Tag Archives: Sitka School District

Schools serve breakfast, feed brains

IMG_5371It’s often called the most important meal of the day but sometimes kids don’t get the chance to eat breakfast before heading to class. Sitka School District wanted to change that this year and started offering breakfast for all students.

Schools to Task Force: ‘We don’t have any more fluff’

IMG_3600On Monday night (02-01-16), the Citizens' Task Force heard from the Sitka School District, which is beginning their budget process this month.

Sitkans, DOT look for solutions to ‘bleak’ ferry schedule

The ferry Taku sails into Juneau’s Auke Bay terminal. It’s tied up for the year, affecting Ketchikan seafood processors who transport their fish to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. (Photo by LCGS Russ/Wikimedia Commons)Sitkans turned out in force for a lunchtime brainstorming session (11-24-15) on next year's "bleak" ferry schedule, but the DOT made no promises that things would improve.

Sitka students beat state test score average

140831_BlatchleyFirstDay_waldholzResults are in from the first year of the Alaska Measures of Progress assessments and students in Sitka did better than expected.

Administrative team doubles-down on Sitka school district

Sarah Ferrency and Phil Burdick at Pacific High. Ferrency says she puts job sharing in context: "When you're one person, you can't be in two places at once." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)It’s a two-for-one deal that’s likely unprecedented in Alaska. This fall when students and teachers return to the Sitka School District they’ll be greeted not by one assistant superintendent -- but two.

With cuts and hikes, Sitka passes a (mostly) balanced budget

The Sitka Assembly approved a combination of budget cuts and tax hikes Tuesday night, bringing the city within spitting distance of a balanced budget for 2016.

Assembly passes budget with million dollar shortfall

Sitka is still struggling to come up with funding for the School District and Sitka Community Hospital. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)The Sitka Assembly passed a budget for the coming year on first reading last night (5-27-15). But that budget still has a million-dollar hole. The shortfall is significantly larger than expected even a week ago.

Assembly postpones action on tobacco and summer sales tax

The Sitka Assembly voted this week to raise Sitka’s sales tax cap, but they postponed two other proposals -- one to double the tobacco tax, and another to raise the summer sales tax.

Assembly considers tobacco, sales tax hikes

Deputy Mayor Matt Hunter and Mayor Mim McConnell during Tuesday night's Sitka Assembly meeting. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)After more than a year of warning that Sitka must either raise new revenue or cut services, the City Assembly passed three tax measures in quick succession last night / Tuesday night (4-28-15). The proposals would increase sales taxes and double the tobacco tax. The movement was prompted by the needs of the Sitka School District.

Board looks to private sector to fund Community Schools

The Sitka School Board Wednesday night (4-22-15) approved a budget for next year with only 3 fewer teachers -- but left open the question of whether or not to keep the Community Schools program.