Kodiak’s McDonald Among Administrators Considered for Top Education Spot

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Alaska interim education commissioner Susan McCauley is one of four finalists for the commissioner position, as is the superintendent of Kodiak Schools, Stewart McDonald.

In a press release Wednesday, the State Board of Education named McCauley along with three other superintendents from around the state as candidates for the state’s top education post. In addition to McDonald, they are Michael Johnson, and Robert Boyle

Johnson is superintendent of the Copper River Schools, a small district of just over 400 students and Boyle is superintendent of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District with, like Kodiak, more than 2,000 students.

In addition to serving as interim commissioner, McCauley has led the Department’s teaching and learning support division.

The job came open in February when former Commissioner Mike Hanley was asked to step down.

The State Board plans interview the finalists on June 15 (ahead of the board’s regular meeting on June 16-17). The board’s appointment is then subject to approval by Governor Bill Walker.

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