SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT, ACKERMAN, ASKS PUBLIC COMMITTMENT TO COMPATIBILITY
School Board sets September 6 for consideration
School Board members meet prior to closed session, around the
table from left, Commissioner Eddie Chin, Commissioner Sarah Lipson,
President Eric Mar, Commission Jill Wynns, Vice President Norman
Yee, Commissioner Dan Kelly, and Commissioner Mark Sanchez.
by Luke Thomas
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
The seven member School Board and Superintendent Arlene Ackerman
convened a closed-door meeting yesterday evening at the San Francisco
Unified School District Offices. The four-hour meeting, described
as "acrimonious" by several board members, ended with
all parties deciding to reconvene for continued closed-door discussions
on September 6.
Prior to the meeting, the embattled Superintendent
held a press conference stating the purpose of the meeting was
to discuss, "a provision in my contract." That provision,
an incompatibility clause, provides Ackerman with leverage to
walk away from her three-year contract with a $375,000 severance
Ackerman stated that she was "hopeful" that conflicts
could be resolved but stressed, "I want to stay if we can
all work together.
"I want more than just promises. I want something memorialized
and very public."
Ackerman ended the press conference stating, "I don't have
any career plans
that's probably not a good thing to admit.
I'm too young to retire, folks
I'm not too young to retire
from being Superintendent though."