Gretchen Guess to resign from school board


February 12, 2013


Contact: Jeannie Mackie

President, Anchorage School Board

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 2



Gretchen Guess to resign from school board

Longtime public servant leaving state for professional opportunity


Anchorage School Board member Gretchen Guess announced today her resignation from the Anchorage School Board, effective March 1. The former board president and state legislator, who is director of business development for Providence Health & Services Alaska, will become the ambulatory care service line director at St. Vincent’s HealthCare in Jacksonville, Fla.


The board will appoint a replacement by April 1.


"As a lifelong Alaskan, I have truly enjoyed the last two years serving Anchorage on the school board and my previous six years representing northeast Anchorage in the legislature," said Guess. "I leave feeling confident in the board, the superintendent and the district as they focus on classroom instruction and moving forward with the strategic plan."


"Gretchen’s contribution during her service on the board has been immeasurable," said Jeannie Mackie, school board president. "Among many other accomplishments, she has led the development of a strategic plan to move the district forward; the crafting of a long-range financial plan that provides a clear picture of our financial situation; and the design of a more transparent budget approach. We will miss her as a leader and colleague."


Because Guess is not up for re-election until next spring, Mackie laid out a timeline for appointing a replacement by April 1 in accordance with district policies and state and municipal law.


  • March 5-19: Advertise vacancy and accept applications.
  • March 19: Application deadline.
  • March 20: Announcement of applicants.
  • March 30: Special board meeting to fill vacancy.
  • April 1: Appointee sworn-in at regular board meeting.



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