Juneau School Board names No. 2

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Juneau School Board approved picking the principal of the alternative high school to be the School District's new number-two Tuesday.

Laury Scandling, who was an architect and an outspoken supporter of the "Next Generation Plan" - the district's plan to retool high school education that places greater emphasis on smaller learning environments - will replace outgoing Assistant Superintendent Charla Wright, who is retiring.

In a statement released by the School District, Scandling was quoted as saying, "It is an honor to be selected to serve my district as a leader. I have always been impressed with people who work in this district, and I deeply care about the success of every child."

District officials said Scandling's salary was yet to be negotiated. Wright's salary for fiscal year 2008 was $110, 446.

The district interviewed two other candidates, from outside of Juneau, for the job, Superintendent Peggy Cowan said.

Scandling, who also is the head of the district's home school program, has two master's degrees, including one in educational leadership from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Cowan said the district will now start looking for a new principal for Yaakoosgé Daakahídi, the alternative high school.

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