State schools superintendent Jack O’Connell has been mum about the return of local governance to the Oakland school board, five months after OUSD passed muster with state auditors from the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team.
Maybe his Oakland appointee, Vince Matthews, knows something we don’t; he’s looking for another job.
In fact, Matthews was recently one of six finalists for a school district in Reno, Nevada — the Washoe County School District. But he later withdrew his name (as did a few of the other finalists). He told me this afternoon that he was still job hunting.
“I’m looking at all of the options that are available,” Matthews said. “At this point, I haven’t accepted anything else.”
Once local governance is returned — “I imagine at some point in the near future,” Matthews said — Oakland’s state adminstrator would become a trustee. Matthews said he’s not so sure he wants to take on that role.
Maybe he isn’t so keen on his current job, either. It sure pays well to be a state administrator, but Matthews often looks pretty miserable up there at board meetings. Six years into a state takeover, and the third state administrator in, it’s got to be awkward.