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BayCES leadership transition is celebrated — tearfully

JubbSteve Jubb, executive director of the Oakland-based Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools, steps down from his post at the end of the month. At a reception this evening in Preservation Park, over hors d’oeurves and glasses of wine, an intimate group of local educators celebrated the influential leader’s vision, support and persistence.

Jubb said he decided to leave his position after 11 years, in part, because the organization is strong. BayCES has been a major player in local education reform efforts, including the creation of dozens of small schools and the redesign of the Oakland school district.

“It’s always the best time to step aside when things are going well,” he said.

 lashawnresize1.jpgThe reception also was to welcome Jubb’s successor, LaShawn Route Chatmon, who has been with BayCES for seven years. “I wish I could offer you or promise you a new day,” Route Chatmon told the group. But, she said, the organization faced “a fight against the same old day.”

After listening to several emotional speeches and beginning one of his own, the outgoing director wept for a brief moment. Just minutes before, one of his colleagues joked that the question would be not whether Jubb would cry, but for how long.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.