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April 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Seattle school official leaves

Eliminate position to help budget crisis

The departing chief academic officer of Seattle Public Schools, Carla Santorno, was an energetic and positive force for the school district and she will be missed [“Seattle school official going to Tacoma,” NW Friday, April 10]. But as she moves to Tacoma, the moment seems ripe to re-evaluate the position itself.

I believe the position of chief academic officer was created when John Stanford was superintendent; the position was useful because Stanford had no school experience. The position remained important during the tenure of subsequent superintendents, who were also drawn from outside the school world — Joseph Olchefske and Raj Manhas.

But we have, once again, an educator-leader in Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson. We also have a budget crisis. This seems an excellent time to reabsorb the salary of the position and its accompanying support staff.

— David Grosskopf, Seattle

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