- Might she leave the door open, if the board were to make her a good offer? “This work is too important and I have too much respect for this community to play games like that, this was a genuine and as I said, much deliberated decision on my part that I made for reasons that are right for me and the time is right for me to move on,” Enfield says.
- She "will be a superintendent " at another district.
- She also said the Board elections had nothing to do with her decision.
- She declined to give her reasoning, either from the professional side or personal side.
So we move on. Speculation is moot at this point. What's next?
The Board will have to decide - in the next couple of weeks - what kind of search to launch. Given that so many people are concerned, I wouldn't be surprised if some entity (the Alliance, donors, etc), gave them money for the search. (Then again, maybe those people blame the Board for her loss and will live it all for the Board to pay for doing.)
I don't see hiring a headhunter service. I can see hiring a consultant or two to cull through and vet applicants with Paul Apostle in HR. I honestly think we will get a flood of applicants - the quality remains to be seen. (Although if you come through the Broad Academy or TFA, good luck with that.)
I am also hoping that some local and internal people apply. Naturally, this might mean people who haven't been superintendent before (but neither was Enfield). It's might be a situation of "and now for something completely different."
I'll say upfront here that I know that many of us will vet them ourselves and that means Google, calls to previous cities of employment, etc. I won't apologize for wanting to make sure we know everything there is to know and look at it all on balance.
I hope the Board now looks at what they were told at the community meetings and via their survey about what is important to parents and community in a superintendent. The most important things I would look for (in no particular order):
- knows district and/or region
- does not come in with own agenda but will listen to the Board and follow thru with their vision and agenda
- no "drive-by" superintendents
- a solid communicator
- a solid collaborator with teachers, principals, staff and Board
- no past anti-union stances
- no sweeping changes but a continuation of the work started and immediate problems to be solved
How does anyone feel about another interim versus saying "now we hire someone permanently"?