Tag Archives: Sitka School District

School district takes on poor attendance

The Sitka School Board met Tuesday (9-20-16) at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School to discuss absenteeism.Sitka’s School District is beginning a new effort to target absenteeism.

Sitka school board beefs up policy on sexual health

After learning that chlamydia and gonorrhea had pushed Alaska to the lead nationally in STI's, board member Tom Conley -- a physician -- said "There's nothing wrong with our HIV/AIDS policy as presented -- it's just insufficient." (US Centers for Disease Control image)The Sitka School Board sent its policy covering sexually-transmitted infections back to the drawing board, after it learned it was missing the boat on the most common STI’s.

School Board supports property tax increase

160902_schoolboard_kwongThe Sitka School Board met last Thursday (09-25-156) for the first meeting of the school year. And at the top of their list was a resolution to support raising property taxes in Sitka. The October 4th ballot will ask voters to approve raising the cap by two mills.

Sitka elementary school evaluated for landslide risk

The Sitka School Board met Tuesday (9-20-16) at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School to discuss absenteeism.The city of Sitka announced today (08-29-16) that the Gavan Hill area, including Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, may be at risk for landslides. Shannon & Wilson, a Seattle-based geotechnical firm, identified the landslide hazard zones during an assessment of the area.

Sitka schools catch quarter-million budget break

After months of meetings and wrangling over the 2017 budget, the Sitka School board learned that fiscal year 2016, which ends in a week, will close out with a quarter-million dollar surplus.

Pacific High graduates ready for future

IMG_7393Pacific High School’s three latest graduates are now on to bigger and brighter things. The alternative high school held its commencement ceremony Thursday night (5-19-16) at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. It was filled with traditional Alaska native drumming, heartfelt wishes and hopes for the future.

Sitka’s K-8 teachers back new English curriculum

The school board will make a final decision about the English Language Arts curriculum later this summer. The cost for K-8 materials could run as high as $250,000.The Sitka School District is moving ahead with plans to implement a new English Language Arts curriculum in the elementary grades -- at a cost expected to be somewhere around $250,000.

Sitka schools tap reserves to restore teaching jobs next year

kgh sign feaThe Sitka School Board has balanced its budget and returned two teaching positions to the payroll, but the district’s finances are far from secure.

Sitka teachers agree to no pay raise next year

Sitka_School_District_logoThe Sitka School Board and district teachers have signed off on a new three-year contract. For the first year of the deal, at least, teachers agreed to take no pay raise.

Severed internet cable interrupts student testing in Alaska

The Center for Educational Testing reports that around 15,000 students were online nationwide when the outage occurred. Their test results should be unaffected.Alaska’s star-crossed educational testing system suffered another setback today (Tue 3-29-16), when a fiber-optic cable near the University of Kansas was severed at about 1:30 PM Central Daylight Time.