Paula Casperson is the new principal of Juneau-Douglas High School.
The Juneau School Board approved her hiring at its meeting Tuesday night.
Casperson is currently assistant principal, and was one of two finalists for the top job. A third candidate dropped out before the interview process.
According to a statement from the Juneau School District, Casperson has been assistant principal for the last nine years. She also worked as a high school social studies teacher for eight years in Alaska and California.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Education from Stanford University. She also completed an administrative program in Education Leadership at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
UAA awarded Casperson the 2012 William Demmert Leadership Award for significant contributions to the education of Alaska Native youth.
She replaces outgoing principal Ryan Alsup who has lined up another high school principal position in his home state of Colorado.
- The state has asked the new presidential administration for a waiver to pay more than 80 percent of reinsurance costs.
- The state’s only professional sports franchise, the Alaska Aces, will fold after this season. The decision was announced Thursday, Feb. 23.
- Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.
- Things are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post. Trooper Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel. The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.