Oakland Unified School District board of directors held a town hall meeting intended to inform the public about impending mid-year budget cuts and give community members the opportunity to ask questions.
On Wednesday, while the school board met in closed session, the Oakland Education Association (OEA) took to the street to protest. With handmade signs, teachers gathered at seven different locations in Oakland to express their thoughts on the proposed school budget.
Board members listened to a proposal for a new charter school called Ripple Academy, and discussed an update from the district budget and finance committee.
Approving the construction contract for Glenview Elementary School, adopting an electronic enrollment system and updates on programs for district English learners dominated the school board meeting on Wednesday night.
OUSD officials fixed the water quality at McClymonds high school located in West Oakland after discoloration was discovered in August.
On Thursday night, Oakland community members met at the Think College Now campus to discuss the “Blueprint for Quality Schools,” the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)’s plan to refurbish old school buildings and use school resources more effectively. The “community dialogue” was one of four planned for this week, and attracted about 30 people.
During an Oakland school board meeting that lasted until a little after 11 p.m. Wednesday night, a new plan for school facilities and a proposal for an additional charter school were major topics of discussion.
The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Board of Education approved a plan to cut $14 million from the district’s 2017-2018 budget during a meeting Wednesday evening.