Tag Archives: Sitka School Board

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

Middle school Home Ec, Shop may fall to budget cuts

Blatchley Middle School Principal Ben White staffs the Sitka booth at the Seattle teaching fair. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)

The Sitka school district will not lay off any teachers next fall, but at least two programs — Home Ec and shop in Blatchley Middle School — could be cut. The Sitka school board Monday night (4-22-14) passed its final budget for the coming year, with conservative assumptions on enrollment and state and federal revenue. But it’s not likely that any of the cut programs would be restored, should additional funding come in. more

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

Drawing deep into reserves, school board narrows ’15 budget gap

The budget picture for the Sitka School District next year is starting to look a little less dire. What started out as a projected $1.5-million deficit just a few weeks ago, has been teased down to $44,000 — but only by drawing on over half of the district’s savings account. 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

Switch to Common Core Math delayed until next fall

The Sitka School District’s transition to the new Common Core Math curriculum has fallen behind schedule. Despite an intensive planning schedule in all buildings, program facilitator Lyle Sparrowgrove told the school board Tuesday night (2-4-14) that students won’t see new classroom materials until next fall. more

Students voice concerns over policy issues, activity fees

The Sitka School Board (lower left) discusses student concerns in a joint session with SHS government Tuesday night. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Common Core math was also on the agenda in a joint meeting between the school board and the student government of Sitka High School. But it was trumped by other issues raised by the high school students — the high cost of student travel and activities, especially. 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

High enrollment won’t budge next year’s school budget

Despite an upswing in enrollment, the Sitka School Board is going to be cautious as it starts to build next year’s budget. At its regular meeting this week, the board decided to assume that Sitka Schools will have about 20 fewer students than they have now. 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