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City of Dublin Council Member Candidate David Haubert on Education Partnerships

August 28, 2012

David Haubert has served Dublin students on the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees for the past ten years. This Fall, Mr. Haubert is running for an open seat on Dublin’s City Council. recently met with Mr. Haubert to learn more about his time on the school board, and how the City of Dublin and the Dublin Unified School District could work more closely together. Mr. Haubert is currently two years into a four-year term on the school board. If Mr. Haubert is successful in the election this Fall, an interim appointment will be made to fill his seat on the school board. Looking back on your ten years as a school board trustee, what are you most proud of?

David Haubert: “There are three areas I’d like to highlight. Dublin Unified is one of very few districts in the state of California that has increased test scores in each of the last eight years in which district-wide test scores have been tracked. We are one of very few districts in the state with a perfect record. I’m extremely proud of that.

“I’m proud of how we have provided not only better curriculum but better facilities for our students.

“Finally I’m extremely proud of the creative and out-of-the-box thinking I’ve been able to bring to the school board. For example, Dublin High School’s Advanced Scholar Diploma, which is modeled after the Regents Diploma in New York State, sets the bar at which students should reasonably be expected to be admitted into a 4-year university of their choice. Dublin is leading by having the Advanced Scholar Diploma and I expect more school districts in the state to follow our lead.

“Those three things – eight years in a row of positive test score growth, improving curriculum and facilities, and thinking out of the box to bring in improvements such as the Dublin High Advanced Scholar Diploma – are accomplishments that stand out.” Your oldest daughter just headed off to Chapman University after graduating from Dublin High with the Class of 2012, and your two younger daughters are attending Dublin public schools. What have you enjoyed about Dublin and its public schools during your time here?

Haubert: “Personally, it’s been very rewarding to help shape the quality of education in Dublin. My family has benefited from a well-rounded education and Dublin provides education opportunities for everyone and anyone. We benefit from a very diverse community, new cultures, varying socio-economic backgrounds, that results in very well-rounded, likable, sociable and interactive citizens. Our students are more than just book smart – they are people smart.” What was the motivation to consider city politics at this time?

Haubert: “I’m attracted by the opportunity to serve on the city council for several reasons. There are new challenges to overcome, it’s an exciting new environment where I can provide a leadership role and it expands my ability to contribute to the City of Dublin. At the same time we have a highly effective school board that I trust to continue the good work that we’ve done over the past ten years.” How do the City of Dublin and the Dublin Unified School District currently work well together? Are there opportunities for improvement?

Haubert: “After school programs, run by the city, are a great example of a partnership between the City of Dublin and the Dublin Unified School District. But when I talk to parents about after school programs not enough of them know that these programs exist, and parents would like more scheduling options to meet their unique needs. I think we need to find better ways to make people aware of the programs, and for the programs to become more flexible in order to best meet the needs of our community.

“Another good example is students who want to excel in the performing arts. The city can enable partnerships with local private theatre companies where the school district can provide the assets, such as the new Dublin High Performing Arts Center now under construction, with the city can providing administrative functions. The Amador Valley High School Performing Arts facility in Pleasanton is a good example. The new Dublin High Performing Arts Center, if we do it right, can serve the needs of the community and the school at the same time.

“The city and the school district can also do a better job sharing our park resources. In San Ramon there are stronger joint use agreements. As an example, shared parking doesn’t really exist at any of our parks. I look at Central Park in San Ramon where parking is used by both the city and the school district – by the city on the weekends and the school district during the week. It’s one example of how facilities can be shared between a city and a school district.

“Collaboration needs to occur between the city at the school district, and it does occur at the staff level. What needs to occur more, however, is collaboration at the elected level. As an example, in my ten years on the school board elected officials in the city and the school district have only met this past year. More collaboration will benefit both the city and the school district.” Dublin High has a couple of multi-million dollar projects yet to be completed – the Performing Arts Center that just broke ground and the potential of a new pool as a result of the recently passed bond measure. How can the city and school district work together on these projects?

Haubert: “The Performing Arts Center and the prospect of a new pool represent major opportunities for partnership with the city. There are great examples of cities that are able to collaborate and work together for the joint use of similar facilities. Ideas include joint management, rental partnerships with private entities, shared maintenance, and so on, so that the facilities are fully utilized and become an asset for the entire community as well as the school district.” What role can the city play in helping prepare our students for life after high school?

Haubert: “The city can do more in partnering with the school district. For example, the city could help create a student job fair program where businesses in Dublin looking to hire high school students can post opportunities at Dublin High, hold interviews and participate in a job fair. The city could help make it more convenient for students and businesses in Dublin to connect. After high school, the city could provide opportunities for internships or job shadowing within the city or in partnership with local businesses.

“There is a synergy between the school district, the city and businesses. If the city and the school district partner more closely it could lead to a strong pathways program, career development and career counseling opportunities. The city has a stronger and different relationship with local business that I believe could help our school district better prepare our students for life after high school.” What will you bring to the city council that is unique and different?

Haubert: “I believe schools are the single most important asset in a community, and Dublin is no exception. I believe that a deep, intimate understanding of the school district’s needs and opportunities is beneficial to any city council member. I have the most experience, as a school board trustee, of any candidate in the race. While school board experience is not a hard requirement for serving as a council member, it is a huge asset.”

David in front of the new Dublin High School Student Union building