State Superintendent Jack O’Connell and school board president David Kakishiba signed an agreement this afternoon at Oakland’s Grass Valley Elementary School that returned local authority over staffing and facilities.
This means that the Oakland school board now oversees three out of the five key departments. The state, however, still controls the purse strings and academic policy — areas of no small importance.
For a celebratory occasion, it was a relatively sober affair, with references to Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget cuts and Oakland’s upcoming employee contract negotiations (The budget projections recently presented by OUSD staff include no changes to the salary scale, a fact that concerns board members).
At 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning,the school board meets in closed session to decide what to do next about its new supe-hiring powers. Does it put an interim boss in place right away? Conduct a national search? Wait until full power is restored?
They might have that answer by tomorrow.
photo by Ray Chavez, Tribune photographer