Retiring superintendent cherished by many who worked with her

After twenty three years working for the Petersburg School District, Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter will retire on June 30.

In early 2001, Kludt-Painter's dad told her there was a job opening for a principal in Petersburg, Alaska, and said he thought she'd like Petersburg, a town about the same size as her hometown of Orofino in rural northern Idaho. She jumped at the opportunity.

Barb Marifern, who was on the hiring committee, said that after a series of phone interviews with each applicant, the committee invited three finalists to come to Petersburg for in-person interviews with administ...


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