More than a month after Fruitvale Elementary School principal seemingly vanished into thin air, the Oakland school district confirmed that Cherie Ivey would not be back next year.
“Ms. Ivey has retired, so now it’s time for us to select a new leader,” Sharon Casanares, an OUSD administrator, said during a meeting tonight in the school gym.
The news — and the lack of explanation behind it — did not go over well with the couple dozen parents who came to the meeting hoping for answers. Some walked out rather than join in a small group discussion on the qualities they hoped to see in a new principal.
Because it is considered a personnel matter, Casanares wouldn’t answer the parents’ questions about why Ivey retired so suddenly, or why she was not at the school during the last few weeks.
“That’s why I came to the meeting,” said Edda Garcia, whose two children go to the school. “I thought they were going to tell us what’s going on.”
A teacher who refused to give her name told me, rather cryptically, that there were two sides to every story. If the parents knew the truth, she said, they might be ready to move forward as well.
Note: If any of you read the related Tribune story, you probably noticed what I just did. I really so know how to spell Cesar — as in Cesar Chavez — I promise. Must have been a spell-check snafu. I’ll have it fixed soon.