Rip Van Winkle: Hayward school board candidate
Robert Carlson caught napping at a special board
meeting Monday evening.

New school construction and improvements to Hayward athletic facilities are more than $35 million over budget, the school district reported during a special meeting Monday.

The update on the status of the school bond measure passed two years ago is sobering news. But not enough for one school board candidate to stay awake during the meeting.

Robert Carlson, the former Chabot College president running for the school board under the banner of Hayward CLASS, was visibly asleep for much the early evening meeting.

Those in attendance said Carlson was seen nodding off near the end of the meeting which started at 6 p.m. at the district offices and ended around 8:30 p.m.

The school board race in Hayward has been unusual. The Hayward CLASS group is a group of business and faith leaders, who along with six of the seven members of the City Council is pushing to oust the three school board incumbents up for re-election next month.

Carlson is part of a trio of candidates recruited by the group, along with Hayward planning commissioner Daniel Goldstein and Todd Davis, who also attended Monday’s special meeting but left before its conclusion.