From the West Seattle Blog:
Our area’s most-renowned music educator has announced he’s leaving for a
new career direction, in another school district. Multiple award winner
Marcus Pimpleton has told the Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School communities about his departure; he’s staying with the summertime Seattle Public Schools-wide All-City Band program, but otherwise, he is moving into a school-administration role in the Bellevue district.
From Mr. Pimpleton's letter:
I will miss working with you all during the school year, but am excited
to share that I have been invited to continue as the Director and
Program Administrator for the Seattle All-City Marching Band. Next year
we will be celebrating our 65th anniversary and it will be my 25th year
as a part of that program. I would love to see many of you
participating next summer.
He's been a hard-working, dedicated leader in Seattle Schools. What a loss but great that he is staying with the All-City Marching Band.
He also said this:
While I would have loved nothing more than to continue working with all
of you, I believe that every student, in every school deserves access
to rich and engaging teachers and curriculum and that it takes high
quality school leaders to ensure that happens. I want to learn what it
takes to be the type of leader that can help to ensure that all students
have access to the high level instruction and experiences that put them
on the path for successes in school, college, and life. This is a
necessary step for me to do that.
I wish he was taking that step in Seattle Schools because we need more leaders like him.