Where from: ASD assistant superintendent
Notable events: Progress on graduation rates, dropouts; gets along with Board, community.
Why exited: Retiring in June 2012
Where from: ASD deputy superintendent
Notable events: Mostly stable, calm tenure after two controversial superintendents. Three-day teachers strike, fall 1994. Upset community over his pay demands, 2000.
Why exited: Demanded huge raise, or to become an independent contractor managing the district, able to collect retirement pay plus contract money.
Board agreed to $160,000 independent contract but community controversy continued and Christal resigned.
Thomas C. O’Rourke
Dates: Nov. 1990-1992
Where from: North Syracuse Central School District, N.Y.
Notable events: Board bought out last 20 months of his contract for $284,000.
Why exited: Clashed with board members, though had followers on Assembly and elsewhere in community. Board president and vice president alleged O’Rourke improperly used public funds; audit showed only minor discrepancies.
Dates: June-November 1990 (acting)
Where from: ASD administrator
Notable events: Filled in
Why exited: Board chose O’Rourke over him
William D. Coats
Where from: education consulting business, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; former superintendent of Grosse Pointe Farms, Kalamazoo.
Notable events: New programs; budget shortfalls; police occupy ASD HQ during high school teacher-student sex scandal
Why exited: Took job in Fort Wayne, Ind.
— Rosemary Shinohara,
Anchorage Daily News