Fired superintendent sends email thanking Seattle Public Schools staff

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 3, 2011 at 6:19 PM

SEATTLE -- Seattle's former superintendent has made no apologies, and it appears she made no strong effort to keep her job.

Maria Goodloe-Johnson's contract was terminated by the Seattle Public Schools board Wednesday night, while she remains in South Carolina with her hospitalized mother.

Repeated attempts to contact Goodloe-Johnson were refused, however, she did send an email to Seattle Public Schools' staff thanking them and urging them to stay committed to the children of the district.

"I think we've basically as a board felt strongly, we had to deal with this expeditiously and that's part of the way we needed to restore public confidence," said school board President Steve Sundquist.

Goodloe-Johnson's contract was extended last July, and teachers gave her a vote of no confidence.

"We made a judgment call that we were best served under Goodloe-Johnson at that time. I still believe we made the best decision with the information we had at the time," said Sundquist.

Sundquist said he believes Goodloe-Johnson had plenty of opportunity to defend herself.

As for the misused or missing $1.8 million, it's launched a criminal investigation with Seattle Police and the King County Prosecutor's Office.

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