Seattle superintendent named Sacramento finalist

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Public Schools superintendent Jose Banda has been named the only finalist for the top job at the Sacramento City Unified School District in California.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/l7txN0 ) that Sacramento school board members will visit Seattle next week in the "final phase" of the hiring process.

Banda, who has been Seattle's superintendent since 2012, called it a difficult decision in a letter released Friday, but said the move would put him closer to his family.

Seattle School Board President Sharon Peaslee said the board would quickly create a plan for transitioning to new leadership.

Banda helped the school district pass two levies in 2013 totaling $1.25?billion for operating expenses and school construction. His staff and the school board had gone back and forth over how to redraw school boundaries to account for swelling enrollment.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com