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Board’s first post-takeover committee meets tonight

Starting today, the Oakland school system should have some extra checks and balances in place as it works to regain its financial footing, more than four years after the state takeover.

A new audit committee meets at 6 p.m. tonight to hash out its rules and regulations, meeting dates and the scope of work. Board President David Kakishiba said the group might have some say about who the district hires to be its internal auditor, a position that has been left vacant for some time.

“It’s a different set of eyes on our financial condition, and I think the district should benefit from that,” he said.

The committee has seven members — three from the school board and four others:

Alice Spearman, Noel Gallo, David Kakishiba — board members

Hilary Crosby – CPA with firm in Oakland (Crosby & Kaneda)

Dan Lindheim — director of policy and budget for Mayor Ron Dellums

Sharon Cornu – secretary-treasurer of the Central Labor Council of Alameda County

Gilda Gonzales — CEO of The Unity Council and former mayoral appointee to the OUSD school board

Katy Murphy

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