The Juneau School District’s recently announced the new principal for Juneau Community Charter School who is set to start in their position this summer. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

The Juneau School District’s recently announced the new principal for Juneau Community Charter School who is set to start in their position this summer. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Charter school has a new principal

There’s a new Weiss in town.

As the Juneau School District prepares to say goodbye to its Superintendent Bridget Weiss, it is also now preparing to welcome a new Weiss.

On Friday afternoon the district announced its selection of candidate Corey Weiss as the next Juneau Community Charter School principal — and despite the shared surname, the outgoing superintendent confirmed with the Empire that the pair have no relation.

In January the district announced that Gayle Brown, a current principal at the Lower Kuskokwim School District in Kasigluk, was selected for the position. However, according to Bridget Weiss, Brown later declined the offer and the position was reopened.

The incoming Weiss is no stranger to academic leadership or Alaska, according to the district, having earned a doctorate in education, transformative leadership from Concordia University and a master’s in education, educational leadership and history from West Texas A&M University. He also has a bachelor’s in photography from the New York Institute of Photography and a bachelor’s in arts, political science and history from Texas Tech University.

Weiss has spent more than a decade serving as school administration for the Walsh School District located in Walsh, Colorado, where he is currently superintendent. Before then, he held the same position for the Kashunamiut School District in the village of Chevak and was an administrator for the Copper River School District.

He also has experience in the role of principal, having filled that position for the Kotlik and Pilot Station Schools in the Lower Yukon School District, and at Canadian ISD in Texas, respectively. Weiss has a background in social studies, having worked as a teacher in that subject both at the secondary and college level.

Weiss is expected to start his position at the kindergarten through eighth grade charter school during the summer.

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651)-528-1807.

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