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Oakland Unified’s next state trustee? Probably a part-timer.

By Katy Murphy
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 4:42 pm in budget, local control.

Vincent Matthews, OUSD trustee and future superintendent of the San Jose school districtWhen State Administrator-turned-State Trustee Vincent Matthews leaves the Oakland school district in July to take charge of San Jose Unified, the financially struggling school system could find itself with a $100,000-plus windfall (my estimate — nothing official). 

Matthews’ replacement, whoever it is, is likely to be part-time, Hilary McLean, the press secretary for California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, told me today.

“Probably at this point, given the stability the superintendent has brought to the district and the progress they’ve made, it’ll probably be more of a half-time position,” McLean said.

The state, which ran the district for six years through three appointees, has required the school district to maintain Matthews’ $240,000 state administrator’s salary even after he moved to the back seat as the veto-holding trustee. (In addition to his base salary, Matthews received $15,000 in “other pay” in the 2009 calendar year, according to a spreadsheet of employee salaries produced by the district. Troy Flint, the district’s spokesman, is looking into what the other pay was for.)

Emery Unified, which emerged from full state control in 2004, has a 1/4-time trustee who earns $30,000 a year. West Contra Costa Unified – which has had a trustee since 1992 (when I was in middle school, to put it in perspective) — pays $67,130 a year for the 1/3-time position, according to McLean. Oakland’s oversight might last even longer; it still had a balance of $78 million as of last July.

You can find a list of districts in receivership and trusteeship, along with their loan information, here.

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  • harold

    “Probably at this point, given the stability the superintendent has brought to the district and the progress they’ve made, it’ll probably be more of a half-time position,” McLean said.

    stability? now that is funny!

  • Oakland Teacher

    Actually, I believe that under state receivership, our debt to the state went sky high.

  • Cranky Teacher

    This just shows he was being paid way too much to begin with.

  • Starshaped

    The job of state trustee should be a volunteer position seeing as the state put us further into debt in the first place. Is Vince Matthews leaving good for negotionations? I hope so.

  • concerned parent

    How about as a good faith gesture, putting the salary savings from his position into a fund for teacher’s salaries? ok, so maybe it is only a few bucks, but then maybe it at least stands for something and can be added to.