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Principal contracts top SB agenda

Daily News Staff Writer

The Ketchikan School Board will consider contracts for two new principals when it meets on Wednesday, and will consider the resignation of School Board Member Glen Thompson.

Also on the agenda for Wednesday’s regular meeting is the potential ratification of the Ketchikan School District’s separation agreement with former Superintendent Bob Boyle.

The district has hired Linnaea Troina as principal of Fawn Mountain Elementary School. Troina, who has taught in the district since 1998 — most recently at Ketchikan High School, replaces Alonso Escalante, who now is the district’s curriculum director.

The Ketchikan Charter School Academic Policy Committee is recommending School Board approval of an administrative contract for Kayla Livingston as principal of Ketchikan Charter School, effective on July 1.

Livingston currently teaches at Ketchikan Charter School, and has been with the district since 2007, according to School Board agenda information.

The board is scheduled to consider administrative contracts for Troina and Livingston on Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, the School Board will consider accepting the resignation of Thompson, who stepped down ahead of the board’s Feb. 27 meeting.

In a letter to the School Board and Superintendent Beth Lougee, dated Feb. 25, Thompson said he was tendering his immediate resignation after careful consideration.

“Since the recent election, it has become apparent to me that my priorities do not align well with the new board,” wrote Thompson, who also is a former member of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly. “I appreciate the opportunity to have served the citizens of Ketchikan in elected office for many years, now the time has come to make some changes in my life.”

Thompson wished the district success in addressing the “challenges that present themselves in managing such a large organization.

“I continue to have confidence in this community’s ability to respond positively,” he wrote.

Thompson’s resignation follows the November resignation of former School Board Vice President Kim Hodne, and the August resignation of former Board President Trevor Shaw.

Also Wednesday, the board’s consent agenda contains a motion to ratify the separation agreement between the district and former Superintendent Bob Boyle, which was signed Dec. 14 by Boyle, Board President Matt Eisenhower and Board Secretary Diane Gubatayao.

Boyle’s resignation was announced on Dec. 17. The board voted to accept his resignation on Jan. 9.

Then, on Feb. 13, the board approved the $53,246.31 in pay that the separation agreement provided for Boyle. However, the board has not ratified the full agreement.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly chambers at 1900 First Ave. There is time for public comment at the start of the meeting.