President - Sherry Carr
VP - Sharon Peaslee
Member at large - Marty McLaren
All by unanimous vote.
Well, I can only say it's a done deal. The bombardment of words from Peaslee and McLaren were like them taking turns reading Nyland's resume.
Apparently, according to Carr and McLaren, the public, including staff and parents, real have no role in the selection of a superintendent (but do keep those e-mails coming). Why should you give any input? They've already said they won't use anything you say in their decision. (Although the noticeable absence of any SEA Board member tells me that if they have issues, they got addressed.)
I will have more in the morning but right now I can tell you that he WILL be voted in as permanent superintendent of SPS by a 5-2 vote next Wednesday.
As I say, I don't think anyone should show up for this lazy vote. I say lazy because sure, "change is hard" and working with the public is messy but that's democracy.
Here's what I said tonight to the Board (based on research about Dr. Nyland, I referenced his work in Pasco and Marysville):
Let’s visit some past history.
A former superintendent in Pasco said this what he would have done differently with his plan for change there:
Parents. We would have, should have, involved parents earlier.
They have the power to be supporters or opponents of what you are doing. The more they know about what you aredoing ,the more likely they are to understand and besupportive.
I’d now like to read a couple of things about Marysville School District. They were looking for a new superintendent in 2004. That superintendent would be their 7th in 12 years. The guy they picked was one of 22 candidates for the job. Quite the superintendent search.
Then, after that guy left for retirement in June 2013, their Board president stated,
“"We're going to have a lot of community input and a lot of staff input about what person we want as our leader for the future "This is a decision that affects the whole community and that person has to be really well accepted."
But now back to you, the Board.
You all know what this looks like. Embedded in the Board agenda, with no press release or notification on the district website on a holiday weekend, is information about the most important decision you make as directors? Not good.
Our district doesn’t need a massive, expensive national search for a superintendent. That’s old-school, status quo. We need a streamlined and tightly-schedule regional search. Because none of you can say, with any real certainty, that you know you have sought the best fit for our district.
It is not just about qualifications and experience – it’s about fit. Because if it had been just about qualifications and experience, John Stanford never would have been superintendent.
Listen to teachers, to staff and to parents.
You hurt your credibility to ignore those people. You hurt this district by trying to rush a vote – that at this point – is clearly not going to be unanimous.
In the superintendent evaluation, the Board said it liked thatthe superitendent made a mistake and apologized. Now, it’s your turn.
In these times, the words of filmmaker Spike Lee are clear and to the point – DO THE RIGHT THING.