October 30, 2015
The Anchorage School Board is beginning its search for a new superintendent who will lead the district upon completion of Superintendent Ed Graff’s contract.
“Superintendent Graff stepped in to serve the district at a time of immediate need following the unplanned resignation of the prior superintendent. He has undertaken that commitment with unwavering ethics, honesty and dedication. His leadership and commitment to this community and its students are exceptional,” said Board President Kameron Perez-Verdia. “The board’s decision to begin a new superintendent search did not come easily.”
Superintendent Graff’s three-year contract will end on March 18, 2016, however both parties have agreed to extend his term as superintendent through June 30, 2016. This extension will allow for a longer period to conduct a superintendent’s search and provide an opportunity for transition.
“We will look for our next leader to further advance the work accomplished by Superintendent Graff in making substantial progress toward meeting our Destination 2020 goals,” said Perez-Verdia. “The board is focused on securing a leader who will continue progress toward these very high goals, while working at a district and state level to address and improve the fiscal challenges with which the district is faced.”
Upon completion of his extended contract, Superintendent Graff will continue his employment within the district.
“I plan to continue serving the district that I love, although in a different capacity,” said Superintendent Graff. “It has been a privilege to support the board, our dedicated staff, the community and - most importantly - our students. I’m grateful for their commitment to the success of our district. I take great pride in the achievements we have accomplished and I appreciate the tremendous opportunity to serve as superintendent of this outstanding district.”