Yesterday, Friday June 20 2014 Seattle Schools Chief Jose Banda announced that he has been recruited for a new position. This possible role would be Superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District. He is a finalist for this position and if he is hired this means he'd be leaving his role at Seattle Public Schools. Being Seattle's Superintendent for only two years, Banda says he didn't plan to leave so soon and the opportunity just arose, KIRO reports. In a statement yesterday, Banda said considering a move is very hard for him, but moving to California puts him closer to his family.
Worries of turnover and a revolving door for Seattle's Superintendent are present among parents as well as the School Board. Katherine Schomer, President of Seattle's Parent, Teacher, Student Associations Board, expressed some of her concerns with KIRO. Schomer, who is also a mother of two, told KIRO that she's afraid the turnover might negatively affect the district's ability to get an efficient leader in the Superintendent's office.
The district will meet next week to discuss a temporary replacement for Banda. School board President Sharon Peaslee says it's difficult to keep urban superintendents in the job. In a statement yesterday, Peaslee mention the pressures of the Superintendent role in urban cities. Although it may be difficult, KIRO reports the board will also have a search plan for a new superintendent next week, as it wants to sustain the momentum created by Banda.