Meet Superintendent José Banda: Regional events planned

Seattle Public Schools‘ 2012-2013 school year begins exactly two weeks from today. As the year gets going, new Superintendent José Banda plans “regional meetings” to meet families and commnity members – and he is offering in-person meetings one day a month, too. Details on both, ahead:

Here’s the full news release from the district:

Seattle Public Schools is partnering with the Seattle Council PTSA to sponsor five regional meetings for SPS families and community members to meet Superintendent José Banda in September and October.

During the regional meetings, the Superintendent will briefly talk about his vision for the school district, followed by informal conversations with those in attendance. Those meetings are scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

· Monday, Sept. 17, Mercer Middle School, 1600 S. Columbia Way
· Tuesday, Sept. 18, Rainier Beach High School, 8815 Seward Park Ave. S.
· Monday, Oct. 1, Bryant Elementary School, 3311 N.E. 60th St.
· Tuesday, Oct. 2, Concord International Elementary School, 723 S. Concord St.
· Monday, Oct. 8, Hamilton International Middle School, 1610 N. 41st St.

“Our schools serve as centers for learning community-wide, and it is critical that we engage families and community members in supporting them,” Banda said. “I am firmly committed to developing strong school-community partnerships to enhance academic outcomes for all of our students.”

Superintendent Banda will hold open office hours on the last Thursday of every month during the school year, starting Sept 27. Each appointment will last 15 minutes, and can be in person in the Superintendent’s office at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, or via telephone. To schedule an appointment, contact Venetia Wallace by phone at 206-252-0167 or via email at

Note that the office hours schedule may be adjusted to accommodate holidays or school breaks.

The school year starts on Wednesday, September 5th.

3 Replies to "Meet Superintendent José Banda: Regional events planned"

  • U'hum August 22, 2012 (4:49 pm)

    Seeing as how he had time to meet multitple times with business types and bureaucrats and the UW College of Ed Dean, seems we were down on the list… If we wanted a male Susan Enfield, that would’ve been easy enough…

  • happy August 22, 2012 (4:54 pm)

    Maybe this superintendent will be able to straighten out the mess that is the district’s special ed, including their failure to provide the federally required FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education) and ADA accommodations.

    I’ve been trying to get the required accommodations that my special-needs kid is supposed to have, as required by federal law. When I asked for an in-service for the teachers my kid will have this year, the new Administrative Supervisor of SpEd told me that it would cost money, so he would not allow it.

    (Yes, the Feds are being notified, but when will the district finally get around to doing something [rather, being *forced* to do something] about it? And how much education will they fail to provide my student before they fulfill their legally required FAPE? )

    Sheesh, what I need is a good special education attorney.

  • evergreen August 30, 2012 (2:03 pm)

    I’m very hopeful about this guy. I hope that Seattlelites don’t shred him to pieces before he has even had a chance to do his (enormously difficult) job.

    Happy– have you signed up for a 15 min appt?

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