Text from Hayward supe contradicts claim school district initiated buyout talks

Hayward Superintendent Stan “Data” Dobbs is
on paid administrative leave while the school
board investigates his past action.

Despite several public denials, a text from embattled Hayward Superintendent Stan “Data” Dobbs to the school board’s counsel shows he initiated discussions over his potential departure, not board officials.

The text from Dobbs, dated Mar. 24, references his own annual performance review, in addition, to gauging the school board’s position on a potential buyout of his contract.

“I don’t want it to drag on,” Dobbs texted. “I want to discuss today plus your thoughts on whether they are willing to consider a buyout.” The text was released by the school board following Wednesday night’s meeting.

A text from Dobbs to the school board’s attorney from Mar. 24

“Mr. Dobbs on his own contacted our Board’s General Counsel in March 2016 to ask whether the Board would consider a buyout,” said Hayward school board President Lisa Brunner. “So I listened and considered a buyout in May 2016. But Mr. Dobbs turned what started as an opportunity for him to leave his office in a professional way with dignity and his position in the community, into a political fight over more money.”

Last month, during a school board meeting, Dobbs denied he was actively seeking to leave the district. In addition, Dobbs again claimed last week in the East Bay Times that it was the school board’s attorney who first mentioned a potential buyout back on May 11.

Dobbs was placed on paid administrative leave by the school board on June 29 while they conduct an investigation into his handling of football player Ray McDonald’s visit to Tennyson High School last February. McDonald, a former 49ers defensive end, is currently standing  trial for alleged rape. The investigation, according to Brunner, however, is more far-reaching than the McDonald incident.

A report last May in the East Bay Citizen revealed Dobbs’ legal representation sent a two-page negotiated settlement offer to the school board’s counsel. Included in the offer was a year’s pay, $25,000 in moving expenses, and legal indemnity from any action he may have taken as part of his duties as superintendent, among other demands. The offer was turned down by the school board.

Dobbs is the final year of a three-year contract that pays him a base salary of $242,000 a year.

Categories: administrative leave, contract, Hayward, hayward school district, Hayward schoold board, Lisa Brunner, Stan Dobbs, superintendent, text

15 replies

  1. By MW:

    If Honda loses his battle for re-election, he might still want to do something so that he can use his experience, “intelligence,” and “wisdom” to continue “serving” the public.

    So my suggestion is that he, Pete Stark, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg start a “think” consisting of prominent, politically connected, and very over the hill people who are not merely senile, but so extremely senile that they do not even realize they are senile.

    (NOTE: While I have known some older people who had mentally slipped somewhat and were well aware that they were not as sharp as when they were younger, however there are others who have slipped so much that they do not even realize they have slipped, and those are the ones who if they are still in roles where if they have major decision making power are extremely dangerous.)

    And then we also have Nancy Pelosi, and who even said, “You can read it after we pass it.”


  2. By MW:

    In my above post, the second paragraph merely contains the term “THINK.”

    However, it should have said “think” tank. In other words: one, I am far worse than even a horrible typist; and two, need to get a pair of reading glasses.


  3. Now, whit all the garbage that we have seen from this guy and more that is been exposed every minute, i wonder if there is still any stupid idiot that is going to try and defend or support Dobbs.. if there is any body willing to do that, then the only thing left for me to say is that i feel very sorry for you, because defending this guy and supporting him, only shows the world and especially hayward school district and community how low your values as human being are.. So, is not new for any body that he is a pathological liar specially when it comes to facing the uncover true of all his crap!! The board needs to put their foot down and get rid of this idiot , he has cause to much trouble all ready.Yesterdays board meeting was very awkward, taylor and walker pretending innocence and ignorance about the reason why Dobbs was on leave, especially taylor saying that there were no reason for Dobbs not to be there. what an idiot..and walker assuring that there was not investigation at all, seriously?. after president lisa brunner read that statement about the reason of the board decision on putting dobbs out, taylor and walker had no more option than to suck it up and accept the facts.I still have hope that this board can keep it together and move forward , but only ones they get rid of the idiot want to be celebrity Stanley Data Dobbs.


  4. Thank you Steven for keeping the public informed with the truth on Dobbs. Dobbs needs to go and face the consequences of his actions. Yesterday outside City Hall kids were holding signs “Bring Dobbs Back” Dobbs showed up and was taking pictures with the kids and the signs. He takes advantage of every opportunity to take pictures to promote himself, I wonder if he is going to put those pictures in the Made In Hayward Page. If that’s the case then we should also see all the documentation like the buyout letter along with the text as well as the list of the contracts he received money from. In the end all of this has been made in Hayward, RIGHT?


  5. $tan Dobbs – trying to golden parachute out of Hayward with a cash buyout with money that should be going to classrooms.


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  9. Hayward City Council loves Data Dobbs, so much that they want to control the school board election with their PAC. Sweeney Weenie has his hand in that cookie jar. Data was all over that corny city video about Hayward being an “All America Shitty.” Neighborhood Promise and Data got back in bed together in Denver Colorado even after the Tennyson High speaker scandal when they blamed each other. Hayward is corrupt and controlled by idiots.


  10. The sooner this is settled, the better. Many administrators don't want to move after school starts. Plus, the Hayward schools are still in poor shape. Even the hill schools are dropping down in statistics.


  11. Hayward is putting a spin on their recent success as being named an “All America City.” Parading Dobbs, Brunner, token kids and families wearing stupid “Made in Hsyward” tshirts. Even Fran David was cheering, dancing and singing like a fool. They touted their success as a marketing strategy. Try focusing on the kids and educating them instead of clowning with Dobbs in Colorado. Buffoons!


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  13. This is sad. 15 months ago, I wrote to the HUSD Board regarding Dobbs and his stepping beyond his authority on many occasion through the previous years assigned to both Business Services and as Superintendent. The Board gave this information to Dobbs to investigate. Really?! Giving the cheese to the mouse to see what is wrong to investigate and cover up previous wrongdoing. Nice. At that time, I suggested getting the County Ed office to conduct an outside investigation as an external party without blinders on or at least reach out to the State Office of Education for help. Neither was done. Dobbs was pulling same things up to date of his removal but this time, the Board took action only on the Tennyson situation. In my opinion based on all information and evidence presented to the Board a year ago, Dobbs is not the man for the job. He should not be reinstated to the position. He should not be bought out of his contract to ride off in to the sunset with pockets loaded.

    Since when can you not do your job-giving Board justifiable reasons to terminate the contract for cause, and expect to get the Christmas bonus early? Dobbs is not “Made in Hayward” quality. Information forwarded to the Board for their action – unfortunately – will be shared with the public in the near future – so they see the true person behind the name.

    I rarely see a Historian Revisionist as poetic as Dobbs. He will change versions to give himself a better standing in the eyes of others. Especially the Hayward students above others.

    Wake up Hayward!!! To my knowledge the Board did not take action on the illegal acts by Dobbs then and have only chosen to start “cleaning up” his acts recently with the Tennyson incident. These acts are willful acts on Dobbs part. Also, the lack of immediate action by HUSD Board also should be addressed and questioned why nothing was done over a year ago and continued to have someone in place they knew had issues.

    HUSD should not indemnify his illegal acts.

    I too would want indemnification if I did the things Dobbs pulled during his assignment at HUSD. Statutes have not expired on his acts. He needs to pay for his own acts. Otherwise, he will continue to do the same whever he goes.

    If the Coalition moves to keep Dobbs in and investigate the Board, I hope they are ready to oust them all. Get the facts – ALL OF THEM – before jumping in to shout for a cause without having all information available to them or provided by those in the know.

    Keep Dobbs out of Hayward!


  14. You'r right..Reynoso is smart man, because he know how to kick ass on right time , he did that on his second term election , now he try to do it again ( during his eight year trustee in the HUSD.. he made HUSD got worse) . This is time we need to clean the whole house …( Reynoso, Walker , Taylor) NEEDS TO GO
    I am a Asian American parent in the HUSD..As far as I'm concerned, HUSD has always had serious problems and always will. The low performance of students in HUSD has been going on for decades,
    How can you have a healthy district when those at the head of that district only care about furthering their own agendas? When all is said and done, they could care less about the students. They care even less about the teachers, most of whom are hard-working and dedicated. And the classified staff isn't even on their radar. Continue fighting for your child, Very Concerned Parent. In a school district like HUSD, your child NEEDS your voice.


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