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Stanley Dobbs

HAYWARD -- The newly chosen incoming interim school superintendent won't have to spend much time getting up to speed -- he was an assistant superintendent in Hayward until December.

Hayward school trustees voted 4-1 Saturday to appoint Stanley Dobbs interim superintendent, with trustee Luis Reynoso voting no. Dobbs has been chief financial officer for San Diego schools since leaving the Hayward district last year.

Hayward also plans to begin looking for a permanent superintendent, trustee Lisa Brunner said. "We wanted someone in place by July 1, and there just was not enough time to go through the whole process required to hire a permanent superintendent," she said.

Dobbs would have to apply for that job just as any other candidate would, Brunner said.

Dobbs said he is interested in the permanent position. "My hope is to give the district a road map for student success that requires more than an interim perspective," he said.

Dobbs, 47, was one of five interim candidates trustees interviewed Saturday. School board President William McGee said that the ideas that Dobbs presented impressed him.

"In my opinion, he has the knowledge and the wherewithal to manage our district and continue the forward momentum we have cultivated," McGee said.

Brunner agreed. "Stan Dobbs was the best fit for the district," she said.

Hayward has a good long-term plan with a strong focus on academics, thanks to the work of outgoing Superintendent Donald Evans and Matt Wayne, assistant superintendent of educational services, Brunner said.

"But we also need to pay attention to the bottom line. So I was looking for an administrator with more of a business focus rather than academic," she said.

Evans left Hayward to take the job of superintendent of the Berkeley Unified School District.

The terms of Dobbs' contract are being worked out, but it is expected he will begin July 1. The retired Navy commander said he looks forward to returning to the Hayward district. Dobbs began his earlier stint in Hayward in the summer of 2011 and served 18 months of his two-year contract.

"They treated me so well and allowed me to advance the causes of the community," he said. "I have a fondness for their willingness to build and transform Hayward into the city and community it can be. It's full of potential, and I look forward to working with them as we continue making educating the children a priority."

In San Diego, Dobbs oversaw business operations for a district with 132,000 students; Hayward has 21,500.

In April, he oversaw the sale of $530 million in bonds, part of a $2.8 billion measure approved by voters in November 2012.

Before joining San Diego Unified, Dobbs served as Hayward Unified's assistant superintendent of business. During that time, he worked to pass Measure G, a $58 parcel tax voters approved in June 2012.

In that campaign, Dobbs reached out and worked with the entire Hayward community, not just the teachers and staff, said Hayward teachers union President Mercedes Faraj, who suggested Dobbs as a candidate at an earlier board meeting.

"We had a momentum going in the district that we wanted to maintain," and Dobbs was familiar with Hayward schools, she said. The union, Hayward Education Association, also was impressed that he didn't make automatic cuts with the Hayward budget to balance the books, she said.

"He started looking at other revenue bases, including Measure G; he was finding other ways to bring money into the district," Faraj said.