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Laying down the priorities for Oakland’s new superintendent

By Katy Murphy
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 2:57 pm in leadership changes, local control, OUSD central office.

Roberta Mayor, new interim superintendentWant to have a say in the direction that Interim Superintendent Roberta Mayor will take when she officially starts her job next month?

The board is holding a special meeting at 5 p.m. tomorrow to discuss the district’s priorities for next year, and the goals for Mayor’s work.

Don’t let my rant last week about the board’s never-ending meetings scare you away. I hear this session might actually be reasonable in length.

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  • Nextset

    I think the lady’s first order of business is going to be the budget and the adjustments and contingencies required by this economy. The projections I’m seeing in food and fuel prices are so dramatic all the municipalities and agencies need to approach the budget with disaster plan strategies.

    They (the municipalities and agencies) can’t print money, they can’t raise taxes, they can’t be assured of all their projected income – but they do know that their expenses are on an escalator and the stress on their staff and clients is increasing. Things and maybe people will have to be cut to keep the budget balanced. Borrowing will not be as easy as before to cover “temporary” shortfalls. It will be very tough.

    The stress is going to be frightening.

    Educational Policy I see coming from the board more than the Super. Fiscal policy I see as her main portfolio. She will be the one blamed if the checks bounce.

  • John

    She needs to get rid of them danglin ear rings before assuming the position. Folks gonna be yankin em from both sides! Ouch!

  • John

    Good move changin dat pic Ms. Katy. She ain’t got dem danglin ear rings no mo! But some folk not gonna know you be changin da pic and be tinkin I seein sometin dat ain’t dare Ms. Katy. Dey be tinkin I be lookin like a fool seein danglin ear rings ware dare ain’t none! You be a tricky chick!

  • Katy Murphy

    But Mayor does wear “dangling earrings” in this photo. They’re just different ones. We got a new photo of her last week, so I updated it.

    By the way, I’d be much obliged if you refrained from calling me a chick, tricky or otherwise, in future posts.

  • Nextset

    Her earrings are fine.

    Her ability to navigate the district through the economic chaos we are moving into is the quality I look for. Educational policy is important and the board sets that – the super carries it out. She gets to warn the board when the budget is crashing and propose what layoffs should be done, what programs should be slashed, and what campuses to close.

    Her job is politician, publicist, accountant, economist and demographer. All at once. She’s got my best wishes and I hope she has a parachute also.