It is becoming increasingly clear that the vote on whether to offer the job of permanent superintendent to Larry Nyland at Wednesday night's School Board meeting will not be unanimous.
In fact, appealing to directors who have not made any statements on this issue might be a good idea. I think the issue of NOT telling the public that a shift in attitude had occurred over a search is a major issue for a couple of directors. I think there is discomfort out there over voting yes because of promises made and now a change with no real explanation.
Again, I suggest writing to Director Martin-Morris and Director Carr who may well believe Nyland is a good superintendent but also have a good sense of fairness.
And what of a split vote of 5-2 or perhaps 4-3? That is no way for a permanent superintendent to start his/her tenure.
Now, of course, perhaps there are people trying to manipulate the situation. What if this were done as a ruse so that either the Board pulls this off the agenda at the last minute and says "Okay, okay, we'll do a search."
But, by then, hasn't the damage been done? Nyland will feel unsure of his chances and anyone who might apply would be very wary. How convenient for a mayor who might want to point this out to anyone who might listen.
I also note that a JSCEE source tells me that there was supposed to be some kind of public notice - either at the district's homepage or a press release - about the vote. President Peaslee said in the Seattle Times that the public could weigh in any time between now and the vote. She left out that no one would really know if I hadn't been alerted to this and broadcast it.