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December 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Superintendent search: School Board should take its time

It would be a critical mistake for the Seattle School Board to rush to skip a national, transparent search administered by a reputable firm [“Seattle School Board delays superintendent vote,” Education Lab, Dec. 1].

There is nothing more important than the selection of the next superintendent. Not following this process would be reckless on the part of the board. The past board made the mistake of losing Susan Enfield, and now could choose the interim chief. The interim chief, Larry Nyland, has said: “What am I, 66? I’m not sure I can do 9-10 years, like I did in Marysville and Pasco,” referring to his past two superintendent positions. Choosing another short-term chief would eradicate any credibility that remains with the current board.

The weak excuse of the time it requires and the staff turnover it brings on is absurd. If the right person is selected for the challenging turnaround that is required for the school district to become recognized as delivering the kind of education we expect, then the resulting turnover should be celebrated as a victory.

Brooks Simpson, Mercer Island

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