More would-be principals to be interviewed by staff and parents

Skyline isn’t the only Oakland school in which parents and teachers will interview candidates for principal. One of our readers informed us over the weekend that a meeting had been scheduled at Redwood Heights Elementary at 6 p.m. Wednesday — presumably to form an interview panel for the replacement of Principal Ann Kruze, who, I’m told, has taken a position in the district office.

Also on Wednesday evening, Piedmont Avenue Elementary School families and teachers meet to discuss the search for Principal Angela Haick’s replacement. Haick, if you recall, was thrust into the hot seat in April after allegations of bullying and lack of adult supervision. She has been reassigned to another district position, possibly an assistant principalship, according to her supervisor, Denise Saddler. (The district still has not released its findings about what happened to Zachary Cataldo.)

Here is the letter sent to families last month about Haick’s departure and the selection process:

June 27, 2008

Dear Piedmont Avenue School Students, Families and Staff;

I am writing this letter to inform you that Dr. Angela Haick will not
return this fall as the Principal of Piedmont Avenue School. She has
served this community for several years and will be moving on to
another position in the District.

I am also writing this letter to communicate to you the process by
which the new principal at Piedmont Avenue School will be selected.
It is important to me and everyone at the Oakland Unified School
District that all interested Piedmont Avenue School community and
staff members have this opportunity to participate in the selection
process of our next principal. I invite you all to be part of the
process and will be hosting an informational meeting to review the
process as follows:

New Principal Selection Community Meeting
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Piedmont Avenue School Auditorium
Staff Only 4:30pm
Parents and Community 6:00 pm

During the meeting, we will be reviewing the selection process,
address questions and gather community input. In addition, respective
members of our school community will be nominating and electing site
representatives for the Principal Selection Committee who will
participate in our site Specific Matching Interviews on July 16th. We
will be electing the following: four parents, one community
representative (who may be a parent), three teachers, and two
classified employees. Please note that two members of the same family
cannot serve on the committee.

In order to secure a high quality leader, it is important to get as
much input as possible that will inform a recommendation to the
Superintendent and School Board this summer. Therefore, if you are
unable to attend this meeting, please email me at
Denise.Saddler@ousd.k12.ca.us to share your thoughts. During this
session and via email, I will take your additional input on the

Share the skills and characteristics the next principal of Piedmont
Avenue School should have in these four key educational leadership

1) Supporting Classroom Instruction
2) Interpersonal Communication
3) School systems and organization
4) Community connections

If you have questions or need further clarification before our
meeting on July 9th do not hesitate to call me at 879-2923.

I am looking forward to working closely with all of you.


Denise Gail Saddler
Network Executive Officer


Heard of any other meetings?


Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • hills parent

    I believe that Tilden also has a process. Many of us in Redwood Heights accidently got the wrong letter informing us about Tilden. Then I finally got the correct letter about Redwood Heights.