On Monday, Vernon E. Hal will replace Leon Glaster as the Oakland school district’s chief financial officer. Unlike many of the school system’s top officials, he has deep roots in the school district — as a resident, an OUSD grad and a former district administrator.
Between 1990 and 2000, Hal served in the Oakland school district as controller; assistant superintendent for business services and operations; and associate superintendent for business services, according to information provided by the district.
He was there during the five-week teachers strike of 1996, and left in 2000, the same year former Superintendent Dennis Chaconas came on board.
After leaving the district Hal became the managing director for a small, Oakland-based security broker, Impact Capital Management, according to OUSD. Hal also was an audit manager for Deloitte & Touche in the 1980s.
With looming state budget cuts and local enrollment declines, Hal has a tough job ahead. For those of you tuned into OUSD issues long before I was, what do you know about his work?
photo courtesy of Vernon Hal