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Anchorage School Board extends superintendent’s contract to 2022

  • Author: Tegan Hanlon
  • Updated: September 4, 2019
  • Published September 4, 2019

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.

Dr. Deena Bishop, superintendent of the Anchorage School District, photographed at the ASD education center Friday, June 23, 2017. (Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News)

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.