Queen Anne Elementary School Principal David Elliott lost his job because Sarah Pritchett, a non-teaching bureaucrat in the central regional office of the Seattle school district, considered falling behind in teacher evaluations an offense worth termination [“Seattle principal losing his job over unfinished teacher evaluations,” Local News, Oct. 24].
It appears, according to The Times article, that parents, students and teachers love the principal. What more can one ask from a public school?
Unfortunately, professional school bureaucrats, are allowed to supervise and regulate teachers and principals whose difficult job is to teach and manage hundreds of highly individual students. If, indeed, the issue of late evaluations is the only reason for Elliott’s termination, the Seattle school district needs to do some soul-searching. Does it need good principals or good followers of bureaucratic rules and regulations?
James U. Behrend, Bainbridge Island