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June 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Seattle schools chief finalist for Sacramento job

Seattle school superintendent José Banda is the finalist for the top job in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Schools Superintendent José Banda (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Sacramento school board members will visit Seattle next week in what’s described in a press release as the “final phase” of the board’s hiring process.

“We look forward to seeing Mr. Banda’s accomplishments in Seattle, the last step in the process of bringing Mr. Banda back to California,” said SCUSD Board President Patrick Kennedy. “We are particularly interested in his work moving school districts forward while empowering the community in the service of students.”

In a letter released today, Banda said the move would put him closer to his family:

This is not an easy letter for me to write. Over the past two years I have really valued the professional and personal satisfaction I have received while working with you on behalf of our students. Considering a move is a very difficult decision for me, but being a Superintendent in California puts me closer to my family.

He and school board President Sharon Peaslee will speak at a news conference today at 1 p.m. at the district’s headquarters.

“I want to assure our families, staff and community that the Board will quickly create a plan to ensure continued stability for our District,” Peaslee said in a letter to the staff, families and community Friday morning. “We will meet early next week to talk about next steps.”

Seattle Public Schools hired Banda in 2012. Banda previously was superintendent of the Anaheim (Calif.) City School District, an elementary-school-only district.

The Sacramento City Unified School District is a somewhat smaller district than Seattle, serving “43,175 students on 75 campuses spanning 76 square miles,” according to the district website.

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