Many, both here and in the Times' comments section, have expressed unhappiness that none of the finalists are local. That doesn't mean no locals applied; I know of at least two who did. I don't know if some of the other locals did but there is star power in Mary Alice Heuschel in Renton and Rob Neu in Federal Way.
I just listened to the KUOW discussion about the finalists. The pundits were all struck by the fact that these low-key finalists all come from smaller districts. They were also all struck by the lack of any public meetings for these finalists.
What was interesting was Knute Berger's statement that the Board has asserted itself in the last couple of years for "equal or greater force than the Superintendent." That a member of the media thinks that this was a good thing is telling. He also said that the district "provides the drama, not the superintendent." Hmm.
Joni Balter of the Times thought they should have picked a more dynamic or commanding figure for superintendent.
She also mentioned how the Mercer Island capital bond was resoundingly defeated on Tuesday. She noted that when John Stanford was superintendent, he was stung by the loss of a capital measure in SPS and how next Feb, the district could be asking for over $1B between operations and capital.
I happened to be looking at Federal Way's website and found Superintendent Neu's State of the District speech. I thought it was a great speech and I hope whoever wins out for the SPS superintendent job has this kind of commitment and drive.