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Monday, August 12, 2013

'Data' Dobbs Denies Ever Dropping Candidacy For Hayward Superintendent

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD | Hayward’s new Superintendent, Stan Dobbs, claims he never dropped out of the superintendent race in a recent interview with the East Bay Citizen at the July 24 board meeting despite evidence that proves otherwise. Dobbs blatantly told The Citizen that “I don’t know anything about this pulling out,” even though Dobbs own legal counsel contacted the Hayward school board’s legal counsel in June citing “harassment” as reason enough for him to seek work elsewhere.

When pressed further, citing an email from the school board’s legal counsel, Mary T. Hernandez, to the Hayward school board that references Dobbs receiving “harassing phone calls, leaks of confidential information and damaging erroneous information,” Dobbs shot back with “You don’t have an email from me saying ‘I’m pulling out.’”

However, the email clearly states Dobbs' intention to pull his name from consideration just days before the school board approved his one-year contract. "I just received a call from Mr. Dobbs' legal counsel," wrote Hernandez. "She told me that he is withdrawing as a candidate and is no longer interested in the position. I asked her if there was any way to change his mind, did he want to make a counteroffer, etc.? She said no, because of the 'harassment' he has been experiencing."

When reminded of these facts, Dobbs refused to continue discussing the topic further and instead tried to change discussion. “There are so many things going on in the district that we can talk about and make change. I really would like a discussion on those kind of things.” Dobbs, in an effort to further avoid questions, said positive discussion was needed.

On other topics Dobbs was asked to talk about former Superintendent Donald Evans and what positive and negative actions he made and what he would do differently than Evans. Dobbs kept his answer short, praised Evans, and then ended the interview in the middle of a follow up question claiming he needed to speak to his constituents. Dobbs worked under Evans at the Hayward Unified School District up until last November when Dobbs took a position with the San Diego Unified School District.

The email penned by the school board's legal counsel also refers to The Citizen, albeit without directly naming this publication. The “harassing” phone calls referred to The Citizen questioning Dobbs about his resume and his Stanford Executive Certificate which a contracted law firm claimed he did not have in a short phone interview on June 13. These findings were later proved erroneous when board member and Dobbs supporter, John Taylor, finally produced evidence of Dobbs' certificate more than a week later.

But in between that time Dobbs had dropped out of the race, claiming harassment but also, according to other inside sources, wanted a larger contract similar to former Superintendent Donald Evans. Dobbs’s actions to cut loose appeared to influence some board members, such as Taylor and board member Lisa Brunner to argue for a larger contract which he received at a tune of $229,000.

Shortly after the interview, the board president, William McGee, confirmed to The Citizen that the entire board did receive an email stating that Dobbs had pulled out. Also, board member Luis Reynoso says he received the email as well from Hernandez.

Despite his clear reticence in taking the job as interim superintendent, Dobbs said during his first meeting two weeks ago that he wishes to focus on math to improve critical thinking and analytic thought. He also promised to tackle the “32 percent who did not graduate last year” and called it his “32 Plan.” He also wants to place greater focus on intervention, credit recovery and direct counsel and services to at risk students and families.

Shane Bond is an East Bay Citizen contributor. Follow him on Twitter @Shane_Bond_

43 comments :

So he starts his tenure by not telling the truth, is defensive, and otherwise appears to be disrespectful in his treatment of others. Someone needs to remind him that he's dealing with civilians not military personnel.

Mr. Data's conduct during the interview is no different than it was during his first employment with HUSD. He is an arrogant man who believes that the mere fact that he had career in the military makes him deserving of adulation and total trust. Well I for one owe him nothing. He is simply using HUSD as the holding place until the next time he is caught being ineffective, disrespectful, and misleading.

I wonder what other things he doesn't want to have found out about his character? Perhaps EBCitizen can look into them.

What a stupid man with no education to lead educators.

We need to fire him and the school board that brought him to us.

The 32 plan sounds like a great idea. We must find a way to keep our kids in school.

The 32 plan is a plan with no plans-- designed by people with no planning experience in education.
Bad Data = Garbage in Garbage out

So I wonder what Mr. Data and the HUSD board will use as an excuse for the continued failure of our students as reported on the latest test results. Once again, HUSD is the lowest of the low in Alameda County. Millions upon millions of dollars have been infused into the district to improve student success, progress and test scores...ALL TO NO AVAIL!!! Why on God's earth would the government want to send any more money to HUSD to squander on consultants, moving expenses for interim superintendents, programs that duplicate programs that were abolished several years ago, etc. etc. etc??? The answer is because HUSD can write plans that make sense on paper but cannot find the way to implement them. The staff can make the government feel sorry for our failing students but can't seem to see that it is the administration that continues the failure.

By the way EBCITIZEN why don't you investigate the costs of Mr. Data and the majority of the board that have been allocated to a Public Relations firm to clean up Mr. Data's image and the district's image. I wonder, did they ever discuss this expenditure in public; or was it just approved on the consent calendar?

Thank you Mr. Taylor for your comment. Where is there any racial content in the posts on this article? In your imagination and in your own insecurity about who was hired to lead HUSD? Get over it. No one is the least concerned about what race Mr. Data is...incompetence doesn't know color.

Out of everything, that is the only thing you have chosen to fixate on? I saw you at that meeting, Shane. Greasy, distracted, typing away your mindless self indulgent tweets.

Reread your article. He never denied TO YOU that he pulled out. People are allowed to have a change of heart. You've never hemmed and hawwed about a job before? Oh wait, this is clearly the only position you've ever held.

Email transmissions are not a matter of public record. If you were to work for a school district, which you obviously don't, you'd realize there is a confidentiality disclaimer the emails. Quite common practice in this day and age, young man. No one but the eyes of the intended should read the email. It doesn't matter if you got a copy of it, if you are reading it, it's wrong. If you are posting it, it's wrong. It's not under "Brown Act" or "Roberts" purvue.

You might need to take a few professional development courses on journalism, kid. This is supposed to be EB Citizen. Not EB Opinion.

Sorry to the poster regarding emails. While they are confidential in the immediate, they become a right to public knowledge if there is a lawsuit brought that those emails would have direct connection to.

Now for the board meeting of Wednesday... I found it appalling that the district is being sued under the American's With Disabilities Act regarding the construction of the new schools, and probably most of our existing schools. The regulations that govern access for disabled have been in place for many years. The architects, builders and inspectors have copious lists of compliance issues they must check off before a building is considered complete and ready for occupancy. Dr. Reynoso was right when he suggested that perhaps there has been malfeasance when it concerns the spending of public funds to build schools that do not meet the standards of the ADA. The contractors, architects and inspectors who had the controls should be the ones that are sued; and HUSD should have its feet held to the fire for allowing this to happen. But then, HUSD has never been known to be sensitive to those in our community who are disabled, particularly its students and their families.

Schools are open and as usual, some of our schools are continuing to ignore the law when it comes to requiring students/families to purchase supplies that MUST BY LAW, be provided to each and every student. They continue to take advantage of the ignorance of parents and families; prey upon those of us who want our students to have every opportunity to succeed. HUSD's administrators continue to cry about the lack of funds to adequately supply our classrooms, yet they continue to hire consultants; pay enormous salaries to administrators that either don't know or don't care about the law; continue to guilt parents/families into allowing them to misuse funding. PARENTS/FAMILIES YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PURCHASE ANY SUPPLY THAT IS DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO CLASSROOM TEACHING AND STUDENT LEARNIG! NO CHILD CAN BE FORCED OR MANIPULATED INTO ASKING THEIR FAMILY TO PURCHASE PAPER, PENCILS, MARKERS, CALCULATORS, NOTEBOOKS. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN TRICKED INTO DOING THIS, SUBMIT YOUR BILL TO THE DISTRICT FOR REPAYMENT.

Wasn't Dobbs also supposedly watching the money spent while he was the cfo here last time? Go figure!

Yep, he watched the money go out to the favored few, consultants, lawn maintenance, contractors. Forget watching it to create more chances for students to succeed.

11:52 EVERY DISTRICT HAS WISH LISTS MORON

What the hell wish list are you speaking of? The Free Public Schools Act means exactly what it says. No student shall be required to supply any materials that are associated with instruction in any particular classroom or subject area. It is the responsibility of all school districts to budget for and provide any and all supplies required by the instructor to facilitate learning. so the wish list is non-existent.

8/26 @2:26pm The Wish List should be that HUSD administration and board of education OBEY THE LAW! For years now HUSD has preyed upon ignorant parents and families and convinced them it is morally right and their absolute responsibility to provide supplies for their children. They have perpetrated a lie. HUSD has sliced their classroom supplies budget and used unknowing and unsuspecting parents and families to pay these supply costs thus freeing up money for HUSD to increase administrative salaries, hire consultants, and who knows what else. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Seems like 2:26 is an ignorant moron.

As long as Hayward gets ignorant people like 2:26 Hayward will never move ahead.

Law is the Law MORON!!! obey it for public education is that..public education and no one needs to buy anything as long as it was designed to be public.

I just want to know where all the money is going.

Data Dobbs is an ignorant uneducated moron.

the education and facilities are there..the supervision is there..the lunch and breakfast are there.

parents can't buy some simple #2 pencils?????

then stop breeding. buying back to school supplies is a tradition. An american one at that. When AB1575 was passed, the background info was that LAUSD was charging students for TEXTBOOKS

Reynoso can get on here or at the board meetings and cry conspiracy and breaking the law but the truth of the matter is that a FAPE is being provided to our children. Curriculum, teachers, books. etc etc etc

Is it unfair to reasonably expect parents to shell out for binder paper and pencils? Seriously?

Remember when TI calculators were required? What did our hardworking parents do? Sacrifice to buy them. The cost of having kids, people. If not, get fixed.

2:25 is another ignorant moron not aware about the law...we are in trouble.

To 8/27@2:25pm:
Yes it is unreasonable and unfair and illegal to require parents/guardians to provide supplies that the education codes mandate school districts must budget for and provide! The purpose of the Free Public Schools law is to insure that all students have an equal opportunity to participate in the curriculum in each and every classroom, regardless of their family's financial circumstance. Grades/student success may not be dependent upon a student's ability to pay!

Parents have always had the opportunity to supplement supplies in individual classrooms and those who can will. However, in this particular financial time in our city, county, state and nation many people are not employed or are severely underemployed and to expect or demand that they choose between their child's education and paying a bill or buying food or shoes for their child is unacceptable!

Years ago, local districts decided to play upon the ignorance and guilt of parents and began to "cry poor" and before anyone in the community realized the supply budget for districts became the responsibility of families. It was against the law then and it is now; and remained the practice until a little over 2 years ago when the ACLU filed a law suit and districts in California were told to STOP! HUSD's board of education and district administration was given directives regarding ceasing the practice. They were put on notice and under the leadership of Janis Duran and then Dr. Evans they continued to ignore the cease and desist orders. They ignored the mandate to inform parents/guardians that they were no longer required to purchase any supplies for curriculum and followed the adage "What they don't know won't hurt them". Required lists went home, parents/guardians supplied and the law was ignored.

So here we are again, a new year and the practice continues. If I had a student in HUSD you can bet your socks, teeth and bottom dollar I would be suing!

2:25 Reynoso stop posting and read your board materials. Or at least compose your questions for staff before you go on your own personal tirades.

4:03 and you would be thrown out of court. "suggested items"

no one is made to buy anything. As parents it is our DUTY to buy pencils, shoes, graph paper etc etc etc for our kids.

Again, moan and whine or step up to the plate and buy the damned 98 cent paper. Yes the economy is bad, but that's across the board.

2:25 Reynoso stop posting and read your board materials. Or at least compose your questions for staff before you go on your own personal tirades.

4:03 and you would be thrown out of court. "suggested items"

no one is made to buy anything. As parents it is our DUTY to buy pencils, shoes, graph paper etc etc etc for our kids.

Again, moan and whine or step up to the plate and buy the damned 98 cent paper. Yes the economy is bad, but that's across the board.

AB 1575 defines a student fee as any charge or deposit that students and their families have to pay “as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.” However, it does allow schools to ask for voluntary contributions.

AS A CONDITION FOR REGISTERING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



ALSO

In the legal depositions, students described being singled out and humiliated by teachers for being unable to pay the fees. The student plaintiff known as Jane Doe said her sophomore Spanish teacher wrote the names of the students who had not yet bought their textbooks on the white board so everyone in the class knew who couldn’t afford the books.



SO, simpletons, wish lists for pencils that will be used as common property= OK

Making kids by their own books and humiliating them for not= NOT OK

Turn off your computer, reynoso.

This is not Luis Reynoso posting about requiring students/families to purchase supplies. I am someone who has been fighting this issue for longer than I care to count. Of course families can voluntarily purchase classroom supplies and most do as a matter of course; however they cannot be mandated to do so.

2:03pm..you are choosing to interpret the law in the most narrow way so that you can make my posting look foolish...well you are the fool. I know the law, I know what HUSD and other districts are doing and it is illegal. You can't win this argument 2:03pm!

This is not Luis Reynoso posting about requiring students/families to purchase supplies. I am someone who has been fighting this issue for longer than I care to count. Of course families can voluntarily purchase classroom supplies and most do as a matter of course; however they cannot be mandated to do so.

2:03pm..you are choosing to interpret the law in the most narrow way so that you can make my posting look foolish...well you are the fool. I know the law, I know what HUSD and other districts are doing and it is illegal. You can't win this argument 2:03pm!

4:05

What a chicken little moron you are.
Silly little fool. HUSD has not mandated anyone to buy supplies. The law is open to interpretation, that said, your panties don't need to get into a bunch just because you have to buy your kids some pencils.


Now I'll wait for your asinine reply.

Dobbs is a moron as a superintendent that can not read any law to interpret. I have finally heard him on tv. What has the school board done this time? Way to go Lisa Bruner and company.

Mr. Data is such a fine role model for our English language learners...not! If you listen to all of the board members, they too have a long ways to go to master the English language.

Mr. Data is such a fine role model for our English language learners...not! If you listen to all of the board members, they too have a long ways to go to master the English language.

I have not been here for a few weeks now. EB citizen keep it up:)

I think board trustees John Taylor, Will McGee and Lisa Brunner and superintendent Stan Dobbs are the worst of the worst I have ever heard in board meetings. Please somebody teach them proper English speaking.

I am getting too disappointed of hearing " you all..." and that is just the part we understand.the rest of what they speak is not understandable.

As for school fees I a not sure what confusion there is because the law is very easy to understand and not open for interpretation. Public education is just that and parents should not be asked to supply anything from teachers salaries to desks to paper, books, or pencils, or computers.

Sept.1, 10;46am
You must be the only person besides me that understands the law about school supplies. It is really too bad that parents/guardians are so ignorant and that HUSD takes advantage of that ignorance of the law. Many people have tried very hard over the last couple of decades to inform and educate parents, students and teachers about this topic. Somehow, because school districts "cry poor" everyone is guilted into taking on a burden that districts may not place upon parents/students/guardians. It is a real shame!

Sept.1, 10;46am
You must be the only person besides me that understands the law about school supplies. It is really too bad that parents/guardians are so ignorant and that HUSD takes advantage of that ignorance of the law. Many people have tried very hard over the last couple of decades to inform and educate parents, students and teachers about this topic. Somehow, because school districts "cry poor" everyone is guilted into taking on a burden that districts may not place upon parents/students/guardians. It is a real shame!

10:46?

humble much?

buy your kids' damn pencils and STFU

I agree with 10:46, why should we be made to fund anything in education? If the schools would just budget for their supplies then there would not be a need for forcing the public to contribute with parcel taxes or bonds.
...if it was only pencils.... The reality is more like school buildings, expensive textbooks and computers. I do not believe any parent would complain about 99 cent pencils but would about a budget that does not plan for conducting public education. 2:14 you appear ignorant like that clown school board that can't speak English.

To every person commenting on ebcitizen, stop posting anonymously! I cannot take anything seriously when I have no clue who is speaking. How do I know that board members are not on here posting as if they were a supportive community member? Act as a member of the community and show your faces.

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