Firing Martin Floe is a terrible decision - and especially terrible for the new IB/APP program. He is a wonderful principal - this is very upsetting...- Parent of Ingraham student
Pleasee send e-mail to protest this firstname.lastname@example.org@email@example.com@firstname.lastname@example.org@email@example.com@seattleschools.orgUnhappy parent of SPS students
The following Facebook page has been set up for Martin Floe:http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_223993754282378&ap=1#!/home.php?sk=group_223993754282378
In an e-mail newsletter, the APP AC wrote:With respect to APP, the new APP/IB will go ahead as planned and is supported by the SuperintendentWhat do you think? Concerns? Questions?
Very, very concerned. Principal Floe was, I believe, THE REASON so many prospective APP parents gained confidence in the advanced IB program. Not Bob Vaughan or the principal from Interlake. They were visiting advocates, but Floe was to be the on-site manager, and that's what people bought into. His staff clearly liked and supported him and compared to the pressure-cooked environment at Garfield due to overcrowding, Ingraham's welcoming environment was a ray of much needed sunshine. Leadership was key and Floe had it in spades. This is, in my opinion, an extremely poor and unwise decision by Enfield, whom up until now, I had growing confidence in. Leaving aside the disheartening bait and switch, I am saddened and distraught that I advocated strongly for people to embrace the APP at Ingraham option, and I feel personally betrayed by SPS for doing this. A new program launched with a new, interim principal instead of with the experienced, successful principal already there? I am also sickened at the thought that Floe, a Seattle native and Ingraham graduate, is being tossed aside like garbage after demonstrating such loyalty and commitment to the neighborhood and school from where he came. To see such disrespect and mistreatment of another hard-working, decent human being is cruel beyond words, ironically at a time when we are trying to educate our children to be compassionate and not judge, bully, threaten, or intimidate others. I cannot get over the thanklessness and callousness demonstrated by SPS in this instance. Simply, utterly disheartening.
Hi friends. I'm an Ingraham parent. I look forward to welcoming those of you that chose Ingraham for your soon-to-be-9th graders. But for now, I just learned that Dr. Enfield plans to combine the already-set meeting you have wiht her next Tuesday at Hamilton, with the Ingraham community meeting also set for the same time at Ingraham. I think this is a very very bad idea. I hope you do too. If both sides say no, well, we'll be united and maybe more likely to be successful.
P.S. -- can you use your other lists and contacts to spread the word on this VERY VERY VERY bad idea?
MotherOf2 --Or, how about if a mass of us from both schools turn up at Hamilton and protest her treatment of Martin Floe?Double the voices, double the impact.What time is she scheduled to be at Hamilton Tues? (I don't see it on a calendar anywhere.)--sp.
Even though we fled to private last year; we saw the APP/IB @ Ingraham as having the potential to meet our needs by the time HS rolled around (and maybe it will,yet). It seemed briefly like maybe things were getting better: MGJ gone, a little more light shining on administration as a result of Pottergate, Enfield talking the talk. I agree with pjmanley that this feels like a bait and switch and along with recent developments, clearly signals that the honeymoon is over. Well, that sure didn't take long. This only confirms the biggest reason that we left SPS: the continual instability and uncertainty of absolutely everything - attendance areas, capacity, location of programs, continued existence of programs, transportation, start and end times, and now principals.
From APP Advisory Committee email that just came out regarding this issue.......................Last week, Advanced Learning Manager, Dr. Bob Vaughan twice emailed the APP families who have signed up to attendIngraham in the new program starting this Fall. Below is the content from the first email. The second email from Dr. Vaughan let parents know about the meeting TONIGHT with Dr. Enfield with the IngrahamHigh School community on Tuesday, May 17, 6:30pm, and expressed that incoming APP parents/students arewelcome to attend. The email also stated that Dr. Enfield will meet directly with the APP families at a later date. From Dr. Vaughan: "I can understand your concern about changes in Ingraham’s leadership. I want to assure you that the Superintendentis very committed to launching and building the new APP/IB. She does understand that the welcoming environmentcurrent staff members have created at the school is an important aspect of why you chose Ingraham. Below is adirect expression of her commitment that she wanted me to share with your family and the others who made thischoice. To further affirm her commitment, Dr. Enfield has asked me to arrange an opportunity for her to meet withyou in the near future..." And from the Interim Superintendent: "Thank you for sharing your concerns with me about the decision not to renew Principal Martin Floe's contract atIngraham High School for the 2011-2012 school year. I do appreciate the letters I've received from staff and families, and I understand your frustration, anger, andsadness. I want you to know this was a difficult decision, and one made with careful consideration for what is bestin the interest of our students. Since I was appointed Interim Superintendent, I have met with and listened to families, community members and stafffrom around the District. What I have heard loud and clear is that families want strong leadership, and someone who iscommitted to building a team of effective instructional leaders at every school. This often means making difficult orunpopular decisions in the short term. I want to thank Principal Floe for his work in getting the school to where it is today. Now it is time to moveforward with new instructional leadership to help Ingraham High School reach even greater heights. I know you selected Ingraham for its new APP/IB program. I want you to know our commitment to this program isunwavering. The principal we hire for Ingraham will be chosen to strongly support all the students and programs there,including the new APP/IB program your family has chosen. Given the amount of discussion around this decision, I have decided to appoint an interim principal at the end ofthe school year. This will give me more time to talk with the staff and community to engage in a thoughtful searchfor a permanent principal. Please know that your voice will be heard and included as we work to select the next principal of Ingraham HighSchool. Sincerely,Susan Susan Enfield, Ed.D.Interim Superintendent"
THIS JUST IN:Enfield has reversed herself; she is reinstating Floe.http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015079017_ingraham18m.html
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