More to come. Board seems enthused.
- Carr and Martin-Morris were out-of-town but were on speaker phone. All the Board spoke highly of Dr. Nyland. The vote was 7-0.
- Nyland's motto - "Listen, learn and lead." He wants to learn more and touch base with all groups/district leadership and set priorities.
- pay and start date are still to be negotiated
- He surprised many of us when I asked about whether he would consider staying on permanently. He said it was too early to tell and he wouldn't rule it out.
- He has a huge resume, full of great achievements and has worked with Native American groups, districts and UW as a consultant. He has sat in over 100 classrooms in the last couple of years, assessing teachers/principals.
- I asked him about working with a school board. He said that everyone needs to be going in the right direction. He likes the Strategic Plan. He believes it's good to flesh out ideas from the Board and staff. He said the Board is not there to be a rubber-stamp but to add to decision-making.
Tulip tribes on closing achievement gap
- He knows he doesn't have a year to listen (like Banda) and will need to create a 90-day plan.
- I asked about charter schools. He said it was the law and he initially had reservations about them around taking the easier students to teach. He met with the Washington charter group and sees that charters should be serving at-risk students with challenges. He said "we need good ideas." This worries me but only a little.
- they will start the process of looking for a permanent superintendent in September with a hire date in April/May. There will be community engagement.
- I asked what he thought was important to get a superintendent to want to stay in a district. He said he had been in Marysville for nine years (some "rocky") but he felt it worth staying the course.
begin in September and in April or May and community processs
- He had mentioned that he was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt. I teasingly asked him if he, as superintendent, would be able to say anything good about Garfield. He laughed and said, of course, but he was a Rough Rider. I also pointed out that RHS has all the old yearbooks so I could go look up his high school graduation photo. He just laughed.
Experience, calm, leadership - I think Banda may have just done this district a favor.