Hayward Unified School District superintendent fired

Louis LaVenture,

It was not the farewell Superintendent Stan “Data” Dobbs was looking for.

On Sept. 15 the Hayward Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 3-0 to fire the embattled Dobbs following public and private meetings with Dobbs and his attorney Dorian Peters.

Dobbs was placed on administrative leave by the board in June when an investigation began into allegations made against him during his three-year tenure, and got paid until his termination. According to Dobbs’ termination paper, a September 2015 incident was cited that alleged he used profanity and threatened physical violence during a closed-door session with the board. However, the Hayward Police Department confirmed that no charges were ever pressed against him. In addition to the behavioral problems, the board also alleged that Dobbs mismanaged some bond-funded projects, a claim Dobbs denied.

Board President Lisa Brunner said Dobbs specifically handled the Measure I and L bonds wrong, he gave the board no information when it was requested and often told Brunner, “It was none of her business.” The bonds are part of a 10-year plan to revitalize the district through new facilities and resources through four different bonds.

Dobbs publically admitted to using profanity at that specific meeting, but denied any other wrongdoing. According to the termination letter, the board sent Dobbs a formal intent to fire him on Sept. 7 and after he was placed on leave, the board hired independent investigator Steve Hummel to investigate the allegations.

According to Hummel’s report, Dobbs cursed, used profanity, intimidated or threatened violence on several board and other staff members on at least four separate occasions. The report also found that Dobbs lied to Hummel about at least five different incidents that included an affair with a former district employee.

Brunner also said that Dobbs was over budget on several projects that included a new kindergarten through eighth grade facility for Cherryland Elementary School in North Hayward that was $12 million over the budget from the start. Brunner also said some of the bond measures were as much as $50 million over budget.

“The Governing Board is not only concerned with your past conduct, but is equally concerned with the conduct you might engage in if left in your position as Superintendent/CEO,” according to the termination letter.

Interim Superintendent Matt Wayne took over the duties for Dobbs when he was placed on leave in June. On Oct. 12, the board unanimously approved to keep Wayne in the superintendent role until June 30, 2018. Wayne will be paid the same salary as Dobbs, which is $240,000 per year in salary, and also gets a daily stipend of $160, according to the board.

A formal evaluation of Wayne is something that all superintendents go through and must be completed by June 1, 2017.