The majority of Dublin residents rarely venture into the Dublin Civic Center. Those that do are often seeking out building permits, are collecting city forms or are attending a City Council meeting. This made Thursday night a somewhat fascinating experience. A locally generated and promoted event highlighted a public debate with the four candidates seeking out the office of Mayor of Dublin for 2014 and beyond. Current Mayor Tim Sbranti will be terming out of his role and is pursuing office in the State Assembly. Thursday night’s event provided a platform for all four candidates to be heard. The candidates are: Shawn Costello, Kevin Hart, Kasie Hildenbrand and David Haubert. All four candidates possess respective merits and OneDublin.org elected to cover this event, including video highlights from the opening statements, questions and closing remarks.
While the subject matter presented was wide-ranging, we attempted to distill the questions and/or comments that related to educational matters. The debate was a two-hour affair that included questions to each candidate with provided a two-minute window to respond. This was then followed by a one-minute rebuttal by each individual. The debate concept was organized by local residents Kerrie Chabot and Mary Morehead, and was co-moderated by Todd Padnos and OneDublin.org editor, James Morehead.
The debate was well attended as more than 80 concerned citizens filled the City Hall chambers. Further, it was a very diverse group that represented all corners of Dublin. The event both started and ended on time.
The eight topics/questions centered on these themes:
The City of Dublin Mayoral race heats up tonight at 7pm as the four candidates for mayor, Shawn Costello, Kevin Hart, David Haubert, and Kasie Hidenbrand take center stage in a debate organized by local citizens. The event will be held at Dublin City Hall (100 Civic Plaza) starting a 7pm. For the first time in many years the race for mayor is wide open as long-time current mayor, Tim Sbranti, terms out and is running for a seat on the State of California Assembly.
The debate will be moderated by local residents James Morehead and Todd Padnos, and was organized by Kerrie Chabot and Mary Morehead, with questions drafted from suggestions submitted by residents from across the city.
The debate format will allow each candidate to make an opening and closing statement, with moderated questions providing an opportunity for a direct response and follow-up rebuttal.
From managing rapid growth, traffic congestion and crowded schools to preserving green space, from attracting high paying jobs and quality businesses to balancing budgets, the questions received cover a wide range of topics and a lively debate is anticipated.
Dublin High School Class of 2010 Alum Sarah Wolfish Graduates in 4 Years with Joint Degrees from Columbia and JTS
In this follow-up to Dublin High School Class of 2010 graduate Sarah Wolfish’s article about the first few months of college you’ll learn about the hard work that is inevitably woven into the fabric of pursuing a passion.
In the case of Ms. Wolfish, you’ll discover it is possible to earn two degrees from Columbia and the Jewish Theological Seminary in four years, while landing internships and finding time to socialize outside of class. Behind the students labeled gifted or talented what you’ll often find is a story of hard work, dedication and a burning desire to learn and grow.
OneDublin.org: Before understanding how you completed two degrees in four years, what were the programs you completed?
Sarah Wolfish: “I attended two schools full-time as part of a dual degree program at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. I had two sets of general ed requirements, as well as requirements for the separate majors. At Columbia, I double majored in Political Science and Economics. At the Jewish Theological Seminary I majored in Midrash, which is the intersection between Jewish Law and Jewish Folklore.”
OneDublin.org: How did you have a life while completing a dual degree program and multiple majors? What was your course load?
Wolfish: “Most people end up taking courses over the summer to make it work. What I ended up doing was taking 7-8 classes per semester, which is a very heavy workload for college, normally you take 4-5 classes. I was strategic about the make-up of each semester. I made sure that if I took a class like computer science I would balance it with a literature class so that problems sets and labs required by one class and essays required by another would be due at different times. I really had to think about how to balance my workload. With the exception of my freshman year, I was also able to secure an internship every year.”
OneDublin.org: Did you ever hit a wall where you weren’t sure if you could keep up the pace you set for yourself?
Dublin High School Alum Cynthia Moore Goes Backstage with a Syracuse University BFA in Stage Management
Dublin High School Class of 2010 graduate Cynthia Moore was one of the first students to participate in OneDublin.org’s Life in College series. Her story began at Santa Barbara City College and ended with a 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Stage Management from Syracuse University. OneDublin.org caught up with Ms. Moore, now living in New York, about how to successfully turn a two-year associate degree into a four-year bachelors degree through a community college transfer program.
OneDublin.org: Since you wrote your original article you transferred to Syracuse University and completed a BFA. What advice do you have for students hoping to successfully complete a four-year degree that includes a community college transfer?
Cynthia Moore: “I would advise anyone that wants to include a community college transfer to take as much of their general education requirements as possible at the community college. Chem 101 is going to be the same from school to school, so save the money and use it for your more specific upper division courses at a 4 year school.”
OneDublin.org: What attracted you to transfer to Syracuse University to complete your BFA?
Moore: “The networking opportunities and alumni were some of the bigger draws for me (Vanessa Williams and Taye Diggs graduated from Syracuse University Drama!). They got me looking at the school. Then I discovered the Stage Management BFA and loved the types of classes I would be taking. I was really excited for my design classes since I hadn’t had much experience with that at Dublin High School.”
OneDublin.org: You majored in Stage Management – for those not familiar with what happens backstage in the theatre, describe the role of a stage manager in a successful production.
Ponder this for a moment: You are a high school student and someone offers you the opportunity to view a first-run movie at a local theater during the school schedule. What would you do? Of course you would go. But what are the conditions? We explore all of these questions.
Through the generosity of CityServe of the Tri-Valley and others, this potential became a reality. CityServe is a community/faith based organization that supports a multitude of schools and other civic organizations. Over the last few years, they have “adopted” Valley High School in Dublin and have supported a number of their initiatives. Since last spring they have generously hosted a “Breakfast Club” on alternating Fridays. Through this venture, they have provided a healthy breakfast to the students at VHS.
Executive Director, Gloria Gregory has been the “tip of the spear” in leading this effort. While CityServe has supported many organizations throughout the Tri-Valley, VHS has become one of their favorite partners. In August, Gloria and her husband, Dean, viewed the widely distributed film “When the Game Stands Tall” at the Regal Cinemas. The film chronicles the path of the highly decorated De La Salle Football team once their 151 game winning streak had been stopped. The film depicts the many challenges that their coach and teammates met once they realized that the “streak” had little to do with themselves and how they must create a legacy for themselves. The film is based on a book by former Contra Costa Times Writer Neil Hayes. Generally, movie critics have been kind to the film and its message.
However, this is where it takes a local turn. Again, with Gloria’s association with the students of Valley High School and the positive messages delivered through the film, she wanted the VHS students to have access to this movie. Through her best efforts, she attempted to negotiate a reduced rate for both admission and refreshments. Once rebuffed, she further reached out directly to City of Dublin leadership in the form of Mayor Tim Sbranti and Councilman Dave Haubert to supplement this effort. It was successful in that the Valley High School students were able to participate in this event at no personal cost.
Dublin High School’s Sports Complex was standing-room only Wednesday evening for the 2014 edition of the annual Homecoming Skit Rally. For the families, friends, alumni and curious community members who were unable to attend OneDublin.org is pleased to present all four skits and the spirit squad performance in HD video, with a time lapse movie of the skits (if you only have three minutes to spare) as an added bonus. Photos from the event are available on OneDublin.org’s Facebook page (available here…).
Dublin High School Freshman Skit
The Dublin Unified School District has a small problem. However, it is a problem that many other school districts would wish to have. In 2006, the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) released a statement that 11 of its 18 districts would experience a decline in enrollment over the next several years. The notable exception to this was DUSD, which was projected for a +7.35% increase in the immediate term. This conservative estimate turned out to be more than accurate. With the rapid residential development in Dublin Ranch, Positano and beyond, DUSD has elected to take action to ensure that this exponential growth could successfully be managed. The opening of the new Amador Elementary School in 2015 needed to be factored into this equation. In addition, there are plans for the construction of a fifth elementary school (E-5) in the vicinity of Jordan Ranch sometime in the future.
But before one can look too far ahead, the immediate term requires immediate attention. Six months ago, the district assembled a formal Boundary Committee to examine and to construct a five year plan that could then be placed in consideration before the Board of Trustees for implementation. The committee consisted of numerous stakeholders including Parents, Teachers, Trustee members, School Administration and District Staff. Tess Johnson served as the Boundary Committee Chairperson. The group met numerous times starting in the spring of 2014 and into the fall. The goal was to solicit feedback/suggestions from the parties that would be directly be impacted by any boundary changes and to then crystallize multiple options for the Board of Trustees to consider. The plan is two-fold. One, critically examine the options that make the most sense in terms of “student load” vs. a school site’s actual capacity. And two, ensure that the residents potentially impacted would have a voice in any proposed changes. DUSD’s presentation at the community forum is available here.