In a story in the Times today, we learn that the Executive Committee of the School Board met this week to figure out how to proceed with a superintendent search. The Board is expecting a report from Elway Research on Jan. 4th, tying together the information from phone surveys and the online survey (no mention of where feedback from the public meetings that were held come into this process). A follow-up meeting is planned for Jan. 11th.
I was quoted in the story as supporting an internal candidate and somewhat to my surprise, so does Seattle Council PTSA President, Lauren McGuire.
What's interesting is that reporter Brian Rosenthal names names. He points out Bob Boesche as a possible example (except that Mr. Boesche got pulled out of retirement for the CFO job and is unlikely to want the superintendent job). Noel Treat and Phil Brockman are also mentioned. Another surprise:
Brockman said in an interview Wednesday he might be willing if the board offered. But he said it is too early for that discussion.
Good to know that Mr. Brockman would at least consider the position.
In the comments section, Charlie also puts forth Mary Jean Ryan and Holly Miller as well as other regional superintendents. I could support Mary Jean Ryan as superintendent.
Charlie also said this:
What frightens me the most is the possibility that the Board will choose a non-educator and that person will leave the academic decisions to Dr. Thompson the way that Mr. Olchefske left them to Dr. Rimmer. Dr. Thompson's academic perspective is a centrally controlled disaster and cannot be allowed to dominate our schools.