By Katy Murphy
Friday, June 6th, 2008 at 2:51 pm in leadership changes.
MacLean was a principal at Helms Middle School in the West Contra Costa Unified School District for years before coming to Oakland in September 2006. Come fall, she’ll be a principal once again, in another district — though she won’t say where until the offer is finalized on Monday. As a “network executive officer,” she oversees a number of Oakland middle schools, including Explore, Bret Harte, Madison, Melrose Leadership and Montera.
Chelda Ruff, who has been principal of Crocker Highlands Elementary School since just December 2006, is moving on — ostensibly, for personal reasons. Here is a copy of the letter that was recently sent home to families.
At a news conference this morning, a group of teachers spoke out against the removal — or “reassignment” — of Anisa Rasheed, principal of the Paul Robeson School for Visual and Performing Arts (Fremont campus), among other concerns. More on the Robeson issues later.
Jonathan Klein, the special assistant to the state administrator and acting communications director, is also leaving the crumbling administration building. The Broad resident has taken a job as a Chief Program Officer with the Rogers Family Foundation, an Oakland-based organization directed by the former school board candidate Brian Rogers. Rogers and Klein work together on the board of the Oakland Small Schools Foundation.
Here’s an excerpt from Klein’s farewell dispatch:
My new position is an opportunity to stay actively involved in the work to improve Oakland public schools while having a little more flexibility for our family.
My heart is filled with tremendous respect for the people of OUSD who work diligently and against tall odds every day to serve Oakland’s families. I have learned so much from each of you – sharing in laughter and sometimes frustrations – and feel privileged to have been a member of the OUSD staff these past years.
I want to thank all of you for supporting me in my work here and especially Vince Matthews and the Strategy Team for the daily opportunities to lead and learn together. Although we face astonishing obstacles, I am more optimistic and hopeful than I have ever been in my 11 years in public education about what is possible for our students.
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