From SPS Communications about the appointment of Dr. Nyland as permanent superintendent:
The Seattle School Board has selected Dr. Larry Nyland as the permanent superintendent for Seattle Public Schools. Nyland has held the interim role since last summer. The 5-2 vote, allows Board President Sherry Carr to negotiate a new contract with Nyland, which the board will vote on January 7, 2015. If approved, Nyland’s contract would be extended through June 17, and would switch from interim to permanent at the end of June 2015.
“I have chosen to evaluate Dr. Nyland not only on his last 17 weeks in Seattle Public Schools, but his past 40 years in education,” said Sherry Carr, Seattle School Board President applauding his career successes and need for stability in the district.
“We have a lot of work to do to support systems, and to better support students, said Interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland. “I look forward to working with them. Thank you.”
Nyland will hold a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence. *Media, please meet in the lobby.
So it was the vote count I said it would be. No surprise there.
It's fine that Carr wants to take Nyland's entire career into account but she chose ONLY his career to assess.
From the Times' article:
We need his steady, clearheaded and highly skilled leadership to stabilize the district and fix what’s broken,” Peaslee said. She also said Nyland fits what the public said it wanted in a superintendent during the board’s last search in 2012.
I honestly do not think that survey was the be all and end all to public discussion about a superintendent but boy, the Board members who supported the vote seem to.
Also, there is a lot of "he knows how to fix this district" and "fix what's broken." Okay then, that's the bar the Board has set.
Also, there is mention -over and over - of some big "plan" he has. I was told it was mostly the info he referenced in his State of the District speech. I heard very few specifics in it so again, we can only wait.
Also in the Times' report:
Just five members of the public testified at the meeting about Nyland.
Well, sure just five signed up (and you'll note the Times left out whether they were for or against the appointment but I can guess.) The public has been cut out of the decision. McLaren says that input is needed for policies, not people. So why would anyone bother on a terrible weather night to come down to JSCEE?