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Story Last modified at 12:23 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Comeau says she's calling it quits

The Associated Press



ANCHORAGE — One of Alaska's most prominent educators is retiring after nearly four decades of working with students in the state's largest city.

Anchorage School District Superintendent Carol Comeau says she is stepping down from the high-profile post she has held since 2000. Her last day will be June 30th of next year.

The 69-year-old Comeau made the announcement Tuesday in Anchorage. The announcement was attended by a crowd of media, district personnel and School Board members.

Board member Crystal Kennedy of Eagle River attended the press conference and said Comeau's length of service was a major asset to the district.

"Having her here as long as she was lent a lot of stability to the district and allowed us to make a lot of the improvements that we have," Kennedy said.

She has worked for the school district since 1974, serving in various capacities including aide, teacher, principal and central office administrator. She was president of the Anchorage teacher's union in 1984 and 1985.

Comeau said her biggest hope after she leaves is that Anchorage residents realize the importance of funding education at the local level as a way to spur growth, create jobs and create a better community as a whole.

"It's a lot better than investing in prisons," she said.

Comeau said a desire to spend more time with her family led her to step down a year before her current contract expires.

"At some point you just have to move on," she said.

Star reporter Matt Tunseth contributed to this story.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.