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GO Public Schools: Who will represent District 4? (Community Voices)

Photo used with permission from Go Public Schools.

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:

  • Friday, May 3 - Application form posted
  • Friday, May 17, 5 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of the candidate applications (note, can't be faxed or e-mailed)
  • Wednesday, May 29, 6 p.m. - Board of Education screens applications and selects candidates to be interviewed
  • Wednesday, June 5 - The Board of Education interviews identified candidates
  • Wednesday, June 12 - The Board of Education makes a provisional appointment

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.


Jonathan Klein
Executive Director
Great Oakland Public Schools

Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides education, advocacy, and leadership within the Oakland community so that all our students have the opportunity to attend quality public schools. The GO Leadership Center supports a coalition of Oakland families, students, teachers, principals, community, and civic leaders united around a positive, student-oriented vision for public education in our city.