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April 27, 2010 > Letter to the editor: Certification of Hayward School Board Trustee

Letter to the editor: Certification of Hayward School Board Trustee

In accordance with California Education Code and advice of legal counsel, I certify that as of April 16, 2010, the provisional appointment of the Hayward School Board Trustee was made effective and that Jesus Armas will remain a board Trustee until the November 2, 2010 election. I have carefully stayed within my legal responsibilities to identify whether the required conditions to call for a special election have been met.

The Hayward Unified School District Board held a special meeting on March 17, 2010 to interview candidates and made a provisional appointment at that meeting to fill the Board vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. Sarah Gonzales on February 22. On March 18, a notice of provisional appointment to the governing board of HUSD was made public.

In accordance with Education Code section 5091, in order for the voters to request a special election, signatures from one and one-half percent of registered voters were required to be submitted to the County Superintendent thirty days from the appointment of Jesus Armas to the HUSD Board. The number of registered voters as of the November 2008 board election was 67,671. The 104 signatures submitted April 16th did not meet the threshold of 1,015 signatures as established by the Education Code.

According to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, a special election would cost the district $388,488. As fiscal adviser to the Hayward School District under AB 1200, I remind petitioners and the public that a special election would be fiscally irresponsible. In the face of deep and persistent cuts to educational programming, a costly election is an unnecessary and harmful expense that negatively impacts HUSD's ability to serve students.

Stable, effective school boards are essential to the responsible governance of our public schools. We trust in individuals to represent parents and community members to ensure that children receive an education that adequately prepares them for successful adulthood. I hope we can move beyond the current controversy and on to the work of serving students and families in Hayward.

Sheila Jordan
Superintendent
Alameda County Schools

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