Seattle Public Schools hires interim superintendent

The Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors Feb. 24 approved the contract of an interim superintendent, who will begin in the district this summer.

The school board approved the contract for Brent Jones, PhD, who will start no later than July 1, after Superintendent Denise Juneau’s contract expires.  Juneau had previously informed the board she would not seek a contract renewal when it came due.

Jones will serve as interim superintendent until June 30, 2022. Jones has previously worked for the school district, starting in 2008. Most recently, he served as the district’s chief officer of equity, partnerships and engagement until he took a position in 2019 as the assistant general manager of strategy and partnerships at King County Metro, according to the district news release.

“This is a great outcome for SPS students and families,” Board President Chandra Hampson said in the news release. “The selection of Dr. Jones brings needed stability and connectivity to Seattle Public Schools during this time of uncertainty and transition. He is an experienced district leader with a proven track record supporting students, community and staff of color, while striving for overall operational excellence. It is a most critical set of skills at this difficult time.”

According to the news release, the district’s time line for hiring a permanent superintendent will begin this fall with a formal search, including community engagement. The search will conclude in spring 2022, with a decision following extensive interviews.