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Activities at risk as Sitka’s school budget hits deficit ‘wall’?

Sitka High freshman David Wilcox blazes across the finish line Saturday morning (9-28-13). Faced with its largest projected budget deficit in recent memory, the Sitka School Board may consider dramatic cuts to sports and activities programs in 2016. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka School Board -- as usual -- is entering its annual budget cycle facing a significant deficit. But unlike past years, there’s no silver bullet from either the state or federal governments that’s likely to save the day.

Sitka’s 2014: Buckets o’ fun!

Sitka School Board members Jen Robinson, Tim Fulton, Lon Garrison, Cass Pook, Tonia Rioux, and superintendent Mary Wegner take a dunking for ALS. In turn, the board challenged the Kodiak school board, former Sitka superintendent Steve Bradshaw, and the Sitka Native Education Program. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)2014 in Sitka will be remembered for water: Water piling up behind a brand new dam, and water falling from the sky that brought down a mountain and made a major highway construction project nearly impassable. And if that wasn’t enough, there was something about ice buckets.

Sitka schools look to state to fund new standards

As it develops its list of legislative priorities, the Sitka School Board may back a plan to upgrade the Vilandre Field to equal Moller Park, in order to resolve a Title IX complaint. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka School Board will consider asking the state legislature for almost $2-million in the coming year, in order to help the district meet newly-adopted standards. The board convened in its first regular session of the new school year Monday night (8-25-14). Meeting state education standards is the first of several costly priorities in Sitka’s schools this year. Also a possibility: A $1.5-million upgrade of Vilandre Field.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wegner named to lead Sitka’s schools

WEGNER_interview2.jpgMary 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).

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.