Principal candidate Monte Thacker to visit Dillingham

Apr 26, 2016

There’s one candidate for the Dillingham Middle/High School principal job, and he’s coming to meet with the community this weekend.

Credit Anchorage School District

Superintendent Danny Frazier says Monte Thacker has been a principal for 8 years, mostly in Texas, and an assistant principal before that.

Thacker is coming from a year as principal at P.A.I.D.E.I.A. cooperative school, a Anchorage K-12 school that combines aspects of a small charter school and homeschool program.

According to a 2014 interview with a Texas newspaper, Thacker said living in Alaska had been a “lifelong goal” since he left the Marine Corps.

Frazier says the reception Sunday will be an informal chance for people to get to know Thacker.

"We’re gonna have some finger foods, they’ll be able to talk with him, meet him, things like that," says Frazier. "We don’t have anything formal scheduled. The board is going to meet with him just before the reception and get their impressions, and then we’re going to move forward from there." 

Frazier says Thacker is the only candidate being seriously considered; the hiring committee had interviewed one other candidate, but that person has already taken a job elsewhere.

Dillingham’s outgoing principal, Bill Schwan, is taking the principal job at Wrangell Public Schools.

The reception will be this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the school district office.