Here it is, your long-awaited account of who’s in and who’s out of various Oakland schools this year. From this 2012-13 directory, I count 15 new principals — seven at elementary schools, three at middle schools and five at high schools. Did I miss any?
This means that about 17 percent of OUSD’s 86 schools will have new leaders. Last year, if you recall, there were 20 new principals for 98 schools.
Two schools are also trying out the co-principal model — two people who share the job. Burckhalter Elementary School, which expects to take on dozens of children displaced from the shuttered Lakeview Elementary, will take on Lakeview’s former principal as well — along with its existing leader. Claremont Middle School, which has undergone some serious turnover in recent years, was appointed co-principals as well: twin brothers whose mother attended Claremont.
I’m curious about this setup — the financial implications (Are they paid the same as if they were the sole principal? Who’s covering the additional cost?), the potential benefits, the division of labor, and the reasons those two schools were chosen to have two leaders — and will have more for you later.
SCHOOLS WITH NEW PRINCIPALS
Elementary: Brookfield, Burckhalter (which will add a co-principal; Carin Geathers is not leaving), Esperanza, Grass Valley, Lafayette, Sobrante Park (which will share a principal with Madison Middle School, even though the schools aren’t supposed to merge until 2013) and International Community School
Middle: Claremont, Elmhurst and Montera
High/alternative: Bunche Continuation, Castlemont High, Dewey Academy (continuation), Oakland High and Community Day School
Where did the principals of the five closing elementary schools go?
Lakeview’s principal, Clara Roberts, heads up to Burckhalter, where she’ll work with Carin Geathers; Lazear’s principal, Kareem Weaver, has left OUSD; Marshall’s principal, Brandee Stewart, goes to Grass Valley, along with many of her students; Gabrielle Thurman, from Maxwell Park, goes to Brookfield; and Monica Guzman goes from Santa Fe to International Community School.
How did you find out about the change at your school? Were you involved in the selection of the new leader? Montera’s principal told his families after school had let out for a summer, through an automatic phone message he sent about a month ago. A parent sent me a transcription, and I meant to post it earlier:
Dear Teachers, Staff, Students and Parents,
This is to inform you that I have submitted my resignation as the principal of Montera Middle School effective July 1, 2012.
I received an offer for a high school principal position with another district, and after careful consideration, I realize that this opportunity is too exciting for me to decline.
It has been a pleasure working with the students, teachers, staff and parents over the last five years. One of the highlights of my career was collaborating with all of you in creating a California Distinguished School.
Montera is poised for continued growth, and I wish you much success in the future.
Goodbye and have a great summer.