Scott-George case not over yet

Last week, I wrote about a judge’s ruling in favor of Katrina Scott-George, a senior manager who took the Oakland school district to court in a wrongful termination lawsuit.

But Scott-George wrote me last night to report the district has since appealed the decision. The paperwork has yet to be posted on the DomainWeb site, but I’d imagine it would be there soon.

I’m curious to know how much legal cases such as this can cost a school district, so I’ve asked for the current tab, as well as an estimate for the additional expenses of the appeal. I’ll keep you posted.


This just in: OUSD names interim CFO

lglaster.jpgI just got a press release announcing the appointment of Leon Glaster as interim chief financial officer for the district. Glaster, 57, replaces Javetta Robinson, who lost her job earlier this month.

I actually knew Glaster when I covered the San Leandro school district. He had a reputation for finding new sources of revenue, and he balanced the (considerably smaller) budget while I was there.

The press release says he’s been a “top financial executive” in East Palo Alto and San Jose school districts, as well. It also said he came out of a short retirement to work in Oakland.

“I wouldn’t have accepted this challenge if it hadn’t been in Oakland,” he was quoted as saying.

But the district is still searching for a permanent CFO. Glaster was brought on to hold things together in the meantime. Robinson left last week, before she could even close the books.

Read the Web story here.


Judge: School district wrongfully fired Katrina Scott-George

UPDATE: The ruling was upheld at today’s hearing. 

Judge Frank Roesch issued a tentative ruling today in favor of Katrina Scott-George, who led school reform efforts in Oakland under former schools chiefs Dennis Chaconas and Randolph Ward before she lost her job last fall (Access the case through Domain Web. Case #: RG07325360).

The judge agreed that the district illegally fired Scott-George, which could mean that she wins back her job, as well as back-pay and benefits. A hearing is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

If the personal and educational implications of this case weren’t so serious, the storyline might be fit for a soap-opera: Continue Reading


Add a few more to the “OUSD exodus” list

State Administrator Kimberly Statham has asked her CFO and second-in-command, Javetta Robinson, to leave the district — apparently over professional differences, board member Noel Gallo says.

Statham confirmed that Robinson is leaving, but she wouldn’t say why. Robinson said she wants to wait until Monday to talk about what happened. There will be a story in tomorrow’s paper. Hopefully it will be online soon.

In other departures, district spokesman Alex Katz is leaving for a communications job at City Hall. Kathryn Cahill, a project manager for Expect Success, and John Vacchiery, another Expect Success leader who worked on the central office redesign, are also departing. So is Jerry Luzar, head of the Oakland Athletic League.

At this rate, who will be left?