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Oakland school board to vote on new superintendent at April 30 meeting

The Oakland school board has postponed until April 30 a vote to approve a contract for its top pick to run the school district, Antwan Wilson.

The board had planned to vote Wednesday following a visit by three board members to Wilson's current employer, Denver Public Schools, where he is an assistant superintendent. The vote was delayed because details in Wilson's contract were still being worked out, said Oakland schools spokesman Troy Flint.

The April 30 meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the La Escuelita Education Center, 1050 Second Ave., Oakland. If approved, Wilson will be taking over from acting Superintendent Gary Yee, who has been in the office for one year following the departure of former Superintendent Tony Smith.

Hayward volunteers to spruce up campus

Volunteers will give a Hayward school's grounds a makeover Saturday morning.

Students, parents, teachers, staff and Comcast workers will weed, plant, clean up the grounds, repair benches and do some painting at Bidwell Elementary.

"We've got a lot of tasks on our list," said Andrea Hayes, principal of Treeview/Bidwell, a combined school with two campuses. "We're putting in new tetherballs, updating the playground."

One of the school's parents who works at Comcast nominated the school for the company's annual community service program, she said.

Kindergartners and first-graders attend Bidwell, then go to Treeview for second through fifth grade. Bidwell has two playgrounds, one for each grade.

"The kids are so excited," Hayes said. "It's all they've been talking about all week. They're looking forward to the new playgrounds."

Anyone wanting to join the cleanup can register at

All-city meet resumes in San Leandro

San Leandro's all-city youth track meet returns May 3 for the first time in 20 years.

The annual meet began in the 1950s but was halted in the 1990s as the condition of the city's track field deteriorates. Burrell Field reopened this school year after being rebuilt with money from a bond measure voters approved in 2010. The field is part of the $18 million Pacific Sports Complex that has a synthetic surface track and field and a combined soccer, baseball, softball and lacrosse field.

The track meet, called "Under the Lights," will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. at the field, behind Marina Square Shopping Center, between Teagarden Street and Interstate 880. Spectator admission is $5 for adults, free for students. Registration for the meet is being handled at the schools.

More information available at

Hayward foundation to honor heroes

The Hayward Education Foundation will honor 35 people at a dinner May 8.

The foundation asks public and private schools to each nominate a "Hayward Hero" who contributes to students' success. The foundation started the program in 2008.

The dinner is 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 8 at the Golden Peacock Restaurant, 24989 Santa Clara St. Tickets are $25; call 510-881-0890 or email Heroes are not charged.

Educators job fair Wednesday

The county Office of Education is hosting a job fair for educators Wednesday.

Recruiters will be at the fair. There are 300 education-related job openings in Alameda County, according to the office of education.

The fair also will have interview workshops, and those attending can get credential information and have their resumes reviewed.

The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Alameda County Office of Education, 313 W. Winton Ave., Hayward. For more information, go to or call 510-887-0152.

Fremont student wins essay contest

A Fremont student has won an annual Tri-City-area essay contest.

Sonia Sachar, an Irvington High sophomore, captured the top spot in the competition sponsored by the Newark Optimist Club, a social organization that awards scholarships to southern Alameda County students.

Sachar wrote the winning entry for an essay topic titled, "How Dreams Lead to Success."

She received a cash prize of $200, and advanced to the Optimist International's Pacific Central District competition, which includes contestants from Northern California, Northern Nevada and Utah where, she will compete for a $2,500 college scholarship.

Brianna Gomez, a Newark Memorial High senior, was awarded second place and a cash prize of $125. Kelsey Ichikawa, an Irvington High junior, finished third and won $75.

The winning essayists were honored April 9 at a contest awards breakfast in Newark.

Homeroom is a roundup of news from schools in Alameda County.