Uprep board meets Saturday, after all


Update: Photo from Saturday meeting, where parents gave the board an earful. Pictured is Carla Bryan.

The Uprep board meets at 11:05 tomorrow morning to wrap up business and legal matters after the charter school’s closure this week. They won’t be reconsidering their closure decision, said the school’s interim director, Liane Zimny.

The “special meeting” is public, so parents and students will have an opportunity to speak.  Zimny says she’ll be there at 10 to meet any families who thought the meeting started them.

Confusion about the start time — or the purpose of the meeting, or whether it would occur at all, for that matter — would be understandable. 

The meeting schedule played out in what parents and staff describe as typical Uprep board fashion: Continue Reading


Uprep board calls last-minute meeting, votes to close school

boardresize.jpgUprep is closed.

The University Preparatory Charter Academy board held a special meeting today, giving little notice to families who might have wanted to attend.

They voted 3-1 to shut the high school in Eastmont Mall immediately. A number of teachers came, but no parents or students. It’s not clear whether the previously scheduled Saturday meeting will still happen.

Harold Pendergrass (far left) was the only board member who wanted to keep the school open, despite the Oakland school district’s charter revocation notice. He said the school needed a more transparent governing board and a full investigation into the allegations of fraud that have surfaced this month.

“There is considerable interest in trying to preserve the school,” Pendergrass said. “People aren’t running away from the school — maybe everyone except the board.”

But soon the discussion — about a decision that would deeply affect some 400 teenagers — devolved into a back-and-forth between Pendergrass and board president Prentice Deadrick about blame, ego and responsibility.

It went something like this: Continue Reading


A new blog for Uprep

There has been much media attention paid to the alleged fraud and possible closure of Oakland’s University Preparatory Charter Academy, but very little direct communication to families. As a result, many have learned of recent developments in a haphazard way.

To make it easier to stay informed on the fate of the school, a group of people have created an online forum to share news articles, blog postings and other information. It’s called In the Mall because the high school is located in Eastmont Mall.

The site might come in handy to share information about a recently scheduled special board meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, in which the board will discuss the “Potential Dissolution of University Preparatory Charter School.”

Here is the agenda.  It was e-mailed to me last night.