Now that Interim Seattle School Superintendent Susan Enfield has decided to move on to greener pastures, Seattle Weekly's Nina Shapiro spoke with school Board president Michael DeBell to see if he might shed some light on reasons for her departure. DeBell admitted that micro-managing is a problem at the district and that Enfield was unhappy with it.
Our Commenter of the Day has no doubt but that micro-managing board members drove her away.
Well duh!! Of course it's Board micro-management, combined with an imperious expectation by some of its members. No one seems to be struck by how ridiculous the suggestions were, that there be a nationwide search, and that Enfield be given a one-year contract. Want a recipe for forcing a valuable leader out the door? Well, there you go!
These elected nitwits actually seem to think that either a) Enfield should be grateful for the job and do anything to possibly keep it, or b) that she doesn't have other legitimate choices. Nice. The first thought is juvenile, the second is ignorant.
I think the only way to keep someone like Enfield in the job after the experience she has had in the last few months would be a recall of at least three members of the Board. Instead, I don't think we will have to wait very long before learning which other school district wins the Enfield sweepstakes, and demonstrates their grasp on a reality that the current Board has buried underneath their inane approach to "governance".