4

Dobbs creates a stir in San Diego

Former Hayward assistant superintendent for business affairs, Stan Dobbs, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Hayward superintendent, has ruffled some feathers of the San Diego teachers union since taking over as chief financial officer with that district.

Dobbs has also overseen a bond sale in which he was able to secure low interest rates and tax-exempt financing. The $530 million will be used to repair, renovate and revitalize neighborhood San Diego schools.

Current Hayward Superintendent Donald Evans is leaving at the end of June to head up the Berkeley school district. Hayward trustees will be interviewing five candidates for interim superintendent this Saturday.

Last winter, Dobbs gave an interview to the online Voice of San Diego. He made some factual errors, including what teachers are paid, for which San Diego Superintendent William Korba issued an apology. However, an editorial in the San Diego Union-Tribune said that Korba did not challenge Dobbs’ assertion that the school board was essentially picked by and subservient to unions representing district employees.

Dobbs further maintained that union concessions on health benefits could solve many of the San Diego district’s financial problems, according to the Union-Tribune. In San Diego, 92 percent of the district’s budget goes toward salaries and benefits. That compares to 80 to 82 percent in Hayward, Dobbs said in his interview with Voice of San Diego.

During his time in Hayward, Dobbs earned the respect of the teachers union, staff and volunteers. He was at virtually every community event, and he managed to turn finances around so that Hayward schools finished the last two fiscal years in the plus column.

rparr