District chooses 3 finalists for superintendent

Local administrator Scandling among field for top schools job

Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009

The Juneau School Board announced Thursday its list of three finalists to be the school district's next superintendent.

The finalists are:

• Beverly Hammond, former superintendent of Wild Rose School Division #66 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. She was superintendent there in 2008 and deputy superintendent from 2003 to 2007. Hammond has been an instruction and programming coordinator for the Foundations for the Future Charter Academy in Calgary, Alberta, and a secondary vice-principal in Hope, British Columbia.

Hammond earned her master's in educational leadership and administration from the University of Alaska Southeast in 2002, and her bachelor's in secondary science from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1990.

• Laury Scandling, Juneau's assistant superintendent since 2008. Scandling was the principal of Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative School from 2004 to 2008, and from 1995 to 2004 at Juneau-Douglas High School in various capacities, including as assistant principal and as a teacher in the Choice Alternative Program.

Scandling earned her educational leadership certificate in 2004 and her master level teaching certificate in secondary education in 1992 from the University of Alaska Southeast. She earned a master's in American history from Stanford University in 1984.

• Art Stellar, superintendent in Taunton, Mass., since 2005. Stellar was a superintendent in Kingston, N.Y., from 1996 to 2001, Marietta, Ga., from 1992 to 1993, Oklahoma City, Okla., from 1985 to 1992, and Princeton, W.Va., from 1983 to 1985. He was a deputy superintendent in Boston, Mass., from 1993 to 1996, and in Shaker Heights, Ohio, from 1980 to 1983.

Stellar has a doctorate in educational administration, a master's in elementary school administration and a bachelor's in elementary education, all from the Ohio University earned in 1973, 1970 and 1969, respectively.

The School Board chose the finalists in closed meetings Saturday and again on Wednesday from a pool of eight applicants, the result of a national search conducted by the Association of Alaska School Boards. The application period ended last week.

The superintendent is responsible for overseeing a school system with about 700 employees and 5,000 students. The advertised salary range was $125,000 to $135,000. Current Superintendent Peggy Cowan earns a salary of $132,500. She announced in January she would leave the post when her contract expires June 30 to pursue roles with more emphasis on instruction.

According to the district's press release Thursday, the finalists will be in Juneau from April 26 to 29 for public interviews with the School Board, community tours, school visits and several meet-and-greet forums. Attendees may provide the School Board with written feedback on the candidates.

The Board intends to announce their choice following final interviews and deliberations April 29.

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