Update #2: I asked the district to answer some basic questions on this issue. Some are about timing, some were about this issue of a missing laptop - none were answered. "It's a personnel matter." But naturally, if the laptop was owned by the district - effectively, you and me - then yes, we get to ask.
So I will ask some questions via public disclosure. To note about public disclosure, some parents seem to think it's a place to just ask questions. It's not. It's a place to get documentation on a question and that's not the same thing. There are may questions you may have that don't have documentation and therefore, they can provide you with nothing.
But there are careful ways to look for documentation/evidence that can help to answer (or, at least shed light) on questions.
end of update.
Update: from Kyle Stokes at KPLU via Twitter:
@kystokes: .@seapubschools region director Sarah Pritchett: she's trying to arrange a meeting between Queen Anne Elem. parents & district in early Nov.
end of update
I'll start this thread by saying that no matter what the issue is for the district pushing for Mr. Elliott's resignation, the situation has been poorly handled by the district. Given they knew there was an issue as early as May and yet, this is all coming to a head in the middle of October, very little concern for the Queen Anne Elementary community has been shown.
Principals are not interchangeable widgets. It is a very big deal to both staff and parents. Executive Directors should know this and I have to wonder if the Superintendent will have something to say to Michael Tolley, Mike Starosky (Chief of Schools who directly oversees the Ex Directors) or Sarah Pritchett.
Herein lies one off-putting thing about SPS - do something wrong as a teacher or principal to the point where you are removed and it is likely to become public knowledge/fodder. Do something wrong at JSCEE and there might be a whisper. You virtually NEVER hear about anyone up the food chain being reprimanded or demoted. Quite the double-standard but, of course, the district needs to keep teachers and principals in line. Mr. Elliott, beyond whatever he did or did not do, seems to be an example for others.
Where is PASS - the principals association - in all this? That's another question to ask.
Petition (I find the title a little off-putting - not good to make an assumption for an entire city). They have almost a thousand signatures.
Newest message from Mr. Elliott.
He says he is "being asked to resign or be terminated" so, if true, you can then say he is being forced out. He also gives credit to and support for his staff. B
But he even asks SPS to apologize "for how they handled the situation" and lack of support for his staff "when I was gone for three days" and they, apparently, were not allowed to know why.
Then there was this statement from QAE Parent:
If she was doing her job, she would have known that the evaluation
process had stopped with the theft of David's laptop and she would have
helped him develop a plan to complete them.
What !? If true, it raises a lot of issues, for both the district and Mr. Elliott. I'll ask the district about it.
In reading the comments from the Queen Anne Elementary Principal Leaves thread, you come to see schisms in the support for Elliott. This should not be surprising as EVERY school has principal supporters and detractors. It all gets very personal when we are talking about children. But I would say the degree of support seems to match that of Martin Floe during his clash with the district.
Also this from WSDWG:
But this incident shines a spotlight on a bigger question: What do ED's do all day, and do we even need them?
a question that's long overdue and the onus is on the district and SI,
not the Board, to justify their existence in the management structure,
as it was the SI's office that created this org chart under MGJ.
I liked this from one Anonymous commenter - (you'll note I deleted all the anonymous comments as we clearly state that we do not allow them.)
SPS is inept and we must rise up to reform them and refocus them to the best interests of our children.
Yup but you must have courage to do the big things AND follow-thru. Emails and protests outside JSCEE will not cut it for the kind of systemic change we all want.
I'll have a separate thread on the community meeting yesterday held by Director Sue Peters. Both QAE and bell times were discussed.