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School Leadership Update

Dear Cleveland Families and Staff,

With regret, I have accepted Dr. Marni Campbell’s decision to withdraw from the position of principal of Cleveland STEM High School. I look forward to working again with Dr. Campbell, who will continue to serve SPS in another capacity yet to be determined. I continue to believe in her ability to keep students and families at the core of her decisions and have confidence in her integrity and character.

Dr. Campbell chose to withdraw from the position because she did not want to be a distraction or hamper the future success of Cleveland students. Her words to me are worth sharing with you now:  

“I have deep respect and love for the work that the Cleveland community has done for many years to create a beautiful, anti-racist, student-centered school community,” she said. “It is because of my respect for our work that I make this decision.”  

As your superintendent, I am listening and leaning into your opinions and thoughts regarding this leadership transition. I am encouraging students, families, and staff to keep an open mind and exhibit patience. Even when expressing hurt or disagreement, it is important to model respect and understanding.

Personnel decisions and staffing transitions occur for a variety of reasons. Questions have been raised about the status of Principal Catherine Brown, who is currently on leave. SPS personnel matters are handled confidentially, and we will not be speaking on her behalf. Principal Brown has served the Cleveland community for 18 years and positively impacted many students, staff members, and families.  

My focus now is to identify the healthiest path forward for the Cleveland community. I look forward to working in harmony to find the next leader of Cleveland STEM High School. 

Dr. Brent Jones
Seattle Public Schools