Oakland school board member David Kakishiba has decided not to step down from his post and will serve out the rest of his term, which concludes next year, the Trib reports. Kakishiba had said he was going to resign, following a report by the school district’s new general counsel who concluded that he has a conflict of interest. Kakishiba runs a non-profit that has scored millions of dollars in district contracts over the years for after-school programs.
Although Kakishiba has scrupulously avoided voting on or discussing district contracts with his nonprofit, general counsel Jackie Minor concluded that district employees may be biased toward it in order to curry favor with him. His conflict only recently became an issue because the school board regained local control of the city’s public schools.