Tag Archives: Sitka School District

Sitka elementary school evaluated for landslide risk

160829_KeetgooshiheenThe 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.

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.