Ironically, when I talked to Kim Statham yesterday about the balance between work and family (the story appeared in today’s Tribune) she didn’t mention the most important detail: Her tenure was coming to an end.
She explained to me this morning that she didn’t want her staff to have to read the news in the paper. She told them her department heads this morning.
Here’s the release her spokesman sent out this morning:
OUSD State Administrator Announces Plan to Step Down
Dr. Kimberly Statham resigns her post as
head of the Oakland Unified School District
Oakland – Sep. 14 2007 – Dr. Kimberly Statham, State Administrator of the Oakland Unified School District today announced her resignation, effective September 27. Statham, citing personal reasons, expressed great regret at leaving “an incredibly transformative and rewarding position,” but emphasized the need to spend more time with her Maryland-based family.
“The Oakland Unified School District has made remarkable strides in the past two years and is on the cusp of even greater accomplishments in which I would love to take part,” Statham said. “Determining to leave a District of such outstanding promise at a time when it is poised to reveal its potential was an agonizing decision, but a necessary one for me and my family. I gave my all to OUSD for the past two-and-a-half years and now it’s time to lavish my family with the same level of attention and devotion.”
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell praised Statham for her numerous contributions to Oakland Unified and added that she would be sorely missed.
“It is with regret that I have accepted the resignation of Dr. Kim Statham,” O’Connell said. “She is a respected curriculum expert, passionate educator and able administrator who has been completely committed to the mission of providing students in Oakland with desperately needed educational opportunities. Dr. Statham has worked tirelessly to improve academic rigor and to close the achievement gap in the Oakland Unified School District. Oakland’s students, and the District as a whole, are undoubtedly better off for her efforts. I thank Dr. Statham for all her hard work, salute her accomplishments, and wish her the best.”
Statham was named State Administrator in September 2006 after a nationwide search for the successor to Randolph Ward, who led the District from June 2003 to August 2006. Statham began her career at OUSD as Chief Academic Officer before ascending to the top post on an interim basis following Ward’s departure. She was awarded the permanent title one month later and continued the aggressive transformation initiated by her predecessors with a relentless focus on student achievement and college readiness.
On Statham’s watch OUSD continued the Expect Success reforms focused on producing quality academic results for all students; introduced an Office of Family and Community Accountability to improve dialogue and strengthen interaction with the broader Oakland community; created the Office of College Readiness to bolster preparation for post-secondary education; initiated a high school mater schedule audit to increase access to A-G courses; developed a partnership with Education Trust West to create a blueprint for increasing rigor and college readiness in all schools; worked with the Board of Education to establish Coherent Governance, a board-superintendent relationship based on a policy framework for raising student achievement; implemented new Mathematics and English Language Arts pilots that boosted achievement in numerous schools; more than doubled the percentage of African-American and Latino students qualified to enter UC and CSU schools; and earned the distinction of being California’s most improved large, urban school district for two years running.
“The idea that all Oakland students, not just some of them, should graduate prepared to succeed in college and career has guided every single decision we’ve made at OUSD during my tenure,” Statham explained. “There is much work yet to be done, but the transformative process has begun and the progress is evident. As I leave OUSD, it is a comfort to know that the foundation has been laid for our students to not only expect, but attain success, and I wish them all the best in that endeavor.”