Fairbanks school district superintendent comments on retirement, what’s next for her

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 4:45 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - According to a letter released on Sunday, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Superintendent Karen Gaborik has indicated her intention to retire from her position, effective June 30th of 2021.

We had a chance to sit down with Dr. Gaborik to discuss the reasons for her decision to retire, which she said were not related to the pandemic.

“There’s a lot of speculation right now about the reasons. Some people have emailed and, you know, speculated that it might be about the pandemic, and I can assure people it’s definitely not that,” said Gaborik. “There’s something pulling me in a new direction, you know, toward a new vision. I’ve always, you know, I’ve learned to trust my intuition, and I don’t know exactly what that means in terms of work.”

Dr. Gaborik said that she’s not looking into a specific position but rather, she indicated that she would like to be involved in the change public education is experiencing at a larger level.

“Well, you have to create the space, right, for new opportunities to come your way, and also I think, you know, there’s certainly work to be done at the district level, but I’m interested in, you know, that policy work at a larger level, so there might be some opportunities, you know, working on, you know, maybe re-imagining public education in this country at a bigger level,” said Gaborik.

According to the district, the school board determines the process for selecting a replacement superintendent and in the past, that process has included internal and external applicants.

Click Here for a copy of her letter announcing her retirement.

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