By Katy Murphy
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 12:14 pm in budget.
Why, some of you asked, would the Oakland school district tell all of its principals that they might be reassigned to another position next year? Unless the district plans to run schools without principals, does that mean school closures are imminent?
Troy Flint, the district’s spokesman, said that closing schools is not one of the district’s “primary solutions” to the budget crisis. But, he said, closures and consolidations could end up happening as a last resort, depending on how the state closes its $25 billion budget gap.
Remember that $900-per-student doomsday scenario cut that could result from the $12 billion tax extension failing (which, in itself, is expected to mean $330 less per student) paired with additional education cuts?
If such a scenario comes to pass, Flint said, “then, at that point, school closures would be a very distinct possibility.”
But right now, Flint said, schools are creating their budgets based on the assumption that they will have $349 less per student next year. If that holds, he said he believed that “principal reassignment would be minimal, if it occurred.”
Another Q: What about principal swaps — shuffling principals from one school to another? Is that a reason behind the reassignment notices?
Flint: “I don’t think we’re using it as an opportunity to reposition principals for non-financial reasons.”