Sobrante Park’s principal will stay put


Marco Franco, the well-regarded principal of East Oakland’s Sobrante Park Elementary School, told his staff today that he will keep his job, and that he will be back in the fall.

In February, Franco learned that he might be assigned to another school or fired over a February confrontation with two reportedly aggressive parents. His teachers formed an ad hoc committee in his support and wrote letters to district staff urging them to reconsider. (Read the blog post.)

According to Paul McDermott, a fourth-grade teacher,¬†and Michael Ray, a literacy coach, Franco informed his employees that he met Friday with State Administrator Vincent Matthews, who told him he still had a job — the same one.

Ray said the development will be one less distraction during the quickly approaching standardized testing season.

“We’re very happy about that,” Ray said. “We’re just kind of relieved. It’s been stressful.”

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Katy Murphy

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

  • hills parent

    The staff is to be commended for its diligent support of Mr. Franco. It is hard enough to get qualified school administrators. OUSD does not need to drive them away. I am sure that Mr. Franco could have moved on to another school district that would appreciate his strengths. Hopefully this experience with OUSD will not cause him to look elsewhere. BUT would anyone blame him?