United Latinos has been actively involved with the selection process by the Sacramento School. Members of United Latinos met with the consultants hired to facilitate the hiring process on several occasions. In addition to both verbal and written input, United Latinos representatives have met with the majority of the School Board members to express our concerns and desire to have a Superintendent who can actively represent the needs of the Latino Community. We are elated to announce the selection of Jose Banda (Latino) who brings valuable experience to SCUSD.
It is worth noting that this effort was taken in collaboration with Cien Amigos who share our passion for the educational needs of our Latino children.
The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/l7txN0 ) that Sacramento school board members will visit Seattle next week in the “final phase” of the hiring process.
Banda, who has been Seattle’s superintendent since 2012, called it a difficult decision in a letter released Friday, but said the move would put him closer to his family.
Seattle School Board President Sharon Peaslee said the board would quickly create a plan for transitioning to new leadership.
Banda helped the school district pass two levies in 2013 totaling $1.25?billion for operating expenses and school construction. His staff and the school board had gone back and forth over how to redraw school boundaries to account for swelling enrollment.