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December 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Seattle School Board to consider one-year extension for schools chief

Two Seattle School Board members today announced that they would like to extend interim Superintendent Larry Nyland’s contract by one year instead of two.

Board President Sharon Peaslee previously suggested forgoing a search to replace former Superintendent Jose Banda, and simply extend Nyland’s contract at least through June 2017. That idea has been criticized by some parents and activists who objected to the fact that Peaslee’s proposal, made public the day before Thanksgiving, didn’t give the public enough time to weigh in.

Peaslee first proposed a vote for Wednesday’s board meeting, but then delayed it for a week — until Dec. 10 — to allow more public comment.

Now the board will discuss that proposal, as well as an amendment filed Wednesday by board members Sue Peters and Betty Patu. Even with the delay, they said Peaslee’s proposal does not fulfill the intent of the board’s policies on community engagement, which call for meaningful family involvement and transparent communication. They say their amendment is a compromise that would give the district stable leadership as well as a chance for more public input.

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