Tag Archives: Sitka School Board

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.

Courtright wants a teacher’s voice on school board

COURTRIGHT_100A teacher at Mt. Edgecumbe High School is competing for a seat on Sitka’s school board. Stephen Courtright teaches music at the state-run boarding school. He says helping make policy for local schools is a way to contribute to the community, and bring in a teacher’s perspective.

Garrison a watchdog for public schools

Garrison_100School board president Lon Garrison has served two terms overseeing Sitka’s schools; this October he’ll ask voters for a third. Garrison, like many board members, was first elected when his kids were in school. Now that his daughters have graduated, he says he’s following his passion, and using experience in policy and legislative advocacy to make a good school district even better.

Pook: Success in school begins at home

cass pook-1Cass Pook is running for another term on the school board this October. The three-term veteran says there’s still work to do, and while she’s always willing to lend a compassionate ear to parents, she believes a student’s success begins at home.