Donald Evans: says it’s important for him to hear what the community has to say. Photo: Lance Knobel
Donald Evans: says it’s important for him to hear what the community has to say. Photo: Lance Knobel

Donald Evans, the new superintendent for Berkeley schools, has scheduled three community Town Hall meetings in the month of October.

Evans, who used to hold similar gatherings in his previous post as superintendent of the Hayward Unified School District, said he hopes to use the get-togethers to talk about his ideas for the city’s public schools and to hear from the community about “how to take our schools to the next level of excellence for all students.”

The meetings are in line with Evans’ self-described collaborative management approach. Speaking to Berkeleyside in July, he said: “Before I make a decision, I want to hear everybody’s voice. Some people don’t like that. But I feel like you might bring out something that I probably have not thought about that could be critical for me in making a major decision. It’s really important for me to understand why you think and how you think in terms of how we move this organization forward.

“I think if I didn’t do this work, I’d definitely be a community activist,” Evans continued. “It’s just so important to me to hear what the community has to say.”

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Tuesday October 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Frances Albrier Community Center, San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St.

Thursday October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Rosa Parks Elementary School at 920 Allston Way. Meeting conducted in Spanish.

Thursday October 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, 1781 Rose St.

Childcare will be available at all the meetings.

New Berkeley superintendent Donald Evans: “This is my ministry” (07.11.13)

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