Promote school superintendents from within | Letter to the editor
January 7, 2013 · 10:06 AM
It seems very wasteful for school districts to compete nationally for superintendents.
Instead of promoting from within, they go to expensive search firms that specialize in big-name and big-salary candidates. These firms encourage bidding wars between school districts that are trying to get publicity by landing a celebrity hire.
For what? If the district is organized properly, the superintendent should be simply setting goals and doing little administrative work to justify a huge salary.
We end up getting overpriced, self-promoting people who have no ties to our community and are only good getting publicity, enhancing their resume, and then moving on.
Douglas Tatelman, Renton