Hayward’s Next Supe? Stan “Data” Dobbs.
HAYWARD//SCHOOL DISTRICT | As the man in charge of the Hayward school district’s purse strings, Stan Dobbs appeared both aloof and confrontational when he stood before the district’s school board.
Dobbs often clashed with the argumentative school board member Luis Reynoso. whose zeal for cost-cutting measures should have meshed well with Dobbs’ rhetoric of financial austerity, but they did not.
Hayward’s reputation as one of the most poorly-run school districts in Alameda County, which included the ignominy of nearly being taking over by the state because of its incompetence, made the self-proclaimed “Heart of the Bay” a big reclamation project for any school administrator.
However, it came as some surprise last November when Dobbs announced he was leaving Hayward for the same job in San Diego. It also is a surprise he wants back, this time as Hayward’s next superintendent of schools.
It was reported Monday that Dobbs is currently on family leave from his job as chief financial officer at the San Diego Unified School District. Dobbs could be named superintendent in Hayward as early as this Saturday’s closed session meeting of the school board.
Dobbs, who, even in Hayward bestowed the moniker of “Data” on himself, attracted the wrath of the teachers’ union in San Diego for an explosive interview in February with the Voice of San Diego that placed a bull’s eye on him. However, the union in Hayward appeared unaware of Dobbs’ comments that often times dripped with bravura and inaccuracies.
“I only go to troubled districts,” said Dobbs, who left Hayward Unified last November. “I get bored quickly if I don’t have enough problems to solve.”
Dobbs falsely claimed San Diego school teachers averaged $92,000 in salary, in addition, to another $20,000 in benefits. “Is $92,000 a year not good money?” he said. The figure was later found to be $92,000 in both salary and benefits.
He later claimed the school district in San Diego was bloated with excess employees. “I’ve got hundreds of extra people, laying around. Literally, laying around. Maybe not even benefiting kids.”
Dobbs bragged he’s hired grant writers at every district he has worked returning never less than 3,000 times the rate of investment.
To the consternation of teachers, he claimed in the interview larger class sizes do not adversely affect students. “That is not documented, proven anywhere,” Dobbs told the news site. “Actually, there’s not one piece of literature published to prove that. As a matter of fact, just the opposite.” This claim was also proven false.
A month later, Dobbs apologized to the teachers union for his misstatements, but the trouble caused by his statements persist. Despite the inaccuracies of some of Dobbs’ claims, the ultra-conservative editorial board of the U-T San Diego latched onto Dobbs’ criticism to bolster their already vehement dislike of labor unions.
The teachers union in Hayward, however, seemed unaware of Dobbs’ unfriendly union comments in San Diego. Hayward Education Association President Mercedes Faraj has pushed for Dobbs for the superintendent’s job since the mid-May and Hayward Councilman Francisco Zermeno has urged for Dobbs’ appointment to the top job at the school district.