We know that neither of the two principals currently at Rainier Beach High School will be there next year.
Now we learn that nearly all of the teachers currently at Rainier Beach High School are also leaving. It's a combination of factors, including RiF's, dissatisfaction with the school administration, the challenges associated with teaching there, and concern about how student outcomes will impact the teachers' performance evaluations.
There will be almost a complete turnover of personnel at Rainier Beach between this year and next. While that might be one of the hallmarks of a transformation, this is not a transformation. In a transformation the personnel turnover is targeted, deliberate, and planned. This isn't. There isn't anyone guiding this turnover; it's just happening. It's a crisis, not a strategy.
The school is going to get hit with all of the negative consequences of turnover. All of the established student relationships will be destroyed. The "family" feel of the school will have to start over from scratch.
I suppose the new principal will have the advantage of having chosen the bulk of the teaching staff, but will have to do it without first-hand knowledge of the school or the community. Hiring a teaching staff will be an urgent task for the principal, but the principal can't get started yet because the principal hasn't been hired yet. Dr. Enfield is taking her sweet time with that decision. The challenge for the new principal and for the school grows with each passing day.
It's hard not to see this as messed-up.