Today I am pleased to appoint two new Executive Directors of Schools. Kim Whitworth, principal at Eckstein Middle School, will be Executive Director of Schools for the Northeast region. Carmela Dellino, principal at Roxhill Elementary, will serve as Executive Director of Schools for the West Seattle region. The new positions will start in mid-August.
They join four other Executive Directors of Schools, who support principals’ instructional leadership in order to increase student achievement and close opportunity gaps. This includes using data to monitor school progress, coordinating professional development, one-on-one coaching and principal evaluations, and conducting frequent learning walks through school buildings to ensure quality instruction. Together, they supervise and support more than 100 principals.
Ms. Whitworth is replacing Phil Brockman, who has been appointed to a new grant-funded Executive Director of School Operations position. Ms. Dellino replaces Aurora Lora, who left her position this month to be the Assistant Superintendent for the Dallas Independent School District.
Both internal and external candidates were reviewed by interview teams that included Executive Directors of Schools, principals and Assistant Superintendents. There were three rounds of interviews in total, and the committee recommended finalists for interviews with me and members of my Cabinet.
These appointments leave vacancies at two schools. We will work with both the Eckstein and Roxhill communities to develop a hiring plan that will include family and staff input. We will be in touch soon with each school community to ensure we have a highly qualified principal in place for the start of the 2012-13 school year.
And in the seemingly neverending chain of wealthy people from outside our state donating to I-1240, here's the latest from the Times.
Also last week, Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer contributed $250,000, bringing his total investment to $450,000, according to public disclosure documents. And Mike and Jackie Bezos, the parents of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, kicked in another $50,000, bringing their total to half a million.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is still leading the group, however, with $1 million donated.
And they say the union folks are bullies? Nothing like a small group of wealthy people trying to force change with money. Again, why are all these out-of-state people trying to influence this election?