Tukwila School Board readies search for permanent superintendent
By DEAN RADFORD
Tukwila Reporter Editor
September 20, 2012 · Updated 5:11 PM
The Tukwila School Board will begin the formal process to search for a permanent superintendent later this year, beginning with the possible hiring of an executive-search agency.
Ethelda Burke resigned in July. Replacing her as interim superintendent is Mellody Matthes, who is interested in keeping the job. She won’t be involved in the search.
The School Board, Matthes said, “will go out and gather input from the community in what they want to see in a superintendent.”
The district will publicize the position in the spring, with someone hired “hopefully at least by the first of May,” she said.
Meanwhile, the federal investigation into racial discrimination charges against Burke is continuing.
Matthes, who has a background in human resources, said she would be surprised if the investigation is done in six months. The district has provided information requested by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The entire district, as part of a regular assessment required by its insurance carrier, is reviewing all of its policies regarding harassment, bullying and intimidation.Contact Tukwila Reporter Editor Dean Radford at email@example.com or 425-255-3484 ext. 5050.