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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Hayward Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Robert Carlson

Retired College President
18,344 votes (16.29%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Develop a Board capable of providing leadership in a effective, professional, and student-centered manner
  • Develp a strong District leadership team and encourage the Board work repectfully in partnership with that team
  • Rebuild trust in the Board and build a shared collaborative relationship with community, teachers, students, and staff



Profession:Retired President of Chabot College
President of Chabot College, Hayward CA, Chabot Las Positias Community College District (2002–2008)
Executive Dean of the Gallup Campus, University of New Mexico (1995–2002)
Manager for Economic Development, San Diego Community College District (1994–1995)
Various Dean and Vice president positions, : (1977–1994)
On faculty, Germanna Community College; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1971–1976)


Cal State Eastbay, Hayward CA Masters Degree in Education, instructional technology (2007)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg VA Doctorate in Education (EdD) (1976)
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL Masters Degree in Education, co-majors in community college education and technical education (1971)
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL Bachelor of Arts, education (1971)
SIU School of Technical Careers Associate Degree, automotive technology (1971)

Community Activities

President, Vice President, Old Highlands Home Owners Association (2006–2016)
Member, Rotary International, Hayward CA (2003–2016)
Volunteer, Arthritis Foundation (2010–2016)
Board Member, Sun Gallery, Hayward CA (2004–2009)
Board Member, St Rose Hospital Foundation, Hayward CA (2003–2005)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Barbara Halliday, Mayor, City of Hayward
  • United Association Local Union 342
  • Hayward Chamber of Commerce

Organizations (5)

  • R Zaballos and Sons
  • Sprinkler Fitters, Local 483
  • Felson Companies
  • Cherryland Community Association
  • Hayward Firefighters, Local 1909

Elected Officials (11)

  • Fred Simms, Alameda County Board of Education
  • Ffranciseo Zermeno, Hayward City Council member
  • Mark Salinas, Hayward Council Member
  • Rich Hatcher, HARD Board member
  • Minane Jameson, HARD Board President
  • Lou Andrade, Board member, HARD
  • Bill Quirk, California Assemblymember
  • Al Mendall, Hayward City Council member
  • Sara Lamnin, Hayward City Council member
  • Elisa Marquez, Hayward City Council member
  • Aisha Knowles, Trustee Alameda County Board of Education

Individuals (43)

  • Larry Ratto, Retired Educator and Hayward City Council member
  • Chris Lam, President of Pucci Foods
  • Bill Ward, Retired Hayward City Council Member
  • Chris Zaballos
  • Brian M. Schott, Hayward Business Owner
  • Dr. Gerald Reyes, PhD in Education
  • Didacus Ramos, Urban Planner
  • Bernadette Pilar Zermeño Reyes, Educator
  • Grant Peterson, Ret. Hayward School Board Member
  • Paul Martin
  • Greg Jones, Realy World Ceighbors, Former Hayward City Council Member
  • Andy Krake, Immediate Past President Hayward Rotary Club
  • Judy Harrison
  • Andrew Kong Knight, Artist and Art Educator
  • John Hazatone, Former HUSD Principal
  • Rudy Grasseschi, Hayward businessman
  • Sarah Gonzales, Retired Professor Cal State Eastbay
  • Paul Frumkin III, Retired HUSD Board President
  • Blake Felson
  • Melinda Matsuda, Retired Vice President Chabot College
  • Joe and Ann Farias, Educators
  • Mariellen Faria, Planning Commissioner
  • John Evans and Nancy Evans, Former principal of Cherryland school
  • Tony Dutra, CEO Dutra Land and Consulting Services
  • Kevin Dowling, Former Hayward Council Member
  • Jan Arney, Retired HUSD Principal
  • Miguel Delgado, Financial Planner
  • Annette DeJulio, retired teacher
  • C. Edward Bullock, President of Danville Realty
  • Sherman and Allison Lewis
  • Kari McAlister
  • Bonnie Moss, Retired HUSD Trustee
  • Christine Quinn, Former HUSD Asst. Superintendent
  • Pam Russo
  • Robert Sakai
  • Michael Sweeney, Retired Mayor of Hayward
  • Joel Thornley, Retired Superintendent of HUSD
  • Charley Plummer, Sheriff Emeritus
  • John and Sandra Davini
  • Otto Catrina, Catrina and Sons Properties
  • Liz Bathgate, retired teacher
  • Jan Arney, Retired Principal
  • Freddye Davis, President of Hayward South Alameda County NAACP

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Robert Carlson:

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) must be developed every three years and include goals, strategies, and assessment processes. This plan needs to be developed with the cooperation of parents, teachers, school personnel, students, and with the help of a parent advisory committee. The Board must have open communications with all these stakeholders and provide them substantive participation in the process.

Likewise Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) provides a set amount of funding for each pupil. The same stakeholders who provided guidance for the development of the goals also need to have input in how resources, including budget, will be used to meet the goals that were set.

Finally, the school Board needs to develop a shared and collaborative long-term relationship with District teachers and staff as well as the community. High levels of truthful, accurate, data driven communication would build trust and an atmosphere of mutual responsibility for the academic result of the planning process. The Board, District staff, and community must work together to build the accountability plan that provides the best education possible with the resources available.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Candidate Statement


Breif sumary of Education, Qualifications and Goals



I have dedicated 40 years to education, serving as a teacher, student advocate, and president of Chabot College, before retiring in 2008.  I believe in public service and have served on the boards of St. Rose Hospital and Sun Gallery, volunteered with Rotary, and led my Hayward homeowner’s association. This experience drives my desire to see an effective, respected Hayward Unified School District Board.  I am concerned about the ongoing turbulence at HUSD. I have spent years working directly with school boards to achieve results that release the full potential of students. If you elect me, I will use my education, skills and experience to help rebuild trust in the Board.  I will bring intelligence and good ideas, be a good listener, and respect different viewpoints.  I will do my homework and give the time and energy necessary to be an effective trustee.  My leadership will help the Board create a shared vision for success, maintain a positive work climate, set priorities that deliver results, and provide accountability to the public. HUSD will put students first with quality Board leadership. Help me take that step - for our students, for our community. Vote Carlson on November 8. Thank you!  Learn more:




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