A new Chief Operations Officer for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District says efficient use of tax dollars is a priority. As KUAC’s Robyne reports, Andy DeGraw says taking the job is a homecoming … he grew up and attended schools in Fairbanks.

With a prior career in personal finance, Andy DeGraw switched to school finance about 10 years ago. He has spent the last eight years as a school district business manager in Wyoming.

But he grew up in Fairbanks, attending Joy, Barnette, Tanana Middle and Lathrop High Schools.

Alaska student test scores were released by the state show the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s students have higher scores than the state average. The Performance Evaluation for Alaska Schools, or PEAKS tests were taken by third through ninth graders last spring. As KUAC’s Robyne reports, the scores showed less than half of the student score as “proficient” in English and Math.