The School Board is preparing for a nationwide search for a new superintendent for Seattle Public Schools (see the PI's School district gearing up for search).
Meanwhile, the suggestion of having Norm Rice replace Raj Manhas continues as the topic of discussion at dinner tables and in offices around the city.
I admit to being on the fence about the idea of appointing Norm Rice as a temporary solution to the leadership vacuum at Seattle Public Schools. I'm opposed to government takeover of public schools. I'm not sure what Norm would do as an interim superintendent. And buying out Raj's contract would be expensive. But, I do like the idea of having Raj leave sooner rather than later. I worry about what is going to happen to Seattle schools (and the public perception of the schools) during almost 10 more months with ineffective district leadership.
And, the memory of the last failed search for a superintendent is still relatively fresh in many people's minds. As a colleague said to me at work today, would you rather see Norm Rice as superintendent or watch the School Board go through another national search?
Share your thoughts at the new e-mail address set up by the distict: Superintendentsearch@seattleschools.org. I've placed a permanent link to this e-mail address at the right.