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    Superintendent Transition in May
    Posted on 03/19/2021

    On Friday, March 19, Superintendent Denise Juneau and the School Board announced that the transition to a new interim superintendent will occur on May 1, 2021.

    In December 2020, Superintendent Juneau announced her decision to leave the district by the end of June 2021. Dr. Brent Jones was identified as the interim superintendent in February 2021. Dr. Jones is returning to Seattle Public Schools and is the former Seattle Public Schools chief equity, partnerships, and engagement officer and assistant superintendent of Human Resources.

    The transition will be made a couple months earlier than expected to help students, educators, staff, and families as they resume more in-person learning and develop plans for the 2021-22 school year. Students will begin to return to classrooms beginning in late March, and having the interim superintendent in place in May will provide the SPS administration more time for the leadership transition and to help determine how schools will operate in the fall.

    Under Superintendent Juneau's leadership, Seattle Public Schools developed a strong strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, that has focused on supporting students of color furthest from educational justice, especially Black boys and teens. Her focus on implementing the strategic plan has resulted in the district exceeding hiring goals for educators and staff of color by more than 10 percent, introducing expanded and new identity affirming courses like Native-focused šəqačib courses and Black studies, establishing a new Office of African American Male Achievement, and much more.

    Superintendent Juneau, Dr. Brent Jones, and the School Board will be working over these next few weeks to ensure a seamless transition and continuity of strong leadership in support of students.

    The search for a permanent superintendent will continue with extensive community engagement planned for Fall 2021. The search is expected to conclude in the spring of 2022 with a final decision by the SPS board in April/May 2022.

    Opportunities to thank Superintendent Juneau for her service to our students, staff, and community will be communicated in the near future.

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