Meet the Superintendent

  • Jim Nygaard - Superintendent of Valdez City Schools Jim Nygaard brings just under forty years of experience as an educator, principal, and superintendent to Valdez City Schools. He has worked throughout Alaska for the past fifteen years and while serving in Cordova was honored with the Alaska Superintendent of the Year Award in 2012. He holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and brings enthusiasm and balance to all aspects of the office of superintendent.


A Message from Mr. Nygaard



    Greetings Valdez Stakeholders,


    As our high school seniors begin to count their final days before all comes to a close, I too need to count the days before school wraps up.  Before we get too far ahead, I need to acknowledge all parties for the success of this past school year.  None of these achievements could have been realized without your support. Thank you!


    As we prepare for tomorrow’s funding challenges, please note that the ongoing budget conversations do not include reducing any services to any students.  Valdez City Schools will continue to be a leader in the state regarding the performance of our students and our professional staff.  As we move forward, do look for continued efficiencies in staffing, travel, and professional development (to list only a few) to make our budget ends meet.


    This summer will again see considerable work at our elementary and high school facilities, which promises to keep us all busy.  Continued pool work, a new high school gym floor, continued ADA improvements, and fuel tank replacement is on the list, along with our regularly scheduled maintenance and cleaning. For specific questions regarding access to our facilities during the summer months, please feel free to contact the District Office at any time.


    As the ‘16-17 school year comes to an end, we also ready ourselves to say goodbye to Mr. Pete Toye and Mr. Lea Cockerham.  Both men complimented the needs of the classroom environment, as well as extra-curricular needs, for each of their years in Valdez and will be very much missed.  Please assist me in wishing them the best as they move toward their next phases of life.


    Challenging weather, norovirus issues, a new student testing tool and protocol, and funding challenges will soon be a distant thought as we move into the summer months.  Please keep in mind that my door is always open to stakeholders as we move forward. Collectively we can successfully address challenges as they arise.  Our District website is kept current throughout the summer and will serve as a source of additional information.


    Best wishes for the remaining months of the ’16-17 school year.   




    Jim Nygaard

    Superintendent of Schools