From SPS (via a reader, thanks!) (Does anyone know what the High School Graduation Grant Initiative is? Sounds good.)
As we continue to plan for the 2012-13 school year and beyond, we recognize the need for increased collaboration between all departments. Providing all students with an education that will prepare them for college, career and life is our mission, and along with that comes many operational duties.
Additionally, coordination between departments is essential as the District begins to discuss system-wide changes that impact schools and families, such as school boundaries, bell times, instructional programming, athletics and transportation. To ensure this, today I am pleased to appoint Phil Brockman to a new position: Executive Director of School Operations. Phil, who has served as Executive Director of Schools for the Northeast Region since 2010, starts this grant-funded position on July 1.
Thanks to a Department of Education grant, called the High School Graduation Grant Initiative, Phil will be able to use his academic expertise to support both instructional programming and the operations team’s system-wide initiatives. In addition, Phil will provide support to schools in the High School Graduation Initiative, promoting student connectedness, school attendance and graduation. This new role will also establish a bridge between the regional Executive Directors of Schools and operations to ensure collaboration and provide support to schools during academic and operational system changes. He will report directly to the Superintendent.
Phil brings to this new role more than 30 years of experience at Seattle Public Schools. He started his career as a math and physical education teacher at Rainier Beach High School in 1983. He served as an assistant principal at Madison Middle School from 1992-1997, as principal of McClure Middle School from 1997-2000 and as principal of West Seattle High School from 2000-2004 before returning to his alma mater, Ballard High School, as principal for six years. In 2009, Brockman received the Alliance for Education’s Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence for outstanding leadership.
Human Resources will soon post an opening for Phil’s current position, which we hope to fill next month.
Please join me in congratulating Phil on his new appointment.
Interim Deputy Superintendent
Seattle Public Schools