From the Seattle Times this morning, School district lets slip one candidate's name for top job, we learn:
...the packet given to reporters when Thornton came to town Thursday contained a news release that stated that Topeka Public Schools Superintendent W.L. (Tony) Sawyer was a finalist along with Thornton, not Goodloe-Johnson.
...Sawyer, who worked as head of secondary schools in a New York City borough before taking the job in Topeka, said Wednesday that he withdrew for personal reasons before the board decided on finalists.
...Patti Spencer, district spokeswoman, wouldn't comment on whether Sawyer had been the choice over Goodloe-Johnson. Because the board was moving fast, district staff members prepared more than one release, she said.
Note to Seattle School Board members --- when you are moving fast, you are more like to stumble. And when you stumble, you risk falling.
From the PI (Decision on school chief is near), we learn:
The School Board plans a closed-door meeting today to discuss the two finalists, Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson, superintendent of the Charleston County (S.C.) Schools, and Gregory Thornton, chief academic officer at the School District of Philadelphia. After that meeting, the board plans to convene an open public meeting at 2:30 p.m. to discuss and possibly make final the decision.
How "open" and "public" a meeting can you have when it is a last minute, poorly publicized event taking place during spring break when many families are out of town? Is public testimony going to be accepted? It doesn't appear so from the April 12, 2007 Special Meeting Agenda.