I will be better able to flesh this out at the end of the week but I'm hearing some pretty serious rumblings.
It appears one high school principal will lose a job (not just RBHS) and may not be placed elsewhere.
I believe this may be happening as a signal to other principals to get with the curriculum alignment program or else. (So far there doesn't appear to be any other reason like a criminal act or fraud.)
Meaning, less flexibility/creativity in how teachers can teach the curriculum and principals will be expected to bear down on teachers who don't follow the direction of the alignment.
It also appears the district is unwilling to state whether or not they are closing RBHS for a year and then reopening it as a "transformation" school. This would have HUGE repercussions for the entire district as whether or not you think is something that should be done (or should have been done long ago), the question would be - where would those 350 kids go?
Garfield's boundaries are narrowed and Franklin is taking on more students. I think they will be full. Cleveland is an Option school and Sealth should also be full. Are they seriously going to bus kids up to Hale and Ingraham and out to West Seattle where there is space?
Update: the principal in question is Martin Floe at Ingraham. Dr. Enfield sent a letter to parents today telling them this news. (The letter does not make it clear if Principal Floe will continue on within SPS.) Neither parents, nor staff, nor students were allowed to give input before the decision was made.
I'm hearing that the district wanted someone else in there who has experience with IB AND international schools. It's handy that they have such a person in Margit Moore, an assistant principal at Garfield (hey, she also has experience with APP students), who was a teacher at Bellevue's International School and coordinated the IB program there.
The parents and staff are being assure that the district will "work with you to collect desired attributes and qualifications for the next principal." A friend of mine said, "We'll just say, 'We want another Martin Floe'." The district is interviewing soon and are hoping to name a new principal before the end of the school year. That's a pretty speedy timeframe. I'm thinking that there will be one public meeting for staff and parents to give input and then, voila! the person the district wants will be installed.
Anyone know if Garfield APP parents had misgivings about Principal Floe?
Here is the reason every single school community in this district worries - the district has proven, once again, it will change principals willy-nilly and your community is helpless to stop it.