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Fairbanks North Star Borough School board vote to search for an interim superintendent

Published: Apr. 10, 2021 at 5:05 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District School Board deliberated Saturday morning over how to proceed with the search for a new district superintendent.

In the revised school board special meeting, Lon Garrison, Director Of Membership Services for the Association of Alaska School Boards discussed some of the reasoning for the cessation of the superintendent selection process. According to Garrison, none of the three finalists had substantial experience managing large districts, and he speculated that the starting salary was too low to attract the type of candidate the board wanted.

The board ultimately decided to move forward hiring an interim superintendent - either a certified superintendent, or a chief school administrator - to serve and lead the district for the next year.

School board president Tim Doran closed the discussion on a hopeful note: “We need someone for next year. We want the best person to help us through next year, and then as we do the long term process for the leadership for our district that will continue going forward. In 40 years, what I keep coming back to is I have not seen one point that we didn’t make progress, that we weren’t moving forward as a district with some innovations. Sometimes getting through some bumps, sometimes significant bumps in those 40 years, but we’ve been able to do that consistently to try and meet the needs of students as best we can. We’ve had interims before that have really contributed to our district.”

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