Hayward councilman received $9,000 contract without school board approval

Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas was given
a $9,000 contract by the school district without any
apparent approval by the school board.

HAYWARD | Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas received a contract for unidentified services with the city’s school district worth nearly $9,000 last year, and the school district has no idea how it was approved or what job he performed.

Salinas was given a “professional expert” contract for roughly three months of work from March 2015 to June 2015, according to public records. Salinas turned in time cards with work totaling 149.5 hours, billable at $60 an hour, for a grand total of $8,970.
However, Hayward school officials say the contract was never approved by the school board, said Board President Lisa Brunner. “There is no record of what he was supposed to do,” Brunner said of Salinas’ contract.
Brunner said the school board had no idea so-called professional expert contracts were being used by the district until last Spring after an investigation was launched over the existence of two Made in Hayward Foundations. She believes Salinas’ contract was moved forward by now-fired Superintendent Stan “Data” Dobbs. “I don’t believe these types of contracts should be given out and I understand this was done under the direction of Dobbs,” said Brunner
School Trustee Luis Reynoso said the board requires any contract worth more than $5,000 to be submitted for approval and, in this case, its procedures were not recognized. “This is another example to the board of how the superintendent was not providing good financial stewardship of the student’s money,” said Reynoso.
Just last week, during a Hayward City Council meeting, Reynoso charged that some Hayward councilmembers had personally profited from ties to the school district. A majority of the City Council is backing a political group hoping to replace three incumbent school board members this November, including Reynoso.

“Some of you or all of you are making money off the district,” Reynoso said Sept. 20. “We don’t need your services. Please don’t make money off our children. Now I can see why you support our superintendent.”

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday, however, strongly admonished Reynoso for his allegation, saying “We were just accused of many things that we as a council have not done,” said Halliday. “I am not going to sit here and be accused falsely and have my councilmembers accused falsely of doing something that we have not done.”
In an interview last week, Salinas declined to answer any questions about the work he performed for the contract. “You guys are just fishing for something,” said Salinas.
The use of professional expert contracts came under scrutiny recently in the school district’s report on Dobbs, who was fired earlier this month. A similar type of contract was used to give former Hayward Councilmember Olden Henson a contract of up to $40,000 to create a non-profit group named the “Made in Hayward Foundation.” The school district’s investigation into Dobbs found the contract was surreptitiously placed on the board’s agenda in 2014 under the guise of Henson being a “substitute teacher.” However, Henson was never paid for his work and retained ownership of the original non-profit’s paperwork.
The premise behind professional expert contracts is they sidestep the normal and transparent bidding process under the notion the type of services needed require specific expertise not available within the existing staff. When Brunner was asked whether she believes the type of administrative knowledge required of Henson and Salinas was absent among the school district’s staff, she answered unequivocally, “No.”
It is not clear how Salinas’ contract was initially approved, but each of the three time sheets submitted were approved by the school district’s business department. Over the course of the contract, Salinas almost exclusively billed the school district for two hours during the work week between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. On some days, Salinas billed an additional two hours in the evening between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Salinas is also a teacher at Chabot College and Cal State East Bay, in addition, to working for the Hayward Promise Neighborhood, a federally-funded program to help students in the city’s impoverished Jackson Triangle neighborhood.



Categories: Barbara Halliday, contract, Hayward, Hayward City Council, hayward school board, Lisa Brunner, Luis Reynoso, Mark Salinas, professional expert contract, Stan Dobbs

58 replies

  1. @942 You are correct..
    I am a teacher now and I remember also when our salary was increased to have health benefits transferred into our salary for our pensions.
    The hayward school board has done nothing wrong and the policy does say they can can have benefits up to what we as employees get.
    So now we get it on our salaries and the board should continue to get that also.
    Not sure what the argument is about and why they don't get benefits like the Alameda county office of ed board since the edcode language is the same. The county uses the same language as I verified.
    Nothing more like politics at play.

    It seems that the popcycle CLASS trash pact and their supporters are grasping at anything to come in even at lies and false accusations.

    All of us employees that have been there for a while understand that we get our health benefits through our salaries.

    My fellow teachers should stop asking for more free stuff too.

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  2. i said this before!! Is a lot more TRASH THAN CLASS!!!

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  3. Oh please, I've been around awhile too, and you know darn well that our salary schedule has not kept pace with the increases in the cost of health insurance. Or maybe you decline the district benefits, in which case you are fortunate to be able to spend the extra money at your discretion. If you are a teacher who ignores your union's endorsements and supports the current board, I hope you live somewhere else and I hope that place has a far more functional board than ours.

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  4. As you know .For several years, the Hayward Unified School District has ranked the bottom among all school district in the region , to fixing these problem requires new leadership . That is why to elect school board member who will focus on student and work together to improve their education experience
    I am Asian American , I will vote for Bob Carlson, Dan Goldstein on Nov 8 .. I vote for them because I think this is a time ( Reynoso, Walker, Taylro) NEED to go . If you see this video , you will know why I hate them
    http://video.husd.us/Mac/Board_2016_06_29.m4v
    In a school district like HUSD , your child Need your voice

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  5. As you know .For several years, the Hayward Unified School District has ranked the bottom among all school district in the region , to fixing these problem requires new leadership . That is why to elect school board member who will focus on student and work together to improve their education experience
    I am Asian American , I will vote for Bob Carlson, Dan Goldstein on Nov 8 .. I vote for them because I think this is a time ( Reynoso, Walker, Taylro) NEED to go . If you see this video , you will know why I want them out
    http://video.husd.us/Mac/Board_2016_06_29.m4v
    In a school district like HUSD , your child Need your voice

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  6. Melissa Sigars should have run for the Hayward Board instead of being a principal at West Contra Costa Unified so we can all see what true ghetto Class can be like. She is one creepy ghetto admin.

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  7. What a great idea! I would vote for her. Melissa Sigars in 2018!

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  8. @10:11 I finally looked at ghetto Melissa Sigars at the meeting you here all talk about.

    Wow what a fat ugly CRAZY woman. I am so dumbfounded that any district would have hired this Sigars whacked loud monster to lead teachers. Proof West Contra Costa Unified is much worse than HUSD. Nope I would not vote for that crazy ugly fat monster Melissa Sigars for any elected position. Someone needs to show her how to put on makeup. She looks like she has to shave her face constantly.

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