A letter to the Oakland community from GO Public School's Executive Director Jonathan Klein.
We need your help to identify a leader with both a strong commitment to children and public schools - and the skills to be an effective member of the school board.
As you may know, due to Gary Yee's appointment as Acting Superintendent, there is a vacancy for District 4 on the Oakland Unified School Board. Rather than hold a special election - with an estimated cost exceeding $250,000 - the school board voted to accept applications, interview and then appoint a new director to represent District 4 for the year and a half that remains of the current term (until January 2015).
This is an excellent opportunity for the Oakland education community to help identify and encourage District 4 leaders to apply for the position. As you may know, school board members have a tremendous impact on students by helping set policy priorities to better serve students and ensure that OUSD makes progress towards its goals.
The board also approves, renews and denies contracts and charters and sets priorities for a $600 million budget. In addition, the new school board member from District 4 will have an important role in selecting the next permanent superintendent for OUSD.
Applicants must be District 4 residents; Click here to determine if you qualify.
Note that City Council districts are the same as school board districts. The process will move quickly over the next several weeks with applications due Friday, May 17. The final appointment is scheduled to occur on June 12.
The full process adopted by the board is as follows:
We hope the Oakland education community can help our school board find a great leader to serve our students on the board. If you have any questions or comments, please be in touch.
Great Oakland Public Schools