Tag Archives: Sitka School Board

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Candidates tackle legislature, standards in school board forum

Lon_Stephen_comp_250Sitka 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).

Sitka schools face unprecedented challenges

Garrison_100 Candidate statements are a listener service of Raven Radio -- not an endorsement of the candidate. All candidates for municipal office have been offered the same opportunity. Hello, my name is Lon Garrison and I am running for the Sitka School Board. I was first elected to the board in 2007 and then again in 2010, this will be my third time running for the board. I believe this is a critically important election. The Sitka school board and public education as a whole are facing unprecedented challenges and potential changes.