Of the 44 appointments, 23 are people hired from other school systems or an outside principal training program called New Leaders for New Schools.It also appears that teacher hiring is also outpeforming previous years.
The number of vacancies was about twice as high as last year, officials said. Six of the openings resulted from resignations, six from dismissals, 13 from retirements and the remainder from promotions or leaves of absence, Janey said.
School officials also emphasized that unlike previous years, all principal vacancies have been filled before the start of the school year.
"It's comforting to know we can start the school year with the staff in place," said Tony Demasi, executive director of the system's human resources department. "This is my fourth year here and the first time we've offered the jobs as early as we did."
Nathan Saunders, vice president of the Washington Teachers' Union, said the system is doing a much better job hiring this year. "Historically, the District was making hiring decisions as late as mid- to late August," Saunders said. "This year, they did the bulk of the hiring in June, which is great."
But he said the number of vacancies remains high and demonstrates a high level of teacher dissatisfaction. "The District does a very good job of turning off teachers," Saunders said. "They get frustrated and opt to look for professional opportunities elsewhere."