Our partners at The Seattle Times report that one of the three finalists for Seattle Public Schools superintendent, Steven Enoch, has dropped out. He was the only one who’d worked in our state previously. That leaves José Banda of Anaheim (left) and Dr. Sandra Husk of Salem (right). The Times reports that the School Board is scheduled to meet tonight to discuss them; their next open public meeting is Wednesday. (And if you’d like to talk with West Seattle’s board member Marty McLaren about this or another issue, she’s having her next community-conversation meeting at 1:15 pm today at the Admiral library branch.)
ADDED 2:11 PM: The district has sent out an official media advisory announcing that Enoch dropped out.
Steven Enoch, one of three finalists for Seattle Public Schools Superintendent, announced on Saturday night that he is withdrawing his candidacy.
A statement from School Board President Michael DeBell: “We enjoyed getting to know all three of our finalists last week and we are disappointed to learn that Mr. Enoch has withdrawn his candidacy. I want to thank Mr. Enoch for his interest in Seattle Public Schools and his commitment to public education. We know this is a two-way process and we want to find a leader who is a good fit for Seattle, and who believes Seattle is a good fit for them.”
The Seattle School Board meets tonight in closed session to continue discussions. For more information on the search process, please visit bit.ly/SuperintendentSearchSite.
The district included the full text of Enoch’s withdrawal e-mail – read on:
After much consideration I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for the Superintendent of Schools position. This decision is strictly a personal decision as I have concluded that what Seattle needs is a younger person, potentially able to provide longer stability and direction for the district. I as told you in our discussions what I wanted was whatever was best for school district and I believe this is best. I believe you have two very viable candidates that will better meet the long-term needs of the district.
I’m not quite certain what I will do after I leave San Ramon, but I’ll find ways to pursue my interests in urban education, global connectedness and leadership development, perhaps from the outside, if not the inside of public education. Kristin and I may still relocate back up to the Pacific Northwest, so perhaps our paths will cross again.
Please know that I greatly appreciate the hospitality that was shown to Kristin and me. I loved the tours of the schools, meeting with staff, students and community leaders. I most enjoyed meeting each of you as you are all wonderful individuals, who give unselfishly so very much to the the children of Seattle. The city and the district are fortunate to have your leadership.
I wish you all the best and again, I thank you for your consideration.