Just one thing I hope to clear up about a new superintendent.
I hope no one coming in thinks he/she can be one thing on paper or in interviews and another as superintendent. Anyone who thinks, "Well, I'll just put on my best, most consensus-building game face for the interviews but when I'm superintendent, I'll do what I want."
Anyone who wants to be superintendent should understand that thinking that way would be a big mistake. This is not that kind of town.
It would be a mistake also on the part of the Alliance or LEV or anyone else thinking they can sneak someone in.
As I have said in the recent past, it is amusing to see these people wring their hands in despair and flail around over the results of the elections. It is funny to see David Brewster's piece in Crosscut which,was a peek behind the curtain of the thought patterns of the powers that be. "Well, next time we'll throw more money at the election" or "Next time, we'll get consultants". Have at it, kids, it won't make a difference.
TFA? I would say it was going down in flames but really, it's more like a whimper. Does anyone really believe that the site-based hiring teams in SPS are suddenly going to get religion and hire more TFA? And other districts? They have no money for this inconsequential nonsense. And seriously, how long can UW spend between $300-400k on a program for 9 people?
So anyone who would next be superintendent should know - in advance - the lesson that apparently the powers that be have missed.
The parents and staff and voters in this town are not going to be snowed or baffled by bullshit any longer. They are not going to allow a bunch of wealthy people to take a paternalistic tone and ask parents/staff/voters to donate to their schools and vote for their levies but please, get out of the way of running the district as we know best.
Anyone coming into being a superintendent should welcome the fact that the parents and staff in this district KNOW this district and have a deep concern for it.
The Board has many people to please on this decision and I don't envy them. I certainly hope they will include community members input and allow some public interviews (as they did in the last search).
No one should believe the next superintendent will rule this district. Life could get mighty uncomfortable for anyone who thinks that.
Again, we need to keep the public in public education and I look forward to working with a superintendent who understands that.