From the Seattle Times, coverage of Banda's selection. Highlights:
- Banda plans to spend his first year on the job, getting to know the city and the district without making major changes. Some of the reporters at the press conference seemed startled at this but Goodloe-Johnson did a lot of the same with touring schools and doing assessments of various departments. I cannot see anyone coming in and wholesale changing things. Sharon Peaslee said the Board did want to change things that are working in our schools but wanted to address those issues that are still of concern. Marty McLaren named Special Education for one.
- In choosing Banda over the only remaining finalist, Sandra Husk, board members opted for a low-key leader with a reputation for relationship-building. Board members said they chose him because they believe he can unite the community behind a collaborative approach that encourages parent involvement and emphasizes the importance of working in concert with the board. I really think it was key to the Board to have someone they ALL felt they could work with collaboratively.
- Banda will start July 1. Enfield leaves sometime mid-to-late June so Bob Boesche, as deputy superintendent, will guide the district in that short window of time.
- One quote I liked came from an unnamed Anaheim Board member who called Banda "a rising superstar." If he wants to make that ascension in our district, with the outcomes we would get from someone to end up being called a "superstar", fine by me.