Just shared with us by a Lafayette Elementary parent – a letter today to the school community from first-year principal Jo Lute-Ervin, saying she will not return for a second year next year. Text after this:
February 14, 2012
Dear Lafayette families,
I regretfully must share with you that I will not be returning to Lafayette next school year as your principal. My work here at Lafayette has been a privilege and an honor. The progress we have started as a school, academically and as a community, is work that I am fortunate to have led.
As your principal, it has been my responsibility to work with the staff to create a safe, academically challenging and socially fulfilling learning environment for each of your children. My position as principal of Lafayette will continue until June 30th. I look forward to continuing on as a district administrator with Seattle Public Schools for next year. Aurora Lora, the Executive Director for West Seattle, will be reaching out to staff and families in the next few weeks to discuss next steps for selecting a new principal for Lafayette.
I am sure we will be talking about this in upcoming meetings and as I see each of you at school. Fortunately, having such a strong, committed staff, and much parent involvement, your children will continue to be in good hands.
Thank you to each one of you for giving me the opportunity to be your school leader. Watching your children grow, learn and blossom each and every day has been a gift. I will miss the work here tremendously.
Jo Lute-Ervin, Principal
We may not be able to reach the district for comment tonight but will try first thing in the morning. Lute-Ervin started at Lafayette this year after previous longtime principal Virginia Turner moved to Coe Elementary.