Update: I note the article in the Times today (1/7) about the deputy superintendent in Tacoma, Josh Garcia. Mr. Garcia has now received a second national award (in as many years) for his leadership. Tacoma schools has a "whole child" measuring system.
Their graduation rate has gone from 55 to 78 percent in four years. Apparently Garcia says that it is important to write goals for students, not adults.
So this idea that there was no one else to pick in our region for superintendent might have been wrong (and again, I knew of another great pick). The Board did what they wanted to do but they cannot say that they HAD to do a national search. We have a lot of good people right in our own backyard and should have considered ALL of them for the best fit for our district.
end of update.
Really good article from Knute Berger on Seattle process and he uses the appointment of Superintendent Nyland as an example. He gets one thing right:
Just a decision that Nyland was good enough, so let’s move on.
The school board is now on the hook for the choice, which was not a
unanimous decision. There’s no question here about who’s accountable.
I love that "good enough" and I guess if you, as a Board, are looking for a caretaker (albeit an expensive one), then they did do "good enough" with Nyland.
But yes, the Board is now truly accountable.
What's on your mind?