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    Hayward Unified School District superintendent Stan Dobbs may lose his seat Wednesday evening after a three-month long investigation into alleged wrongdoings. Michelle Roberts reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016)

    Suspended superintendent Stan "Data" Dobbs from Hayward Unified School District may lose his seat Wednesday when the board reevaluates his contract.

    The potential ousting comes after the completion of a three-month long investigation, which sifted through alleged wrongdoings committed by Dobbs during his tenure.

    In June, the suspended superintendent came under fire for inviting former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald, who was previously accused of domestic violence and sexual assault, to speak to students at Tennyson High School in Hayward about self-discipline. The students were not made aware of McDonald's criminal history before his motivational speech.

    Before that, Dobbs' run of controversial behavior began back in September 2015 when he allegedly got tangled up in a physical confrontation with two school board trustees during a closed-door meeting. During the tirade, the board members also claimed that Dobbs fired a profanity-laden rant toward the other board members during that meeting.

    Embattled Hayward Superintendent May Lose Job

    [BAY] Embattled Hayward Superintendent May Lose Job
    Suspended superintendent Stan "Data" Dobbs from Hayward Unified School District may lose his seat Wednesday when the board reevaluates his contract. Pete Suratos reports.
    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016)

    One of those trustees who filed a police report following that outburst says that the board does not currently hold any grudges against Dodds.

    "Well, there are plenty of rumors out there, but one thing I can assure you, there will be a school board meeting tonight and it will be like any other board meeting," board member Luis Reynoso said. "We're not here to fire anyone. We're here to do what's best for the kids and we will take action on items that are best for the kids."

    Dobbs, who denies any misconduct, started his stint with Hayward Unified in 2013 before being placed on paid administrative leave in June.

    A Change.org petition, which has grabbed 368 supporters as of late Wednesday morning, is currently in circulation voicing support for keeping Dobbs in office. It credits him for increased test scores and higher graduation rates in the district.

    Dressed in blue T-shirts, dozens of students and their parents flocked to the meeting at Hayward City Hall to support Dobbs. Melissa Sigars has two children in the district and believes Dobbs is the right leader for them.

    "He’s been this solid force that’s been invested in the kids and the community," she said.

    Wednesday night's meeting began with closed-door deliberations at 5 p.m.

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