Alice Spearman, Oakland’s new school board president, won’t hold that title for much longer.
Spearman just called me up to say she was about to resign her presidency, a post she has held for just four months. She said she came to this decision on her own, and that no one else pressured her to do so. She will remain on the school board.
“I just don’t think I was effective,” she said. “My management style is just different than most.”
A new board president will be elected tomorrow at a special meeting that begins at 5 p.m. Spearman says Noel Gallo, the current VP, is most likely to become the next board prez. Gallo is listed as “acting president” on the agenda.
“I like to speak my mind,” Spearman said. “I don’t like to be in the forefront.”
Anyone who has attended an Oakland board meeting can certainly attest to the first half of her statement. Still, I wonder what precipitated this.