Atwater Meet & Greet

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by Natalie Travis

(Anchorage, AK)  Anchorage School District Superintendent candidate Steve Atwater met the public and the community turned out with lots of questions ready to go.

Atwater is the current Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent in Soldotna, and has been an Alaskan since 1981, with more than 20 years of education in the state.

When asked why he decided to make the move to the big city, he said he feels like he has a professional obligation to do so and thinks he is a good fit for the job.

Atwater also says there is no other place he would rather move to in Alaska then Anchorage.

When it comes to what Atwater feels the district needs, his application quotes him as saying ASD needs a systemic change in the area of instruction.

He says from what he knows, the district has been slow to embrace an instructional model, and that there is an oversight to ensure a quality system that will meet the learning needs of advanced students, English Language Learners or native students transitioning to ASD from rural Alaska.

School officials say a decision on who will be the next superintendent could be as soon as the end of January or beginning of February.

No announcement will be made until a contract in negotiated and signed.

 Atwater says the first thing he plans to do if he is hired is get the lay of the land and figure out what Anchorage is about.

He says this is so he can make informed decisions.