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2 executive sessions for school board

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan School Board will be holding its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the White Cliff Building. At 5 p.m., the board will meet in executive session for a work session regarding negotiations with the Ketchikan Education Association.

After the work session, the regular meeting will commence, and there are a number of items on the agenda to be discussed before the School Board goes into another executive session at the end of the meeting with KEA.

On Wednesday, the School Board will:

• Hear an introduction of the new student board member, who will take an oath of office.

• Assign members to the Native Education Committee.

• Consider approving several contracts for teachers, and consider a motion to approve the offer of an administrative contract for Daniel Olson, assistant principal at Houghtaling Elementary School. The position became open after a staff member transferred.

• Hear a report from Superintendent Bob Boyle, who will discuss the district’s insurance and maintenance summer projects.

Boyle was not available for comments on Tuesday, but his assistant, Trent Headley, outlined a few of the summer projects that Boyle will be speaking on. Among those projects are carpet replacement at Ketchikan High School; cleaning and doing repairs on the water tanks at Point Higgins Elementary School; ground work at several schools; parking lot striping at the schools; and gym floor varnishings at all schools.

“Other things (Boyle will talk about are finances) and close out of the budget,” Headley said. “He (will talk) about the FY19 (budget) for (the Department of Education and Early Development) for approval.”

There is also a discussion slated for the district’s non-discrimination in employment policy. The board reviewed minor changes to the policy on June 13 and ultimately approved the changes in the first reading, although it was initially rejected after School Board Member Alma Parker made a motion to add “sexual orientation” to the list of personal characteristics, which include “religion” and “race” among others.

At the most recent regular meeting, an amended ordinance adding “sexual orientation” to the policy was moved by board member Glen Thompson and subsequently was passed unanimously. He voted against the motion at the previous meeting because he does not “like to write legislation at the table.”

“… I noted that in the original consideration of this item there was administrative (regulations) that went with that and in discussions with staff today, which was one of the things I was concerned with that we would be gerrymandering and wordsmithing those ARs at the table, but in talking to staff today I was informed that they will be bringing forward administrative regulations that will encompass the changes that the (School) Board makes,” Thompson said at a previous meeting.

There will be time for citizen remarks at the beginning of the meeting.