HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD SCANDAL | On Aug. 21, Hayward school board member Maribel Heredia began her day with a morning latte in Newport Beach in Southern California. The brief respite came a day before the Hayward School Board would meet for another contentious meeting surrounding the uproar over allegations she and fellow board member Jesus Armas are having a secret adult liaison.

However, Heredia was absent from last Wednesday’s meeting. Hayward school superintendent Dr. Donald Evans said Heredia was tending to a “family emergency” in Southern California. But, according to sources, Heredia checked in online at a hotel in Newport Beach while trumpeting one last relaxing dip in the pool.

“In the pool, one last time b4 the kids go back to school,” Heredia described Aug. 21 on Facebook.

Since reports of her alleged affair with Armas, Heredia’s attention to her board duties has noticeably diminished. Already known for lax attendance and tardiness, Heredia attended the July 25 meeting, but abruptly left in the middle before returning nearly 30 minutes later.

At the Aug. 8 special meeting, Heredia arrived almost 15 minutes tardy for a hearing that ultimately lasted just 20 minutes after members William McGee and Dr. Luis Reynoso moved to adjourn after district staff arrived unprepared to deal with specific changes to the board’s bylaws that referenced misconduct similar to the allegations against Armas and Heredia.

Coincidentally, one former school district employee last Wednesday during the public comment period broached the idea of sanctioning Heredia for her absence Aug. 22 by withholding her pay for the meeting. An online petition has also been circulating calling for Heredia’s resignation. Neither Heredia nor Armas is seeking re-election this fall.