Benjamin Redmond — who was recently hired to replace outgoing principal Chelda Ruff — quit yesterday, less than three weeks before the start of school. He was previously the principal at Lafayette Elementary School in West Oakland.
Here’s how Redmond announced the news to Crocker staff:
As of August 5, 2008 I have resigned from Oakland Unified School District.
I thank you for the enthusiasm and support, but I feel that it is in my best
interest to leave OUSD at this time. I apologize for the timing,
incovenience and the strain that this will cause, but I feel for all parties
that this the best solution. I have thought long and hard about this
decision and I make it with complete confidence. A representative from OUSD
will be contacting you regarding the replacement.
I left a message on Redmond’s phone; his voice mail greeting said he was out of the country until today (apparently doing some serious thinking).
Many parents aren’t yet aware of the development. One mom in the know, Melissa Luna, said everyone had been looking forward to working with Redmond — who, she said, “seemed like he really had a grip on what’s going on.”
“I think it’s absolutely disgraceful,” Luna said. “It’s a lousy thing to do. If he had any inkling of this, he should have stayed where he was.”