About Our District
10 months ago
Juneau, Alaska's capital is the third largest city in the state and one of the most beautiful state capitals in the nation. Juneau is located in the Panhandle of Southeast Alaska in the Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rainforest in North America. Only accessible by sea and air, Juneau is 900 air miles north of Seattle and 600 air miles southeast of Anchorage. The current population of Juneau is 32,660.
Meet the Superintendent
6 months ago
Welcome back for the 2016-17 school year!
I am honored and humbled to continue in my role as Superintendent of the Juneau School District. It is an immense responsibility to educate nearly 5,000 students so that they can not only survive but thrive in a world that demands information and innovation every second of every day. To do this effectively requires 4 “C’s” - consistency, community, cooperation and collaboration.
Consistency. Once again, I am happy to announce that all of our district leadership team is returning for the 2016-17 school year. This includes Ted VanBronkhorst, Director of Human Resources; Ted Wilson, Director of Teaching & Learning; Bridget Weiss, Director of Student Services; Kristin Bartlett, Chief of Staff; and, David Means, Director of Administrative Services. With so many changes at the state and federal level, it is very reassuring to have stability in our personnel. Please feel free to contact these talented leaders with questions about personnel, budget, curriculum, athletics, activities or special needs programs.
Community. The Juneau School District is one of the finest school districts in the state - if not the entire nation. We have committed partners, important instructional grants and unique programs that allow us to meet the needs of all students from pre-school through high school. Our schools offer educational opportunities that celebrate the cultural diversity, geographic location and the spirit of this special place we call home. We couldn’t do this without the wonderful people of our community and the hard work of our students and staff. This year the City and Borough of Juneau has funded the Juneau School District to the “Cap” and is also funding coaches and officials for activities as well as some school facility maintenance projects. Support like this is not common in other parts of Alaska! Thank you.
Cooperation. Cooperation can be defined as, “the process of working together to the same end.” Last year I said that the 2015-16 school year was shaping up to be one of the most challenging in the history of the State of Alaska. I was right. The 2016-17 year will be even more challenging as the state works toward a sustainable budget, and in the process asks individuals and local government to give more while getting by with less. Nevertheless, to paraphrase Ruha Benjamin, "Our role is to incubate a better world in the minds and hearts of our children.” Specifically, here in Juneau, our goal is to Increase student achievement in an environment that supports achievement, inclusion and citizenship for all.
Collaboration. Collaboration can be defined as: working with someone to produce or create something. The nearly 700 employees in the Juneau School District work with each other, parents and members of the community to create excellent schools. All of us know that parents/caregivers have entrusted their children to our care and expect us to give them our best everyday.
This year we will face challenges, overcome obstacles, celebrate successes and learn from failures. Through it all we will stick together to incubate a better world in the minds and hearts of our children.
School Board Selects Dr. Mark Miller to lead the Juneau School District
Dr. Miller is eager to start his work in Juneau saying, "I am honored, humbled and excited to take this position. I look forward to becoming an integral part of your vibrant and dynamic community. We will work together to ensure the students of Juneau get the world class education they deserve."
Starting out his career as a Chemistry and Physics teacher, Dr. Miller has broad experience in education. His administrative experience includes serving as an assistant superintendent in Hayward, director of human resources in both Santa Clara County and West Contra Costa Unified School District, principal at Emery Secondary School and Tracy High School, high school assistant principal and a university adjunct professor.
Dr. Miller holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and a Masters of Education, Specialization in Education Administration, from the University of LaVerne. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Psychology Minor, from the University of California Davis.