In the high-stress world of urban education, it’s not just teachers who leave their jobs en masse. A number of key Oakland school district leaders have — or will soon — bid farewell to the crumbling facility on Second Avenue.
Some of the managers lost their jobs in the central office redesign. Some found more rewarding work elsewhere. Some retired.
This list is evolving, but here are some of the names I have been able to gather:
- Barak Ben-Gal, budget director (left this spring and took a job at Yahoo!)
- Roqua Montez, communications director
- Oswaldo Galarza, information and technology officer, and several other IT personnel
- Liane Zimny, charter schools coordinator
- Vince Meyer, director of buildings and grounds
- Tanya Avila, after-school program coordinator
- Gail Whang, executive officer of student services
- Roy Combs, general counsel
- Pam Bovyer, accountability coordinator
- Janine Saunders, prevention coordinator
- Hae-Sin Kim, executive officer of the New School Development Group
- Sue Woerhle, executive officer of school support services
- Nora Cody, wellness coordinator
Granted, the central office is a fairly large organization that should expect some degree of turnover, and many administrators are sticking around. But someone mentioned above told me she found a list of the district’s 31 top managers from March 2006. By this fall, she said, just 11 will remain at the district with their same positions– if they don’t decide to leave first.
You have to wonder how such a dramatic change in leadership — not to mention unfilled vacancies, such as the budget director and charter schools coordinator — will affect the school system.