Anchorage School District Sees 23 Candidates Apply for Superintendent Position

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Twenty-three candidates filled out an application to be the next superintendent of the Anchorage School District, but there were more than 50 who had incomplete applications.

That’s the highest number of incomplete applications ever seen by search firm Ray and Associates Inc., its representatives said during a Tuesday business meeting 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 you to check in with your family and make sure that, OK, do you want to move to Alaska?” But I thought the number of incomplete applications spoke volumes too,” said Anchorage School Board President Margo Bellamy.

The search firm will spend the next two weeks weeding out applicants until they have 11 candidates to present to the board.

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

Local organization Leadership Anchorage offered six questions to explore ideals and values ​​to help build a profile for a candidate:

  • What do you think are the most important values ​​of Anchorage as a community?
  • What do you consider to be the most significant strength of the Anchorage School District as an organization?
  • What is the most important leadership quality you want to see in the next superintendent?
  • What is the most important problem the new superintendent will have to tackle?
  • What is one question the Anchorage School Board should be sure to ask superintendent candidates?
  • What is one thing you would like to share with superintendent candidates about the Anchorage community?

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

The district says it will interview final applicants the week of March 21.

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