If Seattle Public Schools wants to attract top-notch candidates to become the district's next superintendent, it will need to pay a higher salary, rethink how it gathers public response and keep the names of candidates under wraps until late in the process.
Sounds like good advice. But, here's what worries me. The principal search director also said that "The most important part of the process is creating a "profile" of exactly what kind of person the district wants to have in the superintendent role." In a district without strong current leadership and no clearly articulated vision for the future, how is that profile going to be created? Is the Board working on this profile independently? Does Carla Santorno and other district staff have a voice in it?
Public input is being collected, so share your thoughts via e-mail or at the meetings mentioned below.
The consultants intend to hold a series of community meetings Jan. 16-18 to gather input on characteristics they'd like to see in the next superintendent. The board has not yet decided when or if it will hold more public meetings after that.