This spring, families learned that Principal James Gray would be sent packing at the end of the school year, and that the school would not have an incoming ninth-grade class this fall.
Those changes, combined with the low enrollment at the schools, seem to indicate the possibility of a merger of BEST and EXCEL. There are strong feelings on both sides of that debate. (Kizmet, a middle school once housed on Mack’s campus, closed in 2007, less than two years after it opened.)
I don’t know if the district has chosen a new leader, as some of the parent e-mails I’ve read suggest, but maybe we’ll all find out tonight, at a meeting to discuss BEST’s leadership. The meeting is at 6 p.m. tonight at the West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St.