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Another new Oakland principal hire quits

By Katy Murphy
Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 5:21 pm in high schools, leadership changes.

Skyline is not the only Oakland high school that has watched a principal-select slip away. Debra Marker has apparently walked away from the top leadership post at Oakland High School.

OUSD spokesman Troy Flint confirmed that the rumor (which I first heard from a blog reader) was true. Marker — whose name appeared on a June personnel report – withdrew her name in the last week or two, before her employment was finalized, he said. He said he didn’t know her reasons for leaving.

“We’re just going to go back to the candidate pool,” Flint said. “Time is of the essence, and staff is working to identify a leader before the start of the school year.”

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  • Ms. McLaughlin (from down the street)

    Time is indeed of the essence.

    Here’s a thought: Suppose they get down on their knees and ask Ms. Scott to return, since almost none of the parents, students, or staff at Oakland High wanted her to leave in the first place?

    Then everyone can pretend that this pointless lunacy was just a bad dream, and Oakland High can get back to the business of educating children.

  • Gordon Danning

    Ms. McLauglin: I have of course not spoken to all of the staff, students and teachers at Oakland High, but I have spoken with many, and as I have publicly said before, I would like to commend the OUSD administration for listening to the concerns of the OHigh community when making principal-related decisions.

  • harlemmoon

    Great way to start the new school year!
    This, of course, is not unusual. In fact, it’s very much expected.
    Year-in, year-out. The revolving door that is OUSD shuttles in the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed only to usher them out shortly thereafter battered and weary.
    This is dysfunction at the highest levels and again I suggest imploding the entire district and starting from square one.

  • Ms. McLaughlin

    “Ms. McLauglin: I have of course not spoken to all of the staff, students and teachers at Oakland High, but I have spoken with many, and as I have publicly said before, I would like to commend the OUSD administration for listening to the concerns of the OHigh community when making principal-related decisions.”

    Some of us missed that, Mr. Danning, but you surely got few votes for “Let’s Not Have A Principal.”

    Someone’s torn the roof off, and in four weeks, it’s raining children.

    August is International Metaphor Month.

  • Cranky Teacher

    Honestly, this is amazing. The district must be even more effed up then we know if these principals are fleeing once they get up close with the heavyweights after passing muster with the hiring committees.

    Or did maybe Tony Smith not approve of the hire made before he came and counsel Ms. Market out?

    Strange days in a strange town.

  • Gordon Danning

    Ms. McLaughlin: Better no principal for a while than a bad one. There are at least 2 experienced administrators at OHS who can step in on an interim basis.

  • Graduated Student

    I agree with Mr. Danning. I feel that a lot of problems arise when things are rushed. There is staff at Oakland High that has been there for years and who knows how the school is run. I would much rather rely on them than force something that isn’t really there. And have the school once again to be obligated to look for another principal in two years.

    The renewal process will take time and in no way should be rushed.

  • Glenview Mom

    Looks like Alicia Romero is working out quite nicely at Oakland High, a hidden gem. Here’s one feeder family hoping that she has the support to take this school to the next level.

  • On The Fence

    I just received an email from a couple of parents who are forming a “Consider Oakland High” group. This could be a potentially wonderful option for the families of surrounding areas who have not even considered their closest high school (Oakland High), but who want to stay in a public school. This is the very first time I’ve heard Oakland High even mused about openly, despite API scores in the same ballpark as Oakland Tech and Skyline. It seems that most people I’ve spoken to are just barely wrapping their minds around Oakland Tech as a possibility.

    In the last week or so someone posted on this blog that one of Oakland Tech’s most rigorous programs, the engineering program, was unable to accept the large number of applicants and that there were wait lists to get in. That is the first time that I heard that that any of the programs were limited. It gave me pause since that is a school that I have had on the radar for Fall 2011. I’d love to hear what people have experienced at Oakland Tech most recently especially regarding the Paideia and engineering programs.

    Katy, it’d be great if you could report on the “Consider Oakland High” group as it is really the first time I’ve caught wind of this in the Crocker/Glenview area.