Oakland’s search for a permanent superintendent is underway, but Kirsten Vital – an associate superintendent and the district’s Chief of Community Accountability – won’t stick around to see her fourth boss in three years.
Vital has been tapped to run the nearby 10,000-student Alameda school district, replacing retiring Superintendent Ardella Dailey.
Vital came to OUSD nearly three years ago and has since been a central figure in school reform efforts, including the “Portfolio Management” strategy, where schools are assigned various colors (red=bad; blue=good).
If you’ve attended any remotely high-profile meeting at a school in the past two-plus years, you’ve probably seen her, or even listened to one of her PowerPoint presentations.
Vital will likely stay in OUSD at least until the winter break. In early- to mid-December, decisions will be made about the future of Peralta Creek Middle School (Calvin Simmons) and BEST High School (McClymonds).
I’ve asked how the district plans to fill the vacancy, and by when, and I’ll keep you posted.
You may have seen this news release on the blog last night about Vital’s appointment. It was posted by Alameda school board trustee Mike McMahon.
I hear that Matt Hill, the Executive Officer for Strategic Projects under the no-longer-really-funded Expect Success initiative, has also taken a job in another school district.
Do you think the impending change in administration and/or the full return of local control will cause massive turnover at the top?