Comeau named state Superintendent of the Year

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Association of School Administrators has named Anchorage Schools Superintendent Carol Comeau Alaska's Superintendent of the Year.

Comeau became Anchorage's superintendent in 2000 and previously worked as an aide, teacher, principal and administrator. She started working in the district in 1974.

The award selection committee included parents, union officials, school board members and business people, who praised Comeau for her statewide advocacy for education funding. They also applauded Comeau for being forthright.

''If you can't honor what somebody's requesting, at least if you tell them straight, they appreciate that rather than getting one set of information from you and finding out something else,'' Comeau told the Anchorage Daily News on Monday. ''I just don't know how to deal with people other than being direct and honest.''

Comeau is now nominated for National Superintendent of the Year. That award will be decided in February at the American Association of School Administrators' annual meeting.

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