Tag Archives: Sitka School Board

Sitka School District lays out potential cuts

Superintendent Mary Wegner (far right) lays out proposals for cutting the Sitka School District budget. The district faces a shorfall of up to $2.7-million. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW) The Sitka School District is facing a shortfall of up to $2.7-million for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Mary Wegner laid out a range of options, from ending the community schools program to laying off as many as nine teachers.

Squeezed by deficit, Sitka school board considers staff cuts

In 2014 Blatchley Middle School won a 4-star ranking under the Alaska School Performance Index -- an assessment method which has since been replaced. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Staff cuts next year may be a foregone conclusion, as the Sitka School Board wrestles with an uncertain financial future. But board president Lon Garrison says, "We are not going to slash and burn."

Sitka board urges state to maintain Mt. Edgecumbe HS funding

The Mt. Edgecumbe class of 2012. (Photo Chris Todd/KCAW)The Sitka School District has gone on record in support of continued funding for Mt. Edgecumbe High School, but has no interest in taking the institution off of the state’s hands.

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 student council seeks social violence, tolerance programs

Sitka High student government meets with the school board. In addition to DV and tolerance programs, the council discussed energy efficiency in school buildings, and the high cost of activities. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka High’s student body is hoping to create a better environment in the school, and they’ve taken their plans to the school board, with a pair of proposals that would confront sexual violence and discrimination head-on.

School safety moves beyond the lockdown

A memorial to the victims of the 2006 shooting at Dawson College, Montreal. One person was killed and 18 wounded in Canada's third school shooting. (Flickr photo/Doug)Researchers are developing new strategies to counter shootings at schools and other public places, and they’re not what you might expect. The Sitka School Board at it’s regular meeting this week (1-6-15) heard a presentation on the ALICE program, which represents a radical departure for personal safety in life-threatening situations.

Obama highlights Sitka Schools on technology

President Obama addresses educators at the ConnectED conference in Washington, DC.The Sitka School District got a major shout-out from President Barack Obama on Wednesday. Sitka Schools Superintendent Mary Wegner was in Washington D.C. for a White House summit on technology and education.

Tues, Oct. 7: Election Day!

Sitkans vote in the August 19, 2014 Primary Election (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka voters are choosing a mayor, two assembly members and two school board members. Not sure who you're voting for? We've gathered links to all of our coverage, including full candidate profiles, candidate statements, and audio from our three live, on-air forums.

Conley’s return to school board: ‘I want to be a part of it’

140911_TomConley_woolsey“I’m back.” That’s how NBA legend Michael Jordan announced his return to basketball. A Sitka School Board candidate will take a page from that same book on election day (10-7-14) when voters see the name Tom Conley on the municipal ballot. Despite challenging health circumstances, the 13-year school board veteran is making a comeback to fill one of two open seats.

Election forum: School board candidates tackle standards, numbers

140930_Fulton_Conley_kwongSitka School Board candidates Tim Fulton and Tom Conley took listener questions for 90-minutes Tuesday evening (9-30-14). With only two veteran candidates running for two open seats, the discussion focused more on the immediate issues facing the district rather than policy differences.