Denise Saddler, a former Chabot Elementary School principal who now supervises elementary schools in North and West Oakland, tells me that the rumors are true: She, too, is vying for the Oakland superintendency.
Like Michael Moore Sr., Saddler is an Oakland native with a long history with the school district, beginning as a teacher in 1979 (She attended the Anna Head School for Girls, which is now Head-Royce, for 12 years).
While chatting with her briefly today, I learned that she was the teachers union president between 1986 and 1992 – a time of labor peace, she said. She also served four years as the City of Oakland’s Education Legislative Analyst under then-Mayor Elihu Harris before returning to OUSD.
“I know so much about what’s happened and what’s been tried; I’ve worked with so many superintendents,” Saddler said. “I just know that we can turn a corner if if we continue this work we’ve been doing.”
At this moment, the school board is supposed to be narrowing down the list, and interviews start soon.
Save the Date: May 20 is the day in which the top two or three finalists will be presented to the community, likely at the school district office. I don’t believe the time is posted.