A Quarter of School Principals Have Left Oakland Unified

Last year was a difficult one for the Oakland Unified School District — and it shows. In an interview with Bay Area News Group, district spokesman John Sasaki said twenty principals have either quit or retired.

That’s a quarter of all principals in the district. And while year-end turnover at OUSD is already relatively high, the principals Bay Area News Group spoke to said 20 is unusual.

In 2018-2019 alone, OUSD saw a seven-day teachers’ strike followed by the approval of $20 million in budget cuts. The district was also flayed in a report by the Alameda County Grand Jury that detailed waste and mismanagement at OUSD.

These are some of the principals who left last year:

Leroy Gaines (Acorn Woodland Elementary School); Claire Fisher (Urban Promise Academy); William Chavarin (Castlemont High); Jarod Scott (McClymonds High); Betsye Steele (Ralph Bunch Academy); Moyra Contreras (Melrose Leadership Academy); Eyana Spencer (Manzanita Community School); Denise Saddler (Montclair Elementary); Renee Bullie (Sankofa Elementary); Tammie Hollis-Prime (Grass Valley); and Yolanda Cater (New Highland Academy).

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