Tag Archives: Sitka School Board

Assembly receptive to Sitka school budget plan

160407_SchoolBoard_Assembly_woolseyThe Sitka School Board and the assembly are not far apart on how much support the city will provide the district next year. But what if some of the school district’s worst budget fears come to pass?

Parents advocate for after-school Ventures program

In addition to running before-and-after school programs, Ventures also provides summer activities. Over the past 10 years, the district's operating budget has subsidized Ventures at just over $15,000.Sitka families spoke out against closing Ventures, at the regular meeting of the school board this week (Tue 4-5-16). And an elementary school Science teacher is headed to Washington DC on a year-long fellowship.

Sitka teachers agree to no pay raise next year

Sitka_School_District_logoThe Sitka School Board and district teachers have signed off on a new three-year contract. For the first year of the deal, at least, teachers agreed to take no pay raise.

Sitkans rally to keep Performing Arts Center open

Among those testifying was middle school band teacher Mike Kernin. "Do you want to go back to 3-hour concerts in the gym? You won't be able to walk!" (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)About one-hundred residents and students attended the first public budget hearing by the Sitka School Board Wednesday night (3-23-16). 99 of them favored keeping the Performing Arts Center open.

Insurance break eases school district budget battle

The budget picture just got a little brighter for Sitka’s schools next year. An unexpected break on insurance premiums has shaved the deficit by nearly $600,000. But that doesn't mean the fight is over for schools.

ANB/ANS urge Sitka schools to fight racism through education

The Sitka School Board at ANB Founders Hall Monday night (3-14-16). ANB/ANS members asked for more frequent reports from the Sitka Native Education Program (SNEP), and suggested that the school board consider holding a second meeting each year in the Native community. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Alaska Native knowledge is becoming more valued in Sitka’s schools, but there’s still much work to be done toward racial equity. That’s the message the ANB/ANS delivered to the Sitka School Board.

School board goes on air to help solve budget puzzle

The Sitka School Board at work during a budget visioning session on March 2. The board is taking a different approach to the budget this year, and focusing on information-gathering and collaboration, before making large cuts. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka’s schools are looking for ways to make ends meet next year. The local district is projecting a deficit of $1.6-million. The board held a live budget hearing on KCAW on Monday (3-7-16).

LISTEN: What to keep, what to cut in Sitka’s Schools?

Special_ProgrammingSchool Board Members Tim Fulton and Tom Conley, and superintendent Mary Wegner and business manager Cassee Olin took public comment for 90-minutes during a live KCAW Call-In Special on Monday, March 7, 2016.

Sitka School Board rallies behind Mt. Edgecumbe (again)

The Mt. Edgecumbe Cheerleaders leave the floor at halftime in 2013. (KCAW Photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka School Board Tuesday night (2-2-16) directed the superintendent to draft a letter in opposition to a proposal from the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program to take over Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.

Wegner accepts two more years, cell phone

Mary Wegner was the Sitka School District's director of Special Education from 1997-2001. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka School Board has offered a two-year contract extension to superintendent Mary Wegner. She won’t get a pay raise in the coming year, but she will get a cell phone.