Dr. Jarvis Appointed the Seattle Public Schools' Chief Financial Officer

December 21 , 2006

At the regular Board meeting on Monday night, Dr. Jarvis notified the Board that he has accepted a new position with the Seattle Public Schools to be the Chief Financial Officer, and he will be concluding his employment as superintendent in Enumclaw on Friday, January 12, 2007.

Below is his official letter to the board:

Dear Ms. Taff and members of the Board of Directors:
Twelve months ago I gave notice to the Enumclaw School District that I would be leaving the superintendent's position that I been honored to hold since 1996. At that time I did not yet have to say my goodbyes. Now I find myself in a different position -- it is time to say thank you and farewell. Having "cast my fate to the winds," I now have a picture of where the winds are taking me.

The Seattle School District has honored me with the position of Chief Financial Officer. I am excited for this opportunity and deeply honored by their trust and respect. My service to Enumclaw School District No. 216 will conclude on January 12 and I will begin my duties with Seattle Public Schools January 16, 2007.

You have been busily preparing for the transition to a new superintendent over these past twelve months, and the next six weeks will bring evidence of your work. During that same time I have been preparing the staff for transition. Our collective work gives me confidence that the Enumclaw Schools will easily handle the interim period after my departure. The administrative cabinet is exceptionally well positioned to oversee and coordinate district operations and activities until the new superintendent is selected and able to begin his or her duties. Equally important, the curriculum and instruction programs throughout the District will continue without interruption.

Several of you have served on the Board for many years and I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful support you have provided to me as superintendent. It has made a difficult job both doable and enjoyable. An aggregate of twenty-six years of employment in Enumclaw have allowed me to teach, to administer virtually all district programs, and ultimately to lead as your superintendent. I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished.

To the wonderful people in the district and community who have given me such fantastic support and encouragement, I leave this place that has been my home for much of that past forty years with precious memories and lifelong friendships. I am eternally grateful.

I now bring my service to the Enumclaw School District to a close, but I leave with hope and encouragement. The agenda that lies ahead for public education is filled with difficult challenges, but also with extraordinary opportunities. Enumclaw School District is well positioned to meet the challenges. This staff has the leadership, vision, preparation, and momentum necessary to succeed at the highest levels. They are to be treasured.

I will watch the progress of the Enumclaw School District from a distance, but I will be sending my best wishes and heartfelt support. Go Hornets!
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Jarvis

Below is the news release provided by the Seattle Public Schools:
News Release
For immediate release: December 18, 2006
Contact: Patti Spencer, Communications Manager, (206) 252-0200

Dr. Arthur O. Jarvis Appointed as Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Arthur O. Jarvis, currently Superintendent of Enumclaw School District, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Seattle Public Schools effective January 15, 2007.

"This school system is very fortunate to attract an individual with Dr. Jarvis' outstanding leadership skills; and his breadth and depth of experience in K-12 education," said Mark Green, Chief Operating Officer. "Dr. Jarvis has built a reputation for personal and professional integrity and sound financial management. These qualities will help ensure that Seattle Public Schools continues the culture of open, transparent, and conservative financial management that has enabled the district to rebuild its reserves over the past several years. In addition, Dr. Jarvis brings a deep understanding of learning and teaching, and of how to effectively align resources to support student success."

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to join Seattle Public Schools," said Dr. Jarvis. "I have devoted my career in K-12 education to the fundamental belief that each school system can - and must - meet the unique needs of each child. I look forward to bringing my energy, experience, and skills to the challenges and opportunities in Seattle."

Jarvis, who was selected Washington State Superintendent of the Year in 2005 by the Washington Association of School Administrators, has served at the Superintendent level for 22 years. He began his career in education as a junior high and high school teacher; served for three years as a special education consultant for Seattle Public Schools; and held the role of Assistant Superintendent in Enumclaw School District for 12 years prior to his appointment as Superintendent of South Whidbey School District. After 11 years as Superintendent at South Whidbey, Jarvis returned to Enumclaw in 1996 as Superintendent. He announced in fall 2006 that he would retire from Enumclaw by the end of the 2006-2007 school year.