Tag Archives: Sitka School Board

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.

Conley, Fulton offer united front in school board forum

Candidates Tom Conley (l.) and Tim Fulton are familiar company. They served three years together previously on the school board. Funding pressures have kept the board focused -- and united -- in recent years. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Beginning next month, Sitka will have a school board solidly aligned in its opposition to vouchers, its opposition to amending the state constitution to allow public funding for private and parochial schools, and in its support of teachers. Two long-time board members participated in a candidate forum at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce.

New school board member jumps in

Senior Kaya Duguay replaces JD Murphy as the Sitka School Board's student member. Duguay  demonstrated early acumen for the job. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Even though municipal elections are a few weeks away, the Sitka School Board seated its newest member Wednesday night (9-11-14). Sitka senior Kaya Duguay has already attended several board meetings and activities. She participated in an all-day goal-setting session with the full board last month. She also did not hesitate to contribute meaningfully to her first full meeting.

Taking one for the (ALS) team

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)In case you missed all the commotion outside of Pacific High School Thursday at lunchtime (8-28-14), it was the Sitka School Board doing its part for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Unlike the Assembly and its fire truck, the School Board opted for ordinary 5-gallon buckets filled with icy water, served up by some Pacific High staff and students.

Sitka Assembly accepts #IceBucketChallenge

The Sitka Assembly prepares to be doused in the Ice Bucket Challenge (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)After adjourning on Tuesday evening, the Sitka Assembly lined up in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall and took a serious soaking from the Sitka Fire Department’s Engine #2, under the gleeful direction of Fire Chief Dave Miller.

Seven candidates to vie for Sitka assembly

Four more candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for municipal office in Sitka. Steven Eisenbeisz, who ran last year as a write-in candidate, filed for assembly about 90 minutes before today’s deadline. He missed winning a seat in that election by only 56 votes. Two other candidates, Lillian Feldpausch and Thor Christianson also filed just under the wire. Orion Hughes-Knowles will challenge incumbent Mim McConnell for the mayor's seat.

Assembly, School Board filing deadline Friday

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, August 8 for candidates running for mayor, assembly and school board in Sitka. So far, four candidates have filed to run for assembly and two for school board. Mayor Mim McConnell is running for reelection. No other candidate has yet filed to challenge her.

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.

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.

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.