The Oakland school board meets tomorrow in closed session to hash out a plan for the crucial duty which it will soon be allowed to carry out: Choosing a leader for the school district.
School board president David Kakishiba said today that the board isn’t talking about any candidates in particular. In fact, he noted, the board has yet to receive the official go-ahead from Jack O’Connell, the state supe, although that is expected to happen soon.
So what are they talking about? According to the board prez, they are weighing the district’s priorities and discussing the skills and leadership qualities they believe Oakland’s superintendent should have. This is their second meeting this week on the subject, and public forums will follow. (I’ll keep you posted.)
Here are some of the questions reportedly being discussed behind closed doors: Does OUSD need an instructional leader, like Kimberly Statham, or a finance and operations expert? Someone who can make a long-term commitment, or, as Kakishiba put it, “a rock star?”
What do you think? Kakishiba says he will read this blog to see what you all have to say. Although the board is more interested in the qualities you’re looking for than in specific names, feel free to nominate candidates as well. Heck, you can float your own name if you want to.
The question mark image is from purpleslog’s Web site at flickr.com