Tonight, the Sitka School Board will meet in special session to finalize contract negotiations with Superintendent Mary Wegner. At their meeting last Monday (01-11-16), the board also revised the FY16 budget and reviewed its legislative priorities.
The Sitka School Board heard a full report on the results of the state’s new standardized testing this week, but -- like everyone else -- will bide its time waiting to learn what the new numbers mean.
If budget cuts eliminate a state matching-grant program for marine facilities, Sitka could have to close one of its boat harbors. At least three are scheduled for work over the next 10 years.
In absentee ballot counting this Friday afternoon, incumbent Cass Pook outpolled challenger Kat Richards, 153 votes to 108, to win the second seat on the School Board -- by an overall total of 42 votes.
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 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.
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.
This commercial fisherman, tannery owner, and self-described “parent activist” believes that it’s time for a dissenting opinion on the Sitka School Board.
Public education is under attack. The legislature continues to cut funding, while passing unfunded mandates, putting schools in a financially difficult position.
Some 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.