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April 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

More turnover for Seattle schools: Top academic officer leaving

Cathy Thompson, a longtime Seattle school administrator currently serving as the district’s top academic officer, announced this morning she is taking a position at the University of Washington.

Thompson announced the move in an all-staff email. Her last day will be May 24.

The move caps a week of change for Seattle Public Schools, the largest district in the state. On Monday, Deputy Superintendent Noel Treat announced he will start a job in Mercer Island government next month.

Meanwhile, the three finalists to replace Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield visited town for final interviews.

Enfield will leave her post in June. The Seattle School Board could announce her successor as soon as Wednesday.

One of the finalists, Sandra L. Husk, said in a news conference Thursday that the level of leadership turnover there has been in Seattle Public Schools “is not very productive for an organization.”

Thompson has described herself as having a “lifelong relationship” with Seattle schools, including as a student, parent, teacher and administrator. She served as principal of Roxhill and Rainier View elementary schools before joining the central office. She replaced Enfield in the top academic post when Enfield was named interim superintendent in March 2011, following a financial scandal during the previous administration.

Thompson’s new job is as a project director in the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership.

“This was not an easy decision, as I am proud of the work we have all accomplished together,” she wrote to the staff.

Thompson’s deputy, Wendy London, will replace her on an interim basis.

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