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.”
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