New Superintendent for School District Named
Browder, from Florida, will replace Comeau
Dr. Jim Browder, formerly of Florida, will replace Anchorage School District Superintendent Carol Comeau, it was announced this morning. School board President Gretchen Guess said Browder will begin in April, with "Comeau in charge until June." The news was received with loud applause.
"You can't do anything in isolation," Browder told KTVA CBS 11's Kirsten Swann early Tuesday afternoon. "One of the things I'm going to do when I come up is listen, listen, listen."
Regarding cuts to the district's budget, "You have to be willing to make those hard decisions, but if you do a really good job of getting all the information to everybody, as many people as you can, the decision becomes matter-of-fact for folks."
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater will continue to serve that district. In a press release, Atwater was quoted as saying, “I was honored to be chosen as a finalist and appreciate our School Board, employees, and community support through this time. I offer my congratulations to Dr. Browder, and appreciate the Anchorage School Board selecting me as a finalist. The application process was a positive experience; it helped me gain a deeper understanding of education in Anchorage and Alaska. I look forward to continuing the good work that we are doing to give our students here on the Kenai a world class education.”
Read Browder's contract here, and tune in for more at 5, 6 and 10, as well as KTVA.com.
Read Comeau's current contract here.