Anchorage School District sees 23 candidates apply for superintendent position

Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 9:43 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Twenty-three candidates have completed an application to be the Anchorage School District’s next superintendent, but there were more than 50 who had incomplete applications.

That’s the highest number of incomplete applications the search firm Ray and Associates Inc. has ever seen, its representatives said at a Tuesday work session with the Anchorage School Board. The firm is working with the school board to facilitate the search for a replacement for Superintendent Deena Bishop, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

“Moving to Alaska would probably require that you check in with your family and make sure that, OK, do you want to move to Alaska? But I thought that the number of incomplete applications spoke a lot as well,” said Anchorage School Board President Margo Bellamy.

The search firm will be spending the next two weeks weeding out applicants until they have 11 candidates to bring to the board.

“And so on the 13th ... the board will get to know who those are, go through all of their information, their application, their background reports ... and we will hopefully end up with five or six to interview,” Bellamy said. “And from that five or six we’ll come down to our final two.”

Local organization Leadership Anchorage came up with six questions to explore ideals and values to help make a profile for a candidate:

  • What do you consider to be the most important values Anchorage holds as a community?
  • What do you consider to be the anchorage school district’s most significant strength as an organization?
  • What is the most important leadership quality you want to see in the next superintendent?
  • What’s the most important issue which the new superintendent will need to address?
  • What is one question the Anchorage School Board should be sure to ask applicants for the position of superintendent?
  • What is one thing you would like to share with superintendent candidates about the community of Anchorage?

“I think they’re just spot on,” Bellamy said. “I think they represent the thinking behind what are we looking for, what do we want this super human to be?”

The district says it will be interviewing final candidates the week of March 21.

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