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 our GO community to help identify and encourage District 4 leaders to apply for the position. As you 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 toward its goals. The board also approves, renews, and denies contracts and charters, and sets priorities for a $600 million dollar 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 are a resident of District 4. 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 by Friday, May 17th and the final appointment scheduled to occur on June 12th.
The full process adopted by the Board is as follows:
Click here to view the Notice of Vacancy.Click here view the official application.
- Friday, May 3 - Application form posted
- Friday, May 17, 5:00 P.M. - Deadline for receipt of the Candidate Applications (note, cannot be faxed or e-mailed)
- Wednesday, May 29, 6:00 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 GO community can help our school board find a great leader to serve Oakland's students on the Board. If you have any questions or comments, please be in touch.
Great Oakland Public Schools
P.S. - I have been deeply flattered by the number of people who have encouraged me to apply for the position. However, I have decided, for a number of reasons, that this is not the right time for me to seek a school board seat. Thank you, as always, for your support.