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    Community Engagement Opportunities


    Introduction from Board President Leslie Harris

    Seattle Public Schools is a thriving and diverse district serving more than 53,000 students and their families. In June 2018, Superintendent Larry Nyland’s multiyear contract will conclude. In the next six months, as governed by law, the School Board’s most important job is to hire a new superintendent who can build on the district’s success, sustain our focus on closing opportunity gaps and racial equity, and ignite the entire community’s commitment to public education and our students.

    The School Board is proud of the district’s progress. The district academically outperforms our peers in the State of Washington and nationally, leading the way in ensuring educational excellence for all students. We are extraordinarily fortunate to have effective and caring educators and staff, as well as strong relationships with our labor partners, community organizations and the city through the Family and Education Levy. The next superintendent will need to build on our success and address the opportunities and challenges of our rapidly growing city and district. We will need to continue to address both capacity and funding crises that require coordinated, cross-sector actions aimed at raising the bar for all of our students. Our collective work will set the foundation for K-12 public education in Seattle for decades to come.

    As we embark on this exciting superintendent search, we are asking for your input. We want to know what leadership qualities, expertise and experiences matter most to you in a superintendent. This will be the first time the public has had a formal opportunity to provide feedback on a superintendent search since 2012, and we are looking forward to reviewing what matters to our families, partners, students and staff. We have hired Ray & Associates, a national leader in superintendent search processes, to assist us in this critical work.

    Thank you in advance for engaging in this important process. It is an honor to serve as your Seattle School Board President.

    Leslie Harris, President
    Seattle Public Schools School Board District 6

    Search Timeline and Process

    The superintendent search process will be conducted in three general phases, anticipated to run from January to April.

    • Phase 1: Developing a Candidate Profile that will outline the qualities Seattle Public Schools is looking for in a superintendent. This phase includes community engagement that will inform the Board’s decisions around this profile. Details about a survey opportunity and town hall can be found at the top of this page.
    • Phase 2: Recruiting Candidates and Interviewing Semi-finalists will be conducted in a manner that protects candidate confidentiality. It is customary for superintendent candidates to remain confidential until finalists are selected and announced to the community.
    • Phase 3 (Final): Conducting Final Round Interviews by the School Board with a small number of finalists. This phase will include community input in a form to be determined by the School Board.