘cash flash corner’ just might be an attraction for drop-outs? Your own opposition to seeking a greater number of volunteers, not only for the truancy problem solution, but for better participation in Booster Clubs which would offer activities to raise cash for athletics or music programs…. Is not viable to either you or Miz Booth?

    Hell, all you do is offer free but twisted criticism! Solutions are beyond you and Booth both.

  • Michael Moore

    Prester John, here is a wiki on your namesake. It pretty much tells it all. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prester_John.

    The present Pope was in the Hitlerjugend, as were most Germans. My issue with him is his membership in the Nazi youth organization and that he took up arms against the United States. Organizations that allow this may do so, but I have no tolerance for them.

    Pope Pius’s record speaks for itself. It is shameful and a tragedy that the Vatican hides its complicity in condoning and supporting the Holocaust.

    As to the rest of your rants and ravings, I am pleased that you have controlled the spelling, grammar, capitalization and other manifestations of confusion. Well done.

    My I thought you were atoning for sins with the care of your wife. May providence grant you grace and your family as well. Remember what the season began as. A Roman holiday of celebration, and not one of Holy Remembrance.

    Peace.

  • qodrn

    Out of curiosity, Mr. Moore, what exactly would you have had either Pope Pius or the current pope do differently than they did?

  • John W. Kyle

    Boor Moore;

    Are you related by blood or narriage to the Rev Paisley the Presbyterian Minister who never refered to the pope as old slipper foot! That gentleman sent his drun bangers and orange flags into Catholic areas of Ulster for the simple reason of antagonizing or Terrorizing Catholic populatiohn as part of celebrating the battle of the Boyne, which had occurred hundreds of years earlier. Good old King Henry knocked off Cromwell as well as wives…… and is fondly remembered. Right?

    Hitler Youth was a prewar organization which trapped young men into wehrmact on a supposedly volunteer basis.

    You refuse acceptance of my tale of ‘Fred’ the natuarlized citizen, who as a boy in his native Germany in the early period of 1945, enjoyed the experience similar to that of the Pope. He, as a naturalized US citizen was ‘drafted’ from Oakland into the same Armored unit with me. Fred took a hard time at Ft Knox, from that vast pool of intellect enamaniting from East Ky, (in exchange for three hots and a cot), for just being German. In truth the man had escaped a reign of terror near the end of the war when trapped into the equivalent of the ‘presed man’ from days of English navy history. Fred escaped and hid out, shedding his uniform as he went from one home to another until reaching his own ‘village’ Had he been caughr he would have died on the spot. The pope was pressed into an anti-aircraft battery and had no such opportunity. You Foolish man! You have failed your direct benefactors, parents, teachers etc!

    You behave precisely as did that dreadful Presbyterian Minister Ian Paisly in Ulster back in the 50′s through 80′s. That man could never use a descrpition of the Pope save by that which he frequently used …’old slipper foot’.

    I urge you to consider your position….. you have absolutely nothing to gain by living a life dedicated to hatred. Fella, hatred drips off your remarks.

    Review your contributions to the blog…. when did you contribute at least a ‘trial balloon’ i.e. a pro-active thought in which the thread of an idea was contained and in which thougt and contribution from the group, might have been picked up, developed and found usheful as at least part of a solution.

    You abjure volunteerism which has been one of the great strengths of this country. Which raises this question…. how would your worth to the School District, the City or any larger part of the community ever be measured and accepted as a matter drawing admiration?

    You obviously have had benefit of education but you abuse it! Worse yet, you dishonor those who made it possible for you to gain access to education.

    Ergo, you have no value to yourself! Think about that, if possible!

    Fortunately your viewpoint is not widespread.

    The letter probably goes in the mail to ANG Corpotrate HQ. tommorrow! Perhaps it will conclude that the Hayword blog serves no purpose in the community!

  • Michael Moore

    Prester John, the US government provided sanctuary and jobs to hundreds, perhaps thousands of Nazi’s after the War. The actions of the government are shameful and were hidden or at least disguised for a long time. The contributions of Werner von Braun and his team to the development of the NASA are hardly outweighed by von Braun’s reliance and support of Slave Labor at Peenemunde. If Fred was Hitler Youth I would have hoped that America would have refused his family a visa. If he was not Hitlerjugend, then I am pleased with his service to America and his adopted country.

    You know nothing of me or my work as a volunteer. Nor will I share it with you. Your comments on your solutions to Haywards problems are yours and unique. Good for you. Your zeal and enthusiasm is admirable, I guess. I am sure your outreach in to the community is of great notice and is well respected by all.

    Perhaps it is true, as you said, that Hayword in your opinion is of no purpose to the community. But, this is America, and both you and I may speak. Merry Christmas.

    Peace unto you.

  • Michael Moore

    Prester John, I take offense to your painting me as a Paisleyite. I am an unrepentant Republican, a supporter of 32 counties and an avowed IRB supporter and a venerator of the Sixteen. Shame on you. Peace.

  • Michael Moore

    Qodrn, the actions of Pius, both when he was the Papal legate to Germany before and during the rise of the Nazi’s, as well as his time as Pope during the war is shameful. He never condemned the Nazi party, the priests who continued to act as priest-Nazi’s and provided the escape support for Nazi’s who fled at the end of the war. He did not do the right thing. For the church to have elevated him to the papacy is flat out wrong. He never spoke out about the camps, the genocide, the euthanasia of children and the mentally ill. He allowed and supported evil throughout Europe. The church has done too little to atone for these sins.

    The present Pope should have declined the honor as atonement for the actions of the church in the past. He should have never been allowed to rise in the Holy See as he has. The church should have purged all remnants of the Nazi state a long time ago. That has happened now, by virtue of the fact that the Pope is part of the last vestiges of those originals. The Hitlerjugend was youth outreach of the Nazi party. Its leaders were both executed by the authorities and imprisoned.

  • John W. Kyle

    Boor Moore

    Life is tough. You remain, despite your puffery, a shallow individual!

  • Michael Moore

    John, may you live long and prosper and all the blessings of the Lord upon you and your family.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr.Kyle,
    Please review your own comments before you accuse someone of living a life filled with hatered. This really smacks of the pot calling the kettle black.

  • John W. Kyle

    Booth;

    Atta girl…. always jumping in with an inane comment.

    larn to schpell hatred ?

  • John W. Kyle

    ALL

    A GREAT CHRISTMAS CAROL that baffles many, needs a bit of explanation.

    What in the world do Leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans and especially the partridge that refuses to come out of the pear tree, have to do with Chtistmas?

    Well, from 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Deuring that era, someone wrote this carol as a catechism ( a summary of religious doctrine,) in song form for young Catholics. There are two levels of meaning, the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the faith. Each element in the carol gas a ccode word for a religiois reality which children could remember.

    The partridge in the pear tree was … Jesus Christ.

    Two turtle doves were the old and the new testament.

    Three French hens stood for faith hope and love.

    Four calling birds were the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John

    Five golden rings recalled the Torah or law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

    Six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

    Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit .. Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy.

    The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

    Nine ladies dancing. Were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit… Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.

    Ten lord’s a leaping were the Ten Commandments.

    The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

    The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles Creed.

    MAY THE PEACE OF CHRIST SETTLE ON ALL, ESPECIALLY UPON CHILDREN OF THE WORLD WHO LACK EDUCATION! ( AS WELL AS FOOD, CLOTHING, A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS AND ATTENTIVE GUIDANCE BY EMPLOYED PAREHNTS!)