Update 4: just returned from press conference. It was interesting and I will have a full report later (I am just sitting down to eat something for the first time today. Had an interview with both the Communications director and school board president in Sacramento.)
My belief is that Banda will be gone by July 17th( that is the earliest date the Sacramento board can vote him in as their new superintendent.) But yes, I do believe he will be gone, baby, gone by the end of July.
End of update.
He is letting staff know today.
I don't know where he is going (I have rumor that it is a district in San Jose, California.)
I suspect the Board will make Charles Wright the interim superintendent.
Update: KUOW is reporting that he is a finalist for a job in Sacramento. (My source tells me he has the job.)
From the KUOW story:
“Sacramento is an opportunity to go back to California, an opportunity
to be closer to family,” Banda said. “As I near the latter part of my
career, it’s an opportunity to get back into the retirement system that I
spent almost my entire career in.”
I recall this as having been brought up as a possible issue when he was a candidate to come to Seattle.
Unlike Seattle’s public superintendent search processes, Sacramento was
poised to vote on Banda’s contract on Thursday before even announcing
that he was a finalist. The vote was postponed at the last minute after
board members decided to visit Seattle next week.
Well, now that the cat's out of the bag, that seems a bit awkward. He couldn't be more lame duck at this point and if he doesn't get the job?
Banda said he considers his greatest accomplishments as Seattle
superintendent to be the 2013 capital and operations levies, worth a
combined $1.3 million. He’s also proud of the district’s new strategic
He leaves with two years left on his contract.
I don't want to hear anything about superintendents being pushed out. He came, he hung around and now he's leaving.
Update 2: letter from Banda - very bland.
I have a call into Sacramento to ask some questions.
Update 3: Checking the search firm that Sacramento SD is using I see a somewhat familiar face. One of the principals at the company, Leadership Associates, is Kent Bechler. I know I have seen Mr. Bechler in the audience at a couple of district meetings in the recent weeks. I had wondered who he was.
Letter from President Peaslee- She's being pretty nice in this letter; good for her.
The Sacramento job starts July 1st so he is gone, gone gone (if he gets it but I suspect he has it).
And yes, this was the big news I had been hinting at.
Press Conference at 1 pm; I'll be there.