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Bristol Bay Borough School District chooses Oregon principal as its next superintendent

Courtesy of Bill Hill
James Smith will be the next superintendent of the Bristol Bay Borough School District.

The Bristol Bay Borough School District selected Oregon principal James Smith as its next superintendent last month. The school board unanimously voted to appoint Smith, who was among four finalists that visited the community in mid-February to participate in interviews and public forums.

“It was apparent to me the moment I walked into the school, this place had a special feeling," Smith said in a district news release. "That was only confirmed over the next 24 hours as I had the genuine opportunity to meet so many people that care so much for their school system. I can't wait to come back.”

Longtime superintendent Bill Hill will leave the school at the end of the year, and the district partnered with the Association of Alaska School Boards to search for his replacement.

Smith previously served as principal and superintendent at the Fossil School District in Oregon before he retired in the spring of 2022. The Fossil school brought him back last fall to work as the elementary principal and on special projects.

Smith will start as the Bristol Bay Borough’s superintendent on July 1.

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Izzy Ross is the news director at KDLG, the NPR member station in Dillingham. She reports, edits, and hosts stories from around the Bristol Bay region, and collaborates with other radio stations across the state.