Hayward School Board Chooses Dobbs As Next Superintendent

HAYWARD | The Hayward School Board chose its former Chief Financial Officer Stanley Dobbs as the district’s finalist for superintendent this Saturday. He would replace Dr. Donald Evans who announced his departure from the district last month to become Berkeley’s new superintendent.

The vote came down to a 4-1, with board member Dr.Luis Reynoso the lone vote against Dobbs. Dobbs is known for his knowledge on the district’s finances and has received strong support from community members in the past for his financial know-how. Enough support in fact to garner votes from board members John Taylor, Lisa Brunner and Annette Walker. However, Board President, William McGee, hadn’t expressed any favoritism towards Dobbs recently, but voted with the majority.

“One of the reasons I voted for Dobbs was because of what he has done in Hayward and even though there are all these things out there about comments he made in San Diego and making incorrect statements to the press we have to put our differences aside,” said McGee. “We need student achievement and cohesive organization as our first priority.”

Reynoso’s vote came as little surprise. He previously expressed a lack of confidence in Dobbs since he left the district after only spending 19 months with the district before leaving to the San Diego school district for the same job.

In San Diego, Dobbs found himself in a swell of controversy over comments he made about high teachers’ salaries that proved to be incorrect. Reynoso said Dobbs didn’t bring any real change to the district during his time with Hayward.

Dobbs’s comments in San Diego got him in hot water with the teacher’s union. In San Diego school teachers average about $92,000 a year in salary and benefits but Dobbs falsely said they made $92,000-a-year plus $20,000 in benefits. He also said that the school district had excess employees and that an increase in class sizes did not adversely affect students.

However, in Hayward, Dobbs has strong support among leaders in the teacher’s union. Mercedes Faraj, Hayward Education Association president, expressed strong support and confidence in Dobbs abilities last month at a school board meeting.

The board will have to approve a contract for Dobbs at a later date to confirm him as the new superintendent of Hayward. He will step in after Evans begins his position as Berkeley’s new superintendent in Berkeley on July 1.



Categories: Donald Evans, Hayward, Hayward Education Association, hayward school board, hayward school district, Luis Reynoso, Stan Dobbs, superintendent, teachers union, William McGee

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  1. @ Rick Hart: Can you set the record straight vis-à-vis the $50k for three days' work comment?

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  2. Hayward will never wake up. I have lived here all my long life and it has never been anything but a corrupt town. The needs of residents and our children have always come after all the politicos have finished lining their pockets.

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  3. Interesting Rick Hart visits EBCitizen when he said in public comment last week that the Daily Review has been the most accurate on this issue despite the fact the Review merely rewrote my article.

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  4. I can't hold myself back any longer…the Daily Review (more commonly known as the rag) printed somebody else's picture to accompany their story about the hiring of Dobbs! They are so ghetto.

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  5. I just read the daily review. I noticed they did not even bother to ask Dr. Reynoso why voted no for Dr. Dobbs.

    Can the ebcitizen tells us since it seems the daily review is completely useless to get the real story.

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  6. Dobbs paying respects to the beast:

    Dobbs reached out and worked with the entire Hayward community, not just the teachers and staff, said Hayward teachers union President Mercedes Faraj, who suggested Dobbs as a candidate at an earlier board meeting.
    “We had a momentum going in the district that we wanted to maintain,” and Dobbs was familiar with Hayward schools, she said. The union, Hayward Education Association, also was impressed that he didn't make automatic cuts with the Hayward budget to balance the books, she said.

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  7. More cowtowing to the beast HEA ????

    “In my opinion, he has the knowledge and the wherewithal to manage our district and continue the forward momentum we have cultivated,” McGee said.

    Is Mr. McGee up for re-election??

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  8. More cowtowing to HEA???

    Hayward also plans to begin looking for a permanent superintendent, trustee Lisa Brunner said. “We wanted someone in place by July 1, and there just was not enough time to go through the whole process required to hire a permanent superintendent,” she said.

    What does Lisa Brunner know about education or money??

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  9. is Lisa Bruner up for reelection?

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  10. Lisa Brunner knows what HEA tells her. She spends a great deal of time at the HEA offices “visiting” with the union leadership. She is beholden to the money that is in the union coffers come election time.

    William McGee should be ashamed of himself, he cast the academic progress of the students aside in favor of the money he can raise for his next campaign. I used to believe he believed in the right of all students to be served by dedicated staff who had expertise in education. I know now that he just mouthed the words and once elected, particularly as the president of the board, he simply does what will please the politicos and the unions in Hayward. I wouldn't vote for him again if he was the only person running for office. If I knew where he lived I would personally picket his neighborhood and call for his resignation.

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  11. @7:34, the word is kowtow. I'm surprised that Steven “Ignominy” Tavares didn't correct you.

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  12. Press release: San Diego Unified – Dobbs' approach to the sale of Prop Z Bonds benefits Diego School School District financially.
    http://www.sandi.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=19400&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=68894&PageID=1

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  13. This is for idiots that promote bonds and drive their communities to debt.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-09/california-assembly-would-curb-capital-appreciation-bonds.html

    California’s Assembly passed limits on long-term bonds that have saddled school districts with debt of as much as 10 times the principal after financing new classrooms in years of slumping property values.

    Bonds are for idiots that do not understand ultimately the financial damage done to communities.

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  14. I am a retired San Diegan living in San Diego. I am jovially reading this blog and I want to thank the school board in Hayward for taking Stan Dobbs off our hands. Can you please make him start working today rather than to wait until July 1st?

    Stan Dobbs had to issue a letter of apology because his numbers were not correct in school finances. I hope your community knows what they are getting. Here in San Diego we are now stuck with billions of unnecessary debt with the bonds.

    So Stan Dobbs will bring the same senseless debt to Hayward. Does he know what he is doing? Are his financial data correct when he makes financial decisions?

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  15. Well to 12:20 and 12:37 we have gone that route with Mr. Dobbs one time already…so I guess the idiots that comprise the majority of the board of education will feel right at home with him. Raising taxes to build more schools to NOT EDUCATE children. Oh but they look so pretty!!

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  16. I am hoping that Mr. Tavares or Mr. Bond will look at this posting and do some investigating and some questioning of the HUSD board of education.

    I just looked at the Calif. Dept. of Education site for a record of Mr. Dobbs' administrative credential and he has none. In case you are wondering why that is important I will explain:
    Calif. Ed. Code says that to evaluate, supervise, discipline or in any other way principals, administrators or other credentialed employees, the evaluation MUST BE DONE BY A PERSON WITH AN APPROVED CDE ADMINISTRATIVE CREDENTIAL. Mr. Dobbs has none; therefore he cannot do any of the above for HUSD. Nor can Mr. Dobbs hire any administrators or principals, because he has no administrative credential.
    To receive a Calif. Administrative Credential, the applicant must have at least 3(three) years of classroom teaching experience…Mr. Dobbs has no classroom experience.

    Mr. Dobbs must rely upon his 2nd in command Dr. Wayne to do all of the above..which he may or may not be capable of doing. However, there is NO ONE to evaluate Dr. Wayne…hmmm I wonder how the board plans to get around that???? BTW if Dr. Wayne left HUSD, Dobbs could not interview or hire his replacement.

    HUSD has hired a man who cannot do the most important things needed in our schools. But he sure can “talk to the politicos” in our city. WHAT A JOKE WE HAVE FOR LEADERSHIP IN HUSD.

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  17. Wow I have read all these posts and I am beyond belief.
    No wonder Hayward has such poor schools.
    This school board needs to go away NOW.

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  18. If I was this Dr. Wayne, the 2nd in command at HUSD, I would demand a large bump in my salary if the Board of Education wanted me to assume the duties of evaluation, supervision, discipline, hiring of all the administrators! I would also demand a new title or job description, since I would be doing the majority of the Superintendent's job.

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  19. Kathryn Benson was allowed to do all sort of sh*t without a credential. Wu-Fernandez was never a teacher and no one bothered her either. What in the hell is going on? Apparently the California Education Code means nothing to this district. Make up your own rules and do whatever gets more money in your pockets shame.

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  20. The district needs a credentials audit for everyone at district.

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  21. Well good luck getting a credentials audit out of this board! Been in this town more years than I want to count and this truly is the most unethical bunch of leaders in HUSD ever. It used to be that following the law was honorable, now it is “catch us if you can”.

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  22. Question. Does the County Superintendent of Schools have anything to say or do regarding the issues in HUSD?

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  23. Sheila Jordan the county sup is as worthless as the HUSD school board.

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  24. ATTENTION STEVEN TAVARES AND SHANE BOND:

    Are you not interested in investigating if Stan Dobbs is really qualified to be the Superintendent of HUSD. If he has a Calif. Dept. of Ed. Administrative Credential..and other things he may claim on his Linkedin site? Don't the students of Hayward deserve an honest and ethical person to lead them?

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  25. Oh how I long for the old days in HUSD; when all we had to worry about was reading the paper and discovering that an assistant superintendent was caught propositioning an undercover officer in the bathroom at the San Leandro Marina! Or who was caught taking district vehicles up to their Tahoe cabin without permission! Or what administrator was using district materials and workers to build a deck on their home! Or why HUSD spent money for district administrators to spend the night at top of the line SF hotels so they wouldn't have to take bart or find parking for conferences!

    Yep, those were the days.

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  26. with school vouchers all of this would not happen

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  27. I guess even the eastbay citizen doesn't really care that HUSD has once again decided that they will do things their own way, regardless of whether it is what is right, legal or best for children and the community.

    How can there be no one in this community that can carry the “big stick” that will force the Board of Education to put politics aside and hire a person who knows education and curriculum, has a proven track record in California, and puts children first?

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  28. Thanks for posting these historical realty moments. After 40+ years in Hayward, sad that politics have and will continue triumph over doing what is best for our children particularly over the long haul. We have always been diverse, have had a strong union, good public support but the leadership has been chaotic and undisciplined for too many years. Time to turn it over to the state for a long needed fix. We have failed and refuse to admit it.

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  29. Is the union the problem? Should wages and benefits supersede the quality of education? Do hope the Board does a good search for new Leader. Dobbs was convenient, but worry about his lack of commitment to anything but salary. Current 2nd in charge would likely do better in a more homogenous less political community. Hard to imagine that we no other qualified interested people in the system. Less PC and more quality is what we desperately need.

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  30. I believe there were 5 people that were interviewed for this position. I am sure one or more were were at least holders of an administrative credential and had some experience as a teacher.

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