SEA Welcomes the New Superintendent
SEA members feel the impact of the continuous churn of senior leadership at the district level. It produces a situation where nothing substantive gets done. In spite of the school board’s failure to develop a good process of stakeholder consultation, it is a positive development to see that the district has retained a leader who looks to be capable of moving forward with improvements to district systems. There is significant work remaining to be done in Special Education, Human Resources, and Teaching and Learning that will benefit from a strong overarching vision and coherent implementation.
Dr. Nyland is an experienced educator in Washington state. He guided Marysville for 9 years after the previous superintendent‘s tenure ended with a strike by educators. When he was in Highline he bargained contracts for Highline School District with then-HEA-president, and now SEA Executive Director, John Donaghy. “Nyland was a good collaborator and problem solver at the bargaining table,” said Donaghy.
“Some people believe that the only way to get a good superintendent is to have a national or regional search,” said Jonathan Knapp, SEA President. “We have been through a few of those in Seattle and experience has shown that there is no guarantee you will end up with the qualities you want or with the “fit” that you are looking for. While Dr. Nyland will still have to earn the confidence of SEA’s members, we’re happy to see that the school board didn’t let the image of the perfect off in the distance somewhere be the enemy of the tangible good right here and now.”
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SEA and WEA are hiring a Community and Government Relations Specialist to support quality public education in Seattle.
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The posting closes on December 11.
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Class Size Initiative-1351 is officially certified!
Secretary of State Kim Wyman says a team of 10 signature checkers finished their work which began last Monday late Thursday. Sponsors of I-1351 brought in 348,072 signatures. Officials checked 10,442 random signatures. Of those checked, there was an error rate of just over 11 percent, far below the average error rate of 18 percent. The Class Size initiative is one of three initiatives by the people to appear on this November’s ballot. The other two both deal with background checks for gun purchases.
Click HERE to see more on the Class Size Counts website.