Beth Lougee’s resignation follows a rocky tenure, where Alaska Native tribal leaders said they’d lost confidence in her leadership.
The head of Ketchikan’s school district turned in her resignation Friday afternoon. Tribal leaders have been calling for the district to replace her.
The school district’s chief administrator faces accusations of racism from Ketchikan’s tribal leaders and some parents.
She had recently returned to work from bereavement leave after losing her husband to complications from COVID-19 last month.
Board President Kim Hodne said that he hoped the move was the start of a lasting tradition. The vote was unanimous.