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Seattle School Board To Officially Start Superintendent Search

Phyllis Fletcher

Wednesday, the Seattle School Board is scheduled to officially start looking for a new superintendent. They'll vote on whether to hire a consulting firm to do the search. KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports.


You could say the process started last year. The board fired Superintendent Maria Goodloe–Johnson in March, then appointed their academic chief, Susan Enfield, as her interim replacement. Then the board commissioned a survey to find out what people want from a superintendent.

Board President Michael DeBell presented results to the press today. Respondents want a superintendent who's a leader, has a background in education, vision and ability to communicate.

KUOW asked DeBell how well the results describe Susan Enfield.

DeBell: "It's a good fit. I think that Dr. Enfield has been doing a good job, and that's borne out by the other parts of the survey that show high satisfaction or approval of her leadership."

So how does he feel about the fact that she's not an option?

DeBell: "Disappointed."

Enfield announced last month that she would not be a candidate.

Back then, the board had been scheduled to decide whether to offer Enfield a longer contract, or conduct a search. Three School Board members indicated at a campaign forum in September that the board should do a search. Enfield has said it was not in her interest to participate in one.

Enfield's contract expires in June. The board plans to have a new superintendent in July.

I'm Phyllis Fletcher, KUOW News.

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