HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD SCANDAL | Hayward school board President Jesus Armas resisted calls Wednesday night by some members of the community to resign after reports of an alleged affair with board member Maribel Heredia.

“There are a couple of people in the audience inviting me to resign,” said Armas. “Thank you for the invitation, but I will decline that invitation because I see no reason to take that course of action.”

Armas said the school district’s improvement over the past two years and the passage last June of Measure G with over 71 percent of the city’s vote shows the community’s support for the direction of the school district. He also brushed aside accusations by board members William McGee and Dr. Luis Reynoso of collusion among Armas and Heredia on unspecified votes in the past. “If we look at the voting record, we mostly vote all the same,” he said.

When pressed later by numerous public speakers whether the reports in The Citizen of an affair between Armas and Heredia, both in exclusive relationship, were true, he asserted anyone can post “anything on the Internet without substance.”

However, those in the audience Wednesday night were not buying it. Ann Terrazas, a former school district employee called the alleged dalliance between Armas and Heredia, “unbecoming behavior for a school board member.” Terrazas also called for Heredia resign. Neither Armas or Heredia are seeking re-election to the school board this November.

“You have Filet Mignon at home and you go out and get hamburger,” Hayward resident Jim Drake said, directed at Armas. “It’s not right. It’s not morally right.”