Update on tonight’s town hall meeting

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!

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • 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.