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February 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Susan Enfield offered superintendent job in Highline

Susan Enfield

In something of a suburban tug-of-war over Susan Enfield, the Highline School District struck first, offering Seattle’s popular interim schools chief its top job.

The district scheduled a 10 a.m. Tuesday news conference with Enfield to talk about the offer.

It depends on successful contract negotiations, according to a news release and item posted on Highline’s website. An official offer won’t come until Wednesday at the earliest.

“The school board feels that Dr. Enfield’s skill, passion, and educational leadership will match the expectations we and our communities hold for the children of Highline Public Schools,” School Board President Angelica Alvarez said in a news release. “We made our decision after much consideration, and an extensive process involving staff, community members, business leaders and especially parents.”

The announcement came as the Bellevue School Board met this evening to hammer out the specifics of an accelerated interview process for Enfield. That district made its interest in Enfield known almost immediately after their superintendent, Amalia Cudeiro, resigned late last month.

In 2009, Enfield was a finalist, barely losing out to Cudeiro. She had also expressed her interest in Bellevue.

Enfield has served as interim Seattle superintendent since March 2011, when a financial scandal led the Seattle School Board to fire Maria Goodloe-Johnson. Enfield was thought to be interested in the job and was building support on the board and in the community, but in December she unexpectedly announced she wouldn’t seek the position on a permanent basis.

Enfield did not immediately respond to a telephone message and email seeking comment.

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