We don't really know much about Dr. Enfield's views and we don't know anything about her plans. I think it would be a good idea to get a meeting with Dr. Enfield and ask her some questions.
Here's what I want to know.
1. With the title of interim superintendent, will you feel that you have license to make significant changes in the schools and programs or are you concerned about the potential whiplash they would feel when a long-term superintendent implements his or her plans?
2. What is the nature and extent of your experience and expertise in financial and operational matters? Are you qualified to implement the needed financial reforms and internal controls that are missing in the District?
3. What do you see as the mission of the central administration, particularly in the area of teaching and learning? What is the scope of work for the central office in support of academics and how many people does the central office need to accomplish that work? How many consultants has the District hired in the past 18 months?
4. The community wants Seattle Public Schools to be open, honest, transparent, engaged, responsive and accountable. Do you share those values? What indications should we look for to confirm your commitment to these values? How have these values been expressed in your administration of the Program Placement process? How have these values been expressed in your administration of principal assignments?
5. How long does it take to dismiss an ineffective principal? How many principals have you dismissed in the 18 months you have been Chief Academic Officer?
6. In Seattle Public Schools, operational expediencies have taken precedence over academic priorities at nearly every decision. How will you stop the operations tail from wagging the academics dog? Examples include program placement decisions, the decision to make language immersion programs attendance area programs, the decision to overcrowd schools, and more.
7. What is a higher priority than providing early and effective interventions to all students working below grade level? What has been our commitment to reliably providing interventions? At a recent Board meeting it was described as a core duty of the district, but we were also told that the district is seeking private donations to fund it. If it is a core duty, why doesn't the district fund it? Is it, for example, a higher priority than a new web site? Is it is a higher priority than a brand new laptop for every student at STEM? Is it a higher priority than any of the consultants we have paid over the past eighteen months?
8. What responsibility does the central administration have to assure students, families, and the community of the quality and efficacy of schools and programs? What effort does the District make to assure the quality and efficacy of schools and programs? How, for example, does the District assure the quality and efficacy of the Spectrum program at Aki Kurose?
9. The Strategic Plan has been through a lot of change. Projects and initiatives are added or removed without notice to the public. The response to the APP Review, for example, was quietly dropped, as was the plan for an Alternative School Review. Many of the projects are long overdue. Many more are far overbudget. The public has never been advised of the status or the budgets for any strategic plan iniatives. Can you promise us a real, meaningful comprehensive Strategic Plan update this quarter - one with the timeline, budget, and status for every project and initiative?
10. The Capacity Management Report provided to the Board last month fell far below the requirements of the Policy. There are a number of other reports that the previous superintendent owed the Board that were never delivered. How long before you can establish a calendar for the reports required by policy? How critical are these reports to the Board's duty to provide oversight? How critical are these reports to the superintendent's duty to supervise?
11. On December 15 the District promised to make changes to the School Reports. It has been over two months. When will the promised changes be made? Why haven't they been made yet? The School Reports FAQ document was updated in February, but the promised changes were not included in the update. Why not?
12. Why does Rainier Beach High School have two principals?
13. Why does Bryant Elementary have two principals?
14. Why aren't high school students allowed to transfer schools at the semester break? If they aren't allowed to transfer schools, then why is student mobility as high as it is and why is student mobility used as a driving reason for the elements of curricular alignment that appear to be largely standardization?
Other questions we should ask her?