You’re Invited: Superintendent Search Public Forum — Thursday, March 29

Dear families, 

Thank you to those of you who participated in the Superintendent Search survey and Town Hall in January. The feedback gathered was reviewed by the Board and used to create promotional materials to recruit Superintendent candidates. In the first three weeks of March, the field of candidates will be narrowed to 2-3 finalists. These finalists will be announced the week of March 26.

You are invited to a Public Forum for all members of the community to meet the finalists for the next Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. It will be held on Thursday, March 29 from 5:00-8:15 p.m. at the John Stanford Center Auditorium. It will also be broadcast live on the District’s Channel 26.


  • 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.  Attendees from the public will be invited to mingle with the Board and submit written suggested questions to ask the candidates. These questions will be collected by the moderator, organized by theme, and narrowed to the number able to be asked within the time period.
  • 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. The first candidate will provide a 5-10 minute introduction and then answer the questions collected from the audience and presented by the moderator.
  • 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. This process will repeat for the second candidate.
  • 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. This process will repeat for the third candidate.

After each candidate presents and answers questions, the audience will be invited to comment in writing on the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate. These comments will be reviewed by the Board.

If you would like to submit your question for the candidates ahead of time, or have any other questions or concerns, they may be directed to

Interpreters will be onsite for Amharic, Chinese, Spanish and Somali languages. Other languages, including American Sign Language, are available by request.

The Board takes the responsibility of choosing the next superintendent very seriously and would like to receive your input on the candidates before making a final hiring decision.

Thank you.