Florida Educator Named Next Anchorage Schools Superintendent

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

He lives on the other corner of the continent. He has a bit of a "Google problem." But the Anchorage School Board says a former Florida superintendent looking to make Alaska his last stop in a long career is the best pick to serve as CEO of the city's schools.

Board president Gretchen Guess announced Jim Browder as the new district superintendent Tuesday, praising the 64-year-old's record of boosting test scores, weathering spending cuts and steering a school system 50 percent larger than Anchorage.

"He brings an energy and experience to the district that we know will lead to great things," Guess told reporters and school district employees.

Browder, from Fort Myers, replaces longtime Anchorage schools chief Carol Comeau. He'll start full time in April, immediately working to meet staff, students and parents in what Guess called a three-month "listening tour."

Comeau will remain in charge until her June 30 retirement, Guess said.

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