There are three finalists up for the position of Kodiak Island Borough School District Superintendent, and one is a Kodiak local. Another hails from the nation’s farthest north school district and the third is from Texas.
Kodiak Island Borough Assemblyman Larry LeDoux is looking to get back into education, an area in which he has an extensive background. He’s been a teacher, a principal at both the Kodiak High School and North Star Elementary, and served as school district superintendent. In 2008, he left that position to become the state’s Education Commissioner in the cabinet of then-Governor Sarah Palin.
Former governor Sean Parnell replaced LeDoux two years later, and he’s since played an active role in the Kodiak community. He’s currently serving on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, where he’s spoken fondly about his former experiences in the realm of education.
The two other candidates are Assistant Superintendent Cyndy Mika from Little Elm, Texas, and Superintendent Glen Szymoniak from Utgiagvik, formerly known as Barrow.
Mika has been working in administration for the past 10 years and is a former high school and middle school teacher. Szymoniak is the current North Slope Borough School District Superintendent. He’s also served as a superintendent in Idaho and was an administrator and teacher in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for roughly 20 years.
The Board of Education will conduct interviews will all three finalists between March 6 and 7. KMXT will have more on each individual before that date.