Board chooses Miller for superintendent

After weeks of searching and several days of interviews, the Juneau School District Board of Education chose Mark Miller to lead the district as superintendent. Miller is currently assistant superintendent of human resources in the Hayward Unified School District in California.

Miller will begin his new position in July, according to a district release. The board made its decision in executive decision Monday night after a second round of public interviews Monday afternoon.

There were two other finalists for the position: Angela Lunda of Hoonah and Rick Williams of Richardson, Texas. All three went through a first round of public interviews Saturday and a meet and greet with the community Sunday.

“The school board was pleased with the high quality of all of the candidates and spent hours carefully considering interview responses and written comments submitted by the public,” the release stated.

However, the board decided upon Miller because it felt he “has the qualities necessary to continue the work on the district’s strategic plan and will be a good fit for our community.”

“Mark is a proven and effective leader from a large and diverse district who has demonstrated success in improving student achievement,” the board said in a joint statement. “He has a strong background in human resources, budgeting and instructional leadership.”

Miller is eager to begin work in the district, according to the release.

“I am honored, humbled and excited to take this position. I look forward to becoming an integral part of your vibrant and dynamic community,” he said in the release. “We will work together to ensure the students of Juneau get the world-class education they deserve.”


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