Uprep board meets Saturday, after all


Update: Photo from Saturday meeting, where parents gave the board an earful. Pictured is Carla Bryan.

The Uprep board meets at 11:05 tomorrow morning to wrap up business and legal matters after the charter school’s closure this week. They won’t be reconsidering their closure decision, said the school’s interim director, Liane Zimny.

The “special meeting” is public, so parents and students will have an opportunity to speak.  Zimny says she’ll be there at 10 to meet any families who thought the meeting started them.

Confusion about the start time — or the purpose of the meeting, or whether it would occur at all, for that matter — would be understandable. 

The meeting schedule played out in what parents and staff describe as typical Uprep board fashion:

First, a regular meeting to decide whether to save or dissolve Uprep is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug 4.

But then, members call a special meeting for 8 a.m. July 31, where they vote 3-1 to close the school with no parents or students present.

They cancel the Aug. 4 meeting.

Now, a Saturday meeting is happening after all — not at 10 a.m., but at 11:05, sharp.  It’s a special meeting, which allows them to hold it with just a day’s notice. I have yet to receive the agenda, though I asked for it this morning.

Next week: From 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, a “High School Options” meeting will be held at the school for Uprep families. Zimny said as many as 12 district and charter schools will send representatives.

Katy Murphy

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