My colleagues and I at last week's interviews with the Seattle Public Schools superintendent finalists had our theories about why the district split us into three 15-minute slots, not the least of which being that the district was afraid a media free-for-all might scare some finalists off.
Banda was my favorite of the three for reasons that had more to do with personality than with experience or ideology. I just think that he's the one who offers the most promise at building consensus and stability, two things the district desperately needs.
But it's a little disturbing that Seattle is finding it so difficult to attract candidates for its top posts.
UPDATE: On KUOW this afternoon, School Board president Michael DeBell revealed that Banda was kinda-sorta unofficially offered the job last night, whereas Husk didn't drop out until this morning. So perhaps her withdrawal was more face-saving than anything else. Not that there's anything wrong with that.