The Oakland school district administration wants to create or eliminate a bunch of positions as part of its central office reorganization. I’ve been asking for a new organizational chart, but until I see one, I guess I’ll have to settle for the tidbits of information sent to me by insiders or posted on committee agendas, such as Wednesday night’s 7 p.m. special meeting of the Finance and Human Resources Committee:
Adoption by the Board of Education of Resolution No. 1011-1124 – Creation of Classified Management Position – Intermediary, School Services – Office of the Regional Executive Officers, Department of Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction and authorizing an FTE as specified herein: Create: Position Title/FTE Salary Schedule/Range Intermediary, School Salary Schedule, ADCL Services (1.0 FTE) Range 13: $64,392 – $82,172 12 months, 261 days, 7.5 hours and further authorizing the Superintendent of Schools to fill said position pursuant to applicable District employment procedures.
Approval by the Board of Education of Resolution No. 1011-1125 – Creating Certificated Executive Management Positions – Associate Superintendent, Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction and Associate Superintendent, Family, School, and Community Partnerships – As Delineated and authorizing FTEs as specified herein: Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction (LCI) Create: Position Title/FTE Salary Schedule/Range Associate Superintendent, Salary Schedule, CFAD Leadership, Curriculum, Range 28: $120,767 – $154,147 and Instruction (1.0 FTE) 12 months, 227 days, 7.5 hours Family, School, and Community Partnerships Create: Position Title/FTE Salary Schedule/Range Associate Superintendent, Salary Schedule, CFAD Family, School, and Range 28: $120,767 – $154,147 Community Partnerships 12 months, 227 days, 7.5 hour (1.0 FTE) and further authorizing the Superintendent of Schools to fill each position pursuant to applicable District employment procedures.
You can watch the meeting live, here.
Below are a few contracts on the regular (6:30 p.m.) committee agenda that I thought you might find interesting. (I find it odd when the school board is asked to approve items after the services have been rendered. What would happen if the board voted `no?’)
Deja vu: The National Equity Project, formerly known as the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools (where Superintendent Tony Smith and his wife once worked), played a leading role in the Oakland school district’s small schools movement — including an overhaul of the comprehensive high schools in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The high school reform has fallen flat by many measures, however, as evidenced by (and partly caused by) the exodus of students from the Castlemont, Fremont and McClymonds campuses to Oakland’s large, comprehensive high schools.
Now the district’s new Office of School Transformation, led by Matthew Duffy, is launching a redesign of last decade’s redesign. And it might hire the same organization to help carry it out. On the committee agenda is a $50,000 contract for the National Equity Project to train staff members at Castlemont, as well as in the Office of School Transformation. That works out to about $200 an hour. (Funding source: Title I)
Approval by the Board of Education of Professional Services Contract between the District and National Equity Project, Oakland, CA, for the latter to provide 250 hours of coaching support for the Castlemont Campus (staff) and the Office of School Transformation, as delineated in the Scope of Work, incorporated herein by reference as though fully set forth, for the period May 15, 2011 through September 1, 2011, in an amount not to exceed $50,000.00.
The district also might quadruple an existing contract with the National Equity Project:
Approval by the Board of Education of Amendment No. 1, Professional Services Contract between District and The National Equity Project, Oakland, CA, for the latter to provide an additional 15 day of executive and leadership coaching to principals and other leaders by providing focused real-time support which may include to develop and sustain structures, routines and roles for adult learning, build and practice skills for leading change in challenging contexts, strengthen practice in effective individual and group facilitation and intervention techniques, develop insight into biases in institutional policies and practices, and use of protocols for leading structured coaching conversations and targeting coaching on root problems rather than symptoms, for the period March 15, 2011 though June 30, 2011, in the additional amount of $30,000.00, increasing the Contract not to exceed amount from $10,000.00 to $40,000.00.
Those of us curious about the performance and finances of Oakland’s charter schools might soon have that data at our fingertips — or at least one FOIA request away:
Ratification of a Professional Services Agreement between District and Michael McMahon, Oakland, CA, for the latter to provide 130 hours of service designing and building a comprehensive database of information on Oakland Charter Schools covering various aspects of school performance and operations, including: measurable pupil outcomes; standardized testing results; enrollment and demographics; finance; governance management; staffing; facilities; and legal compliance, with the databased design including appropriate security for confidential information; procedures for improving and updating information and standard report templates, for the period May 20, 2011 through June 30, 2011, at a cost not to exceed $10,000.00.
At least OUSD might get something for free:
Approval by the Board of Education of a Professional Services Contract between Oakland Unified School District and Alameda County Public Health, Oakland, CA, for the latter to provide a range of services to include case management and mental health counseling, physical exams/sports physical, diagnosis and treatment of minor illness, injury and medical conditions, STD screening and treatment, health education for students and families, youth development programs, professional development for school staff, outreach to youth and their families, community-wide health promotion events and activities, and referrals to health and social service providers on and off site for the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2015, at no cost to the District.