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Compton Unified admin selected to lead Hayward schools

UPDATE: Here’s the story.

In a unanimous vote, Hayward Unified trustees voted Tuesday to appoint Donald Evans as the new superintendent of schools, subject to contract negotiations. Evans’ previous post was as associate superintendent of middle schools for the Compton Unified School District.

Story in the works for tomorrow, but here’s the announcement

Evans earlier this year with Compton students in a free throw-contest for scholarship money.

from board President Lisa Brunner:

This evening , Tuesday, October 4th, a motion was made by Board Member, Ms Maribel Heredia, to “appoint Dr Donald E Evans as Superintendent of HUSD pending contract negotiations”. The motion was seconded by Vice President, William McGee, and was approved unanimously by the HUSD Board, 5-0-0.

After having completed an extensive search for the candidate that best fits the challenges facingHaywardUnifiedSchool District, we are very pleased to announce Dr Donald E Evans as our choice for Superintendent. We the Members of the Board respect and admire Dr Evans’ professional skills, focus and energy, and dedication to education. We have faith in his ability to articulate and carry out the goals set by the Board to make HUSD a school District everyone can be proud of. We look forward to a long and successful future in preparing all of our students for the 21st Century.

 

Eric Kurhi

  • qodrn

    So we have another candidate. Interesting.

  • http://BoothmanSr@sbcglobal.net Kathi Booth

    At least this time they went to interview people in Compton before they offered a contract. They finally put the horse before the cart and did it the right way. I hope that HUSD can move forward in providing equal educational opportunities for ALL of its students under this new leadership.

  • John Kyle

    Booth;

    yYou,or imply, mean that last time they did not go to Compton ?? Roast themn on that one girl!

  • John Kyle

    Well, as Kathy pointed out, they FINNALLY went to COMPTON ! God help us if the candidate turns away from the sum offered. She of the ancient order of acerbic tongues, will have a field day, tossing that ball around!

  • http://BoothmanSr@sbcglobal.net Kathi Booth

    The last time a contract was offerred to a candidate,a Mr. Palacitios, the board offerred it without first going to the district where he worked to check his references and speak to people who worked with him. Because they failed to do that first, and visited his school district after the fact of offer, they had to rescind the vote to hire him. Thus, going to Compton Unified prior to an offer was the correct thing for them to do this time.
    In case there is any further confusion on the topic, I suggest that readers research the blog story regarding Mr. Palacitios from West Contra Costa schools. It was this gentleman that had his offer rescinded once the visit was made.

  • John Kyle

    All;

    Trust Kathy… she has the inside dope on all this stuff. ONE WONDERS OVER THE QUID PRO QUO LEAKS IN THESE CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS.

  • http://BoothmanSr@sbcglobal.net Kathi Booth

    I have no idea what MR. Kyle is speaking of. I simply gave information and an opinion regarding the mistake the BOE made a few weeks ago when they “hired” and then recinded the “hir” of Mr. Palacitos. It was in the blog report from Eric. I have no inside information regarding anything. I simply read the blog, read the paper and read the BOE agendas and summaries.

  • John Kyle

    Booth;

    You read?

    Suggest a re-read of your blog entries of August ands Septemnber 2010…..! Explain your iability to to defend your vicious entries maligning the appointed trustee who took the seat of resigned trustee Sarah Gonzzales.

    Or your urge upon ‘Obama New Age’ that she open dialogue with HWD Police on subject of her ranting upon your Longwood Area neighbor,relative to ‘stalking’!

  • Patrick

    I am the president of the Compton Education Association, the local teachers’ union. They didn’t contact me. I would think that you would contact the union in order to find out how the gentleman worked with the teachers, right?

  • John Kyle

    All:

    Oh my! Dear Me! Woe is upon us!

    The union has a vote! Right?

  • Michael Moore

    Patrick,

    What can you tell us about your membership’s opinion of the professionalism and support to the learning process provided by Don Evans? Are you going to miss him or are you delighted to foist him off on Hayward?

  • http://BoothmanSr@sbcglobal.net Kathi Booth

    Patrick,
    Any information you can provide on Mr. Evans would be great. As for my opinion as to why there was no contact with the union…well as with many educational institutions, teachers are the last to be consulted.

  • John Kyle

    Booth;

    Give the guy a break…stiffle your porpensities for gossip and unjustified analysis of tyhecharacter of others. You have demonstrated much in the way ofneed for introspection.

    Thde greatest gift toou van offer HUSD…. is silence!
    Curb your critisms of HUSD Administration and Boatrd of Trustees

    There is a big difference between free speech and constant, baseless criticism. You have. in the past demonstrated propensity for licentiousness SPEACH..

    Your concern for children’S EDUCATION CAN BE BEST DEMONSTRATED BY CONFINING YOUR OPINION TO OPEN FACTS AS REPORTED BY PROFESSIONALS. Your day has blown by!
    WE HAVWE NO NEED FOR CONJECTURE, RUMORS AND COMPARISON OF TODAY’S ACTIVITY WITH EPISODIC SITUATIONS FROM YOUR PAST EXPERIENCES

  • Sherry Blair

    Oh shut up,John Kyle! We are all tired of you getting off on your little argument with Kathy at our expense. Sure, you are allowed by Eric’ but that doesn’t make it the right thing to do. Think about it! Better yet, pray about it! My patience has run out.

  • John Kyle

    Blair;

    Not too late for you and others to research the August submissiomnn by Booth…. August 2010, 13 months ago; see what it is that the lady is all about…. and basicaly the real problem affecting HUSD.

    Second of eleven grand children is marrying her BEAU TOMORROW. Will attend to Booth’s castigations of new Supt. ASAP!

    Probably by Tuesday she will have begun! ( Brace yourselves for that unsolicited advice from Compton which she certainly will ‘dig out’!

    See the contributions of Moore and Booth above, it will be intetrsting to see if they attempt a ‘hatchet job’.

  • Maricella Lopez

    I am so happy that Hayward has hired an African American male. I hope the racist HUSD teachers and Latino parents don’t run him off!

  • http://BoothmanSr@sbcglobal.net Kathi Booth

    For those who may read this blog and never post,and for those of you who did not have the chance to know this man, I would like to share some news about the passing of one of our educational warriors.
    John “Jack” Gilbertson passed away and the students and children of HUSD have lost a great champion for their academic success. For most of his adult life, Jack has been an educator and retirement did not stop his efforts to help children, particularly those in his local neighborhood. Jack was a proud member of CASAS a group that organized to save Sunset High School from closure and leaving the northwest end of Hayward and HUSD in isolation. He was a “BOE Watcher” and until just this last year he could be found attending board meetings reminding the BOE of their responsibility to keep their actions and their meetings transparent. He never worried about his public image and whenever he felt it was a righteous cause he would “stand in the well of the board meeting” and challenge the administration and the trustees to do what was right for children.
    It is a shame that there aren’t more Jacks to stand up and fight for the rights of students, families and teachers in Hayward…doing it regardless of whether he was a popular man or not; never looking for publicity or praise, just fighting for kids. Rest in peace Jack.

  • Michael Moore

    Kathi, thank you for the most fitting and wonderful words in requiem for Jack Gilbertson. He was a fine man and inspirational to all who knew him.

  • John Kyle

    Booth

    Now that we are through grieving for Jack, what were you able to dig up about the new Supt.

    We are all breathlessly awaiting your insight…

  • http://BoothmanSr@sbcglobal.net Kathi Booth

    Thank you Michael, I only wish that folks knew what a kind and thoughtful individual Jack was. But when I think of it, he was never one to want others to praise him for doing the right thing for kids. He just did it!

  • smith, victoria

    I resent Marcella Lopez’s remark about racist HUSD teachers. Speak for yourself girly, not for the 1,200 of us!! We are caring individuals who teach because of the children. I don’t know what school you are from but it’s not uncaring as you think here.

  • John Kyle

    Smith, Victoria

    Perhaps the problem with HEA is that it is ‘too caring’? I did not see them jump on the problem at Treeviwew school during the campaign for Measure I

    Have they ‘jumped on’ SB 1317 ? Well, as it also affects budgeting for SALARIES, YOU WOULD THINK that the ‘weight’ of it’s leadership is lacking!

    The loss of ADA money due to Truancy continues. When I last touched on this subject with Brunner, she claimed that the District was ‘counseling’ parents as opposed to use of Senate Bill 1317…. the tool which Jay Leno pushed through the State Legislature and which opens the door to punishment (jailing) of parents whose children are chronic truants.

    Under the conditions of that Senate Bill, Parents whose children are ‘chronic truants’ can earn themselves jail time.

    Prosecution of even just one parent would ‘shock’ other parenjts into greater attention to the problem.
    The Cash hemorrage at HUSD also dierectly affects real property values within City and County Areas found loccated within HUSD’s realm of control.

    Last evening, my spouse handed off a phone call from professional research folk doing a survey. Usually I tell ‘em to ‘Listen to the sound of a phone disconnect…’ but the poll taker hit me in the middle of that part of the brain dealing with conscience.

    It seems that HUSD is doing researh on the subject of another possible parcel tax of undetermined magnitude…. needed to replace our deteriorating schools.

    Recall Measure I ? Well, if your memory is growing dim…. the second phase of that Bond Measure is about to ‘kick in’ ! In the coming years… two more ‘phases’ will kick in! ( So now we should approve intermediate phasing? )

    If you are unable to convince the Board of Trustees to to utilize SB 1317….(at least as a shock treatment which will aid the loss of over $5,000,000. per year due to truancy) then why ask me to support a parcel tax?

    Well, if the Oracles are not available…. perhaps Booth and Mr. Moore will voluntarily offer some real wisdom on the subject.

    Warning: Before ‘jumping on’ their advice, which ever direction it might lead…. see if they will volunteer as campaign organizers…. pro or con… just so long as they offer more than just words!

    Me? Heck, I am still P O’d that the TreeView School and it’s eventual replacement…will still sit on the Hayward Fault Line!

    A product of Parochial Schools,as are my children and most of my grandchildren, I remained faithful to the idea that assurance of an education was the single greatest responsibility of the community; as well as that of those whose co-operation assures a supply of students, ( 1.e A MAN AND A WOMAN, MARRIED OR NOT! ) who MUST FOLLOW THROUGH WITH PROVISION OF AN EDUCATION.

    IN ALL MY YEARS… I NEVER VOTED AGAINST A SCHOOL BOND. In all my years I missed only one opportunity to vote and in that instance, my absentee ballot caught up with me a week after the election thanks to the inadequacices of the ARMY Post Office system. I Never once voted against supplying money to public schools or colleges.

    I MAINTAINED THAT STANCE UNTIL husd’s MEASURE I
    which ignored my pleas for attention to the Treeview school’s problem.

    How is it to be faced by you… dear readers?

  • The Silent Observer

    Mr. Kyle,
    What does “intermediate phasing” mean? (Paragraph 8).

  • http://BoothmanSr@sbcglobal.net Kathi Booth

    I wonder how much this latest “polling” is costing the students of HUSD?

  • John Kyle

    Silent Observer:
    I’ll bet a dollar that you will break your silence when you come to a full understanding of what faces
    you! There are three more phases of Measure I assessments to be implemented. One more hit for each of three remaining periods that pass since the original hit. Before the first phase is paid off, you will be paying on a total of four. This applies to all properties laying within the boundary of the HUSD area of involvement. It does not include that portion of the Fairway Park Neighborhood which is undder the jurisdiction of Union City’s schools.
    The first phase was a $60. Assessment against each $100,000. of assessed value, AS THAT VALUE WAS DETERMINED BY THE COUNTY ASSESSOR. Unfortunately there is a great disparity in the assessments between one property and another; in my case, I acquired my home when the two year oral lease agreement ran out. I added about 50% more living space to my home in the early 1970’s and before the assessor got off his fanny to do the re-appraisal, two zanies by name of Mr. Jarvis and Mr. .Gann appeared on the scene in the 1970’s and the Jarvis Gann initiative won…. With disastrous affect upon the ‘ad valorem’ method of taxation. Taxes had been assessed upon the value of your home as determined by re=appraisal of a home on a periodic basis. Jarvis Gann turned that idea into something else. For example, my home with it’s present size at or near 1550 sq.ft. three bedrooms, 2 baths, Kitchen, family room, living/dining room areas and a patio deck between the two ‘wings’ at rear elevation was appraised @ just $425,000 when I took out A REVERSE MORTGAGE about five years ago.
    Grab this….my current property tax assessment is based upon a current value of less than $60K for purposes of the Measure I bond assessment, I pay about 55% X $60 towards the BOND debt. That will double in the not too distant future as it will for MOST in HUSD. If you bought a home at peak prices before the current recession, I empathize with you. It ain’t fair but I will not voluntarily pay more, especially after receiving the phone call enquiring about my attitude towards a parcel tax! If HUSD will not invoke sanctions against neglectful parents by use of SB 1317, then to blazes with that set of Trustees whose hearts bleed for neglectful parents. $5 million + a year is lost to truancy!
    Tonight’s HUSD board meeting saw an awakening to HUDSD’s problem with it’s past real property mgt. practices. I wrote a letter criticizing the lease for a portion of the Darwin School site. Tonight a Mr. Dobbs delivered an opinion based on the idea that the un-leased portion of the Darwin site was worth something like $3,000,000…. Geez what a disaster! But that is another story which I will retell in the near future….. then they plan,( they think they Plan). A partial sale of the Helen Turner site to HARD… just as if HARD is going to dig down in it’s own weary budget and reserve accounts! Helen Turner ought to be moved to Markham and the occupants of the School at Darwin site ought move to Helen Turner site! There are millions in stake if they follow my considered advice, which was delivered to that Klutz Dr.Vigil four or five years ago!
    Mr. Dobbs delivered a value opinion which I seriously consider as being faulty on that particular asset. I think I can convince Mr. Armas to re-think the Darwin site….. at least I’ll try…. My fee comes in the form of a tax break on my present home….. which is probably a whole lot better than collecting a US income taxed sum for services to HUSD on this subject. If you detect typing or schpelling errors here, tell it to Ms. Booth or Mr.Moore !

  • http://BoothmanSr@sbcglobal.net Kathi Booth

    Mr. Kyle,
    While I had a difficult time reading your posting, I think that you have given the community a good deal to consider. I wonder why HUSD needs to spend $100thousand on consultants to tell them what properties may be considered for sale. A simple drive by of the properties under consideration would give most a good idea of the potential for immediate sale.
    Furthermore I agree that HARD will not come up with any substantial monies to purchanse parts of current school sites…as I understand it if there was a move to purchase those partial pieces of land it would be for “pennies on the dollar” and would not realize any substantial financial gain for HUSD.
    My concern is just what would these “one time monies” realized from sale or lease be spent on once they went into the general fund. More consultants? Salaries for a year? hiring additional administrators?

  • http://! John Kyle

    Booth;

    First, they must stop thinking of splitting the parcels into smaller parcels. The man put Helen Turner site up for such a split. My thought was to move the Charter school now at Darwin to Helen turner and move Helen Turner to Markham while moving present tenant of Markham to portion of Bidwell site.
    Had they not split the Darwin site into two parcels with a highly irregular line of division, they might easily have come up with a development similar to that at “GOVERNOR’S SQUARE” IN SACRAMENTO WHERE 200 UNITS, SIT ON A FIVE ACRE SITE WHICH HAS FOUR STREET FRONTAGES this particular project OPPOSITE THE CROCKER MANSION PARK ALONG THE RIVER, was the subject of a blog entry a year or so ago. I had personal involvement as the appraiser representing the lending institution making the takeout loan when construction was completed. Another long story!
    Moving the Governor’s square design concept on to the Darwin site with JUST 260 units ON NEARLY 10 ACRES WHICH IS POSEESSED OF THREE STREET FRONTAGES AND IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT THE finest of Hard’s parks, situated on a 14 ACRE SITE FRONTING ON THE HESPERIAN AND TENNYSON, DIRECTLY OPPOSITE KAISER HOSPITAL WOULD HAVE BROUGHT A HIGH QUALITY BUILDING WITH A VARIED UNIT COUNT OF ONE BEDROOM TO TWO BEDROMMS PLUS DEN ROOM COUNT. GOOD VARIETY OF ROOM COUNT TO FIT MANY TASTES AND NEEDS.

    THESE THREE STORY BUILDINGS ABOVE PARTIALLY DEPRESSED GARAGES, AS I PROPOSED, WOULD ONLY BE PARTIALLY DEPRESSED, WITH SPOILS FROM THE GARAGE EXCAVATION SPREAD THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE DEVELOPMENT FOR CREATION ODF A PARK LIKE SETTING, UNDULATIN PATHS AND SLOPES WITH POOL ETC. Hard Park adjacent on east side has tennis courts and other sports attractions as well as high degree of aesthetic appeal that makes a direct contribution of value to the DARWIN SITE.
    What we have now on the Darwin site is a new, erratic, value destructive leased land line which seriously deprecates value of our remainder not now under lease. We also have a non-conforming industrial use on that site which further deprecates value. The damn kitchen is an industrial use in a residential neighborhood… I am at a loss to understand why the neighbors have not raised hell.
    WHEN THE KAISER HOSPITAL BEDS ARE MOVED TO THE NEW QUAKE PROOF HOSPITAL IN SAN LEANDROP, I DO NOT BELIEVE KAISER WOULD ABANDON THE FACILITY BUT WOULD EXPAND IT’S ONSITE CLINIC SERVICES INTO THE HOSPITAL BUILDING.
    THE EMPLOYEES AT KAISER ARE INTELLIGENT, BLESSED WITHTALENT AND THERE ARE MANY FOLK THERE USING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE….. THEY HAVE FAMILIES AND MANY COMMUTE LONG DISTANCES TO WORK IN HAYWARD…. THE MARKETING OF THE UNITS, BUILT TO A CONDOMINIUM STANDARD WOULD BE DIRECTED AT THOSE FOLK…. THEY HAVE WIVES OR HUSBANDS WHOSE LANGUAGE SKILLS ARE SORELY NEEDED AT HUSD EVEN TO THIS DAY!

    So with all that In mind, be advised that I did not perform a formal appraisal but did invest over $250. in the field research revolving around Governor’sSsquare development in down town Sacramento.
    From that I deduced land lease income at $300K per year for 10 years when the development would be condominium-ized and sold by the separately priced unit by which time we might expect a share in the sale, releasing our interest in the land, with a reward of $30,000,000 while garnering at least $300,000 per year in land rent for 10 years.
    The dumb, uniformed lease to the Charter School can be rectified at some cost to HUSD with an attending move to the Helen Turner Day Care site which in turn ought be moved to Markham site with Faith Ringold relocated to partial use of Bidwell site.
    I have discussed this with Mr. Armas about a year or 15 months ago and it was his recognition of the truth in what I say which caused him to explore added and more intelligent real estate management practices now coming forward; the show put on last night does not quite meet the mark but it is a start..
    Without going into the why and wherefore, explanations, it is now common practice to build large residential developments to a condominium standard and then hold the investment for 10 years before selling it off one unit at a time. I see a gain of at least $30,000,000 to HUSD if they learn the game. Thank God Vigil is no longer around !!
    Armas saw the light when I raised hell over the land lease to the Charter School ,…. we continue our dumb practice of using part of the Darwin site for an industrial use… HUSD’s kitchen is there and the foot dragging will probably see it there for some time to come. The insight from Armas was rewarding as he has visions of great magnitude in redevelopment of other HUSD sites… we have a good man in the right spot at the right time… if they will just belay the dumb presentation put on by a Man last evening.
    Stop worrying about ‘nickle and dime’ expenses of hiring ‘experts’; if we relied solely on staff we would be in deep dodo, especially in real estate matters now developing. Teachers are well educated but believe me, in the late 1950’s when I was a junior loan officer at B of A in Castro Valley, I had some loan dealings with teachers…. They may have Master’s degrees in their subjects but balancing a check book is the equivalent of a calculus problem for many!
    Darwin must be relieved of the Charter school on that site. Helen Turner is the logical place for that particular Charter school and Helen Turner would fit on the Markham site quite nicely It will cost HUSD to move that Charter school but it will be well worth the cost. Recognize the loss and take early action before it gets worse! Move that damn kitchen off the Darwin Site. That area is not zoned for an industrial use…… move it into leased premises if you must… but move it!
    Why do I feel needed in coming discussions on Real Estate matters in HUSD?

  • http://BoothmanSr@sbcglobal.net Kathi Booth

    I am more concerned about the cost to students and learning materials that is being wasted on consultants to draw up archetectural plans, do engineering studies, etc. This is not a robust market for sale of surplus property, so to spend money to entice low bidders is just not what I think should be done.
    For years the community has known that the Darwin site and the Laurel site and the Amador Administration buildings were properties that should have been unloaded, in fact I believe there was one of those famous task forces that studied and recommended disposal of certain propeties years ago. Does HUSD really need a consultant to speak with HARD about shared properties? Does HUSD really need a consultant to speak with Alameda County about their interest in the Amador site? I think not. When I think of all of the money invested in the ROP site and the idea of dismanteling it for some other use or sale it just reminds me of how sad it is that good people do not trust their own common sense in decision making.
    I personally believe that the 35+acres at the Sunset site would be put to better use if the DO and maintenance yard were moved there. There would be ample parking for staff as well as the community; “convocations” and other large gatherings could be accommodated there; the adult school could still function in some of the wings; Brenkewitz would remain where it has been for a number of years and there might even be opportunities for the students to interface with administration. I have always questioned the need and value of the Amador site. But then I am just an uneducated member of that vast community that HUSD rarely listens to anyway.
    Perhaps the new superintendent can make some headway, that is if he is not straddled with decisions that are made just days or weeks before he takes the helm.

  • Shannon S.

    I feel sorry for the students at Hayward, GOOD LUCK to you all and to the parents of this school district be FOREWARNED!!! I would really love to know what they asked about Donald Evans and to whom. If the Superintendent was asked for her opinion, you are definitely in deep trouble. This woman is on the verge of getting kicked out of the district herself. Don’t be fooled by their title. Their title was obtained through friendships and people who owe them favors. They all have to help one another before the ship sinks. Believe you me, the ship is definitely sinking. Donald Evans can’t even control eight middle schools in Compton Unified School District, how can he be entrusted with an entire district? Does he have a “friend” in Hayward? Quite possibly. As a parent, I know first hand that this man does not have the students best interest. There is no academic growth or achievement among the schools he is over and further was never available to speak to parents and listen to these very concerns. You can NEVER find him in his office, because he was always “at a school site” at a school site doing what? I have never seen him at my son’s school and I am a very active volunteer. This is the lie the secretaries are told to tell us! Its truly sad. He does not deserve to be associate superintendent, let alone superintendent. People on this blog, please do your research. The parents of this school district are the ones to listen to. It is our children’s education that is at stake here. Thank God he is leaving CUSD, but sad to hear he will be at another school district only to get paid, because, unfortunately there won’t be any real changes.

  • http://! John Kyle

    Booth;

    Stop speculating on what might be done with the money to earn disapproval.think positive… do not tell me that you are not impressed with the numbers I tossed out in this morning’s blog submission. Hell,I might be proven to be a bit conservative. Without that damnable recent lease anything might have popped if a decent realtor, with ability to recognize the excellence of that site,had been hired. Be AWARE ALSO THAT MUCH CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IS STILL OCCURRING.
    I’ll be on their back suggesting that they do a highest and best use study before selling any parcel.
    Think positive and give some of these folks a chance to breath! HYPERCRITICAL. Expressions of concern prior to any site being placed on the agenda is going to cause you some embarrassment.
    Example; You suggested last fall, that administration offices be re-located at Sunset HS grounds! It is not that I deny you the right of free speech but the fact is that you attempted to defend your ‘ trial balloon’ before you had proper rationalization for making that suggestion.
    What I attempted to have that last male Supt to do, was give a listing agreement to whatever realtor was willing to work for a commission derived from the pocket of an ultimate user. You would be surprised what developers bring forward after they spend the money to determine a highest and best use. There need not be any direct expense in signing a listing agreement….. realtors get paid when the deal is done.
    Stop speculating on expenditures of the various studies currently underway! They, may bring forward sums to benefit HUSD which are beyond the imagination OF THE TYPICAL Hayward voter.
    Be calm! If you see me get po’d on something, then get excited. The phone survey call that my wife passed to me when she heard the words ‘Hayward School’s’ is case in point. A parcel tax discussion was raised by the soon to depart current Supt., last year! I thought the matter dead but it persists, probably because of the ‘expertise’ of that heavy set officer in HEA. That lady thinks parcel tax every time salary discussions come up at HEA.

  • http://BoothmanSr@sbcglobal.net Kathi Booth

    And so ends our ability to converse….Mr. Kyle.You just can’t stop your nasty jabs and comments.

    I forgot that an opinion or a concern expressed by anyone other than you is considred worthless and open for attack from you.

    Shannon,
    Thank you for the information. I guess we will just have to wait and see what Dr. Evans brings to the table at HUSD. m It really couldn’t be any worse than what we have had for years now. Paychecks and contracts rise and student achievement and success falls.

  • http://! John Kyle

    Booth;

    You poor, poor lady,,you asked for an opinion and then resent recitation of facts.

    Thre was nothintg nasty intended,expressded or implied.
    Just facts….. Your habit of ‘runnuing off’ …with loose attenbtion to facts and detail, explains your failure to attempt the bar examafter graduating from law school.

    One ofthe hbig problems affecting HUSD Students iws your constant deprecating remarks about administration ! You can hardly wait until you find the New Supt. walking about with a loose shoe lace…

  • qodrn

    I assume the school district is concerned about that state reduction which is apparently going to kick in January, most likely reducing the school year by seven days and lots of other stuff.

    Another closure of Ringgold here we come!

  • The Silent Observer

    Mr. Kyle,
    Thanks for the reply.

  • Alice Spearman

    Shannon, where did you get your data from? You are absolutley incorrect! Hayward is very lucky to have a man of Dr. Evans calibre. Hayward very much needs someone who can bring an academic focus to the job, as well as someone who respects parents as well as staff. I have followed his career over the past years since he went to Compton and found through many collegues from Southern California. He had no problems with OEA in Oakland while being in top administration. Ask your neighbors in Oakland.

  • http://BoothmanSr@sbcglobal.net Kathi Booth

    Well it is surprising to see that an OUSD board member is reading our little blog. Thank you Ms. Spearman for your posting.

  • Alice Spearman

    Kathi,
    You are welcome. Inquiring minds need to know.

  • Maricella Lopez

    I think Shannon S response is fake. Folks are always trying to tear the black man down, especially in Hayward.

  • qodrn

    On Oct 18, the school board named Donna Becnal as acting superintendent beginning Nov. 1 until the new guy takes over. I guess the current sup is out as of Oct. 31.

    Looks like new guy takes over on Nov. 8?

  • http://! John Kyle

    Ms. Lopez and Ms.Booth;

    At next meeting of the Board at HUSD, you really ought attend and use public cdomments, to say something nice about MS. DURAN.

    THE LADY HAS INTERRUPTED HER RETIREMENT ON TWO OCCASIONS TO COME TO HAYWARD AND AID US IN A TIME OF GREAT NEED!

    THE FIRST OCCASION OCCURRED WHEN WE MADE THE MISTAKE OF TERMINATING THE CONTRACT OF MARLIN FOXWORTH.
    I recall his open comment ” Presence of a great many students in our classrooms lasts but a year or two and even then his/her presence occurs on an intermittant basis. So how do you expect improvment in test scores.”

    HEA was of no help on that ocasion also; to say nothing of the depth of thought by trustees.

    So, Ms. Duran came forward and we replaced the gentleman with the lady from Florida who was poorly vetted; she ran a bit loose with the expense account when replacing office rugs and re-arranging the ‘old’board room. Using a relatively high cost employee as a chauffeur did not help anymore than did the quarrel with fund raisers over rent at Centennial Hall.

    So Dr. Duran came forward on that occasion too!

    I recall her casting doubt over the hire of Dr. Vigil as well as her quick return when that fiasco was concluded. The lady has ‘class’ which I find lacking in some of her critics.

    Becnel might have handled it… intelligent, quite knowledgeable but strong tendency to be abrupt.

    Frankly, wasn’t Marlin Foxworth, (a man I admiired for his openness and intellect), a man of color? His wife and son were!

  • http://BoothmanSr@sbcglobal.net Kathi Booth

    Has the Foxworth family all passed? This ast post speaks as of them in the past tense.

  • http://! John Kyle

    Booth;

    Yes he is alive and well. He has put Hayweord behind him. Last I hearde he was writing a booki. Possibly about the HUSD; but you know all aboutthat sinjce your husband sat on the board of tr4ustees atrthe time of his firing….. hubby also was a leader in the hire of the Lady from Florida… some real vetting there !
    HAVE NOT SEEN THE MAN SINCE OPENING /DEDICATION OF STONEBRAE SCHOOL DONATED BY THE DEVELOPER WHO WAS ALERT O AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS AT sTATE LEVEL. HAPA GUY, (THE GREATEST EDUCATOR HAYWARD HAS EVER KNOWN FILED A LAWSUIT ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THE
    ‘SUNHSET’ OF FUNDS AVAILABLE AT STATE LEVEL… AND UNLIKE 238 BYPASS… HE LOST!

    THE AMUSING THING WAS THAT cHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, A VERY OLD GENTLEMAN, WHO NEEDED VIGIL TO SIT IMMEDIATELY AT HIS RIGHT ( NEAR HIS GOOD EAR?)ADJACENT SEAT TO ADVISE WHEN AND WHAT TO SAY, STRUTTED AB0UT AS THOUGH THE STONEBRAE SCHOOL WAS HIS IDEA.

    THAT HIGHLANDS AREA PROFESSOR DID HIS DAMNDEST TO KILL THAT PROJECT…HAD STONEBRAE BEEN BUILTR OUT 20 YEARS EARLIER WITH A GOLF COURSE AND THE DONATION OF ABOUT 2/3 OF THE PROPERTY PLUS THE SCHOOPL SITE/PARK ETC…. HAYWEARD WOOLD RIGHT N0OW BE ENJOYING THE PRESENCE OF A WELL DEVELOPED SUBDIVISION WITH PRESENCE OF WELL HEALED FAMILIES WITH BRIGHT KIDS…. AND OF COURSE TYHE TAX INCOME FROM A FDULLY DSEVELOPED SUBDIVISON RATHER THAN WHWT WE HAVE NOW.

    wHAT REALLY TICKED ME OFF ABOUT THE
    STONEBRAE DEDICATION WAS THAT THE TEACHERS WERE IN CHARGE OF THE CEREMONY… AND NO MENTION WAS MADE OF THE DEDICATED TASK FORCE MEMBERS WHO LIKE MYSELF CONTRIBUTED SOMETHING WELL IN EXCESS OF 100 HOURS WORKING WITH THE ‘AD HOC’ GROUP UNDER THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING… REALLY TICKED THE PROFESSOR OFF THAT HAPA had only three of his devotees within that ad hoc group. They consistently voted no !

    So there you go, Mrs Booth, plenty material above to keep yourself busy as the community’s greatest antagonistic gossip.

    I’ll bet a buck or two that you have something negtative to say about the new Supt. well prior to the conclusion of School yeae 2011-2012.

  • Hmakesyouthink

    Dr. Evans starts tomorrow.
    We are expecting great things, we know he will do a great job!

  • http://! John Kyle

    Booth;
    No criticism of the new Supt. yet?

  • anniewilkes

    I have been reading this blog for a long time and have been watching the school board meetings and council meetings too and ms. Booth you are right on everything for the school board business. Ms. Booth you hang on against that Kyle character. Is this blog ever going to be monitored by the administrator? No one should be going through so much abuse or harassment. Mr. Kyle please go to a retirement home and see if you can help serve tea or something productive. And don’t try to find out where I live I noticed in the past you were trying to find out where Mr. Moore lived and Ms.Booth.