Always the eager recipient of good scuttlebutt, I was intrigued by rumors that school board member (and former teacher, assistant principal, principal and administrator in OUSD) Gary Yee plans to resign from his post in the hopes of becoming the district’s next superintendent.
As usual, the rumors were tinged with truth: Yee tells me he was on the verge of stepping down to make himself available as an interim superintendent. But in December, he learned that board rules require members to be out of office for a full year before they can be considered for the position.
“The cost was just too huge,” Yee said. “The board would have to overturn its own by-law. How would I explain it to anybody?”
Yee said the board is considering one of three approaches at the moment when the state supe allows the local officials to pick a leader (likely in a matter of weeks):
1) appoint an interim superintendent immediately while launching a thorough search for a permanent leader
2) allow the current state administrator, Vince Matthews, to continue while the board conducts a thoughtful search
3) begin a permanent search now, and try to find someone as soon as possible
Yee says the board is leaning toward Option 1, which will allow them to take action immediately while giving them the time they need for a thorough search.
“If we get our local control back and we have the right to hire a superintendent and we take no action, then people will say, `What difference did it make?'” Yee explained.
Which option do you think the board should take? And are there any interim candidates who you think could carry the district forward while a permanent leader is chosen?