District Ballard HS Principal Process
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Summary: Ballard High School Principal Update.
District School Messenger Emails
Update: May 13, 2022
Deadline extended to May 20 by 4pm by Jon Halfaker, Director of Schools
Principal Attributes Survey for Ballard Community
May 9, 2022
Dear Ballard High School Community,
In Seattle Public Schools we value the input, ideas, and perspectives of our students, parents, guardians, and community.
Please take a few minutes to complete the following Principal Attributes Survey. We will take the survey results you provide and add them to similar surveys given to staff members of your school, as well as families and communities of your school. Your input will be shared with the superintendent which will help inform their decision as we search for, interview, and select the next principal of your school.
Link to Ballard Survey. Deadline extended to May 20, 2022 at 4 p.m.
Director of Schools
Ballard High School Leader Update
April 27, 2022
Dear Ballard High School Community,
Effective school leadership is essential to the success of a school. Great schools need high-quality principals. In Seattle Public Schools we use a multi-stage selective hiring and placement process to match principal candidates’ competencies and attributes with our school needs to achieve the best match possible. We are beginning the process of identifying the next principal for Ballard High School.
Interviewing and hiring a new principal is a remarkable process that we highly value. It includes the opportunity for representatives of the school staff and community to provide input into Superintendent Jones’ final decision on the candidate he feels will be the best leader for Seattle Public Schools and your school community via a School Leader Attributes Survey as well as a representative site-based School Interview Team.
Below is information that will help you understand the principal hiring process that Seattle Public Schools uses as it works to recruit and retain the best school leaders as well as to match potential candidates’ leadership attributes connected to the SPS School Principal Attributes, the Association of Washington State Principals (AWSP) Leadership Framework 3.0, and the School Leader Collaborative: School Leader Paradigm.
Beginning in December, Seattle Public Schools advertised for applicants to apply to a pool of qualified candidates for school principal. Those external candidates who meet minimum qualifications and who pass a rigorous in-person interview are placed into the pool. Current Seattle principals, assistant principals, and candidates from our Aspiring Principal Academy are automatically placed in the pool. From there, these candidates have an opportunity to apply for any of the open school positions posted. The Human Resources (HR) team recommends applications for specific schools to the Executive Director of Schools and the Directors of Schools, who review each site’s applicants and invite top candidates to be interviewed by site-based teams.
The following are the guidelines Seattle Public Schools uses when hiring a principal:
- The Superintendent has final hiring authority and may appoint or move a principal (or assistant principal) at any time.
- Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement with our principals’ association, we consider any expressed desires by principals and assistant principals for horizontal or vertical movement. The Executive Director of Schools and the Directors of Schools review the requests and can make recommendations to the Superintendent if they feel a person is a strong candidate for the needs of the system or the needs of a building.
- If the Superintendent does not make an appointment or transfer, the HR department posts the position. When that happens, a hiring team led by the school’s Director is formed. The team, based on applicant materials and interviews, makes recommendations that are forwarded to the Superintendent. The Superintendent has final authority on hiring decisions and may accept or reject the recommended candidate.
- Finally, there are times where the Superintendent will recommend a candidate be hired with an “interim” status. This usually takes place when a position has not filled or becomes open after June 1st or a position comes open after the student school year has started.
When a position is posted for hire by the HR department, a job advertisement is created and posted to our HR website. The Director for the specific school will work with the BLT and the PTA/PTO to develop a few building-specific questions that may be used during the interview process which are aligned to Seattle Public Schools Leadership Attributes, the Association of Washington School Principal (AWSP) Leadership Standards, and the School Leader Collaborative: School Leader Paradigm. Additionally, the Director will engage all in your community by soliciting input from all staff and parents via a Principal Attributes Survey which will be given to help the Director match the stated school needs of staff and community to that of prospective principal candidates.
The Director for the school takes the lead on forming a site-based Principal Interview Committee that will interview candidates who have been moved forward from the HR screening process. The Director for the school works with the Building Leadership Team and PTSA/PTO leaders to identify the members who will represent the school portion of the team, as well as with central office departments to identify central staff to join the team.
Site-based Principal Interview Teams will consist of the following members:
- Elementary /PreK-8 Schools – one primary certificated teacher and community member (parent/guardian or community member), one intermediate certificated teacher and community member, one specialist (SPED, ELL, PE, Art, etc.), the administrative secretary or a classified representative, two central office leaders or building principals, and one to two Directors of Schools. The total would be 9-10 members on the team.
- Secondary Schools – three core instruction certificated teachers or two core and one specialist, three parent/community reps, one classified staff member (head administrative secretary preferred), one instructional assistant, two central office leaders or building principals, and one to two Directors of Schools. The total would be 11 or 12 members on a team.
HR encourages Directors of Schools, BLTs and parent organizations to also consider having a representative group of community members on hiring teams that reflect not only the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of the school but also representatives that include diversity of socio-economic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. It is also suggested that interviews and other hiring activities take place on days and times that allow working parents/community members the opportunity to participate.
HR encourages Directors of Schools, BLTs and parent organizations to also consider having a representative group of community members on hiring teams that reflect not only the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of the school but also representatives that include diversity of socio-economic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. It is also suggested that interviews and other hiring activities take place on days and times that allow working parents/community members the opportunity to participate. Interviews will be held either in person or via SPS’ approved online platform (Teams) consistent with health guidelines provided by King County Health.
If you have questions regarding where the school is in the process, please contact your current principal and Building Leadership Team, as they will have the most accurate updates during this process.
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
Ballard High School Leader Update
April 18, 2022
Dear Ballard Staff and Families,
Allow me to extend my appreciation for your dedication to the needs of students over the last several months. As you know, Ballard High School undergone a leadership shift while Principal Keven Wynkoop was on leave. Today, I am providing an update as promised.
At this time, Principal Wynkoop has returned from leave and been reassigned. He will continue to serve Seattle Public Schools as a principal on special assignment, supporting and filling in for building leaders in need of assistance at other schools.
Interim Principal Joseph Williams will continue serving the Ballard High School community as school leader until further notice.
His role as the interim building leader has been to support students, staff, and families, effectively maintain the daily operations of the school, and provide stable leadership.
I understand how sensitive this transition is for many families and staff members. Please know the totality of the issue was considered, and this resolution was made with the future success of BHS in mind.
When a decision is made regarding the next steps to determine the future leader of Ballard, the process will be shared with the community. We will work closely with the director of schools to support the next steps for our students and staff.
Again, thank you for your devotion to Ballard High School. I will share the timeline and process as soon as possible.
Dr. Concie Pedroza
Seattle Public Schools
Ballard High School Community Update
November 24, 2021
Dear Ballard High School Families,
As you prepare to honor the Thanksgiving holiday and Native American Heritage Day, I understand that the timing and nature of this message is unexpected. Effective today, November 24, 2021, Principal Keven Wynkoop will be on leave from his position at Ballard High School.
Looking ahead, BHS Assistant Principal Dr. Joseph Williams will serve as the Acting Principal for the duration of Principal Wynkoop’s leave. His role as the interim building leader is to support students, staff and families during this time of transition, effectively maintain the daily operations of the school, and provide stable leadership.
Dr. Williams will be working with Assistant Principals Liz Guillory and Laura Roesener to determine what additional administrative support may be needed at BHS in the coming days. Families and staff should look to hear from him soon as he begins to interact with the BHS school community.
This news will undoubtedly yet understandably spark concern. SPS has created a special interest form using Let’s Talk to collect questions from the BHS community. Share your thoughts. Your feedback is valued and will be used to develop an FAQ as well as inform future updates to BHS school community.
Collectively, we will move through this challenging time together with dignity while providing the appropriate supports for all parties involved. Most importantly, we will remain focused on ensuring the safety, well-being, and educational success of our Ballad High School students.
Dr. Concie Pedroza
Seattle Public Schools
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