The turnover of top staff in the Seattle school district continued this week as Duggan Harman, assistant superintendent of business and finance, resigned to become chief of staff for Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield.
Harman had worked for Seattle Public Schools for 21 years, and rose through the ranks, working in the academics department as well as budget and finance. He has been the district’s top financial official for the past year and a half and before that was executive director of finance.
In an email to staff, Superintendent Jose Banda said he announced Harman’s departure with mixed feelings. Banda said he planned to fill the position by mid-August, perhaps on an interim basis.
Harman’s resignation is effective Aug. 31.
Harman is the third top official to leave in the past few months. Deputy Superintendent Bob Boesche, who had been filling that position on an interim basis for several years, is leaving soon, and Phil Brockman, who had been in the district for decades as a teacher, principal and, most recently, executive director of K-12 operations, has already departed to become superintendent of the Sedro-Woolley School District.
The departures add to the already large turnover that’s occurred since the Seattle School Board fired the late Maria Goodloe-Johnson as superintendent in the wake a financial scandal. Since then, there have been two superintendents — Enfield on an interim basis and now Banda — and changes in the people serving as deputy superintendent and as heads of a number of departments, including teaching and learning, human resources, special education and transportation.