HAYWARD -- Principals and vice principals will not receive pink slips as had been feared after the Hayward Unified School District superintendent sent an email earlier this month saying that the school board was considering more layoffs.
The board went into closed session Wednesday to discuss whether to send out the notices, but took no action except to dismiss one coordinator, who was not identified. Wednesday's meeting was the last chance for trustees to approve the pink slips before Friday's state deadline to send out the notices.
While she could not comment on what was said in closed session, Trustee Lisa Brunner said Thursday, "As far as the pink slips, I feel it was the best possible outcome. The district needs stability; we need to move forward."
Administrators at more than two dozen schools in the district received an email from Superintendent Donald Evans on March 1 telling them that the board would consider sending out the pink slips to give Evans flexibility to reorganize or restructure the district.
On Feb. 27, the board voted to dismiss five principals -- one high school, one middle school and three elementary -- and two assistant principals. The blanket pink slip would have applied to the rest of the district's 30 principals.
During board comments Wednesday, Trustee Annette Walker brought up the pink slips.
"I'm compelled to address the elephant in the room," she said, going on to say that she understood the
"I'm asking you to keep the faith and trust us and hang in there with us," Walker said.
Trustee William McGee said at Wednesday's meeting that information from closed session cannot, by law, be discussed, but the board has a commitment to sharing as much information as it can.
On Thursday, Ruus Elementary School parents and staff protested the dismissal of the school's principal, Garry Galvan, one of the three grade school principals the board voted to let go Feb. 27, based on the superintendent's recommendation. Galvan had been at Ruus, a low-performing school, since the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.
Evans, who was not available for comment Thursday, has scheduled two town hall meetings at which he will share his vision for the district and hear from residents: 10 a.m. to noon April 20 at Schafer Park Elementary School and 10 a.m. to noon April 27 at Winton Middle School.
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