School is finishing up for the year, and Sitka will be down another administrator. Kathi Yanamura has resigned as the principal of Baranof Elementary. She’ll be moving to Montana to become principal of the Gateway Elementary School in Columbia Falls.
The Sitka School Board bid fond farewells to 24 three staff members Monday night (5-5-14) — including superintendent Steve Bradshaw, who has landed a new job in Montana. The board met for its final regular meeting during the school year. A reception for retirees was held just prior to the meeting.
A new, state-mandated evaluation system will hold everyone — teachers and administrators — accountable for student performance, beginning next fall. The Sitka School Board Tuesday night (4-15-14) got its first look at web-based software that will follow the progress of teachers over the course of the school year. But how far poor student outcomes can drag down a teacher’s evaluation remains a big question mark.
Should the state do more for schools when local governments — like Sitka’s — are not doing all they can? That was the question hanging over a joint work session between the Sitka School Board and Sitka Assembly Thursday night (4-10-14). The board presented a draft budget to the assembly with a modest increase in local support to schools — less than $200,000 — but also delivered a clear message that more was needed.