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Musical superintendent chairs

By Eric Kurhi
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 4:38 pm in Hayward, Schools.

UPDATE: Here’s the story that ran yesterday.

Also, a reader alerted me to blog coverage from 2009 regarding spending habits of HUSD’s new associate superintendent of educational services, from back when she was associate supt. at San Francisco Unified School District.

With Newark Unified’s hiring of a new permanent superintendent, HUSD  Supt. Janis Duran will only be doing consulting for that district, and says Hayward will “keep me plenty busy.” She has agreed to stick around until a new supt. is found – the first round of candidates didn’t yield someone that board members could agree on, so the search continues. They did get the newly hired Associate Superintendent of Educational Services out of the process, though, and they’ll talk about her contract at a special Friday morning meeting, I’m planning to follow that with a story. Recommended compensation: $183,272. Find the meeting agenda and contract here.

Talked with board President Brunner this a.m., mainly about budget and grand jury report stuff, but we touched on the hire. She said it’s cost neutral, and is considered an important hire because they’re without a long-term superintendent for the time being, and this position will be focused on improving academics for all students. Will have more after Friday mtg.

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  • http://None Kathi Booth

    That is a whole bunch of money to be putting into a salary and to give that person a contract which extends until June 2013???? The question is will Ms. Salinas and Ms. WuFernandez be taking a cut in salary and a reduction of duties? Given the past history of HUSD under the previous superintendent and Ms. Duran the answer will probably be no. I can’t believe that the $186+thousand dollars is cost neutral.

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Mrs. Booth,
    I would like to see an elaboration of the cost neutral situation. The clearer things are, the faster the transition would be and we can focus on improving the educational opportunities of our children in Hayward.
    Would they consider eliminating the Executive Director positions?
    Was there an improvement during their tenure to justify maintaining such positions/high salaries?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Unfortunately, it is past the March 15 deadline, the time for elimination of either of the executive directors positions, since they are certificated positions they would have had to be noticed just like all of teachers. So unfortunately, they will remain at full salary, regardless of whether they are needed or if they were affective at their job.

  • Eric Kurhi

    Wrote a story today after this morning’s contract meeting, it will run Monday.

  • Teachermama

    Thanks for reporting this Eric. Hopefully Monday will clear up some questions. I also wonder how $183K can be cost neutral unless someone is getting fired.

  • Eric Kurhi

    Updated, with link to story as well as link to old blog posts about new hire.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Thanks Eric for your article and update on Ms. Sanchez. When I read the article on expenses for Ms. Sanchez, it took me back to many years ago when a group that I belonged to did an expose on the expenses of HUSD administration under the leadership of Allen Bushnell and Joel Thornley. Among the many questionable costs paid by HUSD for the administrators was hotel charges for them to attend a conference in San Francisco…it seems it was too far for them to drive back home to sleep.. So when I post that things have not really changed in HUSD you may be able to understand why.

    Had there been real publicity about the 3 candidates for the superintendent’s opening perhaps the public would have had time to do some research and found the article that was linked to Eric’s story on Ms. Sanchez.

    Here’s my take on what will happen next. Ms. Sanchez will serve in her current position for a few months; there will be no “acceptable” candidates and she will be promoted/hired as the superintendent.

    In the meantime, we have two executive directors who will be receiving full salary because they were not noticed on or before March 15. As a consequence they probably did not look for another position outside of HUSD, since it appeared that their jobs were not going to be affected in any way. Who knows if they were even consulted or advised of the new associate superintendent being appointed. Who knows if their job duties will be modified/changed…I bet they don’t.

    What happened to transparancy? What happened to posting/advertising a position opening? What happened to the BOE’s committment to always trying to hire/promote from within?

  • qodrn

    It would seem to me we need ONE assistant sup. Sorry but what does that leave for the sup to do with all these folks? It is time for the parents to get a petition together to reduce administration to a low level. No new hires should be brought in except for the super, and it would be better to hire from the inside. If they don’t have someone to pick, the board needs to clean out the admin anyway.

  • Teachermama

    Ok, the info on that blog link was completely depressing. Just when it seemed like the board was getting its act together …

  • Eric Kurhi

    Hayward Unified doesn’t offer administrators an expense account or allowances, according to board prez Brunner. “There’s no such thing as a district credit card,” she said.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Eric I find that hard to believe. I think that they submit out of pocket expenses for district business and are re-embursed, and I do think that at the very least they have gas and car upkeep allowances. I hope that I am wrong.

  • watchdog

    So what’s going on at Winton with our tax dollars?

  • qodrn

    today (July 20) the editorial in today’s paper is a bit of a stunner. It discusses a law that allows parents at low performing schools to (1) fire the principal, (2) close the school (3) establish the thing as a charger or (4) bring the school under more direct parental control provided over 50 percent of the parents at the school agree to the changes.

    So, if I read this right, many Hayward schools should be eligible for “reform.” Essentially, with a little organization Hayward school parents can simply put the district and teachers out of business if they wish.

    Will this get the district to do its job? how will parents react to this law? Essentially, each underperforming school could essentially be converted to a private school. Wow.

  • qodrn

    today (July 20) the editorial in today’s paper is a bit of a stunner. It discusses a law that allows parents at low performing schools to (1) fire the principal, (2) close the school (3) establish the thing as a charter school or (4) bring the school under more direct parental control provided over 50 percent of the parents at the school agree to the changes.

    So, if I read this right, many Hayward schools should be eligible for “reform.” Essentially, with a little organization Hayward school parents can simply put the district and teachers out of business if they wish.

    Will this get the district to do its job? how will parents react to this law? Essentially, each under performing school could essentially be converted to a private school. Wow.

  • Sherry Blair

    Qodrn, I was surprised to see the editorial too, not because I had not heard of the law, but because parensts are so vastly uninformend about their rights. See ParentRovolution.org for more info.

    Even before the internet when Kathi Booth and I and other were defending the right of low income children to an equal education, other parents and teachers just couldn’t believe the laws. Even now, when the ACLU has won the same case against the State of CA, Luis Reynoso had to make a case for HUSD doing the right thing and informing parents.

    Parents are consistently being led astray by those who are either ignorant or hungry for power. Shame on us.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Unfortunately in the case of parents most are simply ignorant and too hesitant to question those who are in power. In the case of the majority of people who seek public office they swallow the “power pill” too soon after they are elected and forget why it was they ran for office.

  • Duane

    So the board has voted to bring Enrique Palacios (currently with the Pittsburg, CA school district) on board as our new superintendent. Hmmmmmm………………just have to hope and trust that this is a move in the right direction! The vote was 3-2.

  • qodrn

    Mr. Palacios was head of the business department of the Pittsburg school district. (Money, money) Are not are problems with education? Any way he is from Peru, lives in Oakland (lived?), has four kids, speaks Spanish and attended college back east. (Columbia?) Anyway he worked for Union City district for awhile also.

    So, why did we hire this other lady now that we have a Superintendent? Or did we? I am a little lost. Vote was 3-2 so he is starting off in the hole so to speak.

    Or did we hire the Venezuela model of the same name?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Ms. Sanchez was hired as the associate superintendent one week before this superintendent hire. As far as I know Mr. Palacios is not a credentialed educator..Which would be ok, I guess, if we had some strong curriculum in place in HUSD. Since that is not the case, my bet is that they hired the Sancez person to cover education and Palacios to balance the books. So I am wondering why we need an assistant superintendent/director of business services? I’m lost too Qodrn.