At a meeting this summer, a small group of parents, teachers and students from West Oakland was simply given the name of BEST High School’s new principal.
It’s a different story for the much larger and more organized high school in the redwoods. Chris Dobbins, the school board member who represents Skyline High School, said that the district was allowing people at the school to interview and rank the candidates, as schools throughout the city once did.
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night, teachers, parents, students — and anyone else with a stake in the selection of Skyline High School’s new principal – meet in the high school library to elect the members of a 13-person hiring committee. Dobbins said the committee will include four parents (one from four different parent groups), three teachers, two students, two non-teaching staff members, one administrator who is not at Skyline, and one community member.
The goal is to hire someone by the end of July, Dobbins said. After the committee ranks the candidates, Superintendent Roberta Mayor — who started this week — makes the final decision.
Dobbins says he was told the district doesn’t have the money to do this everywhere. To be fair, OUSD’s other principal selection process (the one used at BEST and other schools) also involves Oakland parents and staff. But those people help select candidates for a general pool, not necessarily for their own schools.
Do you think Skyline’s size justifies special treatment, or that other schools should have the opportunity to undergo the same process?
In case you were wondering, I’ve been asking for a list of new principals and vacancies for the fall. I was supposed to have it today, but I’m told it will now be ready on Monday. I’ll post the information as soon as I get it.