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SPS Superintendent Banda finalist for Sacramento job

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on June 20th, 2014

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By Joe Veyera

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda has been named the lone finalist for the superintendent position of the Sacramento City Unified School District. If Banda — who took office in 2012 — accepts the position, he would be leaving with two years remaining on his contract.

In a letter sent to staff, family members, and the community this morning, Banda said it was not an easy decision.

“Over the past two years I have really valued the professional and personal satisfaction I have received while working with you on behalf of our students,” Banda said. “Considering a move is a very difficult decision for me, but being a Superintendent in California puts me closer to my family.”

Before coming to Seattle, Banda was superintendent of the Anaheim (Calif.) City School District, an elementary school-only district.

Banda said much has been accomplished in his time in Seattle, including the closing of the achievement gap (particularly in Southeast Seattle), the implementation of a new strategic plan, the passage of critical school funding measures, and the strengthening of family and community partnerships.

In another letter sent to the community, School Board President Sharon Peaslee said the Board is ready to move quickly if Banda is hired.

“I want to assure our families, staff and community that the Board will quickly create a plan to ensure continued stability for our District,” Peaslee said. “We will meet early next week to talk about next steps. I have a lot of faith in the current leadership team to continue working on behalf of our students. The Board will work together with staff and the community to make sure we find another strong leader to guide the District and continue the momentum toward achieving the goals in our Strategic Plan.”

To read the full letter from Banda, click here. To read Peaslee’s letter, click here.

Photo Courtesy of Seattle Public Schools

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  • 1 O // Jun 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    AS LONG AS RON “OLD BOY NETWORK” ENGLISH AND BILL GATES ARE RUNNING THE SEATTLE SCHOOL DISTRICT, SEATTLE STUDENTS ARE IN BIG TROUBLE!! QUEEN ANNE HIGH , COLMAN SCHOOL TO REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS (36 APARTMENTS AND “NAAM SCAM” FAKE MUSEUM), ILLEGAL SALE OF HARRISON/MARTIN LUTHER KING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO PRIVATE CHURCH WITH “PUBLIC TAX PAYER MONEY” , 30 MILLION OCHEFSKE OVER SPENDING AND THE LATEST ENGLISH/POTTER SMALL BUSINESS SCANDAL ETC??? YES RON ENGLISH ALWAYS IS IN THE MIDDLE BUT REMAINS???? Omari Tahir, Founder/Vice President AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND CULTURE CENTER IN AFRICATOWN / CENTRAL DISTRICT. (omariAfrinet@yahoo.com)

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