KENAI (AP) -- The assistant superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has been appointed deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
Ed McLain, a 20-year veteran of education issues in Alaska, will take the job July 1.
McLain, 50, has served for four years as the head of instruction on the Kenai Peninsula.
Over the past year, McLain has been spending a lot of time in Juneau, serving on statewide committees and acting as a liaison with the Legislature. His appointment to the commissioner's post is probably due to his familiarity with the current issues facing Alaska's schools, he told the Peninsula Clarion.
''I have been working on a number of initiatives with the state department. I will now have a chance to work on state issues.''
McLain replaces Bruce Johnson, who is taking a position with the Association of Alaska School Boards. Johnson will direct a school improvement service called Quality Schools/Quality Students.
McLain came to Alaska in 1980, first serving as principal-teacher for the Dot Lake School. He later worked as a principal or administrator in Juneau, Wrangell, the Lower Yukon and the Chatham district in Southeast Alaska.
McLain received a doctorate in education last year from the University of Wyoming
As deputy commissioner, McLain will make $89,000 a year.
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