As I previously posted, a finalist has dropped out and it is Steven Enoch. (The district decided not to tell me so I get official notice from the Times. I suspect they will drop me as media when we get a new superintendent so I will be forced to state many things off the record.)
From the Times:
“I have concluded that what Seattle needs is a younger person,
potentially able to provide longer stability and direction for the
district,” wrote Enoch, who will turn 63 next month. “I believe you have
two very viable candidates that will better meet the long-term needs of
Enoch added he enjoyed his visit to Seattle for final
interviews last week.
“I loved the tours of the schools,
meeting with staff, students and community leaders,” he wrote. “I most
enjoyed meeting each of you as you are all wonderful individuals, who
give unselfishly so very much to the the children of Seattle.”
This is very genuine and generous of Mr. Enoch to say this but I truly believe he could see the process had been corrupted and wanted no part of it any longer. No one likes to feel like they are window-dressing for another candidate.
And so, despite all the controls and new consultants, Seattle Schools once again cannot hang on to its full complement of superintendent candidates until the end of the process.
The Board has a mammoth discussion ahead of them today in trying to decide between Husk and Banda.