Oakland Unified proved an solid stepping stone for Fred Brill, a network executive officer who supervised half the district’s middle schools for the last two years and helped design the Alternative Learning Community.
The Lafayette school board is expected to announce tonight that Brill — former principal of Lafayette’s Stanley Middle School — will be the district’s new superintendent. Lafayette has about 3,000 students, and five schools.
I always enjoyed my interviews with Brill. He struck me as a high energy, enthusiastic and straightforward guy who could serve up a good quote. The hiring committee at the Lafayette School District probably thought so too (except, maybe, for the quotability part).
Here’s a blurb that’s running tomorrow in our sister paper, the Contra Costa Times:
The Lafayette School District hired a new superintendent Wednesday night: Fred Brill, an administrator in the Oakland school district who had previously been principal of Lafayette’s Stanley Middle School for nine years.
Brill follows Frank Tom, who resigned at the end of June for personal reasons after one year with the district.
Brill started his career as an English teacher. In 2006 he received a doctorate from UC Berkeley in educational leadership.
“We feel very confident that we have the right person for the job,” said Stephanie Teichman, president of the district’s governing board.
If you recall, Oakland’s other middle school NEXO, Harriet MacLean, left as well. I believe she and Brill started around the same time. So much for continuity…
image from Oakland Magazine