Interview with Jim Browder
Reporter – When it comes to looking for other jobs, do you feel like you have a commitment or responsibility to not look for other jobs?
Jim Browder – There would be those who say that I should’t. There would be those who say that I am just doing it to be closer to your family and they understand that. I have received a lot of support from those inside who are saying they understand. If this works out and you leave, we understand. It’s about my family right now opposed to anything else. The questions are fair and I hope that the citizens understand that I am not going anywhere yet.
Reporter – There is an eight-hour flight from Anchorage to Georgia and a two-hour flight from Des Moines. Can you talk about how much that makes a difference?
Jim Browder - It's a little more than eight hours. If you are talking about straight airtime it is eight. To get from here to anywhere on that side of the United States is going to take between 12 and 15 hours.
Reporter - Why would a two-hour flight make a difference? Just talk about that is significant in your family situation?
Jim Browder - I could go many more times a year as opposed to what I'm able to do from here.
KTVA – Did you apply for any other jobs besides Des Moines?
Jim Browder – No.
KTVA - When did you apply for that job?
Jim Browder – A couple weeks back.
KTVA- You are on a five to seven year contract. What do you have to say to your students or the people that elected you?
Jim Browder – I am on a three-year contract.
KTVA – But you planned to stay five to seven… that’s still cutting it pretty short.
Jim Browder – I would still like to stay five to seven if things work out that I can.
Reporter – Do you hope you get the Des Moines job?
Jim Browder – Look, I applied to the job because of the proximity to my child. Those things are never any guarantees. The board and I will continue to talk in the next week or so, and see how we move forward with this community. I'm sure that it's damaged some of my credibility with folks out there. I can tell you what, whatever happens, I’m always going to care about the kids and the families in this community.