HAYWARD -- Hayward Unified trustee Annette Walker called out Mayor Michael Sweeney at Wednesday's school board meeting over his negative remarks about the district.
She prefaced her remarks by thanking the mayor and city for making education a key component of the city's general plan, which is being updated. She then turned her attention to the mayor's frequent criticism of the school district and its low test scores.
"I just want to say personally and directly to the mayor that collaboration, cooperation and unification is what we need rather than more negative perception of who we are as a community and schools," she said. "So the first place for us to begin is how we use the language in talking about and referencing our community and schools."
She went on to say that negative remarks are a direct reflection on the children.
"At the end of the day, it's about the students. They're listening to what we're saying as adults about our own schools." Walker said. "Let's keep that in mind, Mr. Mayor."