Twelve people including former teachers, a scientist, youth advocates and the mayor’s chief of staff, have applied to fill the Oakland school board seat vacated by Dr. Gary Yee when he was asked to become acting superintendent, a district official said.
In the year ahead, the Oakland Unified School District board will have a very full agenda. Not only will it need to recruit a new permanent superintendent but also work to carry out the widely endorsed “Thriving Students” strategic plan created by outgoing superintendent Dr. Tony Smith and implement new Common Core curriculum standards pushed by the Obama administration. The board will also likely reallocate funds under Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula, which would give more money to schools with low income students, English learners and foster children.
The other six OUSD board members decided in April to appoint a new district four board member until the November 2014 election rather than spend $250,000 to $420,000 to hold a ballot election among district four residents for a relatively short term. District four includes the communities surrounding the Allendale, Fruitvale, Horace Mann, Joaquin Miller, Laurel, Montclair, Redwood Heights, Sequoia, and Thornhill elementary schools as well as Bret Harte and Montera middle schools. After interviewing candidates, the current six board members will vote June 12 to select their new colleague, the district said.
Here are the candidates who filed applications by end-of-day Friday, the last day to submit:
Carol Balfe is a science teacher in the Emery School District with a PhD in chemistry who has worked to promote science especially among young girls.
Carrie La Bauve, a retired hospital worker, has been an active volunteer in the Carl B. Munck and Manzanita elementary schools; Edna Brewer Middle School and Skyline High School and has a child who currently attends Carl B. Munck.
Jill Broadhurst, executive director of the East Bay Rental Housing Association, is a mother of two students attending Montclair Elementary School. She describes herself as among the first generation in her Latina family to attend college.
Carlos Carmona, an installer with Oakland Truck Signs, has assisted low-income high school students with the college application process.
Karl Debro, trains teachers as an educator at Contra Costa College and Oakland Teach. He has also been a college readiness coach at Oakland Technical High School and Oakland High School.
Darek DeFreece is an attorney with Wells Fargo Bank and a University of California Regent with a child in Thornhill Elementary School.
Tiffany Gipson, technical assistance director of Higher Ground Neighborhood Development Corp., advocate for equality in educational outcomes and serves on the boards of the Oakland NAACP, the Oakland African American Advisory Committee on Crime and the steering committee of the East Oakland Building Healthy Communities.
Atiff Saleem Shakir, who attended Oakland public schools from kindergarten on, is a site manager at the West Hayward Burns Institute. A former teacher in the district, he now runs the OUSD African American Male Achievement Initiative manhood development program at three high schools. He has two children.
Angie Schwartz is policy director for Alliance for Children’s Rights and a mother of a child who will start school at Thornhill Elementary School in September.
Monica Tell is a public information officer for Pacific Gas & Electric, chairwoman of the Alameda County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Her children attend Lighthouse Community School, an OUSD charter school. She is an advocate for girls’ education as a board member of Girls Inc.
Anne Campbell Washington, chief of staff to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, has two children who attend Montclair Elementary School.