Photos by Steve Shay
Dr. Maria Goodloe Johnson, the former Seattle Schools Superintendent, has died. She is pictured here at West Seattle High School April, 2010. Pictured left, popular former Chief Sealth High School Principal, colleague, and admirer John Boyd, shares his thoughts. He is now an Exec. Dir., Highline Schools K-12, and is pictured at a recent event in Burien.

Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, former Seattle Schools Superintendent, dies; Highline Schools Exec. Dir. John Boyd comments

John Boyd, former Chief Sealth High School Principal for seven years, and colleague of Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, shared some thoughts with Robinson Newspapers about her passing. He is now one of three executive directors of K-12 Schools for Highline, is an advisor, and is involved in Highline Athletics.

"The last word that I remember hearing was that she was doing OK in the battle. And then all of a sudden the news came that she passed away. I had sent her emails of hope and 'Just hang in there'.

"I'm actually a fan ( of Dr. Goodloe-Johnson) and was there during her whole tenure. When she interviewed for the position and I was part of that interview process and was real pleased that they hired her. I thought she did a lot of excellent strategic planning and put a lot of good things in place.

"She was really clear and gave us direction and i think many of the things she put in place will be a legacy for her, and for the district. Unfortunately, her ending in Seattle was really difficult but I remain a fan of hers, professionally and personally."

Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, the former Seattle Schools Superintendent, has died Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Seattle Public Schools issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying "All of us at Seattle Public Schools are saddened to learn of the death today of our former Superintendent, Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson.

"We are grateful for her years of service to Seattle Public Schools and her efforts during her four-year tenure here to put our students on the path to academic success. The fact that we have seen consistent improvements in student academic achievement is a testament to her leadership.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Bruce and daughter Maya."

According to WSCS, the CBS affiliate in Charleston, S.C., "The former Charleston County School District Superintendent (...) passed away.

"Family members of Dr. Goodloe Johnson say she had been sick for about a year. Funeral arrangements have not been completed, according to her family.

Dr. Goodloe Johnson was the first black woman to fill the role of superintendent in Charleston County."

Goodloe-Johnson was fired from her position in March, 2011, after a state audit found the school system wasted or misspent $1.8 million on a training program run by Silas Potter.

She then took a post in the Detroit School District. According to a Detroit Public School website dated Nov. 10, 2011:

"Deputy Chancellor, Instructional Support and Educational Accountability: Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson.

"Dr. Goodloe-Johnson is a career educator whose most recent position was Superintendent of the Seattle,WA Public Schools. During her tenure in Seattle, student enrollment increased, test scores outpaced state averages and private foundation support for the district increased dramatically. Prior to Seattle she served as the first African-American and first woman appointed as superintendent of the Charleston County, South Carolina School District. During her tenure in Charleston County the average SAT scores for students increased by 30 points."

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