Following Re-Election As Hayward School Trustee, Reynoso May Seek Board Presidency

HAYWARD SCHOOL DISTRICT | What would have been unthinkable even just six months ago could soon be fact—fiscal crusader and Hayward school board member Luis Reynoso may be soon ruling the roost and he would like the title of board president to go with it.

Reynoso won re-election last week to the Hayward school board along with newcomers Annette Walker and John Taylor. The three open seats were once thought to be cakewalks for current members Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia until text messages showing a secret affair between the two led each to pass on re-election this November.

The openings allowed for wide-open race that ultimately could swing the balance of power toward Reynoso, the board’s most consistent voice against the school district’s profligate ways. Walker finished first in the at-large race followed by Taylor and Reynoso. Newcomer Heather Reyes eeked out a surprising fourth place finish over Sara Lamnin, whose quest for public office was again dashed. She was followed by Wandra Williams and a disappointing last-place finish for the Armas-supported Peter Bufete.

Reynoso believes last week’s results show the community supports his platform rooting out wasteful spending and corruption at the school district. “They want to see changes and voters want us to implement them without spending money or changing direction,” said Reynoso. He plans to seek the board’s presidency in the coming months saying he is most experienced on budget issues and board procedures. “We’re the gatekeepers. We need a knowledgeable person to be the president,” he said. “I’m going to try, but I don’t know if I have the votes.”

Reynoso, though, says he is “cautiously optimistic” about the additions of Walker and Taylor, but he’s playing a game of wait-and-see. “We don’t know yet because they don’t have a record. If I delete the campaign rhetoric, then these two might work out. But, I’ll take time to figure it out.”

The current board has been plagued with instability following news of the affair last July with the majority of Armas, Heredia and Lisa Brunner blocking or limiting discussion of an official investigation into the affair and whether it violated the open government laws, including collusion by the two paramours within some of their votes. The majority has also stymied creating specific rules prohibiting such liaisons between members to its 20-year-old board bylaws.

Over the past two years, Reynoso has had only fellow board trustee William McGee as an ally. Some Hayward insiders, however, believe between Walker and Taylor, the most likely third vote will come from Taylor. In fact, Taylor’s comments to The Citizen during the campaign suggested interest in rooting out the school district’s numerous problems and finding solutions along with an antipathy for Armas’s behavior.



Categories: affair, Brown Act, Hayward, hayward school board, hayward school district, Jesus Armas, John Taylor, Luis Reynoso, Maribel Heredia, Peter Bufete, Sara Lamnin

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  1. Most likely neither Aramas or Heredia will be charged with any illegal acts. I think they could be, but since they are leaving office I expect they won't be.

    Moving on, how about the bond payments the HUSD is on the line for due to Prop I? Evidently HUSD obtained the worst possible financing for their new buildings (which could have waited) and now the district owes many times the amount of the bond. Current financing has the district paying $131 million for our $21 million bond. Great job guys. Who was on the board again in 2010?

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  2. Your facts are wrong. The I bond was a success and we need another bond for more construction.

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  3. Armas, Heredia, Brunner, McGee, Reynoso

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  4. I agree with 2:03. The facts are all wrong on the I bond. None of the people mentioned in 4:35pm were on the board either. Armas, Heredia, Brunner, McGee, Reynoso were not there yet.

    Look at link:
    http://mei-haywardusd-ca.schoolloop.com/

    This comes directly from the site for the I measure.

    “On June 3, 2008 our District made history, by passing the first bond measure in Hayward in over 45 years. The final results were 72% “yes” votes.”

    According to that date then the board was:
    Frumkin, Petersen, Gonzalez, Truhill, Cook
    They need to be given recognition for planning the I bond. It was a success.

    You need to get your facts straight 9:41am and 4:35pm. Get more acquainted with the facts!

    The current board Brunner, McGee, Reynoso, Walker, Taylor will need the support of the community for the next construction bond. We need more new school buildings.

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  5. but to be more precised I think Sergio Saenz replaced Truhill just before the I bond in 2008.

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  6. I am not paying any more taxes for anything until I see the teachers do a better job in improving the schools scores. Period.

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  7. It is not the teachers fault so many students do not want to learn.

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  8. 8:23 you sound like a Hayward teacher and you need to be fired and take the teaching union supporter Lisa Bruner with you and never come back

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  9. Sorry, about giving credit to the current board for the initial I Bond votes. I was responding to who has been monitoring, approving and discussing the actual building of the buildings and I believe that included Dr. Reynoso during his first term with Frumkin, Armas replacing Gonzalez, and continued with the election of Brunner and McGee. So you are correct about the initial steps to get it approved by the voters. However those original board members did not remain in place during most of the construction. sorry for the confusion, but I didn't think it warranted the anger of the poster who made the correction.

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  10. After election too late to change terms on the bond.

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  11. The teachers do more than their share to teach all kids. It is the district staff you need to look at.

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  12. All adjustments/changes must start away, far away, from the classrooms.

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  13. Teachers and Administrators are paid too much money when you compare their education to other fields. THEY ARE OVERPAID.

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  14. The superintendent is overpaid. The assistant superintendents/directors are overpaid. District office management is overpaid. Site administrators are overpaid. Teachers in Hayward are NOT overpaid. Oh, yes…I am not a teacher! I have helped in the classroom for many years and have witnessed first-hand the daily situations teachers face. Try it for one day and you will quickly agree!

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  15. Please be honest and admit that teachers and administrators work for only about 9 months out of the year when you count the holiday periods.

    I agree with 10:32 these people are over paid. I am curious to know how many teachers are paid over 80K and yes the district office is way over paid. It is a travasty for all those salaries and I am not going to vote for any more bonds or parcel taxes until schools improve. Period.

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  16. Please read the editorial in yesterday's Sunday Daily Review/Oakland Tribune regarding what the I bond will actually end up costing HUSD…Because they chose to finance it in some special way the $21million will actually cost $131million to pay off because of defrayed/delayed payments. The arrangements for repay were not and did not have to be disclosed to the voters. Seems to me that this type of an agreement should have been openly explained before it was entered into.
    This is just another example of how poorly HUSD is managed by its administration and ultimately the Board of Education. Maybe Dr. Reynoso is correct when he asks questions that seem to upset/anger the administration! Somebody needs to be minding the store!

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  17. From A.T.

    Tonight's the night. New HUSD board sworn in. Bye. Bye, Armas! Bye. Bye, Heredia!

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  18. SOUR GRAPES REYNOSO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. 11:06 Clearly, you do not understand politics or the dynamics of the Hayward school board.

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  20. 9:20 why would you say that? As an insider, I understand it quite well.

    reynoso abstained from voting as a little fit because he didn't get to be president.

    BOO HOO.

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  21. reynoso = joke.

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  22. OMG! When will all of you get over the fact that Dr. Reynoso won re-election fair and square; with no “big time endorsers” no big money contributions no union members phone banking or walking precincts for him! Dr. Reynoso walked to as many homes in HUSD as his feet and endurance would let him. He spoke to voters, answered their questions and asked them to read his simple piece of literature and make him their choice. Obviously, many did just that.

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  23. Amen 5:44.
    Reynoso knocked on my door I liked what he said and what I have heard about him and I thought he is exactly what we need as someone that will not be another tool by unions and endorsements. In watching the meeting it was obvious Walker and Taylor were not prepared. I don't think they know anything about what the community needs.

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  24. 2:24 HUSD needs to be a kowtow free environment. I don't think the new board is brave enough to standup to unions or special interests.

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  25. The teacher's union owns members of the Hayward school board. The question is: How many? For one, they own Brunner, who is frequently seen entering the teacher's union office on Jackson. The first recall is Brunner…

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  26. I have been in Hayward for 15 years having moved from Oregon because of job relocation. When I first came here I did not like the schools and still don't.

    We need charter schools. I have 4 children in 2 in Hayward charter and 2 in San Lorenzo charter schools and they are much better than what the Hayward schools can provide.

    to 12:02, Lisa Bruner, Will Mcgee and John Taylor are all endorsed by the teachers union so they will be controlled on how they vote. A good litmus test will be on how these 3 will vote on charter schools coming up in next board meeting. The teachers union does not like charter schools. The 3 mentioned here on the board will cast a NO vote and that will not be a surprise of course they will give a lame excuse on why they voted NO.

    To the parents of HUSD you have not an inkling on how much better charter schools are then what is provided currently. Good luck to all can't wait to move out of here when my last boy graduates.

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  27. Why does Reynoso get so much attention?

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  28. Dr. Reynoso is the instrument of change for our children in Hayward schools! The Hayward schools must change by improving test scores and meeting the needs of students and parents. Perhaps the change needs to begin at the district office.

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