The Sitka School District is facing a shortfall of up to $2.7-million for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Mary Wegner laid out a range of options, from ending the community schools program to laying off as many as nine teachers.
My name is Tim Fulton and I am the clerk of the Sitka School Board. The governor has taken out of his proposed budget the one-time funding (HB278) that schools were promised last year.
The Sitka School District has gone on record in support of continued funding for Mt. Edgecumbe High School, but has no interest in taking the institution off of the state’s hands.
Sitka voters returned incumbent Mayor Mim McConnell to office for a second term, but chose two newcomers for the Sitka Assembly. If the results hold after absentee votes are counted on Friday, Sitka may have one of the youngest assemblies in recent memory.
Sitka voters are choosing a mayor, two assembly members and two school board members. Not sure who you're voting for? We've gathered links to all of our coverage, including full candidate profiles, candidate statements, and audio from our three live, on-air forums.
Sitka School Board candidates Tim Fulton and Tom Conley took listener questions for 90-minutes Tuesday evening (9-30-14). With only two veteran candidates running for two open seats, the discussion focused more on the immediate issues facing the district rather than policy differences.
With only two candidates for two open seats, this year's race for Sitka School Board is not competitive -- but that doesn't mean it's not interesting. The board is facing some of its biggest challenges in recent memory. Join us for a live election call-in forum 6:30 PM Tue Sep 30 with candidates Tim Fulton and Tom Conley.
Beginning next month, Sitka will have a school board solidly aligned in its opposition to vouchers, its opposition to amending the state constitution to allow public funding for private and parochial schools, and in its support of teachers. Two long-time board members participated in a candidate forum at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce.
Tim Fulton represents a kind of school board candidate who is becoming more common lately: He started six years ago on the board just as his daughter was poised to enter high school. Two terms later, his daughter long since graduated, Fulton wants to keep working on behalf of children.
The Sitka School Board will consider asking the state legislature for almost $2-million in the coming year, in order to help the district meet newly-adopted standards. The board convened in its first regular session of the new school year Monday night (8-25-14). Meeting state education standards is the first of several costly priorities in Sitka’s schools this year. Also a possibility: A $1.5-million upgrade of Vilandre Field.