Dillingham City School District working to fill positions ahead of school opening

Aug 8, 2017

One special education position is all that remains to be filled this year for the Dillingham City School District.

Glen Szymoniak met with parents and community members Monday night at the Dillingham City School District office.
Credit Avery Lill/ KDLG

With the start of the school year approaching, the Dillingham City School District is making progress filling its open positions. The district hosted a meet-and-greet with the new interim superintendent Monday night. Parents and community members turned out to introduce themselves and talk with Glen Szymoniak, who moved to Dillingham last month. Previously he was superintendent at the North Slope Borough School District for two years.

When Szymoniak arrived, there were two teaching positions left to fill, a special education position and a music instructor position. Brandon Smith is the recently hired music teacher from Arkansas. This will be his first teaching position. Szymoniak is optimistic that they have found a good candidate for the special education position.

The school district decided at the end of last year not to fill the position of the art teacher who resigned. They are continuing to pursue an alternative art program.

“The school district decided to go a little bit different direction and, instead of having a full year person in the position, to bring in local artists at specific times during the year to do special programs,” Szymoniak says.

These special programs will likely entail intensive, multi-day projects instead of a daily art class.

Also on administration’s radar is construction of the handicap-accessible walkway at the elementary school. It is scheduled to be completed ahead of August 30, the first day of school.

Contact the author at avery@kdlg.org or 907-842-5281.