Contrary to what a lot of folks were expecting, Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield announced today that she will not be seeking or accepting a permanent superintendent position after her contract ends in June.
- Susan Enfield
Enfield, who was appointed to interim superintendent after the Seattle School Board fired Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson in March following a contracting scandal, said that although she was proud of the progress the district had made under her leadership, she did not want the job permanently.
While I am proud of what we have accomplished together, today I am announcing my decision to neither seek nor accept the permanent position of superintendent after my contract ends in June. This was not an easy decision for me to make given my commitment to Seattle and to our students. I wish the school board well in their search for a new superintendent, and will work with the new appointee to ensure a smooth transition for our staff, students and families.
Read her full letter after the jump.
December 16, 2011
Dear Seattle Public Schools staff, families and community:
In March, when I was appointed Interim Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, the District was in crisis. I was tasked with assembling the very best team of professionals to help lead this District, create transparency, improve communication and restore trust between families, the community and Seattle Public Schools.
I am incredibly proud of the work our students, teachers, principals and staff have accomplished over the past 10 months. Seattle is fortunate to have such a team of dedicated educational professionals. The progress we have made is significant:
— Seattle Public Schools students outperformed the state average in every tested subject in grades 3-8
— Our four-year graduation rate is up from 67 percent to 73 percent in the last year
— Our overall school performance is increasing, with 27 schools increasing their overall performance level during 2010-2011
— Enrollment is on the rise
— Our city passed yet another Families and Education levy that will provide essential supports to our students
While I am proud of what we have accomplished together, today I am announcing my decision to neither seek nor accept the permanent position of superintendent after my contract ends in June. This was not an easy decision for me to make given my commitment to Seattle and to our students. I wish the school board well in their search for a new superintendent, and will work with the new appointee to ensure a smooth transition for our staff, students and families. It is my sincere hope that the board will continue to build on our successes to date and continue the momentum we have built. I believe strongly that losing this momentum would be a disservice to our students and staff.
Our work here is far from over. Continuing to improve outcomes for all students and attack our achievement gaps will require great principals, great teachers, connected families and community partners and a central office serving schools by supporting high quality teaching and learning in every classroom. Please know that I remain dedicated to Seattle Public Schools and will continue to partner with, and serve you all to the best of my ability in the months ahead.
While we may hold different opinions on how to best serve our students, we must remember they are counting on us to fulfill our mission of ensuring that they are prepared for college, career and life. It is essential that we discipline ourselves to keep this mission—and our students—at the forefront of all we do, and not allow adult issues, egos and politics to stand in the way.
I want to thank you for your support. I will be forever grateful for having had the opportunity to serve the students and community of Seattle.