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HUSD mtg: Supt. search, Special Ed, High School safety

By Eric Kurhi
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 5:57 pm in Crime, Hayward, Schools.

Last night’s special, untelevised meeting was a busy one. Final revisions were being made to the district’s pamphlet that will be used in the search for a new superintendent.

husdsuptsearchflierThe draft can be seen at right — it will blow up if you click on it, but sorry about the fuzziness. My phone cam doesn’t make the best document scanner. Pamphlet is being changed a bit, Trustee Heredia was supposed to meet with the consultant this morning for the final tweaks. One thing that was brought up was the mission statement, prominently displayed at the top. Trustee Armas said he’d never seen it before, and pointed out that no one currently seated had anything to do with drafting that statement, so it will be dropped from the final version.

Key things that were brought up during the Special Education report were that HUSD is lacking psychologists when compared with other districts — it could use five more positions — while administrative staff is on par. Staff said the program has not had a comprehensive fiscal audit in six years.

Recommendations for the special education dept that came out of the meeting included:

– Utilize specialized consultants to conduct fiscal and programatic evaluations. Trustee Reynoso wants that to include examining the possibility of severing Special Education from HUSD, creating an autonomous body. “Special Ed to me needs to have specially trained staff to manage. It’s beyone us to give direction,” he said. “Unless all people (in special ed) are knowledgable, it’s a complete waste of money to give it to people who know nothing about special ed. Let experts do the job.”

– Develop an advisory forum that includes administrators, teachers and parents.

– Reduce encroachment to HUSD’s General Fund. The staff suggestion was to the tune of $100,000, but Armas said he didn’t think “you are stretching your thinking that much.” He said that with total funding of $30 million, $100K amounts to one-third of 1 percent. Staff said it’s hard to pin down a concrete number because of unpredictable factors involved. “I appreciate the variables out of your control,” Armas said. “But really, one third of 1 Percent? We can be a little more ambitious.” So that recommendation included that they should look for more trims.

– Look for funding to add back psychologist positions.

I’m working on a story regarding the high school safety presentation, will link to it when it runs. I arrived late to the meeting, but was told a number of parents and students spoke during public comment to say they felt media coverage of recent fights  at Hayward High was overblown. Here’s the Channel 5 story that got most of the attention, and while I saw Channel 4 prowling around that week and heard they had a story, I didn’t see it and couldn’t find it online. Here’s Daily Review coverage.

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  • John W. Kyle

    All;

    We seem to have missed the need to find a Superintendent capable of walking on water !

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    I find it very interesting that the only place you can view the Mission Statement for HUSD is on the “fuzzy” picture supplied by Eric. When I went to the HUSD site there is no place to see the statement that is now in question by Mr. Armas, and I guess other members of the board. I remember seeing this statement on the district website in the past, but now it is nowhere to be found. While I understand that perhaps the Mission Statement should be reviewed from time to time, I am not quite sure that it should be reviewed each time one or more new members are elected to the board. In any event, I would suggest that any changes be discussed and voted upon by the entire board during an open public meeting. A rewrite might also include suggestions from the community…perhaps this is an area where there could be positive community/HUSD collaboration. Just my opinion of course.
    As an afterthought, I don’t find anything in the content of the “now defunct” statement that is not admirable, simple to understand, and focused on children.

  • Michael Moore

    Sorry that this is off topic. The Daily Review ran one of Eric’s stories on the proposed Bill Quirk proposal for a moratorium on markets in Hayward.

    This is nothing more than thinly veiled pro union support for the United Food and Commercial Workers. http://www.insidebayarea.com/dailyreview/localnews/ci_17962103

    It is so wrong for the City Council to support limiting markets in the neighborhoods of Hayward. The market is a the harbinger of economic turnarounds. For the City Council to direct staff to limit markets is wrong wrong wrong.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr. Moore,
    I agree citizens in Hayward need to have choice in all areas of their lives, particularly when it comes to spending their few dollars on food and staples. Additionally, it would seem that many areas in our community are not only denied choice but they are denied access. Your statement regarding the importance of markets as a turnaround for the economy is right on point.

  • John W. Kyle

    All

    Moore and Booth seem excessively concerned over their understanding of Council member Quirk’s concern about neighborhood markets. They imply that Quirk is centered on preserving Union Jobs.

    What is front is that neither of those two worthies seem to understand the need to the public from prices of foods which are artificially raised by actions or inactions of the Federal Government and that consumers are being ‘ripped off’ to the point that price competition threatens the economy, consumers and marketing employees whether or not they belong to a labor union.

    An April 13 sorry by Drew Voro’s appeared in Ang Newspapers. It dealt with the rise of grain prices to a level once thought unimaginable. Wheat, rice etc rose to a price of $7.8125 per bushel. That incredible price seriously affects ability to use grain to feed those animals which provide us meat, milk, eggs and breakfast cereal. Cows, chickens, hogs etc eat grain…. Get it?

    Why did grain prices reach those heights? Well, grain is used to produce ethanol and we all need ethanol to feed our gas buggies which supplanted horses and mules. Ethanol is extracted from agricultural products such as wheat and rice.

    We need to ‘protect’ the farmers ! Right? What about consumers? Must we abandon labor unions in order to reduce prices of grain? That thought is self contradictory!

    We need to reduce tariffs on imported ethanol! Brazil has excess sugar cane Fields. Cuba could use an increase in Sugar cane products as well as prices. They would willingly import ethanol if we reduced our tariffs. The days when we need to provide excessive ‘protectionism’ for corn belt states has done gone!

    I think it to be time when ‘blog’ contributors need to address their scribbles to US Senators and Representatives rather than worry about less important matters,. Some of which are contrived worries..

    Perhaps thoughts of a reduction in expense at school cafeterias might invigorate more constructive thoughts ?

    Nah…not in Hayword !

  • qodrn

    why do schools provide meals? Do they make any money off it? My grammer school did not, it was bring your own.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    For as long as I can remember, there have been school cafeterias. In fact, when I was young I so wished that I could eat the food instead of my bag lunch. Schools do not make much of a profit, if any, on the sales of cafeteria food. I believe school districts decided long ago that by having cafeteria food, the possiblity of a child going hungry would be greatly lessened.

    Since at least the 70s, children from low income families are given the opportunity to receive free and reduced price lunches and in some cases breakfast. It stems from the American philosophy of taking care of the less fortunate in our society.

  • John W. Kyle

    All.

    Items 6 and 7 above demonsytrate my point when i say at # 5 aboce…. Nah, not in Hayward. It is jyst to difficult to look up the addresses, (in blue edged pHone Book pages), for names such as Barbar Boxer, DianFeinstein and that Champion of little folk …. the great, everlastin Fortnet Stark. Bseisdes, that woulod cost 3 x $0.42 for each envelope, plus the cost of printer ink to prinyt out a letter, etc etc.

    Hayward is simply astounding !

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Qordn,
    I don’t find anything wrong in your asking for information regarding school lunches,nor did I think that you wanted absolute Federal or State laws that contined the exact information. Thus, I did not see the need to tell you to contact your legislators. If you need specifics, I suggest that you follow the misspelled, rather rambling directions presented by Mr. Kyle.

  • John W. Kyle

    Qodrn;

    Booty simply fails understanding of the word ‘Tariff’ which explains why after garduating Law School she turned away from the Laew exam asnd the o0pportunity to employe her education.

    If tarifd on importation of etyhanol is reduced or, better yet, eliminated we will see reduced food prices ast the grocery store.

    When a bushel of grain hit the very high, record setting price, mentioned in my previous scribble, you must know that prices of cereal, milk , eggs and any ofther food products whgich require serious amounts of grain, then at those prices for grain cited above, your personal expense at the store will increase !!!

    So, do not write any letters suggesting reduction of tariffs which prevent import of ethanol from Brazil or Cuba, will work to your benefit.

    Poor Booth, she is poor in spirit and hates anything on the blog, Tru8stee meetings, HUSD Website etc., with which she disagrees. Must be the consumption of cigarettes which affects her thought processes.

    If you do write those letters, do not mention it to Bouth; It ,might easily upset her day!

    In the meabtime the folks growing Corn,wheat,Rice etc. are doing quite well at $7.8125 per Bushel! Has that price fallen since the middle of April?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr. Kyle,
    Your efforts to discredit or insult me or anyone else simply show what a narrow minded, unhappy bully you truly are. I pity you.

  • John W. Kyle

    Ms. Booth;

    Discredit you ???

    You do a great j0b of duscrediting yourself, without any help from me!

    Let me remind yo0u of your collaboratiopn with O’Ba,ma new age. Particularly the part where that woman stated that I was ‘stalking her daughter;! You jumped in with advice that she ought immediately advise police Dept.

    Now you jump upomn Mr. Quirk a highly intelligent man with advanced degrees in Astrp Physics ( or something alomng that line.) So, miz booth, who are you to make judgments upon anyone ? The answer yto that is that yoyur are a person highly disappointed with your own life’s experiences!

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    You prove my point Mr. kyle. Your ability to determine what my thoughts are is amazing…you know them better than I do. I didn’t realize that I somehow questioned Councilmember Quirk’s intelligence, thank you for reading my mind and giving me that insight. My life has been enriched by your assistance.

    Again, let me remind you Mr. Kyle, I have not ever included any statements about your personal life, your habits, your physical or mental health, questioned your intelligence, questioned your education, implied that your “volunterism” is less than nobel. I could go on and on and now I will have angered those who are sincere in their attention to this blog and their efforts to share ideas and thoughts. To them I apologise.

  • John W. Kyle

    Booth
    No longer worth my time!

    30 !

  • qodrn

    Why is there a brochure on the sup’s job? How does this get to perspective clients? Do they leave them around at the admin office and at the board meetings? Mail them out? Hmmmmmm.

  • John W. Kyle

    Qodrn;

    Just guessing but I SUSPECT THAT THEY INTEND TO DISTRIBUTE THEM ON AS WIDE A BASIS AS POSSIBLE; THAT IMPLIES PROVIDING IT TO UNIONS AS WELL AS OTHER ASSISTANT SUPT’S WHOSE NAME AND ADDRESS IS KNOWN TO YEACHERS UNIONS ETC.

    I ALSO SUSPECT THAT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS AT COLLEGES AND uNIVERSITIOES ARE ALSO ON THE MAILING LIST.

    I WOULD CRITICIZE THAT ONLY IF THE MAILING WAS OMITTED FROM THE STATE SUPT. OF SCHOOLS WHO MIGHT HAVE INFLUENCE OR INSIGHT UPON THE MINDS OF SOME POTENTIALLY GOOD PROSPECTS.

    I ASSUME ALSO THAT THE ‘HEAD HUNTERS’ TYPICALLY GIVEN A CONTRACT TO CONDUCT THE SEARCG ARE NOT EXCLUDED FROM THE MAILING, WHETHER THET ARE UNDER CONTRACT OR NOT…. WORD OF MOUTH INFORMATION CIRCULATING WITHIN PROFESSIONAL TEACHER GROUPS IS A GREAT SOURCE OF INFORMATION; ACCEPT THE IDEA THAT THEY COMMUNICATE OR IF YOU WILL, THEY ENGAGE IN GOSSIP AND THUS TIP EACH OTHER OFF AS TO WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE JOB MARKET….. GIVES ‘EM SOMETHING TO GAB ABOUT AT UNION MEETINGS IF NOTHING ELSE.

    MY GRANDAUGHTER, THE HONORS GRADUATE IN MATHMATICS, AT SAN LUIS OBISPO, Gave me one of her pecial ‘incredulus stares’ when I asked if she was willing to teach calculus at HUSD schools. No words passed from her mouth, NONE WERE NEEDED !

    I am fully aware that HUSD’s Reputation is a hindrance to the hiring process; especially since so many blog types, WHEN TYPICALLY thinking of themselves as ‘experts’ are quick to second guess a new hire as was seen with Ms. Kohl and that ‘Good Guy’ who preceded her.

    We are seen as being difficult because of the comportment of speakers at Public Comments rexcorded at Trustee meetings at HUSD.

    Some applicants are really intelligent and are able ‘to get a feel’ for a community by wWATCHING THE RECORDED MeETINGS ACCESSED FROM THE wEBSITE.

    lN OTHER WORDS. OUR COMMUNITY IS FREQUENTLY SEEN AS POSSESSED OF a HUGE DOSE OF HOOF IN MOUTH DISEASE.

  • qodrn

    John, I wish a certain member of my household was as good in Calculus as your daughter is. Congratulations on your daughter’s success. Meanwhile, this poor C Calculus student is back to explaining sums and limits of sequences and series…been 30 some years since I played with this stuff…

  • John W. Kyle

    QODRN;

    NOT MY DAUGHTER BUT MY GRAND-DAUGHTER. ONE OF FIVE IN OLDEST OF FOUR FAMOLIES…. THIS PARTICULAR ONE WORKED HER WAY THROUGH EARLY YEARS AS SWIM COACH AND LIFE GUARD AT PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL AND cITY ATHLETIC PROGRAMS INVOLVING GIRLS…. A SHINY PENNY …AMD QUITE INDEPENDENT!