Seattle Public Schools has announced the resignation of Ana Ortega, the principal at Aki Kurose Middle School. Mia Williams, currently an assistant principal at Denny Middle School, will serve as interim principal until a permanent hire can be made. Ms Ortega served in the position for one year.
For those keeping score at home, here is the lineup:
Aki Kurose, Principals:
2006-2007 - Bi Hoa Caldwell
2007-2008 - Ana Ortega
2008-2009 - Mia Williams
2009-2010 - New Hire, TBD
It will be extraordinarily difficult for the school to experience a turn-around or implement any sort of lasting reforms with a revolving door at the leadership. Incoming principals will have to implement the Southeast Initiative plans of their predecessors, many of them made by someone serving in an interim role. It presents a challenge, particularly with those elements that require a high degree of investment from the administration and the staff.