The principal of Capitol Hill public school Lowell Elementary has stepped down to take a new job out of state. Gregory King’s resignation follows a spring in which he reportedly lost a job he was prepared to take in Tacoma after a Seattle investigation of his handling of a personnel issue came to light.
The news — and meeting about the situation — came in the midst of a long 4th of July week as many families were on holiday. Details on a Tuesday night meeting, below, were sent to parents on Monday. The district is inviting feedback on the hiring of a new principal from parents via email through Friday.
The change marks another summer of transition for Lowell. The summer of 2011 was marked by debate over how to handle overcrowding in the “accelerated progress program” at the school. The solution was to split the program across the city.
Dear Lowell Elementary community,
On Friday evening we received the resignation of Principal Gregory King, who is leaving to take a position in Michigan.
We are committed to finding an excellent principal for Lowell for the start of the 2012-13 school year. Please join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 at Lowell Elementary to talk about next steps in the principal hiring process. We are committed to ensuring staff and families will be a part of the hiring committee, including three staff members and two parents.
We recognize this is a tight timeline. If you cannot make Tuesday’s meeting, please send your input on leadership qualities you would like in your next principal to Nathan Fitzpatrick in Human Resources at email@example.com by Friday, July 6.
The District will work with staff and the community to make sure we find an excellent leader who is the right fit for Lowell.
Executive Director of Schools, Central Region
Seattle Public Schools