Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Principal Watch

The annual change of principals started a couple of months back.  What is interesting to me is the number leaving versus moving to a different school within the district.

- Jo Lute-Ervin leaving Lafayette to become a "district administrator"; not sure what that means
- Justin Baeder leaving Olympic View (and the district; he's moving away)
- Dr. Neil Gerrans at Lawton is the interim principal at Lawton for this year
- Greg King is still principal at Lowell (but may be hanging on by a thread depending on the outcome of the investigation at the school)
- Christopher Kinsey, new principal for Chief Sealth International High School, has been Sealth's interim principal for this year.
- Dr. Shannon McKinney, new principal for K-5 STEM at Boren,


Probably others so add to the list.

Also to note, Nathan Hale's principal, Jill Hudson received the Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence in recognition for leadership.  This award is sponsored by the Alliance for Education and includes a $50k grant to the school.

11 comments:

Steve said...

Susan Mcloskey is retiring as principal at BF Day Elementary in Fremont.

Anonymous said...

Both the principal and vice principal at Blaine K-8 are leaving.

Mag Parent

Anonymous said...

Salmon Bay's principal is retiring

SB parent

Steve said...

Question about replacing principals: does the District usually promote teachers or administrators, or do they usually hire from outside the district? Also, are these hires made by the superintendent and staff, or does the board have any oversight?

Steve

Anonymous said...

Whittier's principal is also retiring at the end of the school year.
Crown Hill parent.

Melissa Westbrook said...

Steve, I haven't heard of that many teachers becoming principals (there's a process; they don't just promote people). They hired a few of the Executive Directors out of district and probably would hire more principals that way as well but don't have the recruiting time.

I think like any other district, principals do get shifted around.

The hires are made through HR with the final word being the Superintendent's. Legally, the Board has the hiring and firing power over principals but Seattle has delegated that to the Superintendent. The Board has no real oversight on hiring/firing of principals or their work. They can certainly listen to parents and community and report back to the Superintendent.

Melissa Westbrook said...

Steve, I haven't heard of that many teachers becoming principals (there's a process; they don't just promote people). They hired a few of the Executive Directors out of district and probably would hire more principals that way as well but don't have the recruiting time.

I think like any other district, principals do get shifted around.

The hires are made through HR with the final word being the Superintendent's. Legally, the Board has the hiring and firing power over principals but Seattle has delegated that to the Superintendent. The Board has no real oversight on hiring/firing of principals or their work. They can certainly listen to parents and community and report back to the Superintendent.

TraceyS said...

Any news yet on the Greg King/Lowell report?

Anonymous said...

Lisa Escobar is leaving Viewlands.

TT

Charlie Mas said...

Lisa Escobar leaving Viewlands? Didn't she just get there?

Anonymous said...

Kim Whitworth is leaving Eckstein Middle School to take an Executive Director position. Seems strange to me, because I recall her being out the last part of the year due to "health issues".