Four to be considered for interim school superintendent

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Juneau Board of Education accepted the resignation of Dr. Mark Miller as Superintendent effective August 15th and began the search for his successor at a special meeting Friday night.

    Four candidates, all of whom possess proper Alaska Superintendent certification, and all internal employees, will be considered for the position.  The list includes Director of Student Services Bridgett Weiss, Principal Daniel Larson, Human Resources Director Darryl Smith, and Principal Molly Yerkes.

    The Board decided to hold a meet and greet with the candidates in the next week and then hold another special meeting to interview the candidates.  They would meet in executive session to name the interim superintendent sometime before Miller leaves August 15th.

    The goal is to have the interim superintendent spend a few days with Miller and get insights about the job.

    The Board still wants to begin a search for a permanent superintendent.  The plan for that will be developed over the next couple of months.  They are in no rush and are supportive of having the interim serve the entire school year if necessary until a suitable permanent superintendent is hired.

    Two board members, Steve Whitney and Jeff Short supported opening up the candidates to any employee in the district that had what is known as type B endorsement that allows them to be administrators.

    Short said he thought this was a very important decision that will impact the district for a long, long time.

    Whitney said he thought an internal candidate was best because all of them have been thoroughly screened and vetted with background checks.

    Board member Andi Story said she didn't think it would be right to hire an outside candidate, currently a superintendent at another Alaska school, with the school year right around the corner, ""We have good people here that will serve the community well."

    Dr. Miller had close to 10 months left on his contract with the district.  The board decided not to penalize him for not honoring the contract.  He intends to serve as Superintendent at a school district in Sonora, California.

    Whitney said it was a tough year and he knew it took a toll on Miller, "Mark was the point man for a lot of the financial issues and took the brunt of that.  I just wish we had a little heads up (on his departure)."


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