Tag Archives: Jennifer Robinson

Board looks to private sector to fund Community Schools

The Sitka School Board Wednesday night (4-22-15) approved a budget for next year with only 3 fewer teachers -- but left open the question of whether or not to keep the Community Schools program.

School Board postpones final budget vote after city protests

The April 15 meeting was billed as a "final" budget hearing, but the School Board postponed a final vote until after the legislature makes its decisions on education funding. From left: Sitka Schools Superintendent Mary Wegner, and School Board members Tom Conley, Jennifer Robinson, Lon Garrison, Tim Fulton, Kaya Duguay, and Cass Pook. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)The Sitka School Board’s decision to cut the Community Schools program drew a protest from the city last week (4-15-15). That disagreement led the board to postpone a final vote on the district budget.

On first reading: Board vote keeps pool, but drops 3 teachers

Former pool manager Jane Eidler looks out over the Blatchley Pool in 2013, the last time aquatics was on the district's chopping block (KCAW photo by Ed Ronco)A deeply-divided school board passed a preliminary budget for next year that keeps both the Blatchley swimming pool and the Community Schools program functioning.

Robinson: Merchants downtown prepare for Halloween

Jennifer Robinson shares information about upcoming events hosted by the Sitka Chamber of Commerce.

In run-up to Nov. 4 election, Chamber forum questions Samuelson, Kreiss-Tomkins

PHOTOHouse District candidates spoke at the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday (10-17-14). Incumbent Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and challenger Steven Samuelson fielded a mix of questions, some provided in advance by the Chamber and others sourced from the audience.

McConnell: Being proactive about affordability in Sitka

McConnell says Alaskans have grown accustomed to state funding -- "spoiled" -- over the last couple of decades, and hard decisions are in our future. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Mim McConnell served on the Sitka Assembly for three years before she ran for mayor the first time. Now, she’s hoping to serve a second term in the mayor’s seat. McConnell now says it’s about getting it right, and finishing what she started.

Is there more important funding than schools?

As board member Tonia Rioux looks on, Superintendent Steve Bradshaw told assembly members to "love every kid who walks down our streets." (Image courtesy KSCT-TVShould the state do more for schools when local governments -- like Sitka’s -- are not doing all they can? That was the question hanging over a joint work session between the Sitka School Board and Sitka Assembly Thursday night (4-10-14). The board presented a draft budget to the assembly with a modest increase in local support to schools -- less than $200,000 -- but also delivered a clear message that more was needed.

Drawing deep into reserves, school board narrows ’15 budget gap

The budget picture for the Sitka School District next year is starting to look a little less dire. What started out as a projected $1.5-million deficit just a few weeks ago, has been teased down to $44,000 -- but only by drawing on over half of the district’s savings account.