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Board chooses Miller for superintendent

Posted: June 10, 2014 - 12:06am

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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Bill Burk
Bill Burk 06/10/14 - 04:43 pm
School Board decision

Again the JSD has shown a lack of good judgement. If they had looked back through the past years, they would have seen that MOST of the admin. chosen from outside Alaska have NOT stayed. It is sad that the board continues to make poor decisions!

Bill Burk
Bill Burk 06/10/14 - 04:44 pm
JSD Decision

Angie Lunda would have bee the perfect choice!

Karl Ashenbrenner
Karl Ashenbrenner 06/11/14 - 08:02 am
I wonder how

long Miller worked for the Hayward Calif school district? That fact might better show us if he will be one of those "fly by night" superintendents and leave after a short time or if he has a tendency to stay put for a while.

Stephanie Allison
Stephanie Allison 06/11/14 - 10:13 am
How Long?

Glen Gelbrich has been superintendent for 5 years. Peggy Cowan was superintendent for at least 7 years (this isn't a complete number, just to my knowledge). Angela Lunda was the Hoonah superintendent for 3 years.

How long does a Superintendent have to stay in order to be considered "long-term"?

I'm just curious what people think about this. While it used to be that someone got a job, worked thirty years and then retired, I don't see that happening much anymore, especially in individuals younger than 40.

Bill Burk
Bill Burk 06/11/14 - 12:30 pm

Peggy is and was an Alaskan. The person before her was an Alaskan, and he stay for almost 8 years. In order to be an effective superintendent a person needs to know about the community, and the state. Mr Miller does NOT have these qualifications! Gelbrich did even move to Juneau. He continued to live in the lower 48. To me it was obvious that he didn't even want to stay in Juneau

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