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On the agenda: Supe search, cuts and more

By Katy Murphy
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 at 12:51 pm in finances, leadership changes, local control, OUSD central office, School board news.

Tomorrow night, the Oakland school board and the public hear how the governor’s proposed mid-year cuts would affect the school district. The board also discusses an analysis of Oakland Unified’s budgeting system (which I blogged about the other week, here) by American Institutes for Research.

Meanwhile, the board is inching closer to hiring the school system’s first permanent superintendent in almost six years. Seven search firms think they have what it takes to find the right leader for OUSD, and a committee will soon form to pick a favorite, according to a document posted on the agenda.

What do you know about the below firms? (Well, other than the CSBA, which apparently recommended Stephen Wesley to the Emery school board without double-checking his resume.)

  1. California School Boards Association
    West Sacramento, California
  2. Cascade Consulting Group
    Bellevue, Washington
  3. Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, Ltd.
    Glenview, Illinois
  4. Leadership Associates
    Mission Viejo, California
  5. Proact Search
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  6. Ray and Associates, Inc.
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  7. RBL Enterprises Ltd
    Oakland, California

You can find the full, 129-page board agenda here.

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  • Emery Board Watcher

    Stephen Wesley was an internal candidate so why should CSBA be held accountable for reference checking for an existing employee. Where was the background verfication by Emery when he was hired?

  • Katy Murphy

    Good point. Emery’s certainly not off the hook in this case. But didn’t CSBA agree to do reference checks of all candidates as well?

  • Bruce

    I could be mistaken, but I believe that RBL Enterprises would be the consulting firm that Dr. Ruth Love, former Superintendent of OUSD, started.

  • anon

    Of course, the irony of the Wesley fiasco is that I’ve heard from a number of folks that he actually wasn’t doing a bad job! (Maybe just a perception, but still makes you wonder.)

  • http://www,mikemcmahon.info Mike McMahon

    Looks like there is one less candidate for the Oakland Superintendent position.

    AUSD Board President Bill Schaff issued a press release indicating that the AUSD Board has offered a contract to serve as Superintendent of the Alameda Unified School District to Ms. Kirsten Vital.

    http://mikemcmahon.info/supesearchAUSD.htm#pressrelease

    You can remove this comment as this was the easiest way to contact you because email contact info is difficult.

  • Katy Murphy

    Thanks for the tip, Mike!