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SPS Superintendent Denise Juneau Will Not Seek New Contract

Denise Juneau

On Tues., Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau announced that she will not seek a new contract with the district, and will leave her position when her contract expires at the end of June 2021.

Juneau, who established an office of African American Male Achievement in the district, has been criticized for the way that the district under her leadership handled issues of race and equity, including what the Seattle King County NAACP referred to as the “purging of Black male leadership” by the district, when they recently called on the school board not to renew Juneau’s contract.

Juneau, who came to Seattle after serving as Montana’s state superintendent of public instruction from 2009 to 2017, says she came to Seattle “to drive a powerful anti-racist agenda for Seattle’s school leaders, educators, parents, and students, and I worked aggressively to build a bold strategic plan focused on a better, fairer system for students of color furthest from educational justice,” and she is proud of what she was able to accomplish, even in the midst of a pandemic.

“While the past two and a half years have been extraordinary and deeply fulfilling, I am today announcing that I am leaving Seattle Public Schools. I will not seek a new contract and will not be serving the district beyond the conclusion of my current contract, which finishes at the end of June 2021,” said Juneau in a statement.

“I have embraced the many challenges inherent in leading our school district, and we have made significant progress on many fronts,” the statement continued. “I’m especially proud of how, together, we have changed our system and structures to better serve African American boys and teens through the Office of African American Male Achievement.”

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead and learn here. I will carry the spirit and lessons of this community and experience with me, and hope that our time spent together has helped strengthen the foundation for the continued growth for all our truly remarkable students,” stated Juneau.

As of press time, the Seattle School Board has not commented about Juneau’s departure or the process to find a new superintendent.

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