"The Seattle School District has made two high-profile hires to help put in place major initiatives recommended by a recent study.
Carol Rava Treat will leave her job at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help with its strategic plan. She oversaw grant making in CA and TX in the education division. She will lead the district's efforts to develop community partnerships. The district expects to work on its strategic plan in the spring.
Sherri Bealkowski, a recently retired Microsoft manager, will help the district improve its use of technology, including replacing an outdated computer that controls student assignment.
McKinsey & Co., an international consultant, has completed recommendations to the school district. Most pertain to guiding the district informing its strategic plan. The consultant study also recommended an overhaul of the district's information-technology department."
Doing a Google check, Ms. Rava Treat was the Board Chair for Powerful Schools, a group that works on literacy issues in elementary schools in the south end. She also seemed to have an emphasis in high school issues in her work for the Gates Foundation.
Ms. Bealkowski was General Manager of Microsoft's Education Solutions Group and was responsible for sales, marketing, and services for the education sector in the U.S. She has a MBA and a master's in computer science. Her position was a lot of sales and marketing but I would think from her background that she knows a lot about technology.
I would think that they are doing this not for the money (clearly given one worked for the Gates and the other retired from Microsoft) but to help our district.