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6/12/2019
School Board to meet

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan School Board’s relatively light agenda for Wednesday’s regular meeting will include finalizing the dates for its upcoming regular meetings during the months of July, November and December.

Only one meeting will be held in July due to the lack of "sufficient business" taking place during the month, according to the School Board agenda statement. Meetings for November and December and November also will be limited to one per month, because of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

In advance of the 2019-20 school year, the School Board will consider approving seven new teaching contracts and one administrative contract on Wednesday.

The School Board will also hear Superintendent Beth Lougee's report. The report includes details on the 2nd Annual Trauma Informed Conference, which will be held on Sept. 23. The theme for the conference will be "Gathering for Change."

The report also covers a five-year strategic improvement plan that will contain the district's new vision, mission and goals that will be rolled out for the 2019-20 school year on Aug. 26. Instruction, safety and trust will be the main district goals for the school’s improvement plan, which will be shared with parents, community and board members in August and September.

Key state education leaders, community leaders and others are advocating for legislative support for a fully funded budget, according to the superintendent’s report, which also touches on funding for excellence in the school district despite economic difficulties.

 "Despite the constraints and challenges caused by the financial situation taking place in Alaska, we continue to focus on improvements by leveraging our resources — people, time and relationships — toward creating the system of strong and excellent schools in our community," the report states.    

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