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September 17, 2013 at 7:21 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools had a shower installed in his office restroom over the summer at a cost of about $4,000.
Superintendent Steve Webb told The Columbian it will increase his productivity by allowing him to freshen up for evening meetings without having to drive home.
February 8, 2013 at 5:50 AM
OMAK (AP) — The Omak School District superintendent was killed in a crash on Highway 97 near Pateros.
The Washington State Patrol says 68-year-old Arthur Himmler was trying to pass another vehicle Thursday when he lost control of his pickup.
KPQ reports the truck rolled. Himmler was ejected and died at the scene.
July 11, 2012 at 5:42 PM
Ethelda Burke, the Tukwila School District superintendent under investigation for allegedly making inappropriate racial comments, has resigned.
Burke, who has led the 2,800-student district since 2008, wrote in a resignation letter made public Wednesday that the “unwarranted claims … had “made it impossible for me to return and be effective as Superintendent.”
“The ordeal of the past few months has taken a toll on me and my family, and created an unfortunate and unnecessary spectacle which served as a distraction to students, parents, teachers, staff and the board,” she wrote to Tukwila School Board President Mark Wahlstrom. “It also resulted in irreparable damage to my reputation as an educator.”
Burke added that she has “devoted every moment” of her 40-year career in education “to provide equity in access to learning for all students.”
The board accepted the resignation and appointed Mellody Matthes as interim superintendent. Matthes had already been serving as acting superintendent since Burke was put on paid leave in March.
That action took place after nine school district employees complained that Burke allegedly called them “slaves” made other other comments the employees found inappropriate. The employees, like Burke, are African American.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating the claims.
In a statement in response to the resignation, the school district reiterated its position that “there is no evidence to substantiate any of those claims” against Burke. Wahlstrom, the board president, thanked Burke for her service.
Burke’s resignation marked the second time she has stepped down from a senior school district leadership position. In July 2007, she abruptly resigned as deputy superintendent of the Tacoma School District after being passed over for a temporary stint in the top job, according to the Tacoma News-Tribune.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
May 15, 2012 at 10:29 AM
New Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda would make $270,000 per year, according to a contract to be voted on tomorrow night by the School Board.
The three-year pact also includes an annuity of $22,000 and a $700 monthly allowance for vehicle expenses, in addition to other benefits.
The $270,000 base salary, $6,000 more than what former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson made, is higher than expected. School Board members had initially said they were hoping to pay the new schools chief about $225,000, the amount that Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield made.
By comparison, Mayor Mike McGinn’s salary this year is about $160,000, according to his office. Police Chief John Diaz makes about $185,000.
However, while Banda’s amount is higher than superintendent salaries in other Washington school districts, it is not significantly higher than what most urban superintendents are paid.
Banda currently makes about $230,000 as head of the Anaheim (Calif.) City School District.
He was selected from among 42 applicants to replace Enfield, who is leaving to become superintendent in the Highline School District, where she will make $220,000. Goodloe-Johnson was fired after a financial scandal in March 2011.
The School Board is expected to approve the contract unanimously.
April 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM
Sandy Husk, one of two remaining candidates for superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, has withdrawn as a finalist.
Husk, superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District, had been one of two finalists remaining after Steven Enoch withdrew as a finalist over the weekend.
According to The Statesman Journal:
“In my communication with people inside the district last week, it became apparent that there are competing approaches as to where the district should go and how it should get there,” Husk said in a statement.
She went on to say:
” I do not feel like I am a good match for that situation. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone in Seattle last week and I wish the best for the students, staff, board and community.”
Her departure leaves just Jose Banda, who currently heads a small, elementary-only school district in Anaheim, Calif., in the running for the Seattle job.
April 26, 2012 at 6:35 AM
Weather: It sure has been raining. Duh. Drizzly today, light rain tomorrow, but maybe things will get better on the weekend. Fingers crossed. By the way, temperatures are supposed to be in the low 60s this time of year. We’re getting that one day here and one day there. Go figure. The National Weather Service forecast.
New to Seattle and now dead: The shooting death of a young woman who was looking to find an apartment in Pioneer Square when someone killed her in a drive-by says something about Seattle: Gangs? Guns? Senseless violence? A life ended simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Police are asking for the public’s help. Anyone with any information should contact the department’s violent-crime hotline at 206-233-5000.
Superintendent meet-up: Seattle superintendent candidate Sandra Husk, the third finalist to visit this week, will hold a news conference to meet the public today. We’ll be there.
Candid camera: We’ve written items about this before, but still like them. A thief who made off with $6,000 of jewelry was caught in Spokane after a motion-detecting camera set up to catch wild animals caught him instead. He might be responsible for 50 some break-ins.
That hand sanitizer story: Readers sure like the story about the teens drinking hand sanitizer in L.A. to get high … Hope it’s not happening here.
Traffic: The map and cams.
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April 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM
The Associated Press
DARRINGTON – The embattled superintendent of the Darrington School District has agreed to resign, a year and a half after another school manager died of a cocaine overdose in his house.
KOMO News reports that Larry Johnson will resign on April 30 under a settlement with the Darrington School Board. Under the settlement, Johnson will drop a lawsuit against the district and in return his contract will be bought out, among other monetary settlements.
Parents called for Johnson’s firing after district after finance manager Myra Lewis collapsed of a cocaine overdose in Johnson’s home in October 2010. She died soon afterward at an Everett hospital.
Police cleared him of wrongdoing, though it was revealed Johnson was having an affair with Lewis. In March, a hearing officer ruled that Johnson should be reinstated to his job, because the district did not establish sufficient cause for termination.
February 17, 2012 at 6:22 PM
In a split vote, the Bellevue School Board decided today to invite Seattle’s interim schools chief Susan Enfield to participate in an accelerated interview process for their superintendent vacancy.
Enfield, who is a finalist for the superintendent opening in Highline School District and is thought to be weighing other options, would have to agree to the process. She did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
If Enfield agrees, the board will establish an interview timeline by Feb. 27, district spokeswoman Jacque Coe said.
Three board members – Chris Marks, Mike Murphy and Paul Mills, the board president – voted for the move while new member Steve McConnell voted no and member Christine Chew abstained.
The vote followed a discussion that focused in part on whether accelerating the interview process would make parents and community members feel their voices are not factoring into the process. Some people did express those feelings during four public input meetings over the past two weeks, but Coe said they were not necessarily representative of the community as a whole.
“How can you really say that the people that show up are indicative of the whole community?” she said.
In the end, Coe said, the majority of board members felt they had to act quickly or risk losing out on Enfield.
A finalist for the Bellevue top job three years ago, Enfield has served as interim superintendent of Seattle Public Schools since former Superintendent Maria-Goodloe-Johnson was fired in March. Before that, Enfield served as the district’s chief academic officer.
Enfield announced in December she would not seek the top job in Seattle. The next month, when Bellevue Superintendent Amalia Cudiero announced her resignation, Enfield contacted the Bellevue School Board to express interest in the position.
February 10, 2012 at 1:40 PM
The Bellevue School Board voted this morning to officially notify Susan Enfield that she is a “strong candidate” for their superintendent vacancy and that it will consider accelerating the search process to accommodate her.
The accelerated process would not begin until a pair of community meetings next week, Bellevue School District spokeswoman Jacque Coe said.
Enfield, the interim superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, notified Bellevue officials about her interest in the position on Feb. 1 — the day after their superintendent, Amalia Cudeiro, announced she was resigning to be with her ailing mother in California.
Bellevue officials believe Enfield is being recruited to apply for superintendent vacancies in several schools districts across the country and region, said Coe, although she declined to say why they think that.
Coe mentioned the opening in Puyallup School District. A spokeswoman for that district she was not authorized to talk about potential candidates.
Enfield is believed to want to stay in the Pacific Northwest.
She has temporarily served in Seattle’s top job since last March, when the Seattle School Board fired former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson in the wake of a financial scandal. Before that, Enfield was the district’s chief academic officer.
She took the chief academic officer job in July 2009 — four months after barely after losing out to Cudeiro for Bellevue’s then-open superintendent job.
Enfield and Cudeiro attended the same superintendent preparation program and were close friends who apparently talked about Bellevue’s superintendency before Cudeiro announced her resignation.
The community meetings are scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Wilburton Center Board Room, 12241 Main St., and Thursday at 7 p.m. at Sammamish High School, 100 140th Ave. SE.
December 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM
Susan Enfield, the Seattle Public Schools interim superintendent, announced today in a letter that she does not want the job permanently.
Enfield stepped in last year after former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson was fired in March amid a district contracting scandal.
In her letter, Enfield cited improvements during her tenure and wrote:
While I am proud of what we have accomplished together, today I am announcing my decision to neither seek nor accept the permanent position of superintendent after my contract ends in June. This was not an easy decision for me to make given my commitment to Seattle and to our students.
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