Seattle Interim School Chief Won’t Make Big Changes

Susan Enfield who took over immediately upon the firing of Maria Goodloe-Johnson says she has no big changes planned. What the heck did they appoint her for? They were paying Goodloe-Johnson $294,000 a year and will have to pay her for a whole year plus $9,800 in benefits for doing a rotten job. They also fired Don Kennedy, Goodloe’s handpicked chief financial officer. He will get half his salary, which will be $85,000 plus $4,900 in benefits. Susan Enfield will be paid a BASE salary of $225,000. When they say base they mean she can put about as many add on expenses she happens to feel like it. So lets see what we have gained in this shuffle. The Superintendant job for this year will cost taxpayers $618,700 (all the above added together). Two crooks get a year off with pay and benefits and we end up with a superintendant that will continue with the plan that Goodloe-Johnson created. The money squandered does not have to be paid back.

You would think the change should have been for someone to step in and stop the bloated, asinine, over inflated wages the management portion of the school is being paid. Why should they be paid such a salary? What is Susan Enfield doing to justify $225,000? Teachers start at about $54,000. Firefighters start at $62,856, Sheriff/Police vary between $85,564 and $106,883. It’s no surprise. She wants to keep her $225,000(more than our governor is paid) and has to keep peace with the peons in her administrative office.

Somebody has to step in and start completely over, first by setting a top salary that is realistic for what they are doing. If you fired every administrator making over $50,000 a year, I bet it would work a lot better. These managers are not royalty, they are totally self absorbed, they don’t deserve pay like that. They have proved they cannot manage school money, they divide it among themselves then ask for another levy. We can’t complain to the Governor, Representatives in Olympia, or the Seattle City Council. They do not read your complaints and you MIGHT get a form letter from their flunky directing you to their website, telling you to be sure to get in touch if you have any questions. They pretend to make a change, but things stay the same or get worse, but always cost more.

Having lived in Seattle (Georgetown) for over 80 years, Lilly has a passion for the area. A true Seattleite, Lilly has the history & experience to discuss any topic. Being retired, she enjoys visiting with her many grand children, gardening, and writing.

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