Another Senior Staffer Looking to Leave Seattle Schools

Guess who wants a new job?

Facilities head Flip Herndon.  Cue the Times to get upset that senior management is shifting again.

From reader Linh-Co:

A Message from your Board of Directors...
Dear Friends of the Edmonds School District,

The School Board will interview six semi-finalist candidates this Saturday, March 19, at Edmonds Woodway High School, Great Hall, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We are starting at 8:30 a.m., instead of 9:00 a.m. as previously noted. The meeting is open to the public and observers will be able to provide written feedback.

The six semi-finalists are:

Dr. Deb Clemens, Superintendent, Cheney, WA
Matt Handelman, Superintendent, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Dr. Flip Herndon, Associate Superintendent, Seattle, WA
Dr. Kris McDuffy, Superintendent, Arlington, WA​
Dr. Carolyn O’Keefe, Deputy Superintendent, Northshore, WA
Dr. Chrys Sweeting, Assistant Superintendent, Puyallup, WA

After the initial round of interviews, the candidate field will be narrowed to three. The finalists will be in the District March 28, 29, and 30 … one candidate each day, where they will have the opportunity to tour schools and meet with staff and administrators.

There will be a Community Public Forum to meet the three finalists on March 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School Theater. Community members will have an opportunity to ask questions and complete feedback forms to share with the School Board. If you are unable to join us at a Forum, it will be streamed live. Please visit on the actual date, March 31, to view.
Interesting that Edmonds allows the public to come listen in to the interviews with individual candidates. 


Anonymous said…
I'm nervous about losing the captain of the capacity ship, even if he's having a difficult time steering it. I have to give him credit for looking ahead and getting some plans in place. It's going to be a beast for anyone.

good fit
Anonymous said…
He looked down the pike at the coming High School boundary clusterf*ck and decided to head off.

Anonymous said…
" for looking ahead and getting some plans in place"??? Which plans are these exactly? Last I heard he was essentially telling schools to just deal with the overcrowding, that there were no plans to provide relief anytime soon.

I think Adios Amigo nailed it.

Hasta Luego
Anonymous said…
REMS next year, Lincoln 2019. Not great plans, but five years out is better than never.
Patrick said…
Hasta Luego, his own personal plans for getting out of the mess he was in charge of.
I'll just say that perhaps - because we have a new Board - this may provide for more input from school communities on what happens. Or, the Superintendent can double-down on what staff wants but I think that many things should be on the table for discussion given the not-so-stellar capacity management so far.
Anonymous said…
I agree interesting they let them meet. I wish SPS did more of that; I don't understand the secrecy.

That said, Maybe it is my line of work, but I wouldn't jump from "open to take on a promotion role" to be the same as "wanting a new job". There aren't that many superintendent positions in Seattle radius. Wouldn't anyone who wants that role at sometime have to be open to openings, even if they are happy or otherwise like their current job, especially if they are being recruited for it (I have no insight there, just bringing up an idea). I talk about this all of the time at my field (tech jobs) when we go after passive candidates; very different process and timing than actively searching.

- B
Anonymous said…
This is typical Flip Herndon - don't stay anyplace for more than a couple of years. Go back through his past work history. He's been in many districts and in many different capacities. He stays long enough to make it look like he was working hard, then moves on when it looks like there might be a little heat, leaving others to clean up the mess he avoided tackling. He's been a supe before, he's been a principal, he's been an assistant principal. He can talk the talk, but the substance tends to be lacking.

Anonymous said…
A picture of a captain abandoning a sinking boat comes to my mind.
- LL
Anonymous said…
I am genuinely curious about what things he has done to get plans in place in advance.
"I have to give him credit for looking ahead and getting some plans in place."

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