More new principals for Oakland schools

Wednesday Update: Here’s the official list of new principals and assistant principals that went to the board tonight.


The school board doesn’t approve the latest round of new principal hires until Wednesday’s meeting, but I found a 2008-09 school directory posted online with most of their names. Ann Kruze, who announced her retirement from Redwood Heights this summer, was still listed as principal. Maybe she had a change of heart… or maybe it was a typo.

Tilden Elementary – Rachelle Sallee
Piedmont Avenue Elementary – Zarina Ahmad (last year, she was an assistant principal at ACORN Woodland)
Lincoln Elementary – John Melvin
Garfield Elementary – Michael Rothhammer
RISE Elementary – Connie Tillman
Redwood Heights Elementary –

Skyline High School – Al Sye (Last spring, OUSD hired Sye — a veteran administrator and principal of a Catholic high school on a Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona — to be principal of the new West Oakland Middle School. But in late June, after he learned that some of the staff had already been hired, Sye changed his mind and stayed at his school. “It didn’t feel right,” he explained. At the time, he told me that he wanted to come to Oakland “in the near future,” and here he is.)

Here is the blog entry with the names of other new principals. Redmond, of course, will no longer be at Crocker Highlands.

Do you know any of the other hires?

Katy Murphy

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

  • hills parent

    Ann Kruze sent an email to Redwood Heights families stating that she had been asked by the district to stay on for the first month of school until an acting Principal had been assigned.

  • Katy Murphy

    Ah. It’s all starting to make sense now — thanks for the explanation.

  • Jesse Dutton-Kenny

    I hope that Mr. Sye does a god job in the coming school year. I expect that Isabel, Diamond, and I will be regularly blogging about our experience at Skyline in our senior years, so we’ll be sure to keep you all updated.

  • Catherine

    I wonder if Ann would be willing to do this since I have overheard her tell at least two people that she left Redwood Heights because of the lack of support from the families.

  • Nancy (Fancy)

    Again…You get what you pay for…all/most are interns…the cheapest rate of pay…OUSD needs to cough up the dollars for all – principals, teachers, etc, etc…rather than declass the other professionals in the District and risk students losing out on a quality education enjoining with the other lumpenproletariats…

  • Ann Kruze

    As an employee of the district, I have avoided making any comments on this blog however I feel compelled to reply to the “Catherine” comment. She must be mistaking me with someone else since I have never directly or indirectly said that the reason I choose to take another position with the district was because of “lack of support from the families.” I was truly astonished to read this. One of Redwood Heights’ greatest strengths is the extraordinary support given to all staff including myself by the parent community. They are dedicated, creative, and caring. During my entire time at Redwood, this community has been nothing but supportive.

  • http://truelifeimdiamond.blogspot.com Diamond Broussard

    I also hope that Mr. Sye will be a great addition to our school, helping us to regain some of Skyline’s glory. Our school is great, even with all of its controversies, and is a happy-go-lucky place that not only I, but also some of my friends are looking forward to going back to on Monday. See you there, Jesse!