UPDATE: She’s staying! (Read her comment below.)
First an angry mother spoiled a graduation brunch by threatening the principal and poking a finger in her face. Then an e-mail letter circulated with wild allegations of corruption and mismanagement. Oh, and just before that, someone stole a raft of new laptop computers from a classroom.
After a month of highs and lows –which, on the up-side, included a visit from the Rev. Jesse Jackson – Yetunde Reeves has been thinking long and hard about whether she should remain the principal of West Oakland’s EXCEL High School, a new small school at McClymonds.
“I want to go to work not looking over my shoulder,” Reeves said. On the other hand, she said, “I love my staff, and we’ve been working to build something together.”
According to police, a woman named Anitra Corbin was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery. The brunch incident was apparently sparked by news that Corbin’s child wouldn’t be able to participate in graduation after not passing the high school exit exam – a districtwide policy. Reeves said the parent was banned from the school for seven days.
“This is a day when we’re celebrating kids’ graduations and now they’ve seen me accosted by a parent,” she said.