To let you know, earlier this month I wrote a white paper and sent it to the Mayor, the City Council, and the entire Seattle state legislative delegation. I called it "Approaching Storm: the Coming Crisis in Seattle Public Schools." I did not include any information on this story as I had to make sure I had the facts in hand. This just adds to what is in the report.
Coincidentally, I have a meeting today with Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw.
When I first became aware of Silas Potter and the Small Business Program, I was suspicious. As we were told, the money spent over the last two years on this program had to be paid back to the Capital fund from the General Fund. That is one reason we have such a large gap - $1.8M got shipped over from our General Fund. We might not have lost our elementary counselors.
If you had looked at the list of classes and other public entities involved in this program, you had to ask what was going on. How was this part of the purpose of SPS?
You have to know that there is NO WAY Silas Potter did this on his own.
Fred Stephens knew and likely so did Dr. Goodloe-Johnson. (Did they know about Mr. Potter's plan for the business on the side? Maybe not but they knew what the SBP was doing and okayed the funding.) There are multiple players in this whole affair.
How long the Board has known of the investigation, I don't know. I do know that I warned the Board about this more than a year ago.
Okay everybody, deep breath. If you have been around awhile, you've been through this before with Joseph Olchefske. If not, well, it's painful and worrying.
But most of our schools run well in spite of the district. Your children will go to school and find the same teachers, principals and staffs that they know and you know.
I know what I believe should happen.
- Dr. Goodloe-Johnson should leave.
- Don Kennedy should leave.
- Dr. Enfield should be appointed interim Superintendent.
- They should hire an interim COO.
Lastly, the Board needs to take the Moss-Adams report in hand AND the SAO audit from July 2010 and make a plan to follow those words to the nth degree.