Education Dept. names commissioner applicants

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2003

ANCHORAGE - Three educators are being considered to be commissioner of the state Department of Education and Early Development.

The three are Betty Conklin, a principal from Indianapolis; H. Fred Pomeroy, a longtime New Mexico and Alaska school superintendent; and Roger Sampson, a longtime Alaska educator who served as superintendent of the Chugach School District.

The state Board of Education is authorized by statute to appoint a commissioner. Also by statute, the governor must approve the board's appointment. The commissioner does not need to be confirmed by the Legislature.

The state board will screen applications and select finalists during a teleconference Tuesday, then interview finalists May 9 in Juneau.

Conklin since 1990 has been principal of William A. Bell School in Indianapolis. Pomeroy was superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District from 1979-89. Sampson worked as superintendent of Chugach School District from 1994-2000.

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