Tag Archives: Sitka School Board

School board forum brings out competing ideologies

School board candidates  (l to r) Ed Gray, Jennifer Robinson, Cass Pook, Eric Van Cise, Kat Richards. (KCAW photo/Rebecca Danon)Sitka’s municipal election is Tuesday, October 6, and for the first time in recent memory, the school board is the race to watch. The five candidates met in a 90-minute election forum on Raven Radio last Thursday night.

Cass Pook and the ‘courageous conversation’ about race

150922_CassPook_woolseyCass Pook says the task she set out for herself 13 years ago is far from over. Pook wants Sitka students -- especially Alaska Natives -- to feel more welcomed and prepared to learn than when she was a student.

Kat Richards: Advocating for children in Sitka’s schools

Kat Richards (l.) with her husband, Jeff "Ritchie" Richards.Working as a nurse, Kat Richards believes healthcare and education have something in common: advocacy. She’d like to ensure that local schools remain high quality.

Ed Gray: An education dissenter courts the alternative vote

150928_EdGray_woolseyThis commercial fisherman, tannery owner, and self-described “parent activist” believes that it’s time for a dissenting opinion on the Sitka School Board.

Candidate statement: Jennifer Robinson

150922_JenniferRobinson_woolsey-001Public education is under attack. The legislature continues to cut funding, while passing unfunded mandates, putting schools in a financially difficult position.

Candidate statement: Eric Van Cise

150924_EricVanCise_woolseySome priority focuses of mine are dealing with our students and our children who are struggling academically. We have children for whom it might be a single topic, or a subject -- or a multitude of things -- but school is not coming easy for them.

Van Cise focuses on the big picture in schools

150924_EricVanCise_woolseyEric Van Cise spent 16 years patching people up as a flight medic and EMS instructor at SEARHC. Now, he’d like to help Sitka’s schools emerge healthy from the funding and political struggles ahead.

Robinson: Conservative-but-upbeat after 3 years on school board

150922_JenniferRobinson_woolsey-001Jennifer Robinson is running for a second term on the Sitka School Board. The freelance graphic designer and mother of two considers herself a little wiser as she contemplates another three years on the board.

Jennifer McNichol appointed to Sitka School Board

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Sitka School Board has a new member. Jennifer McNichol was appointed last night (Monday 9-21-15) to serve a one-year term. McNichol is a doctor with two kids in the district.

Seven apply for school board vacancy

The Sitka School Board will have a full deck to draw from, when it selects a new member Monday night (9-21-15).