Oakland School Superintendent Resigns

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland’s school Superintendent Tony Smith announced Friday he will leave the job in June, two years before the end of his contract.

His last day is June 30.

Smith said he is moving to Chicago to be closer to his wife’s parents.

“The decision to leave at this time is very difficult,” he wrote in the letter to OUSD board of education president David Kakishiba. “However, my commitment to my family first means this is the right decision at this time.”

Oakland Schools Superintendant Unexpectedly Resigns

The board will consider his resignation at an April 10 meeting.

The board issued a statement about Smith’s resignation Friday morning.

“The Superintendent will be leaving a legacy that Oakland can be proud of,” the statement read. “We have no doubt that Oakland is ready for the work ahead.”

Smith was named superintendent in 2009 as Oakland Unified was recovering from the financial woes that led to a state takeover in 2003.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and earned master’s and doctorate degrees at UC Berkeley’s graduate school of education.

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