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    Dr. Brent Jones takes Oath of Office
    Posted on 05/03/2021
    Dr. Jones signs the oath at a desk

    Dr. Brent Jones takes Oath of Office

    Dr. Brent Jones was sworn in on Monday, May 3 as the Seattle Public Schools interim superintendent. You can learn more about Superintendent Jones by visiting his district webpage.

    Message from Superintendent Jones

    It’s a privilege to return to Seattle Public Schools as the interim superintendent. As I came to work this morning, it felt like coming home.

    I have spent more than half my life in SPS. I started at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and graduated from Franklin High School — go Quakers!

    Most recently, I served as the district's chief of equity, partnerships, and engagement and helped lead creation and adoption of the district's bold strategic plan Seattle Excellence. The five-year plan is laser focused on supporting students of color who are furthest away from educational justice. Unlike past plans, Seattle Excellence acknowledges that until our district changes systems and disrupts legacies of racism, we can't fulfill the promise of a high-quality, world-class education — an education that every student deserves. I am also a parent of a graduating SPS senior.

    My commitment to SPS is personal.

    Our city's public schools need to offer students and their families the very best — rigorous learning, a deep commitment to educational justice, innovation, and a clear path to life success.

    There are lots of fantastic things happening for students in Seattle Public Schools and much to be proud about. I also know that many of our students encounter systemic challenges and barriers to a great education; challenges made worse by the pandemic.

    As the district plans for a full-time return to school this fall, we have an opportunity to come back stronger than before by centering the perspectives and needs of our students and families in our decision-making.

    Over these few months, I am committed to moving swiftly to prepare for fall, communicating our progress, and providing a consistent and high-quality educational experience for all students as we close out this current school year.

    I am grateful to the School Board for this opportunity to serve and I look forward to engaging in this work with you and our students. If you have questions or comments, you can contact my office by using Let's Talk.

    In partnership,
    Superintendent Jones