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Career opportunities at HUSD

Hayward Unified is easily the most popular subject of discussion here at the HayWord. Anyone with a desire to stop talking about the district and start talking for it has just such an opportunity: a colleague of mine pointed out that  Hayward Unified is looking to ramp up its public relations staff, what with the following job postings. This one is for the PIO/Community Outreach Officer. This one seems redundant, maybe it’s the same post, but  it’s for a Public Information Liaison.  Here is one for a Lead Publications Assistant.

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2011
Under: Hayward, Schools, Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Faith Ringgold spared, but may become ‘school within a school’

Here’s the story on that part of last night’s meeting.

I will update this post with more information when I have a moment, but I have some other things to get done right now so I figured I’d at least get that out there.

Posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Under: Hayward, Schools, Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

Walker resurfaces as HUSD commissioner, and a possible troika in the works?

Annette Walker, who lost to Trustee Jesus Armas in a close race last November, said at the time that she intended to work in other capacities to help Hayward schools, and tomorrow she’s being sworn in on the district’s Personnel Commission after being appointed to the post last month by State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson.

AnnetteWalkrt“I promised to keep a finger on the pulse of what’s going on with schools,” Walker said. “I didn’t immediately jump at this opportunity, but thought about it and decided I had to do it. There’s no way I could walk away from an opportunity to do greater service to the schools in this tough economy.”

According to a district document, the Personnel Commission is “charged with maintaining a merit system for classified employees of the school system and for fostering the advancement of a career service for such employees.” They hear appeals and protests of personnel matters concerning the district’s non-teaching workforce.

Walker pointed out that this is a six-month appointment, as she is filling in for someone who couldn’t complete the term. She will then be up for a three-year appointment … or might pursue other things, which “absolutely” includes the possibility of another school board run.

“What excites me is that I ran for wiping the slate clean,” Walker said. ”And that possibility may come up again, in a run with two other candidates.”

Wait… that word, “slate.” It rings a bell. Wasn’t there a high-profile couple talking about forming a slate for a school board run before deciding not to run? And who did they strongly back in the race? Ok ok, I’m not here to speculate, just to report. But those are the facts.

Terms for trustees Armas, Luis Reynoso and Maribel Heredia are up for election in November 2012.

Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
Under: Hayward, Politics, Schools | 4 Comments »

Big hit in latest ideas for cuts: Faith Ringgold

UPDATE 5/16: Here’s the story that ran today.

cutsummaryFaith Ringgold School of Arts and Science supporters were out in force last night, and for no small reason. The superintendent is recommending closing the school to save more than $700,000. That’s the single largest source of $1.5 million in cuts that Supt. Janis Duran said need to be made regardless of what news comes from the state next week. Duran’s not alone in her recommendation — 60 percent of the the Fiscal Integrity and Transparency Advisory Group recommend its closure, 27 percent voted “yes, but modify” the plan, no members voted against it and 13 percent were undecided.

Trustee Jesus Armas said the board “needs a philosophical concurrence” in making decisions such as this one, because without that, “it’s just numbers, dollars and cents.”

That’s what the board’s special meeting earlier this afternoon was aimed at, a discussion of goals and the like.

We’ll have a story on Faith Ringgold in the next couple of days. Board will decide at the May 25 meeting.

Also, item H.6, the one about forming a community interview panel for the superintendent search, passed. Details to be ironed out.

Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2011
Under: Hayward, Schools | 75 Comments »

Calendar for week of May 9

wintonmuralHere’s what’s going on this week, according to the Review calendar and government listings. On Saturday, there’s going to be a ribbon-cutting dedication of Suzanne Gayle’s latest mural work at Winton Middle School. Press release, calendar after the jump: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Arts, Calendar, Entertainment, Hayward, Health, San Leandro, Schools | 2 Comments »

HUSD special meeting, plus possibility of community voice in supt. search

Quick heads up: Lots of HUSD fiscal recovery/getting to positive certification talk next week. So much that there’s a special board meeting set up for Monday night. Find the blurb below that’s going in the paper’s government listings, but you might want to check the agendas/materials on the district site for more information.

suptsearchAlso, notice the item in Wednesday’s meeting (at over 300 pages, this is one of the larger packets I’ve seen in a while) about setting up the community  interview panel for superintendent candidates… it’s an idea that was put forth by Trustee Jesus Armas, and they plan to discuss it and make a recommendation. See exerpt from report at right. Thought some of you might be interested in that. Here’s the final brochure for the search.

A special meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the district office board room, 24411 Amador St.
Topics include a presentation on staying in qualified budget status and reaching positive certification, and child development budget and programs.
A regular meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the City Council chamber at City Hall, 777 B St.
The meeting will be broadcast live on Hayward cable Channel 15.
Topics include more on the budget and fiscal recovery, and the formation of a community interview panel for superintendent candidates. View the complete agendas at

Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2011
Under: Hayward, Schools | 3 Comments »

Base API scores for schools released

We had a story about the base API scores being released this week. The scores aren’t new — they are rejiggered from the growth API scores that were released in the fall. There are variables that change in the formula for calculating the scores each year, so once those variables are figured out, the previous year’s score is put through the calculations to come up with a base for comparison in the fall.

If you need a recap, here’s a guide to the state’s Accountability Progress Reporting system.

There are links in the story, but click here if you’d like to jump directly to scores for Alameda County’s schools. As you can read in the story, none of Hayward Unified’s schools make it into the statewide top 50 percent. But some fare better when compared with schools similar in terms of student’s socioeconomic status, number of English language learners and other factors, which the district pointed out in a press release you can find after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Schools, Union City | 8 Comments »

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Under: Crime, Hayward, Schools | 18 Comments »

Calendar for week of April 18

Here’s what’s going on this week. Also, check out the slideshow on the Castro Valley artist who carves fish out of wood. They’re pretty impressive pieces, and you can see them at The Book Shop on B Street.

Community Calendar items can be faxed to 510-293-2490, mailed to 22533 Foothill Blvd., Hayward, CA 94541, or e-mailed to Questions? Call 510-293-2464. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
Under: Alameda County, Arts, Calendar, Castro Valley, Entertainment, General, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Schools | 8 Comments »

Chabot College faculty group supports power plant appeal

chabotlogoHad a story over the weekend about Chabot-Las Positas Community College District being the sole party still fighting the approved 600-megawatt Calpine powerplant at the Hayward shoreline, about a mile and a half away from the campus.

I just received a letter of support from the Chabot-Las Positas Faculty Association, which was sent to the district’s trustees. Find the full text after the jump, and here’s the district’s web page dedicated to the subject. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Under: Development, Energy, Environment, General, Hayward, Health, San Lorenzo, Schools | No Comments »