Gary Yee to Serve as Acting Schools’ Superintendent

Dr. Gary Yee

The Oakland Board of Education this week appointed Dr. Gary Yee as Acting Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). The board made the decision at its meeting Wednesday to replace current Superintendent Tony Smith, who is moving to Chicago. Smith, who said he was leaving for family reasons, announced his resignation on April 4 but will continue to serve in the position until June 30. Yee is expected to be acting superintendent through June 30, 2014. He is presently a board member for District 4, which includes hills and flatland communities: Allendale, Brookdale, Crestmont, Dimond, Estates Drive, High Street, Laurel, Maxwell Park, Melrose, Montclair, Oakmore, Piedmont Pines, Redwood Heights, Shepherd Canyon and Thornhill. He has served on the school board since 2003. The board will have 60 calendar days to determine how to fill the vacant District 4 board seat. Yee is an Oakland native who has served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Oakland school district. “During this time of transition from the leadership of Tony Smith, we felt it important to maintain a sense of stability and continuity, while identifying a candidate who has a deep relationship to this city and an understanding of both the challenges facing Oakland and its unique assets,” said Oakland Board of Education President and District 2 Director David Kakishiba. “Dr. Yee possesses these attributes, as well as a commitment to Oakland schools which is practically unparalleled.”
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