Anchorage School Board extends superintendent’s contract to 2022

The Anchorage School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to extend Superintendent Deena Bishop’s contract by one year, securing her as the leader of the state’s largest school district until at least July 1, 2022.

Anchorage School District, Asd, Deena Bishop, Deena Paramo, Superintendent

Bishop has a positive attitude, is focused on students and is realistic about the district’s progress toward its goals, said School Board President Starr Marsett at the evening board meeting. Marsett also lauded Bishop for her handling of last year’s Nov. 30 earthquake.

Bishop started as Anchorage School District superintendent in July 2016, taking over from Ed Graff. She previously worked as superintendent of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District.

Anchorage School Board policy limits the superintendent’s contract term to three years. Bishop’s salary this year is $235,000 plus benefits. That salary will be reviewed once per year, her contract says.

Tegan Hanlon

Tegan Hanlon was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News between 2013 and 2019. She now reports for Alaska Public Media.