James is replacing Carri Campbell’s open/former position.
Bernardo is still here. His title is Director of School-Family Partnerships and Race and Equity. (The difference is Community vs. Family Partnerships.)
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From SPS Communications:
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) hired James Bush as the district’s School and Community Partnerships Director. In collaboration with community partners, Bush will lead the district’s efforts to build on the strengths of students, improve outcomes and provide enriching learning opportunities for all youth. SPS and the School and Community Partnerships staff are thrilled Bush has decided to join the SPS family.
Bush was selected for the position after a national search and an extensive interview process that included community partners, key leaders, central office and school staff. His deep knowledge of the Seattle community, demonstrated understanding of best practices in school and community partnerships and commitment to racial equity made him the clear choice for the job. Bush will oversee strategic partnerships with the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Libraries and Seattle Housing Authority as well as provide leadership and support for the hundreds of community based organizations working in our schools.“I am excited to join Seattle Public Schools. This opportunity is a natural extension of my long term commitment to youth, families and our community. I look forward to working closely with our partners and SPS staff to provide resources to students and families, and ensure the success of every student in our care,” said James Bush, School and Community Partnerships Director.Prior to joining SPS, Bush served as the neighborhood programs manager at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods where he managed a variety of community building programs including: Neighborhood District Coordinators, Public Outreach and Engagement Liaisons, Neighborhood Matching Fund and People’s Academy for Community Engagement programs. He also served as a key leader in the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative for three City of Seattle mayors.A Seattle native, Bush grew up in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood. He attended the University of Washington where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. The district is committed to positive school and community partnerships and will organize an opportunity for partners to meet Bush in the early fall.
So I hope this is a good thing. Mr. Bush looks well-qualified. But I believe Bernardo Ruiz was Equity and Race Relations, School & Family Partnerships and Native American Education but it's unclear to me if he is still there or is just doing Race & Equity and Native American Education. If the district did break up this office, then that's one more administrator at SPS. I'll ask.
Also to note, I have heard the district is to get another former employee of the mayor's office. In some ways, that makes me a little nervous because it's the same feeling I got from TFA folks having a toehold in the district. I'll let you know if this comes to pass.
SPS has got to have a page with an updated org chart because the turnover and movement of people at JSCEE makes it hard to wrap your head around who is there and who does what.