Tag Archives: Lon Garrison

School Board approves new K-8 math programs

The change was prompted by Alaska’s switch to new Common Core standards, which call for introducing concepts anywhere from one to two years ahead of when they are taught now. more

Bradshaw to wrap up career in Montana

Sitka school superintendent Steve Bradshaw. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

The Sitka School Board bid fond farewells to 24 three staff members Monday night (5-5-14) — including superintendent Steve Bradshaw, who has landed a new job in Montana. The board met for its final regular meeting during the school year. A reception for retirees was held just prior to the meeting.
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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-TV

Should 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. more

Teachers, technology in spotlight as board closes $1.5-million budget gap

The Sitka School district appears headed for some budget cuts next year. This was the message Monday night (2-24-14) at a public hearing held at Pacific High School. The board has offered no specific cuts, yet. The hearing was one of several planned to help them take the public’s temperature on district programs in the arts and technology. more

Trend, or trendy? Examining technology’s role in education

The Sitka School District envisions tablets for students in the elementary grades, and laptops for older students. (Flickr photo/Devon Christopher Adams}

The Sitka School Board remains committed to putting a mobile computing device in the hands of every student in the near future. The board held a presentation on the Alaska 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative Tuesday night (2-18-14). The presentation evolved into a free-wheeling discussion of the role of technology in all our lives, and whether it contributes to real learning, or creates shortcuts that may ultimately weaken education. more

Wegner named to lead Sitka’s schools

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Mary Wegner will be the next superintendent of Sitka Schools. Wegner has been the assistant superintendent in Sitka since 2010. The Sitka School Board named Wegner to the post after a two-and-a-half hour closed-door meeting Thursday afternoon (2-13-14). more

Superintendent search down to two candidates

The number of finalists for superintendent of the Sitka School District has been cut from three to two. Eddie Campbell and Mary Wegner will be interviewed by the school board and district staff in Sitka next week. A third candidate, Joseph Krause, is no longer in the running. more

School board urges state to extend investment in local foods

Alaska First Lady Sandy Parnell chats over lunch at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School in Sitka on Wednesday. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)

In other business Tuesday night (2-4-14), the Sitka School Board put its weight behind an effort to increase funding for locally-sourced food in schools across the state. In a resolution to the legislature, the board cited the success of Sitka’s Fish to Schools program as justification for extending a similar statewide program beyond one year. Nutritional Alaska Food for Schools was introduced by Anchorage Republican Bill Stoltze in 2012, and piloted last year. more

Search for Sitka superintendent narrowed to three

The Sitka School Board has narrowed its search for a new superintendent down to three. The finalists are: Eddie Campbell, who currently works as a superintendent in Parsons, West Virginia; Joseph Krause, currently a teacher in Larson Bay in the Kodiak School District; and Mary Wegner, the current assistant superintendent of the Sitka School District. more

Candidates tackle legislature, standards in school board forum

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Sitka voters next Tuesday will choose between two candidates for one seat on the Sitka school board. Lon Garrison is a six-year veteran of the board, the current president, and the group’s lead legislative strategist. Challenger Stephen Courtright is in his ninth year as a professional educator, and has developed strong views around the interaction of policy and the classroom. The pair answered questions from the public in a live candidate forum Wednesday evening (9-25-13). more