Anchorage school superintendent resigns

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bob Christal, longtime superintendent of the Anchorage School District, resigned Wednesday in the wake of a public uproar over a special contract he negotiated with the school board.

The board last week voted 4-3 to approve a pact with Christal that made him an independent contractor.

As a private contractor, Christal was to be paid a flat fee of $160,000 annually for services through 2002.

As an employee, Christal had a salary and benefits worth $183,739 for the coming school year.

But as a contractor, he could collect also retirement benefits for his more than 30 years with the district, eight as superintendent. That could have boosted his annual income to about $240,000.

Christal submitted his resignation after the public outcry that followed approval of the arrangement. He wrote to the board that ''in order to give the Anchorage School District, the board and myself an opportunity to regain public trust and support, I request the school board to agree to mutually terminate and rescind the administrative services contract between the board and Robert Christal, LLC.''

The school board president, Peggy Robinson, called a special meeting of the board for Thursday afternoon to end the agreement with Christal, appoint an acting superintendent and outline the procedure for selecting a new administrator.

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