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Update on tonight’s town hall meeting

By Katy Murphy
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 at 4:12 pm in OUSD central office, superintendent search.

I neglected to mention that from 5 to 5:45 p.m., you can meet the superintendent finalists before they take the stage for the town hall meeting at Oakland Tech. Maybe I’ll see you there!

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  • Oakland Resident

    I am a resident of Oakland and have been consulting with the school district off and on for 3 years. I have worked with Cabinet level executives and line staff from virtually all departments, so I understand OUSD well from the inside.

    I just returned from the candidates forum tonight and for the first time, I am hopeful and energized!

    Tony Smith is exactly what we need as our leader. He has a long term commitment to Oakland (being a resident and having a child who is going to attend public school, he has real skin in the game), a vision of what we need to do to fundamentally change the school system so that it serves our youth and their families well — and has a track record, right here in the Bay Area.

    Anyone who I know personally who knows Tony or worked with him has nothing but positives to say about him. He has the grace to partner with a Board who is notorious for being “less-than-constructive” — and I think he can inspire them to be the best that local control can be. He is a real listener, and he answered all the questions without filling in the time with undue verbiosity.

    My heart was touched at the end of his presentation, when he received a standing ovation from the students, who proceeded to embrace him. Young people know when someone is FOR REAL.

    I am a native of the Bay Area, an alumni of SFUSD in the 70′s. I watched the school system crumble behind me as my younger siblings did not have the educational opportunity I had. I swore I would come back and help. That is why I consult to OUSD, in spite of the challenges. Many times I wondered if the results were worth the effort it takes to deliver results in this challenging organization. Bringing Tony here would re-energize me and deepen my commitment to do whatever hard work is needed to provide a strong learning environment for the kids, and a strong community resource in our schools. I pray that the Board makes the right decision for the kids in Oakland.