ASD Applicant Search: Jim Browder speaks Out

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by Natalie Travis

(Anchorage, AK) Superintendent applicant Jim Browder speaks out about some upset at his old job.

The former Superintendent at Fort Meyers Florida says--there were some faculty members not happy with his hire and pay range at Edison Community College.

Browder says--they didn't like the fact he didn't have to go through a selection process and did not like his lack of post-secondary experience.

Browder says-he chose to leave the position after about 6 months, because he felt uncomfortable.

Anchorage School District’s, School Board President Gretchen Guess, claims she forgot to mention the situation at last weeks superintendent applicant conference.

Guess says--Browder has been open since the beginning of the superintendent search process.

Browder says--he hopes to be judged on experience not hearsay.

"I would certainly hope that you and everybody else as you look at what I've done, you judge me as a K-12 person for 36 years, as opposed to a 5 and a half 6 month stint at a state college where it really didn't work out and I didn't fit in," Browder said.

Browder is set to visit Alaska in January.

The other applicant ASD is looking at is Steve Atwater, the current Superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District in Soldotna.

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