The Hayward school district will be dedicating two rebuilt schools this month.
On Sept. 8, there will be a ribbon-cutting at Fairview Elementary School at 23515 Maud Ave. For the past two years, students at the school have been attending classes at the old Muir Elementary School site at Soto Road and Orchard Avenue while Fairview was rebuilt from the ground up. Students moved into the rebuilt campus on Aug. 23.
The ceremony is 10 a.m. to noon.
And dedication of Schafer Park Elementary School takes place 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 15. Students moved into that school in January, and the old building was then torn down.
"We're extremely proud that we're able to offer the newest facilities and the newest technologies for our students to help them prepare to succeed in the 21st century," said Hayward school board president Jesus Armas.
The new schools are two of five Hayward schools that have undergone either massive renovations or a complete rebuild through Measure I, a $205 million bond approved by voters in 2008. East Avenue Elementary was dedicated in July. Dates have not been set for ribbon cuttings for the other two, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Tyrrell Elementary. Tyrrell is scheduled to be completed in November.
"We're also pleased and proud of the fact that the voters of Hayward were willing to embrace redevelopment and construction of new schools as they did in the 2008 election," Armas said.
The public is invited to the ribbon-cuttings.
"We're very excited and hope that as many of our residents as are able will join us not only at the Fairview dedication but those that are planned over the next number of weeks," Armas said.
All of the schools that were renovated or rebuilt were more than 50 years old. The project is the first step of a four-part master plan to renovate all Hayward Unified campuses.
New academic chief gets 3-year contract
The New Haven Unified School District board has given its newly hired chief academic officer a three-year contract, and granted a one-year contract extension to the district's chief business officer and chief personnel officer.
Arlando Smith, the district's new chief academic officer, will be paid an annual salary of $157,754 for the next three years, New Haven spokesman Rick LaPlante said.
The board also voted to add a third year to the contracts of Derek McNamara, New Haven's chief personnel officer, and Akur Varadarajan, the district's chief business officer.
McNamara's annual salary is $157,754, while Varadarajan's is $163,415.
Each employee's wages includes health benefits, which are deducted from those salary amounts, LaPlante said.
School board members recently approved the contract extensions by a 4-1 margin.
All New Haven employees are working nine fewer days and taking an additional 1 percent cut in salary, a $9,000 decrease for Smith, McNamara and Varadarajan, said LaPlante.
Newark has new assistant principals
Two new assistant principals have joined Newark schools.
Hecate Rosewood has been hired as the new assistant principal at Newark Junior High School. Rosewood joined the Newark Unified School District staff in August 2011 when she was hired as a district coordinator.
Rosewood, who previously worked in the Alisal Union School District in Salinas, has an annual salary of $113,020, said Timothy Erwin, the senior director of human resources for Newark schools. She replaces James McGee, who is the new principal at Fairview Elementary School in Hayward.
Phillip Morales is the new assistant principal at Newark Memorial High School, where his annual salary is $98,612. Morales worked last year as the vice principal of administration of Terra Nova High School in Pacifica, in the Jefferson Union High School District.
Morales is filling a position left vacant when David Hamahashi retired last year.