Tag Archives: Sitka School Board

Wegner accepts two more years, cell phone

Mary Wegner was the Sitka School District's director of Special Education from 1997-2001. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka School Board has offered a two-year contract extension to superintendent Mary Wegner. She won’t get a pay raise in the coming year, but she will get a cell phone.

Wegner asks for no raise; school board talks budget

Mary Wegner, during her job interview with the Sitka School Board. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)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.

Sitka board waits for growth under new testing regime

AMP_logoThe 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.

State cuts could close one Sitka harbor

140708_Crescent_Harbor-KCAW 300x225If 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.

Absentee count: Cass Pook retains her school board seat

150922_CassPook_woolseyIn 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.

School board forum brings out competing ideologies

12120140_10153251901289163_1929942020990112308_oSitka’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 and the ‘courageous conversation’ about race

150922_CassPook_woolseyCass 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.

Kat Richards: Advocating for children in Sitka’s schools

Kat Richards (l.) with her husband, Jeff "Ritchie" Richards.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.

Ed Gray: An education dissenter courts the alternative vote

150928_EdGray_woolseyThis commercial fisherman, tannery owner, and self-described “parent activist” believes that it’s time for a dissenting opinion on the Sitka School Board.

Candidate statement: Jennifer Robinson

150922_JenniferRobinson_woolsey-001Public education is under attack. The legislature continues to cut funding, while passing unfunded mandates, putting schools in a financially difficult position.