According to a news release just in from Seattle Public Schools, another finalist has withdrawn from the superintendent search – Dr. Sandra Husk of Salem – which leaves José Banda of Anaheim (photo right). The School Board will vote on Wednesday, and, according to the news release, asked its president Michael DeBell to call Banda last night (UPDATED 11:02 AM after the news release, with more context on the 2 withdrawals; also UPDATED 11:13 AM with district clarification that the Banda decision was made before the Husk withdrawal)
Seattle School Board to vote on Superintendent this Wednesday
Board President called José Banda Sunday night
The Seattle School Board on Sunday discussed the qualifications of the Superintendent finalists and asked Board President Michael DeBell to contact José Banda, the current Superintendent of the Anaheim City School District.
“I spoke with Mr. Banda on Sunday night and told him the Board is very interested in having him as our next leader of Seattle Public Schools. Mr. Banda expressed his willingness to accept the position if offered,” DeBell said. “We believe he is a strong fit for Seattle.”
The Board met in closed session on Sunday night. They did not take a formal vote on the candidates, but did direct DeBell to contact Mr. Banda. The full Board is expected to officially name Mr. Banda as their choice during Wednesday’s School Board meeting (May 2), and then vote on the contract on May 16. If approved, the new Superintendent would start after July 1.
On April 16 the School Board announced three finalists for Superintendent: José L. Banda, Steven W. Enoch and Sandra L. Husk. On Saturday night, Enoch withdrew his candidacy, and on Monday morning, Husk also withdrew her candidacy.
The finalists were selected as part of a national search to find the next leader for Seattle Public Schools. The hiring committee selected the three finalists using desired characteristics and traits defined by the community, including: a visionary, inspirational leader; an instructional leader who has a proven track record; a knowledgeable manager and an effective communicator. The full list of traits is outlined online at http://bit.ly/SuperintendentSearchSite.
The finalists were in Seattle during the week of April 23 to meet with the School Board and the 25-member Community Focus Group, as well as tour several Seattle schools.
ADDED 11:02 AM: Though, unlike the announcement about Enoch’s withdrawal, the district did not include a statement or e-mail from Dr. Husk, Seattle Schools Community Forum has published an item including a link to a Salem news story with her explaining why she doesn’t feel she is “a good match.”
11:13 AM UPDATE: Teresa Wippel in SPS communications clarifies that the board decided on the Banda call last night – though their formal vote and offer are still ahead – BEFORE getting word this morning of Dr. Husk’s withdrawal.