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Leadership Shake-Up at Bering Strait School District Puts Superintendent on Administrative Leave

Photo: Jenn Ruckel, KNOM.

There’s been a shake-up in leadership at the Bering Strait School District. The BSSD Board of Education has placed superintendent Brett Agenbroad on administrative leave, and appointed Bobby Bolen as acting superintendent until a permanent hire is made.

The decision was announced during last week’s board meeting in Anchorage. Agenbroad has been with the district for about a year and a half, and will be on leave until his contract ends next June 2015. BSSD employees were notified earlier this week. Board members did not provide comment on why this decision was made.

Acting superintendent Bobby Bolen has been with the Bering Strait district for about 10 years. He has worked in the district office, in Savoonga as assistant principal, and most recently as principal in St. Michael. Board chair Aurora Johnson says he was selected for the interim position because of experience with and knowledge of the district.

Craig Sherwood, who was the assistant principal in Stebbins, will take over Bolen’s post as interim principal in St. Michael. Both Bolen and Johnson say their priority is making sure students aren’t adversely affected by the changes in leadership. The search for a permanent superintendent will begin in January.

Board chair Johnson also affirmed that a few new members were elected to the board in the recent election. Moving forward, she says the board shares Bolen’s goal of adjusting BSSD’s curriculum to match rising state standards.


  1. Daniel Harrelson on November 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Great to see Aurora Johnson stepping up in a leadership roll..good choice BSSD Board.

  2. Stewart Raymond Tocktoo Sr. on November 16, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Didn’t see that coming, sure would love to know, asap, why he was put on leave.

  3. Dan Naron on November 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

    To quote people in his last school district Sierra Vista
    Realist on Wed, 04/03/2013 – 7:51am
    Title: Do we have to wait until June
    Do we have to wait until June 30th for him to leave? I can come help him pack if he needs help. Let’s go over his accomplishments: A closed middle
    school, three H.S. principals who left office, reduced students at every
    school in the district to newly formed charter schools, two failed overrides
    and the lowest morale of any organization in the county. He saw the writing on the wall when his votes in the school board went from 5-0 “he is a god”
    to 3-2 “what the heck is he thinking?”

    In out district, we lost nine great people from the district office last May that had over 100 years of BSSD experience. Morale has never been lower than under this guy.

    I am thrilled to see the district move in this direction

  4. dick brudevold on November 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Hi greg. We have not talked for some time
    How are you doing with your Health
    What’s up with bssd…big shake
    Up. Your kids are sure active. Hope all are ok. Hi to Kim

  5. Barbara Ann Stilchen on December 9, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I left Sierra Vista Public Schools in 2009 because of him. (Agenbroad). It has been worth eating ketchup sandwiches just to be away from his reach! We are still trying to clean up his mess! God complex does not even begin to explain this man. His wife was always around. He fired his executive secretary because of his wife’s jealousy . He ruined lives, he ruined our school district! Good riddance.