Amid Affair Allegations, Hayward School Board To Discuss Its Code Of Conduct

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD SCANDAL | Even if the impropriety of two school board members allegedly having an affair seems like a no-no on many different levels, the Hayward school district’s bylaws are silent on the subject of secret romantic interludes among its members.

The rules are notably silent on the conduct of school board members and have not been updated since, at least, 1993; and on many ocassions, unchanged for more than 20 years.

On Wednesday evening, a first reading of revisions to the bylaws will be read and discussed at a special school board meeting starting at 5 p.m. in the district’s offices on 24411 Amador Street.

The meeting comes at an inconvenient time for some school board members and local Hayward officials, who have come under fire after an article in The Citizen revealed members Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia were in the midst of an affair. Another story, showed Heredia, in a sworn deposition, did not read materials provided her before voting on agenda items.

Because the special meeting is not being held at Hayward City Hall, it will not be televised. Numerous critics of the dire situation among Hayward schools contend the board’s next regular meeting on Aug. 22 may also be held at the school district’s offices and away from television cameras capturing the likely cacophony of angry parents showering the board with frustrated invective.

JUST THE GOOD OL’ BOYS In the two weeks since text messages showed hanky panky was indeed going on behind doors by two Hayward school board members, the quiet from local leaders have been deafening. Be it shock from the clear preponderance of evidence or the possibility elected leaders are indeed vacationing during the annual August recess, nobody is talking.

Instead, what we’re hearing is public relations schlock. Armas, Heredia and fellow board member Lisa Brunner started it July 25 by portraying the stories as attacks on the schools, the city and–wait for it–the children. Other elected leaders also sidestepped the growing outrage by, forcefully and without much deft, highlighting the better aspects of Hayward.

The fact of the matter is Armas is connected to everyone in Hayward in some form and on many different levels. The beauty of this scandal is that exposed the complexity of Armas’s dealings and begins to show a totally dark and deceitful side to a man who appeared to be cheerful and avuncular in his everyday persona. In the meantime, I continue to hear the same basic comment from observers and sources who marvel about how so many have tried to bring him down, but in the end, it was he who was caught with his pants down.

REYNOSO FILES FOR RE-ELECTION Although most believed Hayward school board member Luis Reynoso would eventually file papers to run for re-election this fall–he did so on Monday–he, nevertheless, was lamenting the exorbitant cost of filing as late as last week.

“I just can’t think of anyone else that will continue the efforts to improve the district no matter what the challenge,” Reynoso said last Monday.

Reynoso is the seventh candidate to pull papers for the board’s three open seats. Incumbent Jesus Armas has filed, while school board member Maribel Heredia has not, as of yet. She has until this Friday to make a determination. Heather Reyes, John Taylor, Wanda Williams and Annette Walker have also filed, as did Sara Lamnin.

Walker unsuccessfully ran for the school board in 2010. The perceived strength of Walker’s candidacy along with Armas’s, at the time, was the stated reason former City Manager Greg Jones and Anna May chose not to run for the open seats and instead they backed both of them.

Aside from Reynoso, the news of the Hayward school board scandal is quite a fortuitous bounce of the political football for Lamnin, one of the city’s most liked and respected community members. Coincidentally, Lamnin was seen in the back row of the City Hall chambers last month when Reynoso and a few Hayward resident begin the public stoning of Armas and Heredia. She said nothing and just watched, but you can tell she was completely giddy inside.

Categories: Hayward, hayward school board, hayward school district, Luis Reynoso, Maribel Heredia, Sara Lamnin, schools

68 replies

  1. Wait…are we talking about the Republican Reynosa, who wastes taxpayers time and money with his tireless tirades?


  2. 9:58: The school board is non-partisan so a person's political party affiliation matters not. I am glad to have someone questioning the way HUSD does business. Tirades, as you call them, happen when dim-wits allow themselves to believe that they must always rely upon the administration to tell them how to think and vote. I am glad that Reynoso demands answers, at least we know that he has read his board materials before the meeting.


  3. No matter the nature of the position, I think it's relevant to note that he's a part of a PARTY that has committed to gutting Public Education. He is a part of a Board that doesn't make difficult decision in a timely matter. And this is due in large part to him going on and on about the same thing each meeting.

    He has lucid points amongst his rambling. But instead of “…questioning the way HUSD does business,” he instead contributes to it's lack of functionality. The tirades are mostly personal & ego driven AND much less to do with delivering results for our children, than about delivering votes at the ballot box.

    But may I suggest that unlike the HUSD board, let's agree to disagree about the personal stuff AND move on to talking about something that can benefit our children and by extension our community. Let's demand a vote on a music program? Redistricting? Ask that the district put together a clear and transparent evaluation system for our principals?


  4. 11:04 might I ask what political party do Armas and Heredia belong to? Not saying one party is better than the other I'd point out that California's legislature is controlled by the Democratic Party in both houses. Govenor Brown is a Democrat. If the controlling party is so invested in education why are most California schools so disfunctional? I am a Democrat who believes that the system is broke and it is broke because the political process is contaminated. But, you got the answere it's those Republicans that want to gut education…right.


  5. 11:04 you must be happy being a coward twit.
    Someone posted how cowards will blame Reynoso for all the problems at the board and for bringing the story out to the community and that poster was right.

    If the corruption keeps on coming back in Hayward education 1000 times then I am glad Reynoso keeps on fighting back 1000 times. He is the only politician in Hayward with a backbone.

    Reynoso keep at it I am a proud democrat and will be continue to support you regardless of your party membership, Tavares excellent job on your reports keep at it.


  6. The poster who seems to want to blame Reynoso for all that is ailing HUSD clearly doesn't want anything except a rubber stamp board. Mr. Reynoso asks all of his questions and makes all of his comments in the hope that the public will suddenly wake up and ask the same questions.

    His questions really are rhetorical because he already knows the answer(s) he will get..starting with the ever familiar “I/we don't have that information at hand, we will have to get back to you”. Funny how the administrators that make 3figure salaries don't ever seem to be able to provide answers at a public meeting. Do you think maybe it is because they don't want the public to know them?

    The entire system is corrupt and I thank Luis Reynoso for being the conscience of HUSD and holding the feet of all “to the fire”.


  7. 11:04 I agree that reynoso goes on tirades and won't shut up and continues to talk about the same thing. he is like a carousel….keeps going round and round and dies it when it is broken. he is not the BIGGEST problem though.

    The staff at husd is part of the problem. lest you forget how many time they do not respon to the board and community. I have put in countless calls and only get a half thought out response if I go there in person. and I was at the meeting when the discussion about redistricting (because I am affected by this too) and the staff retracted their own request to go forward with the process. so now how long do I have to wait for the decision on which school my children will attend. still no response from anyone at the district on why they didn't go forward and when they plan on going forward. the staff is just as if not worse than the board.

    actually 11:04 u sound like one of the weak unresponsive unrealiable crooked staff members. no on reynoso. no on staff. no on Hayward. I'm switching districts.


  8. just found out that heather reyes candidate for school board was greg jones treasurer for his campaign. shucks!


  9. Oh no that is Heather Reyes another Lisa Dubmer clone. I saw her on video on school boards and she sounds awful and just plain stupid. I am so fed up with this area. Is this the best of new candidates?? Yuk


  10. HUSD has long been a culture of CORRUPTION, from the corrupt, incompetent school board (currently Armas, Heredia, and Brunner). . .

    . . . to the corrupt (previous Duran-Becnel-Armas (wife) regime), incompetent (current Superintendent) Administration . . .

    . . . to the corrupt, powerful HEA, which goes out of its way to keep incompetent/useless teachers employed while allowing newer, competent, energized teachers to be let out the door due to outmoded seniority rules.

    The District's low test scores, shoddy education, and dismal school site faciities are the collective result of this long-standing culture of corruption in HUSD.

    Reynoso and McGee are trying to shine the light on this corruption, and yet get mocked by posters in this forum.

    Our children deserve better than we are currently giving them.

    We need a sea change here, a disinfection!!

    Out with the ingrained purveyors of this culture of corruption, esp. Armas, Heredia, and Brunner.

    They should all resign immediately, and if Brunner doesn't, then I hope that she is successfully recalled.


  11. HUSD Board of Education Meeting
    Wednesday, August 22, 2012
    Open Session 6:30pm
    Meeting at Hayward City Hall
    777 B Street
    Hayward 94541
    Council Chamber Room – 2nd Floor

    It's not enough to write in these blogs. We must take a stand and attend school board meetings. It's not necessary to speak. Your presence will speak for itself. Be there or be square!


  12. I have been out of town and had no idea what was going on till now. THANK YOU to those who stepped up to the plate and are bringing up Kathern Benson. Who is she? Why does she allow administration to do what they want to classified staff?? she is suppose to be the one in the classified side and instead has protect prinicipals & APs
    What can we do to get rid of her?? HELP someone please help!!!
    School Distrist do not run with out classified employees!!!


  13. @Robert keep reading! Kathryn Benson does not protect ALL , only the the ones she can terrorize or corrupt. To answer your question she is classified ONLY. Her dealings on the Certificated side, on behalf of the incompetent superintendent, are not illegal and exemplifies corruption and mismanagement inside HUSD. Kathryn Benson did not graduate from college like Lisa Brunner, zero understanding of the laws relating to minors or what it takes to run a school or school district. It's obvious the Personnel Commission can't control her. Get Kathryn Benson out!


  14. Correction ARE illegal . Much like Armas' wife benefiting from the retirement pay out.


  15. Friends,

    The following petition has been created: Hayward Unified School District Trustee, Maribel Heredia: Immediate Resignation of Maribel Heredia, HUSD Board Member, because I care deeply about this very important issue.

    We are trying to collect 250 signatures, and we could really use your help.

    To read more about what we're trying to do and to sign our petition, click here:

    It'll just take a minute!

    Once you're done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word!

    Concerned Parents of Hayward Schools


  16. Greetings,

    I just signed the following petition addressed to: Hayward Unified School District Trustee, Maribel Heredia.

    Immediate Resignation of Maribel Heredia, HUSD Board Member

    It is the responsibility and privilege of Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) Board of Trustees to promote the education of Hayward's children to the highest standard possible. We are demanding Maribel Heredia resign immediately due to her dereliction of duty and unbecoming behavior for an elected official.

    Maribel Heredia has failed to fulfill her duties in a manner that is transparent, forthright, and shows goodwill to students, parents, teachers, classified staff and administrators.

    Ms. Heredia has an ongoing problem with her commitment to attend meetings; she is frequently tardy and leaves early.

    According to a story published in on July 26, 2012, Ms. Heredia admitted under oath that she does not read board materials, but depends on the judgment of another, unnamed HUSD currently elected board member to make decisions on how to vote. This is collusion and creates a myriad of possible conflicts of interest.

    Ms. Heredia, is a subject of an article, published July 25, 2012, that exposed a scandalous illicit affair with fellow HUSD board member, Jesus Armas. Both have families. This behavior demonstrates poor ethical judgment.

    We believe that Ms. Heredia was obligated to disclose her new relationship (that is widely thought to have started over a year ago) with fellow board member, Jesus Armas to the community at large. In that time, Ms. Heredia has voted on hundreds of agenda items that greatly affect and influence the quality of education in our community and working conditions of HUSD employees.

    The community believes that Ms. Heredia has failed in her duties as an elected Trustee for HUSD. Therefore, we demand her immediate resignation.



    Parent ***


  17. I love this… Let the bodys hit the floor.. We need to hit the reset button and get Jesus out.. time for jesus to find another job in the city.. I know let him be the clean up guy.. we have spent over 900 k last year on litter.. so i know he would be perfect cause atleast he could hire a better team to clean the shit up.. shit he can do it himself 🙂


  18. Thank you all for keeping the pressure on Armas and Heredia. We ran them out of HUSD. Let's run them out of Hayward. Lisa Brunner, your turn is quickly approaching.


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