Now that Christina Kishimoto will be the next superintendent of schools, here’s a question: For how long?
Here’s why — the future of the schools is clearly going to be an issue for the rest of the mayoral campaign. While the mayor has little control over the board of education, as demonstrated by the last week’s events, there is this: Whoever becomes mayor gets to appoint five new board members to the board of education (or reappoint the ones who are already there). And there’s no way to know whether that potentially new majority on the board of education will share the current board’s feeling for Kishimoto.
So does this board give her a three year contract? Or something shorter to insulate against political winds?
It will also be worth watching whether she will be eligible for the performance bonuses that have become an issue of late. All things to keep an eye on.