Maple Elementary and West Seattle High School are the newest schools to take a vote of "no confidence" in the Superintendent. Maple voted 17 yes, 1 no and 2 abstaining. West Seattle voted 35 yes, 3 no and 4 abstaining.
I do want to echo what someone else said in a different thread. We don't know, right off hand, how many SEA represented staff are at each school. I don't believe most of these votes are technically SEA votes. I would call them straw votes.
However, that these staff members, and a fair number at every single school, got together and took a vote tells me two things. One, there are a lot of brave people are out there because I can believe this could have repercussions for some and two, that enough staff from each school made the effort to take the vote.
I am a bit surprised that the SEA is waiting until early September to vote as a whole. They said they want to wait and see how the Superintendent handles the negotiations. Fair enough and maybe it's a bit of a bargaining chip for them but frankly, I doubt if they will see anything new from her that wouldn't already be expected. They did say they don't think her contract should be extended at this time and I agree. She's got two more years on her contract so what's the need to extend it now (except, of course, she may have let the Board know she would walk if they don't which is entirely possible)? She may have learned this tactic at the Broad Superintendent Charm School.
Lastly, some principal news. Ruth Medsker is being appointed the Interim Principal at WSHS. The parents and staff were promised a site-based process so perhaps that will come with a permanent principal appointment. Michael Kelly, from Roosevelt, is being moved to WSHS to fill one of the AP positions. Mike is good guy and I think it's a loss for RHS.